What it takes to be a successful Workday Contractor...

Contracting in the Workday market? Make sure you have someone on side that knows all the latest, up to date vacancies in specific regional areas! 

Once you have Workday experience, you’re part of an elite group that’s in demand globally. Now you have this marketable skill, you may be taking stock of your career opportunities. 

Do you have what it takes to be a successful Workday contractor?

Here are 3 common characteristics that cut across skillsets and seniority. They’re based on our experience as the recruitment company 100% focused on the Workday ecosystem – and placing hundreds of contractors every year.

FLEXIBILITY

Even though contracting potentially offers more opportunities for remote working, lots of clients still want you on site, at least some of the time. If you’re looking to maximise the amount of time you’re working, you have to maximise your flexibility. If you prefer to work 100% remotely (or only want to travel 1 day a week), you may have more downtime between contracts.

If you have no location restrictions – and are willing to travel to support international implementations – then you’re much more attractive to clients, which means you’ll be able to command a slightly higher rate of pay. 

PRAGMATISM

Workday is increasing its penetration, and there are limited people with the right skills and experience under their belts. That means that you can potentially get a big hike in remuneration by using your experience on the contractor market.

But that doesn’t mean you’ll always be working. 

Your ability to get work (and the rate you command) depends on many factors. This includes the modules you have experience in, as well as any language skills you have. It’s also dependant on where you’re willing to work and how quickly you can start. 

As a general rule, we say you need to be working for at least 9 months of the year for contracting to be worth it financially over a permanent role (remember, as a permanent member of staff, you get additional benefits around holiday, sickness, etc. that you don’t get as a contractor).

LOYALTY

The Workday ecosystem is comparatively small and very collaborative. Word travels fast, in terms of good people, good projects (and the reverse). 

Show loyalty, and don’t leave clients or colleagues in the lurch. If you get a reputation for being difficult, too maverick or unreliable, it will affect your ability to get future work. Cultivate a good reputation in the market, and you’ll find more doors open to you. 

This means that if you’re jumping around every 6 months chasing an additional £50 or £100 per day, people take note. We have an obligation to get the best people for our clients. So if you leave a contract early because of a rate increase elsewhere, it’s likely to be noted. If you’re in the midst of a project, we generally recommend seeing it out and getting that extra experience. It will pay dividends in the future!

Once you have Workday experience, you’re part of an elite group that’s in demand globally. Now you have this marketable skill, you may be taking stock of your career opportunities. 

Do you have what it takes to be a successful Workday contractor?

Here are 3 common characteristics that cut across skillsets and seniority. They’re based on our experience as the recruitment company 100% focused on the Workday ecosystem – and placing hundreds of contractors every year.

FLEXIBILITY

Even though contracting potentially offers more opportunities for remote working, lots of clients still want you on site, at least some of the time. If you’re looking to maximise the amount of time you’re working, you have to maximise your flexibility. If you prefer to work 100% remotely (or only want to travel 1 day a week), you may have more downtime between contracts.

If you have no location restrictions – and are willing to travel to support international implementations – then you’re much more attractive to clients, which means you’ll be able to command a slightly higher rate of pay. 

PRAGMATISM

Workday is increasing its penetration, and there are limited people with the right skills and experience under their belts. That means that you can potentially get a big hike in remuneration by using your experience on the contractor market.

But that doesn’t mean you’ll always be working. 

Your ability to get work (and the rate you command) depends on many factors. This includes the modules you have experience in, as well as any language skills you have. It’s also dependant on where you’re willing to work and how quickly you can start. 

As a general rule, we say you need to be working for at least 9 months of the year for contracting to be worth it financially over a permanent role (remember, as a permanent member of staff, you get additional benefits around holiday, sickness, etc. that you don’t get as a contractor).

LOYALTY

The Workday ecosystem is comparatively small and very collaborative. Word travels fast, in terms of good people, good projects (and the reverse). 

Show loyalty, and don’t leave clients or colleagues in the lurch. If you get a reputation for being difficult, too maverick or unreliable, it will affect your ability to get future work. Cultivate a good reputation in the market, and you’ll find more doors open to you. 

This means that if you’re jumping around every 6 months chasing an additional £50 or £100 per day, people take note. We have an obligation to get the best people for our clients. So if you leave a contract early because of a rate increase elsewhere, it’s likely to be noted. If you’re in the midst of a project, we generally recommend seeing it out and getting that extra experience. It will pay dividends in the future!

Get more information on contractor rates – and the pros and cons of making the leap by downloading our latest eGuide. Send us an email and we will send it over!

April 8, 2021

Focus 24/7 Episode #12 - Workday Transformations - What, Why and When | Featuring Jim Flowers

Welcome to episode 12 of the Focus 24/7 podcast series! We recently sat down with Senior Business Transformation Executive Jim Flowers. Jim is the Vice President of Consulting Services at Navigator Management Partners – so he knows a thing or two about business transformation. During our conversation, we explored where it's best to focus your business transformation efforts, how to implement the process best, and much more!

Tags: Insight, Workday, Transformation, US, America, Podcast, Wday, Power, Of, One

April 8, 2021

Focus Cloud - 24/7 Episode #11

Building a global workday team. Joel Kirkland MBIoR is taking the reins for Focus 24/7 this podcast, talking all things Workday with a very special guest. According to Muhammad Samir, Director - Workday Center of Excellence at The Weir Group PLC, you should start by ironing out how Workday will fit in with your existing business processes. He says that getting those end-to-end processes socialised and signed off early on will help with your future configuration plans. It’s a must-listen for any businesses thinking about making the switch to Workday in 2021.

Tags: Insight, Podcast, Webinar, Focus, Cloud, Workday, Wday, Computing, Implementation

April 8, 2021

Focus Cloud - 24/7 Episode #10

Joel Kirkland MBIoR is taking the reins for Focus 24/7 this podcast, talking all things Workday with a very special guest. Andrew Robertson, Technologist at Alfa Financial Software, talks us through the changes and challenges for internal roles during an implementation. Alfa, Workday went from a finance and HR tool to a company-wide platform.

Tags: Insight, Focus, Cloud, Workday, Podcast, Power, Of, One, Wday, Recruit, Recruitment