The Benefits of Contract Work


If having more control over where and for whom you work appeals to you, if the idea of having many different workplace experiences and duties pleases you, if the chance to make more money per hour than you would working as a “permanent” employee intrigues you, work as a contract employee may be right for you.

Many employers today hire contract and/or free-lance workers during peaks in their production schedules, or during crunch times.  They use the contract workers only when they need to, letting them go — by mutual agreement — when production slows down and/or the crunch time eases up.

In fact, more and more employers are looking to contract workers as a big part of their regular business strategy; as our information and “just in time” economy kicks back into gear, many businesses may permanently run with just a “core” number of full-time employees, hiring contractor and free-lancers only when necessary.

Many companies pay contractors on a different pay scale than the one they use to pay regular employees. Contract workers often receive an hourly pay rate much higher than salaried employees because the employer doesn’t need to cover a contract worker’s health insurance, time off, unemployment insurance, etc.

Another terrific benefit of contract work is the flexibility if offers. If you don’t want to work for a certain company, doing a certain task between certain dates, you don’t have to. If you finish one position, you can arrange for your next position to start when you want it to — you can take a vacation knowing you’ll have work when you return. If you want to take an entire month between contracts, you can.

You’ll also have the opportunity to work on assignments and for people that interest you — and not work on assignments that don’t. You’ll have little chance of becoming bored on the job due to the fact that you’ll constantly be working on new projects in new settings.

If you’re looking for contract positions with some of Washington Metro’s best construction, architecture and engineering firms, contact RealStreet Staffing. We can help you find your next contract assignment — or help you find a regular, full-time position.

RealStreet has proven to be a trusted resource for me for critical facility staffing needs. They strive to understand client requirements and resource them fully with a minimum of contractual actions to enable the support. I am quite satisfied with their services and give my complete recommendation.

Colonel Stuart Harrison, PE, USA (ret)

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