Contractor Information

We know that finding the right contract, or even starting out contracting, can be a journey. That's why we've made it easy to find all the information that will help you in your search for your next assignment. Discover all our contractor information and resources below!

 

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Searching for the right contract

Our dedicated consultants work across niche markets within the financial services and engineering sectors and work with you to match your requirements and skills with the opportunities available.

Our teams take a systematic approach to ensure your contract is easy to understand and there is a smooth transition into your new work environment.

Our placement process

If you accept an assignment through us, our Contractor Care team will get in touch to; provide you with access to our online time management system, go through the onboarding process, explain how to use the system, and answer any questions. After you are placed with us, your consultant will organise regular check-ins throughout your placement from beginning, middle and end to ensure everything is going smoothly and answer any questions you may have throughout the process.

Your consultant not only checks in with you throughout your contract, but also with the client to understand the project deadlines and any future projects they may have in the pipeline. This means that once you're nearing your end date, sometimes there is the option to extend the contract or start another contract with the same client. If you decide to move on to something different our team can also help you find your next contract.

Whatever stage of the placement journey our team are there to help you through.

Are you ready to find your next challenge?

 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is contract employment?

Contracting has become very popular over the past few years, especially in the IT and tech sectors. Despite this however some professionals are still weary of jumping into contract work.

For companies contract recruitment is a great solution to resolve temporary and flexible staffing needs, as well as manage project workloads.

Contracts are commonly signed with independent workers and last a set period of time, e.g., a few weeks or months. After the end of the contract, the contractor has no further obligations to the employer and vice versa.

What's the difference between permanent and contract employment

Permanent employees are entitled to unique benefits, such as a salary, holidays, pension support and termination pay. These kinds of benefits aren't available for contract workers, however, as a contractor you have the flexibility of choice and potential to earn a higher rate. When companies need to grow teams or handle sensitive information regularly or build team identities permanent employment is the preferred option.

Contract staffing is usually viewed as a more flexible approach for super niche areas or specialist skill-sets, which suits certain professionals. Contractors help organisations; solve workforce shortages, manage project work, or replace key positions for short time periods. Contracting allows you to earn a higher rate than a permanent role with the skills and experience you have on offer, it also enables you to be more flexible, and have a greater variety of work. 

Do you have any information about IR35?

We absolutely do, you can check out everything we have on IR35 by visiting our IR35 Hub page. This will give you access to a host of information and resources, including guides, events and recordings that will help you understand the private sector reform.

If you have any specific questions around IR35, do not hesitate to use the contact form on that page to ask us your query.

How can I operate as a contractor?

As a Contractor with us, you’ll have the choice of two contract methods:

1. Enter into an agreement with one of our approved 'umbrella companies'.
2. Set yourself up as a UK limited company and ensure you’re listed as the Director and are in sole financial control of the company.

Find out more about our approved umbrella companies

Who will be my point of contact?

When you work with us we make sure to appoint a dedicated and experienced consultant to you throughout the whole process from start to finish.

Our consultants are specialists in specific niche markets so have the right experience and market knowledge to guide you through and find you the right fit for you both professionally and personally.

When will I get my contract?

If contracting via an umbrella company

The Umbrella company acts as your employer. Our placement support team send the contract to the chosen Umbrella Company and the Umbrella company then sends a schedule to you. It takes 48 hours for placement support to process contracts which will be sent to the Umbrella Company.

If contracting via LTD company

It takes 48 hours for placement support to process contracts.

What insurance do I need?

We know that it’s important to have protection in place. That’s why we have a partnership with Kingsbridge who specialise in contractor insurance.

Find out more about contractor insurance

Do you have the option to extend contracts?

We start speaking to managers 6-8 weeks before the contract end date to see if there is an option to extend. Our consultants will reach out to you on this matter when the time comes.

Why do I have to use an Umbrella Company on your Approved Supplier List?

We understand the importance of ensuring that there is a compliant supply chain in place. Being part of a PLC it’s hugely important for us to ensure that we provide you with the security and knowledge that everything relating to payment processing will be handled compliantly with respectable and with accredited suppliers. Thus, mitigating any risk from the supply chain.

We have operated a compliant supply chain for many years. Every 2 years we start the tender process to assess existing partners and speak with any new suppliers interested in partnering with us and our UK brands.

View our approved umbrella companies

Can I change my LTD Company during a contract?

Yes, contractors are free to change their LTD company during a contract. You will need to fill in a compliance confirmation form/pdf and send it back to us.

Please reach out to your consultant to start this process.

What is your referral scheme like?

If you'd like to know more about our referral scheme please speak to your consultant who will be able to provide you with more information.

Can you work out how much tax I owe?

We are not able to do this on your behalf. We strongly advise you to speak to your accountant regarding this query.

Do I have to raise an invoice?

If you are operating under an Umbrella company:
No. Umbrella Company contractors just need to enter in the timesheets and ensure they are approved. The Umbrella Company raises an invoice on your behalf.

If you are operating as a Ltd Company:
Yes. Because if you don’t raise an invoice your payment terms won’t start.

Can I change my notice period?

If you want to change your notice period to a shorter time, this needs to be agreed by both parties (the client and you the contractor).

Speak to your consultant if you wish to do this.