Computer Industry slang
for a contractor
. An IT contractor will work
for anyone, provided they happen to be the highest bidder
. Contractors don't get sick pay
, they don't get paid holiday
s, they don't get medical benefit
s, life insurance
or a company pension
No company car, no complimentary membership of the local health club, they are not employees but rather self employed and can be fired at a moment's notice at any time.
The only benefit they get is their salary. And, just to add to the metaphor, most contractors get paid by the hour.