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In today’s rapidly changing technology market, the demand for Contractors is growing mainly due to the flexibility and cost effectiveness particularly with the need for skills at a premium with new technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and some programming languages like Go and Rust. Contractors also provide organisations with the ability to be agile and adaptive to changing client demands and shifting project deadlines, a fresh perspective and the ability to innovate faster.

When making the move into contracting there is a lot to think about and consider, never mind the nerves of switching from an employee to self-employed. The move can be exciting and rewarding, however it comes with its challenges, based on our experience of placing IT Contractors over the past 15 years, here is our guide to why you should consider becoming an IT Contractor.

1. Flexibility

One of the main reasons that IT professionals make the move to becoming a Contractor is flexibility, being a Contractor provides you with more control over your schedule and the projects which you take meaning you can work when you want and where you work from. With many professionals prioritising work/life balance, this is a major factor in their thinking. 

2. Earning potential

Due to skills and experience being at a premium in many areas, Contractors can potentially higher day rates compared to permanent employees. Contractors also have the ability in certain cases to negotiate rates giving them greater control over earning potential.

3. Variety

They say “variety is the spice of life” and this is certainly the case if you become a Contractor, this is also one of the main reasons that many people make the move into contracting as you will be able to choose the projects you wish to work on. By making the move into Contracting you will get a greater exposure to industries, technologies and products meaning you will continuously learn new skills, gain knowledge and broaden your experience.

4. Networking opportunities

Contracting will give you exposure to a wide network of clients, colleagues, and industries. Through these interactions you will be able to expand your professional network, forge valuable connections, and gain exposure to new opportunities. Building a robust network is essential for career advancement and opens doors to future contracting work, referrals, and projects.

5. Adaptability

In a rapidly changing technology market, adaptability and the ability to pivot is essential to success. Contracting will provide you with the agility and resilience to thrive in a constantly shifting landscape. By engaging with diverse clients and projects, as a Contractor you will develop versatile skillsets, stay abreast of emerging technologies, and remain relevant in an ever-changing industry.

The decision to become a contractor is a deeply personal one, influenced by individual aspirations, priorities, and circumstances. While contracting offers a host of benefits, it also comes with its own set of challenges, including the need for self-discipline, financial management, and a tolerance for uncertainty. However, for IT professionals seeking greater autonomy, flexibility, and professional growth, the journey into contracting can be an immensely rewarding one.

To find out more about current contract opportunities and how we can support you in your journey reach out to Jill Johnston, Head of IT Contract Recruitment – UK and Ireland in confidence for a chat.