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The demand for contractors is on the rise in today's rapidly changing technology market. This is due to the increased need for skills in new technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and programming languages such as Go and Rust. Contractors offer flexibility and cost-effectiveness, allowing organizations to be agile and adapt to changing client demands and project deadlines. They also provide a fresh perspective and the ability to innovate faster.

When making the move into contracting there is a lot to think about and consider, never mind the nerves of switching from an employee to self-employed. The move can be exciting and rewarding. However, it also comes with its challenges. 

Here's our guide to why you should consider becoming an IT contractor, based on our 15 years of experience placing IT contractors:

1. Flexibility

One of the main reasons that IT professionals make the move to becoming Contractors is flexibility. Being a Contractor provides you with more control over your schedule and the projects which you take, meaning you can work when you want and choose where you work from. With many professionals prioritizing work/life balance, this is a major factor in their thinking.  

2. Earning potential

Due to skills and experience being at a premium in many areas, Contractors can potentially earn higher day rates compared to permanent employees. Contractors also have the ability in certain cases to negotiate rates giving them greater control over earning potential.

3. Variety

They say that "variety is the spice of life," and this is especially true when it comes to being a contractor. This is why many people make the transition to contracting, as it allows them to choose the projects they want to work on. By becoming a contractor, you will gain exposure to a wider range of industries, technologies, and products, which will enable you to learn new skills, gain knowledge, and expand your experience.

4. Networking opportunities

Contracting will give you exposure to a wide network of clients, colleagues, and industries. Through these interactions, you will be able to expand your professional network, forge valuable connections, and gain exposure to new opportunities. Building a robust network is essential for career advancement and opens doors to future contracting work, referrals, and projects.

5. Adaptability

In a rapidly changing technology market, adaptability and the ability to pivot is essential to success. Contracting will provide you with the agility and resilience to thrive in a constantly shifting landscape. By engaging with diverse clients and projects, you will develop versatile skill sets, stay abreast of emerging technologies, and remain relevant in an ever-changing industry.

The decision to become a contractor is a deeply personal one, influenced by individual aspirations, priorities, and circumstances. While contracting offers a host of benefits, it also comes with its own set of challenges, including the need for self-discipline, financial management, and a tolerance for uncertainty. However, for IT professionals seeking greater autonomy, flexibility, and professional growth, the journey into contracting can be an immensely rewarding one.

To find out more about current contract opportunities and how we can support you in your journey, reach out to Abi Rankin, our Tech Recruitment Specialist, at 617 865 9195.