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From Temporary to Permanent: The Evolution of Contract Positions

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By Anne-Marie Walsh

2024 is seeing a notable shift in the recruitment landscape, with more clients opting for fixed-term and day-rate contract positions. These contracts serve various purposes, from testing long-term suitability to fulfilling urgent business needs or project requirements efficiently.

At Fortis Recruitment, we're not one to stay stagnant. We're listening to our clients and are actively diving into contract and fractional work for our mid to senior-level candidates. With our focus extending across diverse sectors like technology, life sciences, construction and property, and financial services, we're catering to our client’s growing demand for a flexible workforce. Our initial candidate focus lies in roles such as programme managers, project managers, and business analysts.

But let's talk about the nitty-gritty. What does contracting mean for candidates? Well, it's a mixed bag of pros and cons. On one hand, it offers a chance for varied experiences across different sectors, enhancing a candidate's attractiveness to employers. There's also the opportunity for upskilling, as exposure to various technologies and organisations can broaden one's skill set. And let's not forget the earning potential – very competitive day rates are enticing candidates away from secure permanent roles with attractive benefits packages.

Of course, there are some drawbacks to moving into a contract position.  There's a perceived lack of security for employees, and some employers may prioritize permanent staff for training opportunities. Plus, let's be real – you don't get the same benefits, holidays, or sick pay that permanent employees enjoy. And there's the potential for feeling isolated, missing out on the camaraderie that comes with being part of a permanent team.

Ultimately, whether contracting is right for you depends on a myriad of factors – lifestyle, career stage, personal preferences, you name it. It's about finding the fit that aligns with your goals and circumstances.

So, if you're a candidate curious about the contract market or a client in need of programme managers, project managers, or business analysts, let's chat. Reach out to Anne-Marie Walsh at Anne-Marie@fortis.ie for an initial discussion, or submit your details here.  Let's navigate this evolving landscape together.

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