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FAQs for future contractors
As the way businesses are hiring continues to change, contracting has become a more popular choice for professionals for a number of reasons. It provides flexibility to take on contracts that suit your schedule, the ability to grow your expertise by moving agilely from one business to the next, and fresh challenges that come with changing the scenery every few months.
As a temporary worker, you’re either employed on an interim, temporary, or contract basis. Here is a quick rundown of the differences:
What’s an interim role?
Interim roles are created to cater for specific projects or absences, whether they are short or long term. They are usually management positions that require specialist skills. For instance, specialist interim managers can cover the gap that occurs after someone leaves. They can also be brought on if a company is looking for a change of direction and is launching something new, or if there has been misconduct or mismanagement.
They handle the job on a day-to-day basis, giving hiring managers the opportunity to assess the future needs for the role properly. In some cases they may even advise on their long-term replacement.
What does a temporary worker do?
Temporary workers may fill a role for as little as one day. If you are available to work on a temporary basis, we will recommend you to employers who need to fill a role quickly.
What’s a contract role?
Contract roles operate in a very similar manner to interim management; however, the type of work contractors take on varies significantly. In some industries, contractors are referred to as freelancers or consultants.
The organisation hiring decides the specifics of the role, so each position is different.
How do contractors get paid?
Your hourly rate will vary according to your professional skills and experience. Usually, you’ll earn more than you would as a full-time employee, to accommodate leave and tax requirements.
Can contracting help my career?
Exposure to a variety of companies and roles opens up opportunities to make contacts and trial different job types. Each contract role provides the chance to impress a prospective employer while widening skills and building experience.
Some professionals base their entire career on contract work because they enjoy the flexibility and variety that it provides. Find out more about the benefits of contracting.
How long do contracts normally last?
Each contract varies greatly. Some last longer than a year, while others are only for a few weeks. Speak to one of our consultants today to get a feel for what the norm is in your industry.
What kinds of contract roles are available?
We offer contract opportunities across the following industry sectors:
· Healthcare & Life Sciences
I want to start contracting. Who do I speak to?
The Michael Page Contracting Team will be happy to discuss what you’re looking for in a contract role, and can suggest the best opportunities for you. You can reach the team by emailing [email protected].
Michael Page’s contracting team fields a lot of questions about contracting, such as:
- What is an interim role?
- How do contractors get paid?
- What do temp workers do?
- Is contracting good for my career?
We’ve answered all these questions and more to help you make an informed decision about working as a contractor.