Reply to post: gears up for IR35 private sector crackdown – say industry folk

Sir Runcible Spoon Silver badge

"Permanent workers get job security!"

I'm going to have to disagree with you on this one. Overall I've had more job security as a consultant that I ever had as a permie. Coupled with the problem that as a permie I *thought* I had job security - when the hammer falls with little notice you aren't prepared for it.

Now, as a contractor, I have 6 months money in the bank and I am always trying to improve my skill base (not just technical) to ensure I remain competitive (which was harder to do in a permanent position as it's easy to forget you're living on a knife edge).

The worst type risks are the ones you haven't accounted for. Once you know the risks, and account for them, then I find contracting a lot more secure (yes, partly because I have to work harder to make sure I am - but that's what helps me keep my edge).

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