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Working as a contractor- what you need to know

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At FRAME Recruitment our Architecture and Design teams are busier than ever supporting our clients and candidates with their recruitment needs. As a result, more and more of our clients are looking for experienced candidates who are immediately available to join their practices and provide added value.

Would you consider working as a contractor?

For permanent candidates, the idea of switching to a contractor position can seem daunting. After all, the idea of moving into a completely different way of working brings an element of uncertainty. At FRAME Recruitment we are often asked by candidates “what are the benefits, if any, of switching to contract?” So, we wanted to highlight a few key reasons as to why operating as a contractor can be an appealing career move to make.

1. Paid by the hour

It is no secret that the working days in Architecture and Design can be long. Extended working hours are often required to ensure project deadlines are met to a high standard. As a contractor, this will go in your favour as you are paid for every hour you work. Additionally, because of their high level of expertise, experience and specialist skill sets contractors can pitch themselves at a higher hourly rate. So, if you believe you have the right level of experience and are open to the idea of working on an hourly basis, a contractor role could be a great one to consider.

2. Career development

Contractors are hired because they bring added value and are experts in their field. As a result, contractors are expected to hit the ground running and produce results from day one. Therefore, moving into a contract role will provide you with the invaluable skill of being able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines. For candidates working in a fast-paced industry like Architecture and design, these are great qualities to have.

Additionally, working as a contractor means that you will soon build up a huge amount of experience from working on a variety of roles for different clients. This is because you are exposed to more sectors and projects than you would be normally working as a permanent employee with one practice.

3. Flexibility

As a contractor you are hired either on a fixed term contract with an end date or an open contract with no end date, therefore, you can have the luxury of choosing when you work next. You get to choose which contracts you accept and which projects really excite you. Additionally, if you are unsure about the type of practice you want to work for, contracting is a great way to get a feel for what you are looking for in your long term career.

When you complete an assignment and decide you want to take a month or two off you have the flexibility to do so. This is a perfect opportunity for individuals who have a number of other commitments or ambitions that they would like to fulfil throughout the year, whilst knowing they have the security of being able to take on new contracts when it suits them.

Just remember to plan and forecast this in so you know when your next assignments or breaks are coming up. It’s always good to plan ahead and we advise staying connected with recruiters for updates around the latest contractor opportunities.

4. Variety

They say variety is the spice of life and if variety is what you are looking for in your career, there is no doubt this is what you will get working as a contractor.

Assignments typically vary from a couple of weeks to a year and throughout their careers, contractors will work on a number of different assignments. Therefore, the role of a contractor is best suited to individuals who enjoy working in different environments, with different people, on different projects or using different CAD software.

5. Control

As a contractor, you have more control over a number of different aspects of your career. As we mentioned earlier, you get to choose when you work, who you work for and what projects you work on.  Additionally, contractors who operate through their own Limited Company have the advantaging of choosing how and when they are paid.


Should I make the switch?

Switching your career from permanent to contract is an important decision to consider. The benefits are great but you need to understand every aspect before taking the plunge.

It is not a question of whether a particular contract job is the right one, but more of a question of whether it suits your lifestyle, personality and if the time is right in your career.

The contract recruitment consultants at FRAME are always on hand to offer advice and guidance on how to start a career as a contractor. Keep in mind wealso act as agents to find candidates their first contracting role.

The life of a contractor will certainly not be right for all, but for some people, it is the best move they have ever made and most would not return to a permanent position. 

FRAME Recruitment has been working with Architectural contractors and vacancies since 1999. We are committed to customer service excellence and operate to the highest standards in the recruitment industry.

If you would like to discuss anything related to this topic then please speak to our contract specialist Sarah Anderson on 023820 25240.

View all our contractor roles available at FRAME Recruitment here