“Are you ok with a contract position?” We ask potential candidates this question daily, but what exactly is a contract employee?
A contract employee works under contract for a specific job or project at a specific rate. When a company must meet a project deadline, they often choose to onboard a contract employee instead of a permanent employee. They are not considered full-time employees. Yet, their contributions bolster an organization’s work force and enable teams to exceed their business goals.
Historically, the expression ‘contract employee’ carried negative connotations among workers. People often expressed concerns about a job’s long term viability. While contract work may not be for everyone, consider the benefits of contract employment: Contract employees earn higher pay rates for the same work as a permanent employee. They negotiate their contract on their terms. When on a contract, many enjoy the added freedom. Contracts offer the stability of a 40 hour week with the added bonus of knowing they will be paid on an hourly basis for any hours over 40 (often time and a half rate). It also allows the possibility of running a second contract position part time or working from home, if the employer allows.
There are two types of contracts: a temporary contract and a contract-to-hire. With temporary contracts, firms and workers can extend their professional relationship beyond the end of the contract. Contracts-to-hire enable employers to hire the consultant full-time at the end of the contract. This enables you, the contractor, to decide if the environment, culture and the work suits you before accepting a permanent position. You show the employer your best stuff while they develop confidence in you. You end up with a great, full-time role.
At Marchon Partners, we employ contractors in two ways: as W2 employees and Corp-to-Corp employees. We maintain W2 employees on our payroll. We assume the tax and legal responsibilities of hiring these employees. In Corp-to-Corp contracts, another corporation assumes the responsibilities that I mentioned above. Some consultants own their own corporation and others partner with a third party corporation.
If contract employment appeals to you, give us a shout and submit your resume at firstname.lastname@example.org! We find great roles every day for people like you and welcome the chance to help you advance your career.
Phil Weltman is a technical recruiter at Marchon Partners who comes from Dedham, Massachusetts.