Some candidates might find themselves in a situation where they are in between jobs, so doing a contract can be a good way to ‘fill the gap’. Other candidates choose contracting as a lifestyle option as they see the benefits it provides and it suits their needs. Whether it’s a lifestyle choice or stop gap solution contracting is attractive because it offers some great advantages:


  • Increased flexibility – whether that’s shorter hours (a real bonus to us 4-day-a-week working parents!) or time off over Christmas holidays


  • More variety – you get to try working in different organisations and industries which alleviates the  boredom factor and allows the option to broaden your experience


  • Less office politics – you don’t get bogged down with the bureaucracy of an organisation as you are just in there short-term to do a specific job


  • More money -  it is recognised that when contracting you typically command a higher hourly rate; and because you get paid for every hour of work you do at the market rate your income can end up being significantly higher, particularly if you skills are in demand.


  • Chance to try before you buy – this works for both parties, and provides you the opportunity to see if you like the culture, role, and organisation before making a career limiting decision


The trend toward contracting is growing as companies recognise the benefits of a more flexible workforce. People are also looking for more work/life balance and appreciate that we live in a changing environment which doesn’t always allow for certainty or job security. Contractors are used for busy periods, maternity cover, special projects or while employers try to find the right permanent employee.