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Sector Watch: What’s hot for IT contractors?

Sector Watch: What’s hot for IT contractors?

IT is arguably the most popular specialised contractor skill in the UK. As new technologies such as AI, blockchain and big data are utilised across all industries, there’s a growing need for skilled technical workers to meet the demand. This means that fast access to specialists who can maintain the technology’s day-to-day functioning and ensure

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Contract negotiation and renewal – getting it right

Contract negotiation and renewal – getting it right

If you’re about to start a new contract, or if your contract is coming up for renewal, you should take some factors into consideration in order to maximise your earning potential, while also ensuring that your contract is compliant with current IR35 legislation. Here we look at how getting your contractual negotiations right can give

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What are you worth? LinkedIn tool pinpoints high paying sectors

What are you worth? LinkedIn tool pinpoints high paying sectors

The candidate-driven market continues in 2019, offering contractors a good opportunity to seek out projects that offer the best rewards. When it comes to searching for a new role, earning potential is often one of the main considerations. Although LinkedIn’s recent recruitment study shows that work/life balance and career satisfaction are increasingly important factors, contractors

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Are worker's rights under threat from government legislation

Are worker’s rights under threat from government legislation?

Constant wrangling over off-payroll legislation and Brexit have raised questions about the rights of UK workers. Although several documents have addressed the issue of rights, the government have yet to fully consider this angle. Like all workers, contractors need to be treated fairly for the service they provide. However, government legislation is often responsible for

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The recruitment revolution gets underway!

The recruitment revolution gets underway!

In the coming years, the introduction of new technology will see many changes in the recruitment sector. In order to keep themselves competitive, contractors will need to understand these changes and adapt for success. In time, many of the tools used by recruiters to improve their selection processes will also be utilised by contractors to

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IR35: Why it’s best for the agency, the contractor and the client to work together

According to IPSE’s latest Freelancer Confidence Index, 59% of contractors are wary of the economic conditions ahead. Much of the concern has arisen from recent changes to IR35 (off-payroll working rules) in the public sector, which are also set to apply to the private sector in the near future. The changes place the responsibility for

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Maintaining an Effective Contractor CV – Keep It Relevant

Maintaining an Effective Contractor CV – Keep It Relevant

As a contractor, your CV is often the first impression recruiters get of you. It needs to stand out and showcase your skills, but that’s not all. Here at Contracting Scout, we believe relevancy is the key. Keep reading to find out how an up-to-date and relevant CV can help you consistently secure contracts.  

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finding work through a contractor agency

Working Direct vs Working with a Contractor Agency

Working with an Agency vs Contracting directly – which one to choose?   If you’re considering becoming a contractor, there are a wide range of factors to think about – from marketing yourself as a contractor  to whether you will work directly with your end client or through a contractor agency. Once you’ve done your

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write job ads to find the best contractors.

How recruiters can write job ads to find the best contractors.

Getting job ads wrong can be expensive. If the wrong people apply it can waste your time and if the wrong people are successfully placed in roles, it can damage your relationship with temps and clients alike. While the outcome of the recruitment process isn’t solely reliant on the strength of the initial job ad,

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Job-Seeking Frustrations

How Recruiters Can Succeed By Addressing Candidate Frustrations

Recent research from CV-Library has identified the main frustrations candidates face when job hunting. At first glance, the results don’t make pleasant reading for recruiters. Not only was a ‘lack of response from recruiters’ named the number 1 frustration by job hunters, chosen by 57% of respondents, but ‘vague updates from the recruiter’ also made

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