Consultants are usually engaged when an organisation decides that it requires outside expertise, help or specialist advice regarding a certain area of its business strategy or function. A consultant is usually engaged for a specific short period of time and does not count as an employee.

There are many different types of consultant covering a wide range of business areas. They are usually specialists and will be engaged to complete a specific piece of work or project.

This topic looks at how consultants should be selected and used.

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