Contract to hire?
May 10, 2011 7:16 AM Subscribe
I'm a software developer and it seems that everyone is hiring contract to hire. Recruiters keep feeding me the line that this is standard practice and to determine if I'm a good "technical fit," but I'm wary. Are contract to hires ever a good place to be in?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (9 answers total)
I'm pretty frustrated in my current job, I've felt that my career has stalled and there's little chance of internal promotion. I have 5+ years of programming experience, and what I think is a strong resume. The usual suspects turn up very few programming jobs in my area, so I've gone to recruiters. I've gone to 3 now and they've all balked at direct placement. Actually they all had a few, one or two, direct placement opportunities that were looking for someone with a crazy specific skill set.
I know you're suppose to negotiate contract to hire as if it is permanent, and make sure you get benefits and such. I just don't want to be on permanent contract, I want to be able to have a career. Should I continue to ignore contract to hire?
The recruiters have been pitching contract to hire as a mere formality to make sure I'm a fit. If that's the case, I'm okay with it, but I've also heard of people on permanent contract to hire. What's your experience?
I guess this could be a mixed bag, where some companies really do hire at the end of the contract period and some just keep stringing it along, is there anyway to differentiate this in the interview? When I asked the recruiters for some numbers, like how many end up on board full time at the end of the contract, no one has been able to provide me with this. To me this is a red flag, but it may be standard practice.