Most contractors say they are happy to put up with a lengthy commute or even relocate if the assignment on offer ticks all of the boxes.
A survey of more than 2,500 independent flexible workers found that 64% would be willing to commute between half an hour and 90 minutes each way for the right role.
Furthermore, 67% of respondents would consider relocating for a dream contract.
So what would make a role worthy of a long commute or even relocation?
Contractors set out their assignment wish-lists
Unsurprisingly, the survey found that the pay rate on offer is the key factor for contractors looking for a new role.
Assignment length, location and the prestige of the role are also key factors.
The whitepaper that showcases the survey findings states:
Contract candidates are hungry for new opportunities across the country that offer the best rates of pay, lifestyle benefits and career opportunities. Another major attraction is projects with clout that provide prestige for your work portfolio.
Contractors name the best thing about being a contractor
According to the survey results, flexibility (53%) and a better work-life balance (38%) are two of the biggest perks of giving up traditional, permanent employment in favour of contract work.
The vast majority of respondents (70%) consider contracting a long-term career option and aren’t planning on returning to permanent employment.
As the report states, for those that have already taken the leap the benefits of contracting “far outweigh the negatives.”
Julie Devine from technical recruitment firm Morson, which conducted the survey and produced the whitepaper, said:
A very attractive part of flexible working is the lifestyle. You get the freedom to manage your own working hours to fit around say, your childcare commitments.
You also get paid for what you do. So working overtime or over a weekend will mean that you’re actually paid for it. Flexible working is one of the best ways of earning more money, having more time for you and getting paid to do what you love doing.
Benefits of flexible working
The whitepaper defines a flexible worker as:
A self-employed professional that helps an organisation/project to meet certain needs at a given time. Flexible workers … are usually highly skilled individuals, providing clients with specialist abilities, who often operate through their own limited company or an umbrella company to deliver their services to a specific organisation.
It adds that:
Keeping full-time staff to a minimum and hiring temporary, contract workers, helps to meet skill demands during peaks.