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IT Contracting as a Career

Author: Pete Langlois/Monday, October 14, 2013/Categories: SNI Technology

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Years ago, job candidates looking for a permanent full-time IT position would consider taking a contract position with an employer as “a way in the door.” The idea was, start as a contractor and then hopefully make the transition to full time. Today however, many people view contractor status not as a stepping stone but as their desired goal.

An independent contractor is a person who contracts to perform services for others without having the legal status of an employee. Most IT professionals who work as independent contractors have a specific skill, like programming or project management. In talking to some of the IT contractors that I have placed in both long and short-term assignments, they shared four major benefits:

More Money
IT contractors make more, by the hour, than their full-time counterparts. And, the more complex the skills needed, the higher the pay gap can be. Because employers look at contractors as a pure cost resource with no benefits or overhead, they are willing to pay more “to get the job done.” Even after you take into consideration benefits and taxes, contractors make between 10-18% more.

No Free OT
IT contractors get paid for all of their effort and time. Putting in extra hours to help a system go live, or finding a bug over the weekend not only help the project but it also results in more pay. Often, this extra effort is just expected from full time employees.

Political Neutrality
One of the biggest benefits to being a contractor is freedom from interpersonal dynamics. Even the highest functioning organization still has people who are seeking to advance their careers or form alliances. As a contractor, you are fairly immune from office politics. Employees don’t expect you to engage and it’s wise if you don’t.

Flexibility and Freedom
What initially attracts IT professionals to career contracting is the freedom and flexibility. Because you are your own boss, you can take an assignment, or not. By picking and choosing your assignments, you control when you work, how much and for whom. This is attractive for younger professionals with small children, middle aged workers caring for their parents or workers with seasonal hobbies like biking, running or skiing.

I’m the first to admit that IT contracting is not right for everyone. It does require a certain degree of personal and professional discipline to manage your time, workflow and contracts. However, if you are looking for a way to use your IT skills and gain a high level of work-life balance, then being a career contractor is an option to consider.

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Pete Langlois
Pete Langlois

Pete Langlois

Pete Langlois is the Chief Sales Officer at GEE Group. His blog leverages his decades of experience in hiring, training and retaining top talent and covers trends and issues of interest to employers and job candidates alike.

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Pete Langlois is the Chief Sales Officer at GEE Group. His blog leverages his decades of experience in hiring, training and retaining top talent and covers trends and issues of interest to employers and job candidates alike.

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