Freedom, self-reliance, intense learning, expanded network and wider experience. These are just some of the benefits IT contractors cited for going freelance over permanent IT jobs. I chatted to a number of IT contractors based in Ireland and the UK on their reasons for contracting and well it’s obvious to me that IT contractors are motivated by more than money. OK, so we know that most contractors seem to make more money than their permanent employee counterparts, but what other benefits are there to persuade you to give up the safety of a permanent job.
1. Flexibility: You are your own boss, and can decide when and where you work. Dublin based C# contractor Andrew Locatelli-Woodcock explains ‘The main benefit of contracting, for me, is flexibility: flexibility to go where the work is, flexibility to acquire the training I need and take the holidays I want’
2. Exposure to New Technologies - London based .Net programmer Tomas McGuinness said ‘Being a part-time contractor gives me the ability to choose projects and technologies that I find interesting and challenging.’
3. Better Career Management – Contractors have the ability to manage their careers better, by matching career aspirations with employers looking to fill IT jobs. As an IT contractor you can also choose your own form of training (tax deductible) to match market demands for skills.
4. Reputation Management - If you develop a reputation for being an expert IT contractor you will find that employers will be approaching you directly to fill their contract IT jobs. And soon they will be able to do just that via RoleConnect.com
5. Contractor-Client Relationship – The company you are contracting for is your client, not your employer or boss. A very different relationship to that of a permanent employee employer one! As Brighton based freelance web developer David Lockie puts it ‘The boundaries are much clearer when you’re a contractor as opposed to an employee’. Also, contracting is about having confidence that you can make better decisions than the person employed to manage you’.
We’d love to hear what your number 1 reason is for IT contracting. Over the coming months, we’re going to be blogging on what you need to know before you embark on your contracting career; tax, PRSI, umbrella company considerations etc. If there is any topic you want us to cover please let us know.
If you are an IT contractor or employer looking to connect with each other, check us out at RoleConnect.com