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Contract Employees: Giving Contract Work a Second Look

Hudson IT offers flexible and
challenging IT contract roles

by Mark Paolini

When it comes to full-time employment, "contract" can be somewhat of a four-letter word. A negative connotation often follows the inclusion of a contract exception on a job posting, which can make it less enticing to the right candidates. But contract employment opportunities have come a long way, especially in an increasingly flexible workforce. While employers may still have to sweeten the deal, contract employees can enjoy specific benefits if willing to sign on for something other than a traditional full-time position.

Overcoming Objections

Contract work isn't for everyone, but you might be missing excellent opportunities if you turn a blind eye. The most common objection to contract work is that employees may feel that, with the job being temporary in nature, it's less stable. Another reason is lack of the full complement of benefits. Hudson makes it clear that we offer health insurance, but the lack of time off (holiday, sick, vacation pay) in contract positions could turn some people off.

Employers hoping to hire contract employees may need to brainstorm benefits to entice professionals to shift focus away from traditional, salaried and full-time positions, while pros should consider the advantages to a contractual agreement.

Contract Benefits

While it's true that you may miss out on the same benefits extended to full-time employees, don't skip over a contract job during your search. In fact, contract work can have an advantage over a more traditional opinion. Since the full benefits package is not included, the average contract position pays 25-30% more than the same job would pay a salaried employee. Also, as an hourly employee, the contractor is paid for all the hours they work, and in some cases (depending on the type of job, and the state in which they work) they can make time and a half for any hours worked over 40. So it can be quite lucrative. While you may not be considered a salaried employee, you could stand to make a significant amount more and have the option to choose your own benefits when buying as an individual.

Sweetening the Deal

It's up to employers to make a contract deal sweet enough to make it enticing for IT professionals and hopefully, eventual contract employees. As a job seeker, ask about the potential length of a project or contract — this can help ease your concerns about a short-term position. You can also do your own networking: See what other contract workers say about the office environment and what its attitude is toward contract employees. Of course, employers should make sure their reputation for accepting and working with contracts is impeccable.

While it may not be the ideal situation for everyone, don't make the mistake of completely skipping over contract opportunities. If the employer is willing to sweeten the pot and compensate for the lack of a salaried role, you could end up with the perfect position.


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Contracting is an acquired 'life-style' and it's not for everyone, but it can be a very viable was to earn a decent living, get exposure to other companies, build a portfolio, build a resume, and network.

I am a Learning and Development contractor with 20 years contracting experience. I have worked with Hudson on an off for over 10 years and I can honestly attest that Hudson is a great company to work with as a vendor and as a contractor.

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