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First Time Contracting

Thinking about making that first move into contracting?

It’s much easier than you think.

Our team of experienced contract recruitment consultants can walk you through each stage of the process and we’re always on hand to answer any questions you have.

Why Become a Contractor?

People think about taking that first step into contracting for various reasons:

  • Redundancy
  • At a junction in your career
  • Looking to have more control on the types of projects you undertake
  • Broaden your experience within different environments or cultures
  • Financial benefits of contracting

We take your career seriously, and so we’ll always be honest and upfront about the pros and cons of contracting. It’s not always for everyone, but we’re here to talk you through all the options and find the right path for you. Taking that first step into contracting, especially if you are leaving a permanent position, is always daunting, but once you’ve made that move, you’ll wish you did it years ago.

Advantages

Increased earnings

Contracting gives you a higher hourly/day rate than an equivalent permanent employee. Your tax status should also enable you to take home more net pay.

Greater variety and interesting assignments

You choose your assignments and clients, so you can choose only to work on projects that interest you.

Flexibility

You can choose when you want to be in contract and when you want to take time out between assignments.

No office politics

You’re there to deliver a specific service or specialist skill, and then you’re out again.

Improved work/life balance

You’re in control of your own destiny - where, when and type of assignments you undertake.

Challenges

Staying in contract

If you’ve done your research, you’ll know the demand for your services and skillset. While we’ll do everything we can to find you that next contract, you need to be proactive by registering with a number of reputable recruitment agencies and specialist recruiters in your area as well as making use of the job boards and social media.

Downtime between contracts

If you’re not in contract, then you don’t get paid. However, with higher earning potential and keeping your technical skills up-to-date, downtime and loss of earnings can be kept to a minimum.

Training and personal development

As a contractor and not a permanent employee, you’re now responsible for your own training and personal development. You’ll need to personally invest time in yourself to keep your skills current and marketable.

Holidays and sick days

If you’re not working because of holiday or illness, you won’t get paid for those days off. However, given that your earnings will be substantially higher, you’ll find that you can afford to take time off.