Re: A contracting season?

Subject: Re: A contracting season?
From: Mitch Berg <mberg -at- IS -dot- COM>
Date: Sun, 27 Apr 1997 20:06:54 -0500

At 04:40 PM 4/27/97 -0700, you wrote:
>Dave Brinegar mentions (twice) the "Spring contract techwriter's season"
>
>Is this a real phenomenon? If so, why? Does it exist across the board
>or just in some geographical areas or some industries? What constitutes
>"spring"--February to June? (When I go independent in a couple of
>years, it would be just like my luck to decide to take the plunge in
>September!)

It seems to work like this:
Companies start staffing up projects in the first quarter (figure second or
third week of January), and there's a hiring frenzy. Things seem to taper
off in 2Q - replacement of attrition, maintenance of status quo, fine-tuning
teams and the like. Third Quarter seems to pick up a bit - projects realize
they need contract help. Fourth quarter slows WAAAAAAAAY down - projects
tighten things up at the end of the year.

In fact, we used to have a saying - have a gig by Halloween! Seriously -
during the spring and summer, work's a-poppin, but toward the end of summer
you should be looking for something to tide you through the holidays - maybe
even sacrifice a little billable rate for some security to get through to
1Q. There's nothing more miserable than a contract crashing at the end of
November...

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