Become a Contractor
With the continued shortage of skilled specialists in the environmental and
Health & Safety sectors, and with the increasing trend towards more flexible
working, many companies continue to rely heavily on contractors. RSK
Resourcing as an organisation has gained considerable experience within the
contract sector and has put together a guide to help you understand whether
or not you would be a suitable candidate to become a contractor.
Why do People choose to become a Contractor?
To gain greater access to new working environments and new
colleagues; because of their varied work life contractors are less likely
to become bored or frustrated in their working life.
Contractors generally enjoy a more flexible working life, and when
they plan carefully have the ability to take time off between contracts.
Providing they keep their skill set current demand for their skills will
always be high.
What Type of Person Succeeds as a Contractor?
Candidates with a high degree of relevant knowledge and with the
applicable skill set required by employers. Contractors are expected to
maintain their high level of skill at their own cost and, are typically
more knowledgeable, experienced and competent than permanent
individuals hired by the same employer.
Somebody with very good social skills, as contractors have to fit in
with new colleagues quickly whilst adapting to new processes required
by the employer.
Obviously the right person will need to be able to work highly
effectively on their own initiative, being self-motivated as well as a
Candidates will also need to very realistic about their worth in the
marketplace, looking at their own skill set and matching this to the
current market conditions.
Somebody who is not frightened about being out of work, there will be
occasions when one contract finishes and another has not been
immediately secured. Additionally somebody who is comfortable not
receiving the same benefits as permanent employees such as holiday
and sickness pay. Candidates should think about making provision for
these benefits from their increased earning potential.
What are the main differences between permanent & contract?
Employment period is Clearly defined contract
open ended length
Reduced degree of Greater independence and
Greater job security No work no pay
Remuneration package No fringe benefits and you
will usually be a blend of train in your own time and at
salary, fringe benefits & your own expense.
training. Significantly higher
Work is stable but often Work is more unpredictable,
more predictable. with a variety of projects,
environments and locations.
As can be seen from above there are a number of differences between
contract and permanent positions. You will need to determine which type of
position offers you the individual requirements that you need in your career.
To maximise their earnings potential. Contract professionals can expect to