William Deegan started his IT career as a full-time staffer. But during the dot-com bust, when hours became long and stressful, Deegan met a contractor who was working fewer hours and making more money. "I liked his quality of life. That's how I started contracting," says Deegan, now sole proprietor of Bad Dog Consulting in Mountain View, Calif.
In a 2013 survey of more than 200 IT decision-makers, tech recruiting firm Mondo found that 48% of respondents planned to hire more IT contractors than full-time staff in the next 12 to 18 months.
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