Is Contract Work For You?

Kirsty Garshong our consultant managing the role
Posting date: 9/10/2020 9:25 AM
Remote work. Working from home. Flexible options. Contract work. The opportunities are endless in every industry when it comes to ways to work, but for Data professionals, its benefits are expounded. Consider this. You’ve been in the Machine Learning vertical for a number of years, but your interests are drawn towards Robotics. How do you make the leap? How do you know it’s for you?

What if you could ‘try before you buy’? If the current job climate has you reassessing where you are and where you want to be, you may want to think about contract work. It gives you the perfect opportunity to join a new project, lead a new project, or recharge yourself with new ideas from a different location.


Three Benefits of Contract Work


  • Demand – Data professionals are always in high demand, and those with the balance of technical and soft skills have an even higher
  • Steady Pay - Steady daily, weekly, or monthly pay for a finite amount of time.
  • Flexibility – While how we work has changed, there are still elements of flexibility to entice even the most flexible options. 

The three options above may not seem like much in the grand scheme of things these days, but imagine the possibilities. 

It may seem like the best option is to keep your head down and hold on tight, but let’s imagine a scenario. You’re facing a problem at work that you’ve been trying to solve for weeks or months. You can feel an answer forming, but there’s something blocking you. The problem needs to be solved, but it’s something you can take a break from. Vacation is out of the question. After all, where would you go?

Now, let’s imagine there’s a company who needs someone with your expertise. It’s a different project. A different team. A completely new environment. They don’t need a full-time employee, just someone who can step in and see what the others can’t. Or someone who can step in and lead a team for project of a day, a month, 3-6 months or more. 

You join the team and over time, you’re surprised to discover, the answer escaping you from your permanent company has found its way to you. It’s a win-win. You feel refreshed, recharged, and if you’ve done well, you now have a choice. Do you go back to your old company or do you join the new company you’ve been working with for the last few months?

Three Things To Be Aware Of In Contract


  • It is, by its very nature, not permanent.
  • Your salary isn’t guaranteed or steady over the course of a year.
  • Flexibility is a double-edged sword giving both contract workers and employers the opportunity to change course at the drop of a hat.

Data professionals are not only in demand, but those who have been in the industry for five years or more have more options than most. You are the professionals who can move into Contract work to refresh the way you work, find yourself recharged, and ready for whatever may come your way. You’ve worked with global and local teams on a variety of projects. You’ve joined or lead teams outside your comfort zone. You’ve gotten to experience another vertical within your industry. Where will your next steps take you?

If you're looking for your next role in Data & Analytics, Contract or otherwise, we may be able to help. Take a look at our latest opportunities or get in touch with one of our expert consultants to find out more. 


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