War of the worlds: contractor vs “permie”

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If you’re starting to get itchy feet in your permanent role, perhaps your mind has turned to contracting as a way to escape the monotony of the daily grind.

Of course, as soon as these ponderings start to appear, you’ll immediately begin weighing up the pros and cons of each working style. After all, you need to figure out which is more likely to benefit you the most – and who can blame you?

It’s no surprise that many people have found contracting to be a life saver, as it allows professionals to escape the shackles of permanent employment and experience a wider range of assignment opportunities.

Still need convincing about contracting’s superiority? Here are our reasons why it’s definitely the ruler of the working world.

Autonomous vs controlled

As a “permie” worker, you face a life of reporting in to your boss, being monitored and sometimes unable to explore your creativity. Contracting eliminates any involvement with office politics, keeping your focus strictly on the work you love to do.

Within reason, contracting offers you the chance to work how you want and when you want, meaning you can take your career on any path you desire. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Freedom vs scheduled

Permanent workers are chained to the relentless 9 to 5 grind, repeating the same tasks day in day out and hardly having the time to take a well deserved break. Life as a contractor is completely different; you can organise your assignments around your personal commitments and pick projects during times that suit you. This helps create the perfect work-life balance.

In addition, contracting allows you to specialise in whatever niche skill you want to, and adapt your abilities to ensure you secure the most in-demand roles. We make that 2-0 to contracting so far.

Motivated vs burnt out

The risk of burnout seems to be higher in a permanent worker. The recent Britain at Work report found 31% of workers didn’t take a lunch break because of stress. In contrast, contractors have the freedom and diversity that’s necessary to pursue exciting projects and not let work rule their entire life.

With contracting, you’ll hardly ever dread another Monday morning or wish the weekend would never end. That’s because you’re actually doing a job you love. Can you honestly say that about your permanent role?

Variation vs monotony

Choosing a career that has lots of variation is certainly more appealing than doing the same laborious task every day. Contracting allows you to do just that, as you are able to work on one project for a few months, then jump on to the next thrilling venture.

Permanent employees, however, are much more likely to be stuck doing the same menial tasks day in day out, waiting for clocking off time to provide a brief respite before the whole thing kicks off again. Sound familiar?

Development vs stagnation

If you put professional development at the top of your priority list, you’re virtually guaranteed to progress further with your career. Contracting provides you with the opportunity to learn a multitude of different skills and become a leading expert in your field.

Permanent employees, on the other hand, tend to get pigeon-holed into one speciality or another. What’s more, office politics can create an “it’s not what you know but who you know” mentality that could see you overlooked for that promotion, in spite of all the hard work and dedication you have demonstrated.

Surely that’s all the evidence you need to kick-start a career in contracting? If you need more assistance, however, we’re here to help. Call our experts on 0800 458 0818 or email enquiry@parasolgroup.co.uk and we’ll show you why you should make the leap.

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