Stability and routine used to be the most attractive parts of a job. Nowadays, the most sought-after roles are the ones that offer variety.
That’s why we’re seeing such a huge increase in contractor roles in certain parts of the tech sector. These working agreements are more elastic in nature, giving both businesses and candidates the kind of freedom they may not always be able to enjoy under the constraints of a permanent contract.
Given the high demand for flexibility in jobs today, contracting is quickly emerging as a fruitful, cost-effective solution when it comes to plugging gaps in a company workforce. It’s also an attractive option for jobseekers in the tech sector.
Could contracting be your key to success in 2019? Let’s take a look…
Is it worth going for a contracting role in tech this year?
On paper, the biggest downside to contracting is a lack of stability.
But does the short-lived nature of contract work make it a gamble for workers to take these positions? Not necessarily. It all depends on your priorities.
Many contractors are prepared to accept temporary roles in return for experiencing new challenges and escaping the tedium of repetitive work – with no two days ever the same.
When contracting, every project you take adds another string or two to your bow. You never stop learning, and although the project is temporary, it can also be more financially beneficial (despite the lack of permanent employee benefits such as a pension, holiday and sick pay).
Whether they’re working for their own firm or as part of an umbrella company, professional contractors have the luxury of being able to pick and choose from a variety of different projects. They also get to learn new skills and gain important exposure to all kinds of new tech resources, equipment, environments and industries.
Why should tech companies consider contracting?
Contracting can be great for businesses as it lets them bring in the perfect person for the right length of time.
Recruiting interim staff can prove particularly advantageous for roles where you need to suddenly scale up your tech or make necessary renovations that enhance the company platform. It’s also effective at resolving issues that don’t fall within the remit of your current crop of staff. If tunnel vision is setting in, an outside mind can prove invaluable.
Additionally, there can be less of a teething period. Contractors walk into each job with their expertise ready to go. If you need to hire someone right away, you can scan the market for a specific contractor with an appropriate skill set and enjoy immediate results from those with niche knowledge.
Taking the time to shortlist candidates, conduct interviews, and get them settled could prove to be a huge waste if the related project is a short-term one. Before you put out that job advert, remember that hiring permanent members of staff isn’t your only option – and it isn’t always the right one either.
What types of roles are ideal for contracting?
Niche roles are often ripe for contracting – and tech is never short of specialised positions.
Throughout the course of this year, I think we’re set to see a big influx of contractors with knowledge of select skills in areas like machine learning and artificial intelligence – not to mention IoT. This last example is particularly important for any workplace embracing multiple types of smart tech, as interconnected devices require a much higher level of security. Bringing in a contractor to beef up your safety systems could prove essential.
A bit like contractors, we’ve all got our specialisms here at ON:iT and we have many years of combined knowledge behind us. Given our extensive experience dealing with contract roles, we’re in a great position to provide truthful advice and realistic expectations to both candidates and businesses – managing the full process end to end.
Think you might suit a contract role? Considering a new temporary member of staff? Get in touch with me on 0161 416 6484 and I’ll be able to help!