IT Contracting Advice


The Journey from an IT Contract Job to a Permanent Position

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by Robert Hourie
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As a Contractor, what’s the best way of converting my contract into a permanent job?

On a daily basis I speak with people seeking IT jobs in Dublin. At GemPool we have the luxury of working with some of the most attractive IT companies in the world, however a lot of these roles are based on a contract.

The below I hope will be some guidance on how to tip the scale in your favour in order to get a permanent role.


Is There A Demand for IT Contractors Currently?

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2020 has been a devastating year economically for the whole world due to the pandemic. However, it will probably become known for the year of online business. This sector has really taken off this year and this was reflected by companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, and Zoom, to name a few, doing exceptionally well.

This sudden surge of dependency on these platforms, has given rise to another demand, contractors.


Why don’t we have ‘Contract-To-Hire’ Arrangements in Ireland?

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by Michael Lantry
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In the USA the use of contract to hire arrangements is quite a popular approach for bringing in talent. So why do we not see it in Ireland where so many US owned companies operate and, quite often, our talent acquisition strategies and workforce structures align? Here we will attempt to explain what ‘contract to hire’ is and why it is not used by employers in Ireland.


Ever Wondered How Much Money You Can Make As A Contractor?

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by Sarah Cotter
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As a recruiter, I work with both contract and permanent positions. In recent months there has been an increasingly large number of people who are now working as contractors. With the economy so unpredictable, more businesses are embracing the concept of hiring contractors for project-based work. I find that there are a lot of questions asked about contracting but one question in particular is, “how do I convert a perm salary to a contract daily rate”?


Pros and Cons of IT Contracting

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by Cathal McAliskey
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Contracting is where you are hired to work on a project or task for a set period of time, normally 6 or 12 months. You receive what is called a contract for service rather than a contract of service (perm position). The 2 types of contracting are fixed term or daily rate.


Is IT Contracting Right for You? Have You A choice?

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by Robert Hourie
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IT contracting has recently been gaining popularity considering the market situation and improving people’s willingness to jump on board with contracting opportunities. However we’ve always come across a variety of questions from candidates on whether contracting is beneficial or not for them and their career path. In last week’s blog, Cathay Wojnicki spoke about a few tips for new contractors, however the list below covers a few more topics that might be helpful and might set you up on a path to a successful contracting career.


Top Tips for new IT Contractors

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by Cathy Wojnicki
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In recent years, IT contracting has become an agreeable option for many developers. This is largely due to multinational IT companies choosing Ireland for their European headquarters, and respectively, the vast amount of choice that experienced developers have when choosing a new job. Not only does contracting come with flexibility for the worker, but increased pay and better life to work balance to name a few. However, in the post COVID-19 market, how can those looking to move into IT contract work be best prepared? Below I have outlined some key nuggets of information to get you ready for your new career adventure.


Filling Contract Roles In A Company

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Contract workers play a key role in the IT sector. They are hired to carry out specific projects. They are distinct from permanent employees as they are required to perform certain project roles in many organisations. These skilled workers compliment the permanent workers in the companies they serve. Hiring contractors is becoming extremely popular in the IT sector as more companies aim to fill niche roles.


Contracting with Stability

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The Software Development team in GemPool have traditionally recruited for a mixture of contract and permanent job opportunities in recent years. When a candidate is faced with a dilemma of choosing one or the other, there is a recurring theme of job stability that has routinely emerged as a deciding factor.


Contract vs Permanent Job Opportunities

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by Namratha Ambat
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Changing the nature of your job is never an easy path, we’ve highlighted a few different elements that might have an impact on this decision.


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