Freelance v Permanent

FREELANCE v PERMANENT We’ve been having a debate here at Cogs trying to ascertain what and where is best for technology led employees within the…

FREELANCE v PERMANENT

We’ve been having a debate here at Cogs trying to ascertain what and where is best for technology led employees within the digital industry.

We’re still fighting it out but here some thoughts from the Permanent corner:

As we work with both freelance and permanent candidates we recognise the value of both but the most important asset of any company is its employees and by securing permanent people this allows solid growth. Here are some key points to consider for freelancers looking to make that move over to permanent:

  • Stability – from stability breeds loyalty and from loyalty breeds an excellence in both work and productivity.
  • Career Aspirations – an opportunity to personally develop and grow through training and promotion.
  • Company Benefits – Paid holiday and a variety of other benefits which could include Pension, Private Healthcare, Subsidised Gym, Travel Loan, Cycle to work scheme, Performance related or discretionary bonus – this varies dependent on company.
  • End to End projects – conception through to completion, being able to see the fruits of your labour. Projects you can be proud of and ultimately add to your personal portfolio.
  • Regular payment/salary which may help with that next house move?
  • Close working relationships with your peers – trusting in your colleagues to achieve an end goal, profitability for your company / agency
  • You can become a presence within an agency / company – not just another ‘faceless freelancer’ to come on board for a short term project.
  • Become a commercial asset to your agency and the wider market – this can show both longevity and loyalty which could be of benefit in your next career move.
  • Having access to new technologies and structured training –  permanent employees will always be the first people of any company to benefit from this.

 

We would love to hear your thoughts on the above, both for and against, especially from existing freelancers who have turned down permanent roles in favour of the nomadic lifestyle and full timers who have recently left to go freelance.

At Cogs Agency we cover both permanent and freelance roles and love you all equally and on that note we’ll be posting a response from the Freelance corner very shortly.

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