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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#4138 Technical Author/API Documentation Writer, City of London, £37K-£40K DOE
This is an opportunity to join a technical writing team within a fast-growing, independent software company. Our client develops Web-based financial trading software for the world’s largest financial institutions. They have an immediate vacancy for a Technical Author with a passion for technical communication.
#4137 Technical Author, Cambridge, £28K-£40K DOE
One of the most successful software companies in Cambridge is looking to recruit a Technical Author to join its team. The company has grown rapidly over recent years, based on a philosophy of hiring great people, providing an enjoyable working culture and environment, and building great products.
#4136 Lead Technical Author Leeds/Rhubarb Triangle Circa £30K
Our client, based south of Leeds, is the leading supplier of document management software to the NHS, and it has plans to grow within the UK and internationally. It is looking to recruit a Lead Technical Author.
This is a great opportunity to lead their documentation and video strategy, along with the opportunities that result from working for a growing business.
We’re seeing an increasing demand in UK organisations looking to recruit technical communicators who can write API documentation. If you’re based in the EU, you can be kept up to date with details on these opportunities by registering as a recruitment candidate with Cherryleaf.
Here are details on the most recent vacancies we have on our books.
Our client is looking to recruit a permanent Technical Author to join its team of writers. You’ll be documenting high-tech engineering equipment, developing operations and maintenance guides (and some training courseware).
You need to have experience of authoring in a single source environment, although they will also consider a junior Technical Author, whom they would train up. You also need to be able to create 2D and 3D graphical information. Ideally, you will have a degree, and you must have some technical authoring experience.
The client offers excellent staff benefits, places an emphasis on staff development, and there is the opportunity for some travel for work overseas.
See #4120 Technical Author, Gloucestershire. £30K-£35K
We have clients looking to recruit Technical Authors for the following positions:
Here are some of the vacancies that have come in within the last 10 days, which we’re looking to fill:
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