Freelancing, originally the mainstay of marketing, IT and accounting executives, is slowly creeping across all industries and, by 2020, the expectation is that almost half of the entire working population will be self-employed.
‘Temp-teching’ is rapidly growing within the automotive industry, particularly as garages up and down the country are quickly realising that they could face a large financial hit if they have an un-manned MOT ramp and are willing to take on temporary, highly skilled, on-tap workforce without committing to costly overheads.
Many vehicle technicians will initially state the obvious questions when becoming a temporary contractor, from concern over when the next position will come in, to the possibility of not receiving a regular income. So, to squash these qualms, we followed Pete Owens, a temporary technician and MOT tester with Autotech Recruit, for a week to see what being a freelancer in the motor trade is really like.
Pete, from Swansea, took the freelance route three years ago in a bid to increase his earning potential and achieve a better work-life balance. “I was initially daunted by the prospect,” Pete comments. “However, after becoming disillusioned as a permanent worker, I wanted to escape the garage politics and take my career in a new direction, and I haven’t looked back. I am always in work, and I am rarely in the same place twice.”