WORKOUT Contractors a valuable asset
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.