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Is the economic situation a threat or an opportunity to freelancers? James Thornton asks a corporate, an agency head, a freelancer and a recruitment specialist.
THE FREELANCER - Helen Millward, freelance
- Have you worked both on a permanent basis and as a freelance in the past?
I have always worked mainly on a full-time, permanent employed basis, and for the past ten years in financial services. I have recently decided to go freelance, and so have resigned from my permanent job to take shorter contracts.
- How do you compare the two experiences?
I would say that freelancing is probably more rewarding in cash terms, but you do then miss out on the pension and other benefits. However, I think that the flexibility gained could balance this out. In terms of treatment from employers, I think that permanent staff will always get a better deal, but freelancers increasingly earn respect because of their experience and ability to slot in quickly.
- Does the current economic situation …