Unprofessional IT Contractors who let us all down
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IT Contracting an Immature Business
IT is still an immature business with many professionals out there who develop a far to casual attitude re their business and profession.
Here are some examples of ‘semi-professional’ IT contractors I noticed recently:
– spending loads of cash on luxury items, large flat, new cars, electronic gadgets. Making any possible effort to ‘save tax’ via unnecessary expenses.
– taking excessive amounts of phone calls (private and business) while on-site @ a client. Billing for the whole time.
– taking the current contract for granted and making little effort to keep the client / manager happy, even with clients who can be pleased easily e.g. by being in the office before 10:00.
– devoting hardly any time for the most basic ‘business development’ activities such as socially meeting with with other contractors on site or client’s managers after official working hours.
– failure in securing future contracts/extensions with previous/current client due to lack of performance, skill, commitment or timely delivery
Dead Wood Contractors
I could continue extending this list for some time and frankly, I think there is a fair amount of dead wood contractors out there.
However there is little benefit for the “truly professional” contractors in desperate “dead wood” contractors being available on the market for discount rates.
Just from looking at a CV, clients can hardly see the “added value” of a good contractor, therefore they tend to go for the best rates they can buy at.
Clients and Recruiters
There are unprofessional IT contractors who let us all down.
However, there are clients and recruiters who let us all down.
There is not that much difference in rates between the ‘dead wood’ contractors and the really good contractors.
However, there is a huge difference in productivity.
Clients are not saving anything by hiring the cheapest contractors.
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