Contract?  Fixed Term?  Permanent?  It Depends What You’re Looking For.

When looking for work, you’ll generally come across three different types of roles: permanent, fixed term and contract.

Why should you take one over the other?

This depends on your own personal situation – what you’re looking for and what’s most important to you.  Some people don’t have a preference, instead focussing on the work itself and the experience it will provide, while other seek out certain types of roles.

Here are some things to consider when making your choice.

Permanent positions

  • They can provide opportunities for training and career development
  • Opportunities are often given to people who don’t necessarily have all the skills but demonstrate cultural attributes.
  • They allow you to build deep and meaningful relationships with teams and the ethos of an organisation.
  • You’re entitled to annual leave, public holidays and personal/sick leave. You can also be eligible for a company bonus.

Fixed term positions

  • You get all the benefits of a permanent position, but you’re only in the position for a fixed period of time.
  • Many fixed term positions are extended or turn into permanent roles. This means fixed term positions can give you a good idea about working for a certain company before committing to a more permanent role.
  • They’re often longer-term, project-based roles.

Contract positions

  • You can move from project to project and always be involved in interesting work.
  • Daily rate contractors are paid more.
  • A contractor is generally hired for his or her expertise.
  • Remember – as a daily rate contractor, while your pay is more, you’re not paid for annual leave, personal/sick leave or public holidays.


 The Rowben Consulting Team – Recruitment Specialists