Hello All, What is good? I feel employment. It keeps mind calm as one does not need to be after searching a next assignment. and can concentrate on work. All who take contract jobs and comeplete them successfully, should also agree that they COPE with this uncertainty and that it is not so that they do not have it. any positive and negative exp to share? Any thoughts? Tina
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While all this is true, I think that the current job market is so much in favor of employers, that a different stress is there to deal with on the job. You still have to be on your toes to keep a job, and even if you work very hard at it, you can still get laid off at any time. From a psychological angle, at least with contracting you fail on your own terms... Health insurance is a big consideration -- being without it as a contractor is an added stress if you can't afford it yourself.
I've been contracting for the past six years or so and, all up, must say that I probably preferred a permanent position instead. As a permanent I found my entire disposition towards my work and the workplace a lot more relaxed, and felt more part of the solution that the company was trying to achieve. As a contractor I am always very conscious of the hours I work (no work = no pay), tend to work through most lunch breaks, never take sick leave even if required, and lately spend quite a bit of my free time wondering where the next contract is going to come from. I guess a contractor's payslip is one of the biggest rewards to come out of doing it, but most other contractors I know tend to up their living expences accordingly and become dependent on that level of income. As such, less importance is given to things that you take for granted as a permanent (leave, health cover, sick days, pension plans, etc). But there is the flipside that as a contractor you are a bit of a master of your own destiny, and its nice to know you don't have to renew your contract if you can't stand the site you're working at. My best guess is to go contracting while you're younger to gain a lot of varied experience, and see a bit of the world to boot. And consider a permanent position later when things like kids education, pension policies, etc come into play. Just my 2 cents [ March 19, 2003: Message edited by: Mark Howard ]
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