We’re seeing a big increase in the number of employers offering temp-perm contract work and adopting a ‘try before you buy’ approach to hiring. Contracting may seem daunting at first, but it can provide you with tonnes of valuable experience and industry exposure. Here are five major benefits to doing temp and contract work.
1. Job flexibility
Temp and contract work allows you to manage your own work-life balance more freely. Many roles are for 3-4 days a week, giving you time to finish your yoga instructor course or start-up that dog sitting service you’ve always dreamed of. If you’re a more adventurous soul, you’ll no longer be restricted to 20 days holiday a year and doing contracting stints is a great way to keep your resume current whilst globetrotting.
2. Try before you buy
A lot of roles we recruit for are on a temp to perm basis, but the ball isn’t necessarily in the employers court, it’s important that the job suits your needs too! Particularly if you’d had a bad experience in a perm role, contracting can help you regain confidence and gives you the chance to make sure you’re 100% happy with the role and the culture before you commit.
3. Learn new skills and systems
Every business works differently, and contracting work will expose you to new skills and systems. This is extremely beneficial to your career and can help you decide which direction you’d like to take it in. It also helps keep you engaged and stimulated.
4. Get paid for the hours you do at work
Unlike full-timers, you get paid for every hour you work. No one will expect you to put in free overtime, so you can walk out the door at 17:30 with a smile on your face. Another bonus is you should be able to claim back some of your work-related expenses if you’re employed as a contractor.
5. Work on interesting projects
Many companies hire contractors to work on particularly challenging or specialist projects. This means you often get to skip the mundane day-to-day tasks and focus on getting stuck into the exciting stuff. Isn’t variety the spice of life after all?