SearchSAP.com member Lois R. wrote:
We have a similar problem in the project I am working on, and we are using the Personnel subarea to distinguish between regular employees and contractors. However, there are a few other issues that we had to address in addition to just indicating which is which for reporting.
1. A regular employee might retire from the company and later come back to work as a contractor. It can also happen the other way, where a contractor may later be hired as a regular employee. You don’t want to give them the same personnel number because their employee status as a retiree needs to stay intact, and a new hire should not have history before the hire date. Whenever we do a new hire of either type, we check to see if the ssn is already in the system. If it is and the employee type is the same (regular or contractor), we rehire them using the same PERNR. If the employee type is different (contractor in SAP only with a PERNR saying they are a regular employee, or vice versa), we use the existing PERNR as a reference personnel number in the hire action on infotype 0000. That way there is a link between the two sets of data but they are tracked separately. There is also a
2. There is some information that an employer should not legally track on contractors. You need to consult your legal department and hide these fields in contractor infotypes. You may also have to set up alternate IT views and use a module pool feature to indicate which view is to be used.