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Should you consider a full time IT job?

Posted by Travis O'Rourke, Director, Hays Canada, on Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016

CAIT: 47% of employers plan to increase headcountsAlmost half (45%) of IT hiring managers want to increase permanent headcount in 2016, but three-quarters are struggling to find the IT candidates they need, according to the Hays 2016 Salary Guide. One reason for this is the strong IT temp and contract market, where hourly pay rates can be higher, but there are also advantages to going full-time.

Should you consider the move?

The main reason to transition to full time from contract work is for the longer term career opportunities. If your career ambitions include reaching senior management, VP, or C-suite levels then at some point you will need to change to a full-time position to get the necessary experience

Our results show that 29 percent of employers have a formal succession plan for their IT staff, showing that many employers are looking for candidates that not only can deliver on the initial project, but support the business’ long-term growth plans.

Look for opportunities with clear career path options, and consider what other benefits could be available. Health benefits and other employer offerings could make your life easier, especially if you have a family, and you can negotiate for things like flexible hours and vacation.

Full-time isn't for everyone - the flexibility, variety, and competitive compensation are all valuable aspects of contract IT work. If you're weighing your options, consider short-term and long-term needs - from what will suit your lifestyle now, to where you hope to be in five to 10 years.

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