Nope, contractors like myself are paid a higher rate for being available and easy to hire/fire. I can be on-site next day if I’m free, regardless of location, and will stay there for the duration! I can supply my own equipment (which has cost £40k so far) if required. Or I can work to requirements in my own lab remotely. I have my own insurances to cover various scenarios and have to pay various other fees (2k+ per year). Oh and there’s the cost of the education to enter the industry. All of these costs are reflected in the rate, including the risk of being asked to leave i.e. no security, no holiday, no sick pay, no pension contributions...etc...etc. The list goes on. And dam right I claim expenses when renting places away! Its a cost of doing buisness, just like the 4k item of equipment thats sitting on a clients lab bench!
In my contracting career, I’ve been on contracts which last a few months to a couple of years. Yes years, technical work sometimes takes long periods to complete! I’m there to do a specific job and nothing else. Sometimes Im working for multiple companies. Ive had one company fail to pay ££££ of invoices and couldn’t get it back. I’ve had another company whereby the schedule was such that I was working 95+ hours per week with financial risks.
Working as a contractor is totally different and while there may be some who take the piss, your attitude is the kind that encourages the acceptance of penalising folk like me running a legitimate services company. And I use the term loosely because I want to develop a product via the Ltd company, but require cash, hence the consulting.
The other reason I started contracting because I was sick of not being able to afford a decent house. Ive averaged 75+ hours per week over the last 4 years and the vitriol on various forums against contractors pisses me off. How about you try working those hours, away from home, with all the stress and potential gaps. Its a risk I took to do something about my situation. How is it fair that I work my life away when the benifets of working hard just dont seem linear with the sacrifices? Everytime I raise my head it seems productive people are getting bashed but yet the only ones who are vocal are those in receipt of benifets; in work or otherwise.
(back to work...)