That depends on you, and what you want out of your career. People will typically choose contracting because you have more autonomy over the projects you work on, greater flexibility, it can be more varied and in many instances it pays more. By contrast, permanent roles give greater stability, a more well-rounded benefits package (e.g. benefits are not purely financial) and more opportunity to learn new skillsets and progress your career. However, this is not set in stone and can vary from business to business. If you think you might be interested in moving from perm to contract (or vice versa), but have some concerns, we recommend speaking to one of our specialists who can advise on your specific situation.
In the IT sector, finding a contract role can be competitive – although no tougher than finding a permanent role can be. IT contracting is a volume-based game, and even though the end-to-end hiring process is typically shorter than permanent recruitment, it is likely you will need to spin multiple plates before securing work. If your skillset is in high demand or considered ‘scarce’ in the market, the probability of finding work quickly can be much higher. Relying on networks, building client relationships and staying close to recruitment agents is the best way of finding contracting work quickly and consistently and Lorien can keep you regularly updated on new opportunities in the market. We also offer a referral programme so that contractors can help each other out to find work.
Lorien will match your skillsets and interests with our portfolio of clients, direct the recruitment process from end-to-end and manage your experience for the duration of the contract you are engaged on. Afterwards, we can help you to find new opportunities, linking into our networks and extensive client relationships to find the right work for you. As a Lorien contractor, you will also have access to a range of exclusive benefits, a dedicated support team and market insight from industry experts.
We recommend that any disputes are managed locally with the end client, however Lorien will provide support to any contractors that feel they are subject to unreasonable expectations or behaviour. We can act as an impartial intermediary and help contractors to resolve any problems at the source.