Contract jobs are becoming increasingly common in the freelance economy.
In this time of slowing economic growth and tightening budgets across the board, employers have been adding more contract roles into company lineups, as it’s both an effective and a pocket-friendly business solution. On the other hand, seasoned and new job seekers are reportedly facing increasing competition in Hong Kong’s saturated job market.
Does this make contract roles a viable career option? We think so, and here’s why:
You’re no longer limited to low-level jobsUnlike five years ago, hiring managers today are much more comfortable with letting contract employees take on senior roles in a firm. Talent can come on board for a specific period or purpose, such as a short-term campaign, and take lead on these projects.
When projects are completed, you walk away with more experience, while your employer benefits from your hard work.
You can get paid more than permanent workersYou may be sitting at the other end of the pay-scale with just one contract job, but multiple roles can give you a paycheck that’s equivalent to, if not more, than that of a permanent, full-time employee.
However, this comes as a bit of a trade off. Do you want more ‘me time’, or do you want to dip your toes into the hustle for a bit?
Land full-time positionsContract roles may be temporary, but the impressions you leave aren’t. Employers are still hiring, but they’re also extremely cautious about who they bring onboard. Offering contract roles is a good way for them to quietly test talent before proceeding with a hire.
So never underestimate the value of hard work. Be on time, communicate with your co-workers and be sure you do not fall short on delivering outstanding work.
These little things can later work to your advantage, whether it’s getting hired back into the same company, or getting recommended to work elsewhere.
Bring your work with you everywhereYou may be bound by a contract, but you’re certainly not bound to the desk! Regardless of the nature of your job, you are likely going to have some flexibility to work outside your workplace.
Skip the dreadful MTR rush hour and the lunch hour queues. Pick the most comfortable spot that improves your productivity and spurs creativity, whether it's at the top of Victoria Peak or a cha chaan teng from the corner of the street.
As long as you get your work done, and done well, it really does not matter where it was completed.
Stay in control of your schedule (and life)You are the boss of your time. Say goodbye to the nine-to-five as you pick your working hours, choose when to get cracking, and who you want to work for.
Need a short-term role? Find out who’s hiring here.