WORK­OUT Con­trac­tors a valu­able as­set

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - CAREER ONE -

IS full-time work fall­ing out of favour? Per­haps not yet, but there is a def­i­nite trend if the re­sults of a Ta­lent2 sur­vey are any in­di­ca­tion. More than 22 per cent in the sur­vey of 1338 re­spon­dents showed a pref­er­ence for flex­i­bil­ity at work over full-time work. The priv­i­lege of choice may in­di­cate a tight labour mar­ket, ac­cord­ing to Colin Kerr of Ta­lent2.

‘‘ Wages have in­creased rapidly in the past 10 years, and in fact 41 per cent of work­ers be­lieve they are paid more as a con­trac­tor than if they were a full-time em­ployee.

‘‘ Al­though white-col­lar wages have in­creased in line with the eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment, con­trac­tors are es­sen­tially able to name their price and are paid for ev­ery hour they work, mean­ing they get fair pay for a job well done. Full-time em­ploy­ees en­dure of­fice pol­i­tics, which af­fects con­tract work­ers far less’’, Kerr says.

‘‘ Em­ploy­ers are scream­ing for a so­lu­tion to staff short­ages, par­tic­u­larly as more and more work is project-based. The old days of em­ploy­ers view­ing con­trac­tors as be­ing in­ca­pable of get­ting a real job are over.

‘‘ Th­ese days, busi­nesses see the ben­e­fits of us­ing con­trac­tors be­cause of their flex­i­bil­ity and di­verse skill sets,’’ Kerr says.

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