Helping you find the right job starts with you registering with us.
However, before you do that, we’d encourage you to spend some time thinking about the job you want. Would you prefer to be a contractor or a permanent employee? Are you happy to relocate? What salary package and benefits would you consider acceptable? What type of challenge are you looking for? Do you want more of a leadership or technical position? These are just some of the important considerations.
Once you have a rough idea of what you are looking for, please make sure your CV is well-written and up to date, and then register with us. We will then arrange for you to have an introductory talk with one of our consultants. This will give you a chance to ask any questions you may have, and will give us an opportunity to understand the types of role you have in mind, and how they might fit in to your career plan.
As soon as we have your CV, and understand your job requirements and preferences, we will enter all your information on our database. We will then start searching for the right assignment for you.
As soon as we receive a client request which fits with your skills and preferences, one of our team will contact you to discuss the position in detail. Whether the role is a contract assignment or permanent, they will talk you through the job specification and responsibilities, and will confirm the likely start and salary details.
If you decide the role is suitable (and you may want to take some time thinking about it), we will forward your CV to our client and discuss your application with them.
If our client is interested in your profile, we will arrange an interview. This may be done on the phone, or face to face, depending on the circumstances. Usually for permanent positions there will be a number of further interviews with the client. If the interview(s) are successful, we will arrange your paperwork and start dates.
There is no typical contract length as they differ in line with our clients’ business needs. Typically the initial contract offered is between 3 to 12 months. Based on our experience the average length of contract is nine months; though our longest has been 5+ years and counting!
4 to 6 weeks before your contract is scheduled to end, we will contact you and the client, to find out if you – and the client – would like the contract to be extended. If so, we will prepare the paperwork.
If your contract is not extended, we will help you update your CV and begin your search in plenty of time for you to find another suitable position.
When you start your contract we will provide you with a timesheet template and payment schedule. At the end of each week or calendar month, you should complete the timesheet detailing time worked and arrange for this to be signed by an authorised member of staff. The completed timesheet should then be sent to us and, if necessary, your management company. Once it has been processed you will be paid in line with your payment schedule and be provided with a relevant remittance advice.
Contract assignments are for a pre-determined period of time (often extended by mutual agreement) which will be stipulated in the contract agreement. Permanent employment is ongoing and tends not to be limited.
As well as a basic salary, permanent employees generally receive a benefits package which could include holiday pay, health & medical insurances, pensions, car allowances and bonus payments. Contract salaries, although generally significantly higher than permanent salaries, do not include any other benefits.
If you are in permanent employment you will normally get a holiday allowance and be paid whilst on leave and if you are sick. When working on a contract basis you will only be paid for the days that you actually work, so you will not get holiday or sickness allowances.
At first glance, contracting seems to offer greater financial reward, independence and flexibility; so can be ideal if it fits in with your desired lifestyle. There are potential opportunities to work all over the world, and you can vary your assignments to support your career development. However, working as a contractor can be less secure and there are often periods when you may be in-between jobs and therefore unpaid. There are fewer benefits and you may need to live away from home for long periods. It is very much down to personal preference!