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Considering a move from permanent to freelance? Here's What You Can Expect

06/09/2013
Permanent to freelance in automotive industryChoosing contract over permanent employment in the automotive sector is an important decision. Whilst the basis of your choice will be largely personal, there are a few things to think about before making the leap. With this in mind, our expert automotive consultants here at Fircroft have put together some insight to give you an inside look at contracting in the automotive industry.

                                                                                                   
Offering variety - Rob Marlow, Fircroft Recruitment Consultant
When speaking to our contractors, one thing we hear time and time again is how much they love being able to work on a wide variety of projects.
We work with some of the industry’s leading automotive organisations and often these clients come to us with a need for highly skilled engineers to work on one-off innovative projects. The work can be intensive but also incredibly rewarding and vital to your professional development; offering hands-on experience in a variety of roles using different equipment and resources.

Talking money – Sally Robinson, Fircroft Recruitment Consultant
When it comes to freelancing, one of the biggest draws is the money. Granted it lacks many of the benefits associated with permanent roles such as job security and consistency, but it makes up for it in other ways, namely financially. Typically, contractors have the opportunity to earn a higher rate to accommodate the lack of job security and potential pay inconsistencies. Plus, we’ve seen that the majority of OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers)engage 30% of their engineering workforce through contracts so it’s certainly a booming area – especially if you have a specialist engineering skill set.

Time and travel – Greg Auburn, Fircroft Recruitment Manager
It’s important to consider travel if you’re going to establish yourself as a contract worker. Usually, it’s a case of moving to where the work is. Fircroft can help you with this as we have a range of Automotive Jobs in the UK. Sometimes this isn’t ideal for professionals with family commitments and OEM contracts last up to three years in some cases – although more commonly up to one year. However, if you’re keen to expose yourself to new and different working environments as well as meet fellow automotive professionals, it could be a great opportunity.

Consider everything – Steve Lowther, Fircroft Recruitment Manager
Contract work presents many opportunities but it’s worth making sure that the benefits align with your career objectives as well as your financial situation. You should also consider and make sure you keep abreast of any industry developments; whilst contract work is a high growth area there may be periods which will be prove less fruitful as the industry evolves.
You can find out more about contract working by getting in touch with our team of experienced consultants or checking the site for the latest automotive contract vacancies.

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