Deciding between a contract and a permanent Technical Author

Flickr vacancy image CC by LOLen 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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How many Technical Authors are in the UK? Here’s the answer

woman reading bookIt’s quite difficult to know how many Technical Authors there are in the United Kingdom. The profession doesn’t have its own Standard Occupational Classification code, so there are no official statistics.

We can estimate the number of Technical Authors in the IT sector. One way to do this is by looking at the total number people working in the IT and the percentage of permanent IT job vacancies that are advertising for a Technical Author.
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Vacancies for Technical Authors

We have clients looking to recruit Technical Authors for the following positions:

Technical Author jobs – latest vacancies

We’re still looking for candidates for these Technical Author vacancies:

#4092 Documentation Team Leader, Antwerp, €45K-€50K
#4088 Jnr Technical Author / Technical Author, London
#4087 Jnr Technical Author / Technical Author, London SW4
#4086 Contract Senior Technical Author, 8 months, €32/hour Near Amsterdam
#4085 Technical Author, Lancashire £28K

Want a job as a Technical Author or Courseware Developer?

Here are some of the vacancies that have come in within the last 10 days, which we’re looking to fill:

How to apply

Contract Technical Author opportunity

Our client is looking for a Technical Author for an initial 4 week period to compile building services technical submissions for a construction/engineering project in central London. You’ll be working on-site, developing a Materials Compliance Decantation for all Electrical products and systems installed in the works.

Contact Cherryleaf by email if this is of interest to you. They have not specified a rate.