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Looking Ahead to 2017: How Will Contractors Fare and How Can You Succeed?

There was some promising news for contractors this month when the CBI released a study that showed four in ten firms (41 per cent) plan to grow their workforce in 2017.


While these findings are welcome, we should also note the study found growth in permanent job opportunities outstripped temporary recruitment for the fourth year running.


For temporary roles specifically, just 14 per cent of companies planned to create new positions, while 12 per cent planned to reduce these, giving a net balance of +2 per cent.


Those who will benefit most from the creation of new roles next year include apprentices (+26 per cent), permies (+19 per cent) and graduates (+16%).


Even so, any increase in job creation is qualified good news in uncertain times, but it’s still important to give yourself the edge when job hunting.


Here are some simple steps you can take to secure your next contract role and enjoy a successful 2017:


Get networking


It’s often said that it’s not what you know; it’s who you know. For contractors, however, it’s fair to say it’s both.


Each role you take on is helping you to build a network that could be hugely valuable in your job search in the future.


Get speaking to people across the business during your contract and discuss their needs and how your skills and interests might help. This will significantly increase the chances of them contacting you for relevant roles in the future.


LinkedIn can also be a good tool to nurture your network – allowing you to advertise your skills and experience to leading employers in your sector and maintaining your contact with people you’ve successfully worked for in the past.


Also, be prepared to share opportunities you hear about that aren’t quite right for you with other contractors. There’s a good chance they’ll return the favour in the future.


Upgrade your skills


If you do find yourself with a bit of time between roles, it might be worth using this quieter period to do some training. Whether you’re brushing up on existing skills or learning something new, there’s a good chance you’ll reduce the time you spend looking for roles in the future and you might even be able to demand a higher rate for your next contract.


Make your CV work hard


How does sitting back and letting the jobs come to you sound? Combined with nurturing your network and boosting your skill set, this can be an effective way to find your next role.


Simply submit your CV to our database here and there’s a good chance you’ll be hearing about that new role soon.


If you want to discuss your job search with us in more detail, do get in touch. We’re on hand to help you make the most of the growing number of opportunities for contractors in 2017.