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What will Brexit mean for City contractors?

Among the many ponderables following Brexit, one of the biggest is the impact it would have on the City of London’s status as the world’s preeminent financial centre. The banking and financial services sector is a vital contributor to UK GDP growth. The City plays a starri...

The resilient labour market means good news for contractors

News that Britain’s unemployment rate has fallen to 4.8%, its lowest level since September 2005, suggests that the economy is not suffering from any post-Brexit blues. The news delighted employment minister Damian Hinds who hailed “the resilience of the UK labour market”. ...

It’s never been a better time to remortgage

Moving home can be a big hassle. We know contractors often see the value in a new mortgage on a lower interest rate. Can’t help but notice it, in fact, given how acute their eyes pick out savings. But by the time they’ve: looked for (and found) a new home that everyon...

Contractors Deliver Diversity

Recent research by global management consulting firm McKinsey has revealed that gender and ethnically diverse companies are more likely to outperform their peers by 15 and 35% respectively, while advancing women’s equality could add as much as £150bn to GDP forecasts in 2025. ...

Article 50: repercussions for contractors?

With the High Court ruling on Wednesday 3 November changing the dynamics of the Article 50 timeline, we look at the possible Brexit and political scenarios as well as the decision’s impact on the UK economy and its cohort of contractors. The decision in the High Court has me...

An age-old question for contractors

With the gap between job creation and the number of graduates able to fill those vacancies forever widening, contractors in the over-50s age category will be key to the UK’s future economic prosperity. As Employment Minister, Damian Hinds said, the group offers ‘decades of va...

Rich pickings for engineering contractors

The demand for specialist engineering contractors continues to rise steadily across the UK, fuelled by huge public sector maintenance projects as well as the rapid export growth of the automotive and aerospace industries. The market for engineering specialists is candidate led wi...

Secrets for Contracting Success: part 2

Steven Baker has been contracting as a software tester in the retail banking sector for the past six years. It was on his daily commute from Edinburgh to Glasgow that the native New Zealander decided to produce a top tips guide for new and experienced contractors. We begin the s...

HiredByMe launches Portable PES

HiredByMe launches Portable PES, solving a £180 million problem for the City’s contractors. HiredByMe, the compliance and onboarding firm, last week launched the Portable PES – a product allowing contractors to earn more by spending more time on engagements and less time un...

Secrets for Contracting Success: part 1

It was on his daily commute from Edinburgh to Glasgow that Steven Baker decided to write ‘101 Contracting Tips – Valuable Tips for New and Experienced Contractors’. A highly experienced software tester with a retail banking background, Steven decided to take advantage of t...

LinkedIn for contractors

LinkedIn is an incredibly versatile and effective tool for contractors – and one of the ways to make social media work for you. It can help you to not only find your next assignment but also to promote your expertise and personal brand. We look at some of the things you should ...

Top traits of a contractor

Having looked at self-promotion, our focus this time turns to the characteristics that you need to succeed as a contractor. So, just what are those key qualities and attributes that are common to all top contractors? You need to embrace uncertainty. No longer having the protec...

Checklist: Contract Exit Strategy 


Last time we looked at some of the key things that contractors can do to promote themselves and their business effectively. But what should you be thinking about as your current contract draws to a close? Do you have an exit strategy in place? For contractors, securing that ne...