What does full-time really mean anymore?

25th June 2017

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If we look at older and more traditional models of work, you could measure success and rate of pay by your employment status, the hours you put in, and the structure you work within. If for example you were working a 40 hour plus week, Monday to Friday, 9 to 5, in a central London office and your package would include standard benefits like 25 days holidays, it would give the impression to society that you were financially comfortable and successful in your career and therefore part of the status quo that was widely accepted within society.

The rapid pace of technology, has created endless possibilities within the work world and changed the way in which we carry out our everyday duties, and ultimately ripped up the rule book for how we define work and certain job roles and the associations attached to them.

Thanks to varying factors; the rise of the self-employed worker or freelancer, the influence of the gig economy and the huge demand for certain types of talent, we can no longer hold stereotypical pre-conceptions to work statuses held by certain people.

We’ve now seen full-time positions almost treated with a touch of mockery to a point where we’re starting to question what does the term full-time really mean anymore? If it means you’re there for what is considered the general quota of hours for a full-time position, then that’s probably as far as its definition goes. Does it mean though that your life is better? Do you have career satisfaction from it? Are you as well rewarded financially in contrast to others? And, are you being challenged to a point where you’re getting real career satisfaction? These are just a few of the many questions many full-time workers are likely to be asking themselves in today’s climates.

Just because one individual is working at a fixed location like a trendy London office and is working more hours than another person who might do the majority of their work remotely, does this mean the former person should be paid more than the latter? No, of course not. As we’ve mentioned before, where we’ve seen certain industries cry out for top talent, workers holding these in-demand skills have used this to their advantage and been able to be more selective in the work they do and the projects they deliver in the working conditions they prefer. Where a freelancer might have been regarded a few years ago as an individual struggling to get by and taking any pay cheque they get, the new crop of talent emerging in industries such as tech have changed that perception and made the role of a full-time worker less glamorous, and that of the contractor or self-employed worker, far more glamorous. 

Contractors are a great example of a community of workers who have turned their back on the full-time employment path. The flexibility their work brings, along with the financial benefits and exciting challenge it provides them are just some of the reasons we’re starting to see more prospective contractors take the plunge and start their new working life as a contractor.

Why not say goodbye to the 9 to 5 of full-time work and put your skill-set to good use and become a contractor? Pre-register with iContract, the new online platform connecting contractors with recruiters and take your first step as a new contractor.  Pre-register for free here.