What are the benefits of contract engineering?
Well, here at EngLancer, we could write up a whole list of benefits. But, here at EngLancer, we obviously would.
You’re too sharp to just listen to us. You should listen to Tom and Gavin, those guys are awesome. (Besides, we already put the numbers to the argument.) Both company and freelancer signed up as part of the Beta site trial last June to November, outsourcing and delivering over £3000 worth of projects each within that period alone, and have experienced the benefits of contract engineering in more ways than one.
So, to give you a much better perspective than our own, you’ll find their stories below.
“I moved to rural Scotland with my wife and children after 10 years in the hustle and bustle of London. The hours are still long, but the drive home is amazing. And yes, I am still working hard. But now that the work arrives in well-defined packages, I can spend more quality time with my family between projects. It’s not a case of time in the office, it’s about what I can deliver.> I’ve also found the flexibility contracting affords me has been great for professional development and learning. I can watch webinars, trial new software or scour the online forums for how to solve that persistent problem. The sorts of things viewed as ‘skiving’ in the traditional office environment. And in my experience, contracting/outsourcing really benefits both sides. For instance, recently I’ve been getting work from Australia and the States. I can be drawing while those guys are sleeping and when I wake up, the corrections are there waiting for me. Working this way, the ‘production line’ is sometimes 24 hours a day. You just can’t do that if you’re in the same time zone.” – Tom
“We used to have a great CAD technician. His salary was high relative to the market but he was good at what he did, and so added value to our company. But, as they do, an opportunity arose and he’s now doing great just down the road.> Trying to replace somebody like that is tough. Draughtsmen are in demand and so they’re expensive. And because we only recruit from areas commutable to Leeds, they are even more elusive. You have no idea whether they’re ‘worth’ the same as the guy we used to have. After a few bad experiences and a lot of money paid into salaries, software licences, training and to recruitment agents, we turned to contractors. It works because we only use these guys when we have the projects to justify them. We only pay a fee for work on which we earn a fee.” – Gavin
How does that sound to you? Could well-packaged contracting offer the solution to your problem, or simply a better way to work?
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