I am an SDET with tons of experience in both typical and more-specialised automated testing.
And a general QA fanatic
However, I am actually faking the whole “corpo” experience.
So far, I’ve only worked as a full time hired employee (AKA Permanent Role) but I keep changing jobs every 2 years because of… Reasons… Like getting tired of seeing the same people, sitting in the same place, slowly chipping away at the same product.
Also, the whole corpo BS “Rah Rah” like I am supposed to NEVER see myself anywhere else in the next 5 years just doesn’t agree with me.
Sometimes the products I work on are just bad.
And the people I work with are lazy/arrogant/incompetent and I can live with them for a while but the thought of “this is it” just eats me.
So, I am thinking about contracting. Maybe pick up a job for 6 months, then 2 months rest, study, etc and then pick up another job.
Is there anyone with knowledge of the UK QA Contracting market who is willing to share their thoughts?
Is it easy to find contracting jobs these days?
Does the money add up to a lot more or a lot less you can get as a “Permanent Role”?
Two of my friends are DevOps and they say I am crazy for NOT going contract but when I ask them if they can hook me up with a QA job, they always say they don’t have one
They say contracting (again, their experience is with devops) gets much easier jobs and the pay adds up to a lot more.
Plus, people know you are a contractor and don’t play ego games to establish who is the bigger dog, etc… And even if they do, well, you just work for a few months until the job is done and move on.
Any thoughts appreciated.
For reference, I make the equivalent of GBP 75k, as a python SDET (although my java is as strong if not stronger). I think it’s top tier pay, especially it’s not in London but also the company is full of young dudes with lots of ego and they are getting on my nerves already and it’s only 4 months into my employment with them.