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Contracting as an IT pro can still be lucrative, but it does depend on where you live. New data suggests that you're going to earn a lot less in Victoria than South Australia -- but you'll still typically get twice the hourly rate of a permanent employ. Plus: which roles are the most likely to be hired?

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Hi Lifehacker, I've been working as a contractor to my current boss for the past three months. He has offered to employ me full-time, which gives me all the benefits of holidays and so on and less hassle with invoices and budgeting, but that would result in a pay cut of roughly 20%.

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Working as a contractor can mean flexibility and the ability to work on a diverse range of projects -- but it can also mean uncertain job prospects and dodgy bosses. Some simple strategies can ensure your life as a contractor goes more smoothly.

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Working as an IT contractor can be rewarding, but you have to match your skills to what's currently in demand. According to the most recent SkillsMatch research by the Information Technology Contract and Recruitment Association (ITCRA), there's a serious mismatch between the most frequently offered skills and what employers are actually looking for.

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With an average annual salary for Australian IT contractors of $129,071 and an average hourly rate of $83.46, working in technology sure beats flipping burgers. However, as with most average figures, the devil is in the detail: some career paths and locations pay much better, and there's an apparent shift towards longer-term contracts.