Planning leave while contracting

Posted on July 2022 By Speller International
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​Winter in Australia means Summer in Europe and America. Photos flashing up of friends and family swimming in the Mediterranean or having a picnic in Central Park can cause a lot of jealously and resentment. Throw in 2 years of lockdowns, 5km radius’ and no international travel the risk of burn-out is very high.

But how, as a contractor do you take a much needed break? How can you plan for time off when working on a short term project?


An obvious option is to go at the end of a contract. We see a higher number of contracts coming to an end at EOFY and Christmas and it usually takes a few weeks to see the market pick back up once budgets have been approved and hiring processes start back up. Using this to your advantage, plan ahead and lock in that time early.

Just been extended or in a longer term Contract?

We all need to remember that a holiday is a necessity that will assist in combating the stresses of work and our fast paced lifestyles. Speak to your manager, plan ahead, communicate the need for some time off, remember to be flexible, go-live dates, support and key delivery timeframes will need to be considered, but don’t be afraid to have the discussion.

We do however understand that not all projects or clients have the capacity to let a contractor go on leave. In these cases you could possibly plan a few long weekends throughout the year just to break up the stress. Generally, if you have a good relationship with your manager, are performing at a good standard, and plan ahead, you are more likely to be able to mutually agree upon a suitable time for leave so all parties are happy.

Choose a date and Stick to it!

Lock that time off in your diary, your managers diary and your family planner. Once you have a date, book something; a trip, a massage, lunch with friends, excursion with family - there is less risk you will cancel and less risk of you being drawn into another project.


Being a contractor definitely has its perks, flexibility, working in new environments with new skillsets, and higher daily rates. With these rates does come the downside on not having paid leave available.

We suggest - Pay yourself your annual leave. Set up a side account where you can pay a portion of your salary each week so when it comes time for that trip away you have money set aside.

When you return from your much needed break, either back to your current role or ready for your next assignment, a Speller Consultant would like to hear all about the trip and what you’re looking for in your SAP role.