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Old 15.09.2013, 23:35
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Re: S/W Engineer: Contractor vs Permanent salary

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Contract: Unless you provide for it yourself

No sick leave
No paid vacation
No security
No pension
No insurance cover
No training

And employers' social contribution comes from your fee. Roughly, a contractor would need to be in place for ~2 years before it would have been more cost-effective for them to be permanent.

I prefer to contract because:
No appraisals
No target setting
No/reduced politics
On top of all this, 700 x day is on the lowest end, really, and they are going to keep pushing the rate down after every contract renewal until you get sick of it. Another aspect is that you are going to get surrounded by a bunch of other angry bird contractors that are all competing to get their contract renewed and that usually means to annihilate the competition by all sorts of tricks, personal attacks and undermining strategies but the OP being a SE for so long should already be used to the SE hell.
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