One question that seems to being asked a lot by our clients at the moment, is whether they should hire a permanent or a contract Technical Author.
At first sight, it may appear that a contractor will cost more than taking someone on as an employee, but that’s not always the case. With a contractor, you’re only paying for the days that person works. You’re not paying for public holidays (8 days), sick pay (the UK average is 5 day’s absence per year), the employee’s holiday (20-25 days), employers’ National Insurance contribution (12%), pension, health insurance, training and career development, plus any other benefits an employee might expect (mobile phone, laptop, company car etc). You’re also not paying an upfront recruitment agency fee for hiring an employee.
The decision between a permanent person and a contractor may be based on reasons other than cost. If you want to build a team or company culture, or have the same staff for a long term, you’re more likely to want to want an employee. If work comes in peaks and troughs, where there may not be enough work in some periods, you’re more likely to want a contractor. You may be able to get a contractor in more quickly than hiring someone on a permanent basis (where there may be a time-consuming recruitment process). Each have their merits.
How do you make the decision between the two options? You can share your thoughts below.
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The demand for API documentation writers continues to increase, and we have a new vacancy for a contract API documentation writer on our books. In this case, you need to have a background in/a good understanding of the C programming language.
We may have another requirement for a similar person, again working from home, coming up very soon. If you’d like to be informed of this and other similar vacancies, simply register with Cherryleaf’s Recruitment team.
Our client has a requirement for a contract technical author who could work on site, starting in April or May. You will be documenting updated financial processes, which will be used across 5,000 stores. This printed manual will be a cross between system and business process manuals. You need to have experience of documenting financial software procedures; ideally, you’ll have some experience of Cedar E5. The project is estimated to take between 2 and 3 months.
See our vacancies page for details on how to apply.
We’ve a client who is looking to build a team of e-learning courseware designers or technical authors capable of developing e-learning courseware. This team will work on a MOD IT project it has won, with the project likely to run May (or June) 2008 – November (or December) 2008.
The team will be developing online courseware that will help UK military personnel to use IT hardware. The work will be mostly carried out in Sheffield, although the client might consider 20% off site working.
Candidates need to have some experience of developing e-learning and other training materials for IT equipment. Ideally, you will have MOD security clearance; have experience of developing technical training to the armed forces; plus experience of documenting Windows Server administration and set-up. The contract will be on a 6 month contract basis, with possible contract extensions. Rate is negotiable, so you’d need to tell us your salary expectations.