Starting your journey
Life as a contractor can unlock a higher level of freedom, and is financially rewarding.
The IT sector is fast-moving, dynamic and adaptable, meaning there are many vacancies and opportunities on offer.
If you are a computer specialist who is looking to become your own boss, then contracting in IT could be a career choice worth considering.
Looking to find a contracting role?
Our free guide to finding a contract will help you secure your next role.
What’s in the guide?
- Finding the right contract – Agencies or job boards? We’ve got you covered.
- Seven secrets to optimising your income – From experience to presentation skills.
- CV’s, e-CV’s and CV databases – How to make sure your CV is picked up.
- Five tips when writing your CV – why it is important to keep it up-to-date.
So, you’ve made the leap to contracting, and you have decided that IT is the area you wish to specialise in.
Your next step is to find a contract. Finding opportunities as a contractor differs from the traditional job search for permanent employment.
Rates of pay
If you are considering becoming an IT contractor, one of the things you need to take into account is how much you could expect to earn.
Day rates differ based on your skill set and location, however this will be higher than what a permanent employee could expect to receive.
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Choosing to specialise
As an IT contractor, you can decide which pathway fits your skill set. You could be a consultant, engineer, analyst, developer or even an architect. We have looked at two of these roles in greater detail.
IT consultants specialise in the integration of IT into businesses, showing them how IT can help them achieve their goals.
If you become an IT consultant, you can expect to create and implement plans, analyse the IT infrastructure and recognise potential issues within the business.
The term ‘IT architect’ describes someone who can navigate the complexities of modern IT systems, and provide solutions to any obstacles encountered on the way.
As an IT architect contractor, you can command higher rates of pay by working on a contract basis. Companies often need professionals which work on this basis, to quickly address unexpected, urgent and ongoing IT concerns.
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