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Discussion on: Free like a freelancer or secure like an employee? There's a third option: The contractor

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Aza

Totally agree with no.1 and 2, but not with 3. I have been a contractor in my career and work with different contractors in my current company. Sometimes contractors are hired as a check of competency and they become FTEs later on.
But I hate how they system of hiring the contractor works here. Usually they have to go through 3rd parties who get hefty part of the paycheck. This way a contractor legally works for the third party company as FTE while he/she is a contractor for the main company where work is done.

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Johannes Kettmann Author

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Eve. Afaik for a company, it's much easier to let go of employees in the US compared to e.g. most European countries. And for employees, there's not much of a notice period when you want to quit, right? If you're not even paid much more than an FTE what's the advantage of being a contractor in the US?

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Aza

Exactly. I have always looked for FTE roles, unless a person wants to work in different environments, then i would suggest to join some consulting company.
As for me, i don't see any benefits of being a contractor.

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Johannes Kettmann Author

That's very interesting. Thanks! I'll add a note that my experience doesn't reflect the life of a contractor in the US