Permanent vs Contract

Data Engineer

We've compared the relative costs of hiring a Data Engineer on a permanent basis with a salary of £100,000

vs the benefits of hiring a contractor on a rate of £650 per day, all inclusive.

When factoring in the risk of making the wrong permanent hire, or the employee leaving within the first year,

hiring a freelancer could be a smarter option.





Recruitment fee


Other benefits



Offer to start date

Paid holiday

Sick pay








27.5 days**

3 months**

33.5 days**

5.8 days**

Avg. 223 weekdays worked**

Day rate

= £607


All-inclusive cost

No additional costs relating to recruitment, training, benefits or time off.

Immediate start

Waste no time in getting critical projects on track.


Access resource as you need it to maximise efficiency and accommodate evolving project requirements.

Highly skilled specialists

Vast experience of different working environments and able offer unique specialist insight and solutions.

High productivity

An expert understanding of how to achieve objectives.

Total charge (day rate)

= £650

*Typical salaries and day rates as of February 2022.

** Average UK durations as of February 2022.


About Bodhi

Bodhi has developed to become a recognised market leader in specialist data, digital and marketing talent solutions, backed up by an impressive client list and an extensive number of positive testimonials from clients and candidates.

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