Quality Consulting

Select Contract or Permanent

  1. Know your options
    • Traditional permanent employees work solely for a single employer.
    • Contract consultants work on a series of different assignments anywhere from a few weeks to over a year in duration.
    • In the United States, IT consultants are usually full-time employees of a contract consulting firm which may provide benefits.
    • In Canada, most IT consultants are incorporated or sole proprietors, meaning they are entrepreneurs running their own businesses.
    • Contract consulting is not simply a job option but a lifestyle choice that is not always suitable for everyone. Consider the challenges and benefits of both contract consulting and a traditional permanent
  2. Benefits of traditional permanent employment
    • Most traditional permanent employment offers job security and stability.
    • Traditional permanent employees can rely on a continuous, predictable income stream that rarely decreases.
    • Traditional permanent employees usually receive benefits such as pension plans, paid sick leave, insurance, and medical coverage.
    • Companies are often willing to invest in education and training for permanent employees.
    • Traditional permanent employees belong to an ongoing social group and are members of a "family".
    • Traditional permanent employees may have the opportunity to participate in stock options and profit sharing.
    • Many companies manage their employees' careers and guide them into a desirable career path within the organization.
  3. Benefits of IT contract consulting
    • Consultants are free to select the types of consulting assignments that meet their personal goals and preferences.
    • Consultants can gain a wide variety of experiences in different corporate and technical environments.
    • Since consultants control their own careers, they may enjoy a more positive attitude toward their chosen profession.
    • Consultants are usually encouraged to remain removed from the internal corporate politics of the client.
    • Consultants may choose to explore short-term opportunities in new communities or even other countries.
  4. Challenges of IT contract consulting
    • Contract consultants are not always able to find work when they want it at the desired hourly rate.
    • Even highly skilled contract consultants may endure unpaid periods between assignments.
    • IT contract consultants often have to take responsibility for their own continuing education and training, including costs of tuition and unpaid time spent to take a course.
    • Some IT contract consultants must obtain benefits such as insurance or medical coverage on their own or forgo them all together.
    • IT consultants are typically not eligible for stock options or profit sharing plans.
    • Career planning and development is usually the sole responsibility of the individual.
    • On the job, consultants are often expected to be the team expert, someone who can ramp up very quickly and produce excellent
  5. Consider your personal preferences
    • Some IT professionals prefer to grow with one organization through a number of years rather than consulting for multiple organizations.
    • Others rely on the security of a guaranteed work schedule and steady income without the periodic interruptions that may come with contract consulting.
    • Those who aspire to management may find that consulting assignments are somewhat scarcer.
    • A permanent position is the best way to begin your career and develop your skills for the widest range of opportunities later on.
    • Contract consulting may be best for you if you are a highly experienced, highly motivated individual with a lot of professional confidence and an entrepreneurial spirit.