Contract Jobs vs Permanent jobs – Which to go for?

When you look for a new job, you have to consider many things such as what type of job you want, where you want to work, and what mode of working you prefer. Some of the most common modes of working include permanent jobs, and contracted jobs. The question is, which should you go for?

Let’s break things down and look at the benefits and disadvantages of each.


Benefits of contract jobs

  • It can be easier to learn new skills and meet people. When you work contract jobs, you come across generally more people than in a permanent position. With every time you begin a new contract, you enter a new environment and can find fresh opportunities for professional development. You also get to grow your professional network!
  • Contract jobs give you more flexibility. There is a lot more room to be flexible with contracts, and often you get a better choice to pick which projects you wish to work on. It also means you may have more freedom to choose when not to work!
  • Great if you’re not sure where you want to take your career. Perhaps you’re young, changing careers, or you simply don’t want to limit yourself. Contract jobs might suit you better and provide insight into various projects so you can find out what you like and dislike.


Disadvantages of contract jobs

  • You might worry about finding your next contract. They are not the most stable option so if you are looking for job security, this mode of work might not suit you.
  • A lot of paperwork. With every new contract’s end, you will have to find a new one and apply for it. Then fill in all the necessary paperwork after you get the job. The amount of administration may put some people off.


Benefits of permanent jobs

  • Permanent employee benefits. This one you can usually only get in a permanent job. Benefits such as dental cover, guaranteed paid days off, or training opportunities.
  • Usually a clear-cut career path. Unlike other job modes, permanent positions offer the chance to get promoted internally. It is probably the most straight-forward way to progress in your career if you want to get ahead.
  • Best for people who are planning to get a mortgage. If you’re hoping to buy a house soon, then permanent jobs are the way to go. You will have to provide proof of a stable income in order to take out a mortgage, and permanent jobs are as stable as it gets!


Disadvantages of permanent jobs

  • Lower renumeration. Salaries for permanent jobs are often lower than for contracted ones.
  • Lack of flexibility. Unless you’re applying for a position with a lot of authority, chances are you won’t get much say in when and how long you work.


As you can see, there are many good and bad sides to both modes of working. The best approach in deciding which to go for, is to spend some time evaluating what you want to get out of work, and how important things like flexibility or job benefits are to you.

At Avocet Staffing, we have the facilities to support manufacturing, industrial, factory, and social care work with multiple different roles, and we are now proud owners of our gang master licence which provides crucial protection for casual workers who are often vulnerable and prone to exploitation.

Contact us on 01353885999 or for more information and guidance.


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