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Certified Professional Contractors – Yay!

Imagine that a contractor is doing some work in your house. Halfway through the job he comes to you and says, “Sorry, I’m going to have to quit this job on Friday because I got a different job that pays me an extra $1 an hour” … or maybe he says, “The market is really heating up and so, even though we agreed on $20 an hour for this job I’m going to need $25 to stay and finish it”. I’m guessing that you would be less than impressed, and it is certainly not how you would expect your contractor to act.

Now let’s look at the independent IT contractor. The majority of IT contractors are professionals who would never operate in the manner described above. However the few that do have those business ethics are the ones that get the attention and give all contractors a bad name, bringing our whole industry into disrepute.

What can we do about it? It’s a tough one, because it’s hard to establish industry “black-lists” although most agencies have their own list of people they will not work with again. We can have policies around not employing contractors who have broken a contract, but it’s not always easy to find that information. Eagle has decided to approach this “ethical” issue from the positive perspective, by identifying and rewarding the good contractors with a special status.

We believe that the Eagle Certified Professional Contractor program is the first of its type, certainly in Canada. A press release yesterday announced the program that certifies IT contractors willing to sign a Code of Conduct, and the live by that code. They also need to be excellent technically, and have good references.

It’s a small step … but let’s hope that through education, we can convince ALL IT contractors that the right thing is to finish their commitments.

8 thoughts on “Certified Professional Contractors – Yay!

  1. I agree this is one side of coin, but that is what notice period is for (should work both ways). Alternatevly, should contractor get paid for full length of contract when project is cancelled?

  2. I agree this is one side of coin, but that is what notice period is for (should work both ways). Alternatevly, should contractor get paid for full length of contract when project is cancelled?

  3. That is an excellent point.
    Another point is if I am an unethical contractor willing to break a contract then what good would signing a contract that says I’m going to be a good person. If I’m already such a person the contract it moot if I’m not then it’s also moot.

  4. That is an excellent point.
    Another point is if I am an unethical contractor willing to break a contract then what good would signing a contract that says I’m going to be a good person. If I’m already such a person the contract it moot if I’m not then it’s also moot.

  5. The program will quickly identify people that are professional … yes there are some unscrupulous people that will sign, but when they break their contract they will self identify as “bad apples”.

    Notice period is for employees. When did a company last give you notice that they were not going to complete the job you hired them to complete?

    The value of contractors to clients is the flexibility it gives them. If they needed to pay for a service that was not delivered (a cancelled project) then there would be no need for contractors.

  6. The program will quickly identify people that are professional … yes there are some unscrupulous people that will sign, but when they break their contract they will self identify as “bad apples”.

    Notice period is for employees. When did a company last give you notice that they were not going to complete the job you hired them to complete?

    The value of contractors to clients is the flexibility it gives them. If they needed to pay for a service that was not delivered (a cancelled project) then there would be no need for contractors.

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