Contracting a real job

TEMPORARY and contracting work is a legitimate career path, according to 72 per cent of the employees surveyed by recruitment company Morgan & Banks.

The survey revealed that 69.6 per cent of males perceived contracting as a ‘proper job’, while 76.3 per cent of females approved of flexible work.

Morgan & Banks legal contracting division’s Jennifer Mills said that contract work was no longer viewed as something to fill in time between jobs.

“These days, professionals are not constrained by geographic boundaries and use work to fit in with their lifestyles,” Ms Mills said.

“We have seen increasing demand from professional services firms, corporates and government for contract lawyers for both short and long term contracts.

“Market conditions influencing this demand have included the introduction of the GST and the shift towards globalisation of businesses, as well as less cyclical needs arising from parental leave, large mergers and acquisitions, lengthy litigation or where an existing lawyer is taking up a position elsewhere,” she said.

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