Benefits of becoming a contractor

A contractor is someone who agrees to provide his or her expertise to a company normally to complete a specific project, often within a fixed period of time. Contract roles can offer greater flexibility, work/life balance and the opportunity to increase hourly earnings.

Many professionals consider themselves to be career contractors. As well as being specialists in their field, their strengths lie in quickly fitting into an organisation, delivering for a new team and expertly managing key projects. 

An opportunity to grow your skills

The variety that comes with working in contract roles increases your skills base, industry knowledge, experience and exposure to dynamic environments. It gives you the opportunity to test your capabilities in new environments, helping you to make the next all-important career decision. Contracting while you're travelling is also a viable option and there are contract roles available both nationally and internationally.

Benefits of contracting 

There are a number of benefits to taking on a contract role, such as:

More flexibility to work when you want (although you will not always get holiday pay)

More flexibility to change jobs

The opportunity to broaden your contact base and grow a network list

The opportunity to broaden your sector experience or specialise in a certain industry

The chance to broaden your skill set or specialise in a niche area

The opportunity to gain experience of working for a variety of organisations with different cultures, structures and management styles

Greater earning potential - particularly if you’re paid on an hourly basis and receive extra for overtime

Advice for employers

Contractors brought in for a specialist role often get frustrated if they're capable of more and are happy to take on additional tasks. So why not take advantage of all the skills they've learnt from the many different companies they have worked for? If you are looking to hire contractors within your organisation, ensure that you get the best value from these professionals and utilize the skills and specialist expertise.