Category: Recruiting

Live Free(lance): 5 Awesome Benefits of Tech Contracting

Fifty years ago, your path was pretty clear once you left high school or college: find a good job and stick with it until you retire. The proverbial gold-watch would be presented with you at retirement; fifty years of hard-work paid off by a nice pension and retirement package.
It’s a little different now that the world is moving at a pace much faster than before. Technologies change, companies startup (and shutdown) overnight, and your career can change directions multiple times before you even have time to think about retirement.
Luckily the way companies employ talent has changed as well. Contracting is now a viable way to work “full-time” for companies and grow your career without being hired on as a permanent employee. Here are five advantages to contract work that you may not have thought of:
1. Compensation
Tech contract workers can make twice the salary of a similar permanent position, sometimes even more. This is because the company your working for doesn’t have to absorb the costs of hiring, training, and providing benefits for a full-time employee when they hire contract. They get high quality work without expensive onboarding. Does that mean you end up paying for your benefits? Not necessarily.
2. Benefits
Benefits aren’t just for full-time employees. Most staffing companies provide benefits that match or exceed ones you’d receive if you were a permanent employee. You can get an idea of the excellent benefits staffing companies provide by looking at the benefits TalentBurst provides
3. Job Variation
Staying in one place can not only make you complacent, but it can also stunt your growth in your field. Doing variations on your job at different employers let’s you use new tools, concepts, and keeps you challenged so you can keep up on your discipline. Plus: you get to do all this while getting paid.
4. Marketability
Gone are the days where a resume full of smaller job engagements reflects poorly on you. Now, it shows the opposite: you are someone who is constantly looking for new work and a lot of companies found you hire-able. Want to make the jump to full-time? 90% of contract workers said that temporary work made them more employable.
5. Time Flexibility
Contract work is great if you are in a situation that requires a more flexible schedule. While a lot of contract work can stick with a regular workday schedule, there is plenty of work out there that allows you to have more control over your day-to-day work. You get paid for the work you get done, even if you are working at midnight because you didn’t want to miss your kid’s soccer championship.


Staffing companies offer something to the tech industry that wasn’t available even a few years ago: the opportunity to have a singular career with a lot of different companies. Whatever path you choose, companies like TalentBurst are there to help facilitate your career by finding you job opportunities and providing the support once you are placed.
Want to discuss the advantages of both full-time permanent placement and contract work? Contact TalentBurst today!

In the War for Tech Talent, San Francisco Still Has the Biggest Guns

When it comes to comparing salaries across the United States for tech jobs, one place skews the data so much that there really isn’t a comparison: The San Francisco Bay Area a.k.a. Silicon Valley.
Since the ’70s, Silicon Valley has been a hub for high-tech industry jobs. Before the relatively current internet startup culture, it was responsible for the the actual beginning of the internet. So it makes sense that the concentration of tech jobs is where it all started. But how are these companies consistently able to offer more for top tech talent?
A few reasons. First off, the demand for these type of technology positions are rising everywhere, not just Silicon Valley. But because the region has a rich legacy in fostering companies such as Apple, Facebook, and Google, there are more investors willing to bank on a startup becoming the next Uber if they are literally right next door to Uber. This creates a giant pool of money that allows companies to pay a premium price for premium talent.
Straight cash isn’t the only carrot on the stick that’s being dangled in front of tech talent across the country. Stock options and other bonuses are putting the total compensation packages way ahead of what other regions can offer. For instance, a Cloud Engineer in the Bay Area can make three times as much as one in other regions.
This doesn’t mean that a subtle shift isn’t being felt. Smaller cities like Austin and Portland are becoming satellite tech hubs, where a company may see their dollar go further than in San Francisco. However, that dollar is going further because of smaller salaries and a lower cost of living. The trade-off has been enough for some companies and SF talent, but the majority of top-dollar talent remain firmly planted in the Bay Area.
So what does this mean if you are looking to maximize your salary with a job in big data? Dollar for dollar, the Bay Area will pay you more because they have the positions and the capital to offer you a higher compensation package. That also means that tech recruiting firms will have more opportunities for you if you’re willing to relocate to the Bay Area.
Looking to expand your career opportunities to places like San Francisco? Contact TalentBurst today!
As a leading firm offering Staffing, Payroll/PEO services and VMS solutions in San Francisco, TalentBurst recognizes the growth potential in the area. This growth means staffing more San Francisco positions as well as more TalentBurst careers. We’re excited for the potential this brings our company as SF sits as one of our 7 international locations.

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