Freelance Employment  – Could it be ‘THE  ONE’?

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, many people across the world are analysing their relationships and thinking about the next steps.

Questions such as ‘is this for the long term?’ and ‘are we the perfect match?’ are common place when thinking about a bond with a loved one, but can they also work when thinking about your career?

At Recruit 121, we serve organisations domestically and overseas on a “one-to-one” basis. With thousands of placements to more than 500 SAP customers around the globe, we are helping to create the perfect match between candidate and employer.

When thinking about the length of relationships on a career basis, freelance placement options are becoming increasingly popular. Many employers are upping the number of freelancers they are taking on, for reasons such as special projects and high workloads; freelance assignments have become a popular choice for many professionals when considering their career options.

In our experience there are four main characteristics of freelance assignments, in SAP, that you should consider when figuring out if it’s ‘the one’ for you.

  • There is no typical contract length. Some SAP contract candidates are brought in for a half day assessment whilst some are placed for several years. However, contract roles have the potential for extension or development on to a permanent basis, meaning they are often a great way to get your ‘foot in the door’ with an organisation. We are, however, seeing an average increase in contract duration. In 2014, the average length of a freelance placement was 4.5 months, an increase of 63% from 2013.
  • Some companies offer flexible working opportunities for freelancers. Working from home, partial expenses paid for and flexible work hours are all potential benefits for freelancers, this will depend on the employer.
  • You can get a sense of your long term goals. Many freelancers enjoy the freedom of being able to work with a variety of companies on different projects. Taking on freelance roles can be a great way to see which type of role you prefer and help you think about longer term career goals. Additionally, it gives you the freedom to take time off in-between assignments (summer vacations anyone?)
  •       The more attractive your CV is, the better your prospects. Just like in the dating game, marketing yourself well is a great way to get the attention of a prospective partner. One of the best ways to do this for your career is to talk to a specialist agency because they have the closest relationships with the employers.

It’s clear that there are many benefits when considering entering into freelance roles. They can be great as a stepping stone into companies, or for those looking for the option of flexibility; they also have a much higher pay rate. Just like a relationship, it’s just about weighing up the options in order to determine whether you’d be the perfect match.

For more information on SAP jobs, both freelance and permanent, contact us on +44 02920 496121  or Email us at: info@recruit121.com

Do you remember the first time?

Whilst all at Recruit 121 in the UK look forward with anticipation to 2015, we have been reflecting on the past.

It has been an incredible 14 years since Recruit 121 Limited was first incorporated in the UK.  Since then we have seen Recruit 121 LLC grow business significantly in the US and our international team develop to a point that we have concluded over 3,500 placements with the world’s most talented SAP consultants in many of the most highly-regarded global companies. 

We have seen much change in this time.  SAP has grown in popularity, market share and has continued to expand through the acquisition of a variety of dynamic competitors and complimentors, including the recent $8.3bn acquisition of Concur.  Much has changed in the sphere of recruitment too:  The growth of social media in general and LinkedIn in particular have radically altered the way that our customers, other agencies and potential recruits engage with each other.

We would love to hear back from you, be it on Twitter (@Recruit121_SAP), Facebook (Recruit121_EMEA) LinkedIn (Recruit 121 Limited) or via the form below, to discover how you first heard about Recruit 121 and how you would like to find out about exciting future opportunies, SAP news and events?  For those kind enough to respond by Sunday November 30, 2014, we will enter you into a draw to win £50 of Amazon.co.uk vouchers or a gift of an equivalent value.

We eagerly await your response and look forward to working with you in 2015!

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