Permanent or Contract?

19 April 2017
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Your full potential can’t be captured in a CV, job title or job description. That’s why we’ll get to know you and build a detailed understanding of your unique talents, experience and interests, so we can match you to the right positions and accelerate your professional success.

We offer opportunities across both contract and permanent work, and each type of employment comes with its own benefits and downsides. It’s important you get a good understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of each type of employment. Here’s an overview of what you can expect:

Contractor Roles

Companies across all industries look to contractors for specialised expertise and the flexibility to meet fluctuating business demands. As the workforce is dynamic and constantly changing, we support organisations of all sizes in recruiting for large numbers of contract roles.

Contracting offers immediate work benefits, while providing a lasting career impact. It promotes professional growth and offers you the flexibility to have greater control of their career development and lifestyle.

Most employers provide benefit packages, often including health insurance, disability insurance, paid time off and pension schemes. However, as an independent contractor, you won’t be offered any of these benefits by companies that use your services and will have to purchase them on your own. It’s not all bad news though - contractors are likely to command a much higher daily rate than the salary equivalent.

Generally, contract work is paid either at an hourly rate or as a flat fee for a job. The disadvantage of an hourly rate is that there is no guarantee of steady, working hours and your income may fluctuate wildly. While you’re contracting, you’ll need to keep your own financial accounts – but fear not, we offer our contractors access to expert advice on this.

Each new contract assignment provides an opportunity to gather new skills, grow in experience, gain exposure to various industries and organisational cultures, and expand your professional network. You’ll have access to numerous opportunities and more chances of finding work that inspires you. With each experience, your marketability will grow and your career will continue to accelerate.

Permanent Roles

In today’s uncertain economy, permanent roles offer a level of job security and a structured working environment which appeals to many. It facilitates long-term career growth and builds continuity - providing employees with the opportunity to develop invaluable experience within an organisation, and opens the door to opportunities for career training, development and job progression.

Permanent workers are often offered a number of benefits, including holiday and sick pay, along with a range of other incentives.

While working in a permanent role, you may have difficulty achieving and maintaining a work-life balance; whereas contractors often have greater flexibility in when, where and how they work. For example, permanent employees may be expected to be in an office during set business hours, where a contractor may work from home or another remote location, completing specific tasks rather than punching a time clock. This creates a greater degree of personal freedom.

At Experis, we want to know what makes you tick and what’s really important to you and your career. We tap into our extensive client network, open the right doors, and promote your qualifications. If you want to develop your career, we will help you find that next permanent position that lets you soar.

Posted on: 19/04/17