Just a backstory, I'm a fresh grad who applied for a junior developer position from small company and got offered a project-based job, which I accepted hesitantly. I am new to the industry and I don't know much about contracts or how project-based contract works that's why I am uncertain as to whether I should accept the offer or not. The contract is supposed to last for 5 months, from June to October. To make sure, I asked our HR on what will happen if the contract ended. In a reassuring way, our HR stated that:
Most of the employees after the contract has ended will either be promoted to probationary or to regular employee directly. As long as we do good in our job ( finish tasks on time, go to work in time, listen to our tech lead, etc.)
Or the contract will be renewed depending on the needs of the company's client.
It took me some time to consider the job offer, and eventually I accepted it (confidently knowing that I will be able to do well on the job and be promoted after the end of the contract).
Fast forward, I enjoy working with my team and seniors. They are one of the reasons why I love my current job. The staffs and people around the company are nice too. I also think I'm doing well on my job since I am able to finish my deliverable on time and communicate well with the team. The salary is okay but below expectations (maybe because I'm a fresh grad). But as trainee, I only have allowance as 'benefit'.
Now, the problem is that my contract has already ended more than a month ago. I don't know what my current employment status is. I'm still going to work as usual, doing tasks, etc. I still get paid as well. I've already brought this up to my boss and to our HR but the response is always 'Wait'. I've asked them a lot of times since my contract ended but this is what they always say to me. They don't have any other explanations and this makes me uncertain on what their plan for me is, or what are the reasons as to why it is taking so long.
I really want to have a salary increase + additional benefits that's why I am eager to learn of what my employment status will be. At this point, I'm getting tired asking on my contract since I always get the same answer. As I've stated before, I love my team but the salary and benefits are below expectations. I don't know if it is wise for me (a fresh graduate) to leave my current job and now look for other jobs, or just wait and hopefully something happens.
EDIT 11/26/2019: Some answer and comment suggested that while I'm still in my current job, I should also start looking for a new one. While I think that is the most sensible and beneficial thing for me to do, is it right that I look for other jobs while I'm still "working" in my current one? I feel like I'm backstabbing my co-workers and the company if I do that.
EDIT 11/27/2019: Hi everyone! I just want you to all know how much I value your feedback and it helps me a lot to look things at a different perspective. Your comments and answers really did challenge my current way of thinking regarding work. I've always thought that while I'm bound to the my current job, I should no longer look for other job/opportunities. But I guess this is a wrong way of thinking. From now on, I will be open to new and possibly better opportunities that may help my career grow, and also may help me grow as a better person.
Regarding on my decision to my current work, I talked to my manager and he said that He has already requested for my regularization. I will give the HR or company until mid-week of December, but if there's still no progress, then I guess it's time for me to move on and look for a better job and company. I will update you all once I made my decision. Maraming salamat!