TCUK16 Speaker Glyn Turk – “What’s right for me, permanent or contract?”


Glyn Turk will be presenting at TCUK16 on “What’s right for me, permanent or contract?”

Glyn Turk

Weighing up the pros and cons of a permanent position or contract work is a dilemma that could apply to many technical communicators during their careers. Each has its own particular attractions, but also potential drawbacks. I have been both an employee and contractor who has faced exactly this decision on several occasions.

As I’ve yet to decide which method of employment I really prefer, I’m happy to share my experiences with others who may be contemplating moving from permanent to contract employment, or vice versa, and hopefully provide some food for thought, if not any concrete answers!

About Glyn Turk

Working as a technical author for the last 16 years, I have experienced both permanent and contract employment for a variety of software companies in diverse industry segments from digital TV to insurance, mobile phone networks to retail and hospitality point of sale. Some have been little more than start-ups, others large multi-national corporations, so I have encountered a wide range of working practices and approaches to the role of the technical communicator.

I’ve recently completed a 12 month contract and have made a return to permanent employment, so the considerations covered in this presentation are fresh in my mind!