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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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.
For more information, see #4137 Technical Author, Cambridge, £28K-£40K DOE
Please take part in our brief survey, and share your thoughts on hiring technical communicators/Technical Authors.Training and recruitment can be closely related, which is partly why we are conducting two surveys.
Here is the link:
Cherryleaf Recruitment Survey
There are eight simple questions, and it should only take a couple of minutes to complete.
By taking part you are helping us to help you by offering the type of recruitment services you really need.
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.
For those who were unable to attend the live event yesterday, here is the link to the recording of our webinar: Recruiting the right Technical Author.
The recording lasts 38 minutes.
We have a revised job description for vacancy #4124 Lead Technical Author, City of London, to £50K DOE
Registration is now open for our free 60 minute webinar called Recruiting the right Technical Author.
This webinar will be held on: Thursday 29 November, 2012 4.00pm – 5.00pm (16:00-17.00) GMT.
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