Contracting in today’s Market

Aoife Power 16.08.2018

As an experienced Recruitment professional who has been working in the contingent recruitment space in Sydney for the last 6 months, I have learned a lot about what it means to be a career contractor.

My daily interactions with my clients and contractors gives me great insight in to the market as it stands today, and I feel there has never been a better time to be contracting.

As the contracting workforce continues to evolve, organisations are now managing their contingent workforce more effectively than ever, meaning many benefits can be seen for organisations and contract workers alike. 

Advantages of Contracting 

Being a contractor allows you to have more control over your chosen career path while reducing the permanent commitment. In a permanent position you may believe you are settled and enjoy the sector you are in, and often the option to try new things can be more daunting as the risk of giving up your job security isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. However, for those who work in the contracting space, being able to experiment and dive in to new sectors and industries is a huge bonus, driving motivation and success, and in return making you more sought after by future employers.

A key benefit of contracting is the opportunity to network and build relationships with stakeholders across many organisations. Expanding your network allows you to demonstrate your skills and work ethic to many people, who in return will become key ambassadors and open the door to new opportunities. 

Contracting allows greater flexibility and an improved work life balance as you can work in a way which suits your personal circumstances. This allows for you to take extended leave between contracts and not be restricted to the standard annual leave which you have in a permanent position. 

Contract positions often demand a higher rate of pay, and although annual leave and sick leave are not covered, the contract market is growing at the fastest pace ever here in Sydney, enabling a contractor to easily secure a position in a demanding market. 

For anyone starting out in contracting you can be confident that you will have the ability to further develop your skill set and accelerate your career progression as you work across varied industries and environments.  

What advice would I give to someone looking to contract in today’s market?

Before entering into a contract position, it is important to clearly define the responsibilities and duties you will be undertaking. By understanding what is expected of you, you will ultimately feel like part of the wider organisation and strive in achieving goals and milestones during your contract 

Secondly, be confident in your abilities to add value to your future employer and be able to clearly articulate these values at interview, often the interview process for contract positions is just one initial meeting, so be prepared.  Also, keep your qualifications and memberships up to date, this ensures your stand out in a crown and the client has the confidence you have the skills required to hit the ground running.

If you are thinking about a career in contracting or would like to talk to me about current opportunities and the market here in NSW please contact me. Aoife Power –


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