Re: Technical Writer Questions
Bruce Byfield wrote:
The availability of contract work varies considerably. During the dot-com craze, contract work was harder to find. But when times are tough, as in the last year, contract work becomes more common than permanent work; that seems to be the case now.
That's an interesting statement, because my perception of the situation, both in Australia and in the US (the latter from reading lists), was just the opposite.
I suppose any analysis of the situation has to be anecdotal; nobody on the list really has enough information for it to be otherwise. Not that that stops me trying.
For what it's worth, I made the statement based on my own experience of the last few months, and those of several consulting firms, two on the West Coast, and two back east. But I really should have added: one of the ways that it varies is by region.
The greater Vancouver region, where I live, is a secondary or tertiary high-tech area at best. That it means that neither boom nor bust tend is as extreme as, say, Silicon Valley. Contacts in Indianapolis, to which I telecommuted for 14 months, report the same tendencies.
Bruce Byfield bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com 604.421.7177
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