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Freelance Job Prospects for 2944

Freelance Job Prospects for 2944

The economic disparity of the last few years has left many on the workman’s side of the fence wondering if their jobs are as solid as they are told. Large-scale shipping companies continue to downsize or outsource their fleet, and now more than ever a wagepay pilot must ask how much uncertainty they are willing to endure.

Contran Interstellar, for example, has diminished their Terran-based incorp fleet from its height of 1,450 ships back in 2936 to a mere 876 today, and most of those remaining are large-scale or specialty haulers requiring a practiced crew or a restricted license and training. Arther D’Mualli, operations manager at Contran, assures us that they are shipping as much if not more than they have in the past.

“Business is good, we can’t deny it. And a healthy aspect of that success comes from our conscious decision to outsource our small-haul fleet. As our older class lines continue to show their age, and with the recent rise in insurance claims following increased raider activity in the outer sectors, we had no choice but to diversify our sourcing options.”

Contran is of course not alone in their decision to move small ship operations outside of the corporate walls. In 2943 alone, nearly 18% of all shipping companies polled responded that they had or were planning to reduce their pilot roster in lieu of outsourced contract work within 6-12 months. Over half of those that responded, roughly 53%, felt that it was in their financial interest to eventually lower their fleet count within the next 3 years.

What does this mean for the solo pilots willing to work for their pay? It means a focus on self-employment might be in your future if you’re not there already. Those that do not currently own a freight-worthy ship might want to start saving, or at the least explore joint ownership. An investment in a well-maintained 2935 MISC Freelancer, for example, could more than pay for itself in available work if your team is able to produce a qualified mechanic. And the UEE appears to be ahead of the curve by providing independent contractors with a steady supply of government and private-sector work through their extensive job boards.

For those that do currently own a ship but are still holding on to their wage job, considering requesting a buyout contract package. Many companies that are feeling the pinch appear more willing to contract with trusted former employees, and in a sense you might be saving them money in the long run. Discretion is advised, of course, and your own situation may be different.

If a solo career is what you are after, consider the additional expenses that you will need to incur before pre-spending those large cred payouts. Fuel costs, insurance, and of course security resources are all expenses that are now your own responsibility. Considering the increase in raider and Vanduul activity along many popular trading routes, it might be advisable to join any of the growing convoy organizations to help mitigate the expense of outside security forces, not to mention the potential for word-of-mouth work that inevitably flows through such business-oriented factions.

Ultimately, the options for pilots moving into 2944 appear to be a mixed bag of uncertain but promising. While change can be unwelcome and overwhelming to behold, many successful solo-pilots and entrepreneurs today credit their “big leap” to independence as the motivating factor that lead to their fortune and success in business.