Tell me about contract employment, please.
November 7, 2012 11:55 PM Subscribe
I applied for a contract position for a local city government. I don't know what a contract position entails, and I have a few questions for anyone with experience as a contract worker (or hiring contract workers) for city jobs.
posted by foxinthesnow to Work & Money (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The rate of pay on the posting says $40,000 and no benefits. It is my dream job, but the pay is a but lower than what I have made in the past. And, with this "no benefits" business, it makes the pay seem even lower. My gut tells me that there is no room for negotiation because it is a public job, and even more so because it is a contract job. If you have experience with this, can you let me know how weird I would be to try and negotiate a higher salary or benefits?
Also, do contract workers typically work a 40-hour week? Or is it more like, "These are your assignments. Get them done by this deadline." with no regard to how much time it takes? In other words, could I potentially work less or work more than a 40 hour week and still get paid the same amount? If no, do contract workers get paid overtime?
What are the pros of being a contract employee over a regular employee, other than if you leave the job you can tell future interviewers that your reason for leaving was because it was a contracted position?