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Quick polls in the Talent Development Centre where independent contractors provide their input about technology trends, contracting and more.

Quick Poll Results: Are IT Professionals Concerned with Digital Security?

With the growing concern about privacy and security in today’s technology, we decided to turn to our network of technology experts to find out how serious they perceive the threat to actually be. Last month’s contractor quick poll asked how concerned you are with all of these breaches and hacks, and if you believe we all need to start being more vigilant online.

After a month of being published, we’ve had a number of responses and they’re still coming in. At this point, here’s what people are saying. Where do you fall on the spectrum?

How concerned are you about digital privacy and security?

Contractor Quick Poll: What’s the Most Important Trait You Look for in a Recruiter?

Working with the right IT recruiter(s) is imperative to getting the best IT jobs but also to ensuring you get the best overall contracting experience. The right recruiter affects everything from searching for a technology gig to your time working on the project.

There are a variety of signs to look for in an ethical recruiter and many questions independent contractors should ask their recruiters. In this month’s contractor quick poll, we want to know the number one, most important trait you look for in a recruiter when deciding who to work with.

Quick Poll Results: Is Onboarding Easy for IT Contractors?

As an independent contractor, you experience more “first days” in your career than a typical permanent employee. That means, you’ve probably seen the best of onboarding and the worst of it. Some IT contractors arrive at a new client site to see all paper work finalized, workstation set-up and a complete plan prepared allowing you to get started right away. And other times… not so much.

Given the onboarding process can be an indication of how your new project will play out, it’s in everybody’s best interest to get it right. Although a large chunk of this is beyond your staffing agency’s control, we’re always eager to make it run as smoothly as possible.

In last month’s contractor quick poll, we asked you how smoothly the onboarding process generally is based on your experiences. We had a good number of responses which in turn, provides great input for our industry and our clients. Only about a third of respondents said that their onboarding is almost always smooth.

 

Quick Poll Results - How Smooth is the Onboarding Process?

Contractor Quick Poll: Does Digital Privacy and Security Keep You Up at Night?

The last few years have seen no shortage in hacks and data breaches. It seems every large company gets their time in the spotlight as they face public relations nightmares, explaining to customers that their data was breached and why it took so long to disclose it. Add to the mix privacy investigations of the world’s largest social networks like Facebook and Google, plus the damage a hacked smart home can do, and it’s no surprise that some people prefer to remain off the digital grid all together.

As an IT professional, you’re more knowledgeable than the average person on this topic, so it’s easier to identify risks and take precautions. Unfortunately, that added knowledge means you’re also cursed with enough information to better understand how easily your privacy can be breached and what kind of implications that can have.

In this month’s contractor quick poll, we want to know how technology experts view the current state of digital privacy and security. Are you less concerned because you know how to protect yourself or worried because you understand the threats that face us?

Contractor Quick Poll Results: What’s your favourite Winter sport?

We’re in the midst of Winter. Some people are loving it, many are sick of it, while other Canadians never wanted it and are questioning their entire living situation right now. If you’re in the group that isn’t quite sick of Winter yet, it’s likely because you make the best of it by participating in Winter sports.

We’re fortunate to have a rich variety of activities available to us to partake in. In last month’s contractor quick poll, we asked IT contractors about their favourite Winter sport. The chart below displays the results to the most popular options, but we also had a few write-ins, like horseback riding, walking in the snow and reading.

Quick Poll Results: What's Your Favourite Winter Sport?

Contractor Quick Poll: How Smooth is the IT Contractor Onboarding Experience?

There are great clients and awful ones, organized staffing agencies and scattered ones. On a contract, your experience with both is created from the first communication right up until the last payment for your work arrives. There are several elements that form an IT contractor’s experience, such as the people you work with, how easily you get paid, the type of work you do and the initial onboarding process.

While 99% of your contract experience may be amazing, we occasionally hear from independent contractors that their first few days on a tech gig were rough. Receiving documentation, clearances, equipment and desk space are all tasks that need to happen quickly so you can hit the ground running and get started on your project.

In this month’s contractor quick poll, we’re curious to know how often your onboarding experiences go smoothly for you. Could our staffing agencies and/or clients do a better job at improving it? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Contractor Quick Poll Results: What is a reasonable commute time?

Unless you’re able to make the most of it, getting yourself to and from your place of work can be a massive waste of time. Not only do you have to pay for gas and parking or transit fees, but you lose precious time that IT contractors can rarely bill back to their client.

Through multiple conversations recruiters have with technology consultants, we’ve come to learn that there are varying opinions on a reasonable commute time. To learn more about that range of acceptability, we put out the question to our readers in last month’s Contractor Quick Poll. The results are in and it’s clear, most people max out their idea of a reasonable commute time at 30-60 minutes.

What do you consider to be a maximum reasonable commute time (one-way)?

What do you consider to be a maximum reasonable commute time (one-way)?

Contractor Quick Poll: What’s Your Favourite Winter Sport

The holidays are approaching and we’re preparing for another Canadian Winter complete with cold, snow, and whatever else is thrown at us. Many of us will take advantage of the season to get together with friends and family and participate in some traditional sports.

Since everyone’s busy with the upcoming holidays, we’re keeping this month’s contractor quick poll light and simple. We want to know your favourite pastime to get through Canadian Winters!

Quick Poll Results: Are you an Early Bird or Night Owl?

The early bird gets the worm… but the second mouse gets the cheese! The time of day a person is most productive at work differs by the individual, but we were curious to learn if there’s an overwhelming trend among IT contractors. That’s why our contractor quick poll last month asked if you’re an early bird or night owl.

Now, a month later, the results are below. There was definitely a range of responses, but it’s interesting to see that the stereotype of IT enthusiasts staying up late and slamming energy drinks did not hold true for this month’s respondents. In fact, more than half said they identify as early birds more than anything else. What part of the day are you most productive?

Quick Poll Resulst: Early Bird or Night Owl?

Contractor Quick Poll: How long is a reasonable commute?

Unless you’re fortunate enough to work from your home-office every day, you have some sort of commute to get into your client’s place of business a few days per week. Recruiters at Eagle talk to independent contractors all the time, helping them look for the ideal tech job. We carefully evaluate what you’re looking for and work hard to find a client to fits all the criteria. Increasingly, especially in high population areas like Toronto, IT contractors list the commute time as a high priority consideration when evaluating job opportunities.

It’s clear that job seekers want to minimize their commute so they can maximize productivity and work/life balance. Interestingly, the definition of a “long commute” varies based on city and a person’s preferences. In this month’s contractor quick poll, we want to get a better grasp of what Canadian contractors generally consider to be a reasonable commute.