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Reasons to go Permanent

Clicks places a lot of IT professionals into contracts and permanent roles each year. If you are considering the transition from contracting, here are some reasons you may want to take up a permanent job.

1. Job security

The IT market goes up and down. A permanent role is more likely to ensure that you are employed when times are tough in the market, and if a project gets cancelled you still have a job!

2. Career development

As many organisations promote from within, permanent staff have better long-term career development and progression opportunities.

3. Supports lifestyle choices

A permanent job allows you to plan for the long term. It makes things like applying for loans or starting a family easier. There is also less administration: timesheets, varied income, payroll systems, or accountancy fees. You don’t have to worry about any of these things when you’re a permanent staff member.

4. Employee benefits

Permanent employees have access to paid leave entitlements such as Annual Leave, Sick Leave, Long-Service Leave, Parental Leave, Bereavement Leave, etc. The steady income stream means taking time off won’t be as stressful, particularly if it’s unexpected. You may also have access to staff benefits that cover physical, financial, and mental health and wellbeing.

5. Being part of the team

Being a permanent employee allows you to be a part of the team fully. You can get involved in the culture and shape the direction of your organisation. However, as a contractor, you may have limits to the amount of company knowledge you can access or the strategic, long-term impact you can make.

6. Training and certifications paid for

Employers are more likely to invest in learning and development opportunities for permanent employees. As soon as you stop investing in learning, your ability to develop your career can diminish.

7. Better projects and more accountability

Permanent employees will often get the first pick of available projects or jobs. That’s because employers want to retain and protect their intellectual property (IP), and they are more likely to trust permanent staff with their IP.

8. Demonstrates commitment

Showing commitment, stability, and career progression as a permanent employee can look good on your resume when applying for other permanent jobs in the future.

9. Tools of the trade provided

Permanent employees are more likely to be supplied with or have the costs covered for ‘tools of the trade’ such as phones and laptops.

10. Less job searching and less interviewing

The average tenure of permanent employees is three years, while contract work varies from six weeks to a year. It can be stressful knowing your contract is coming to an end. The process of finding a job can be time-consuming and nerve-wracking. As a permanent employee, this is something you don’t have to go through as frequently.

If you are in the market for your next IT opportunity, look at our jobseeker advice covering resume tips, interviewing best-practice and much more! For a confidential discussion about securing your next permanent role, reach out to us on 1300 CLICKS.

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