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The two most frequently asked IT contracting questions

Posted on Thursday, Dec 15, 2016

Hays Blog: Is IT contracting right for you?Are you thinking about moving into a contract position? You’re not alone. There have been many IT professionals that have gone through the thought process of whether to stay in a permanent role or move on to contracting.

In my experience, there are a couple of questions that I’m most frequently asked by professionals when they are considering IT contracting. These may help you along your process as well.

Having a successful IT contracting career is not as simple as it seems, but it is an attainable goal if you are considering moving from permanent to contract. I’ve seen many candidates enjoy great success when they’ve made the jump to contracting.

On their first contact with Hays, when they’re trying to work out if contracting is for them, a few key questions always come up…

Here are two questions that I’m asked most frequently:

1.    What is contracting?
Simply put, IT contracting is where an IT specialist works as their own individual company for a client organization in a business-to-business agreement. These specialists are contracted on a fixed term basis, usually to work on individual projects, as opposed to traditional permanent staff who are employed on an ongoing basis.
IT contracting is about delivering services – not specified results or products. The IT contractor offers their skills on demand, helping their client to do what’s important for their business.

2.    What’s in it for me?
There are two draws that most professionals are attracted to when switching to contracting, one is it gives you the flexibility to choose when and where you work. The second draw is that you make more money than in a permanent role, as clients will be competing for your skills and aren’t confined by the same burdens they have when taking on permanent staff.

To be a successful IT contractor you need to work in an area of expertise that is in high demand and that a client organization would struggle to recruit for in a permanent job. Speaking to an experienced recruitment professional is often the first step in working out if your skills are in demand in the market and if becoming an IT Contractor would be beneficial to you.

IT contracting is not for everyone, but if you think it may be for you feel free to reach out to me or contact your local Veredus, a Hays company, office for insights.

Ready to take the plunge? Check out the jobs below, or search local opportunities:

Job TitleLocationJob ID
Senior Java DeveloperChicago1066581
Senior C# DeveloperAtlanta1067751
ServiceNow AdministratorRaleigh1067393
Senior Web DesignerConnecticut1067151
Oracle DeveloperOhio1067522
Web AnalystRichmond1066783


Talk to David Brown, EVP, Veredus, a Hays company about the US IT market.

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