Partners in your IT Contracting Career
Net Talent IT Contractor Hub
Being a Contractor in the IT sector can be hugely rewarding. It’s an opportunity to turn your knowledge and skills into a varied and prosperous career – becoming a specialist that all sorts of businesses will turn to. Whether you’re a subject-matter specialist with an unrivalled understanding of a specific niche, or you’re equipped with the broad tool kit of a generalist, we’re here to be your partner in business.
We’re experts in IT recruitment, offering a range of services for employers, candidates and contractors like you. (You can read all about it on the main Net Talent website.)
As well as connecting you with the best IT contracting opportunities in the market, we’re ready to offer advice and information to help you chart your path in the IT industry. From tax arrangements and interview skills, we’re ready to offer all the help you need to make a success of your contracting career. You’ll find plenty of tips and info below, and if you have any questions please just get in touch – we’ll be happy to have a chat, whether on the phone or in person.
Getting started as a Contractor
Explore the IT industry
Preparing for interviews
The Net Talent difference
If these are your first steps into the world of contracting, there’s a lot for you to consider. It’s a career path that offers plenty of freedom and flexibility, but you’ll need to ensure you’re properly prepared – from organising your finances and insurance, to setting up the right company structure for you. Here are a few tips and resources to help you make a start:
A first timer’s guide: a handy all-round introduction to contracting from Contract Calculator
The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed offers a great starting place for information and resources
Legal & Tax arrangements
A guide to Umbrella Companies for Contractors from Contractor UK
The UK Government’s information on IR35 rules
Advice from the Government on setting up a limited company
Information about working in the UK if you’re from another country
Whether you’ve spent years in permanent roles or you’re only just making your way in IT, it’s important to understand the sector if you’re going to find success as a Contractor. We work hard to stay up-to-the-second with the latest trends, innovations and developments – ensuring we know all the emerging opportunities and potential pitfalls for IT professionals like you.
Understanding the IT industry
The latest results from the Scottish Technology Industry Survey
Skills & areas in demand
An article about some of the biggest arenas for contractors.
Winning the contract you want comes down to a whole host of factors – it’s not just about your ability to do the job, but also your ability to impress potential employers. We’re recruitment experts, with long experience of guiding candidates and contractors through the recruitment process. Here are a few tips to help you through:
Preparing for an interview
- Research the industry and company
- Ensure you fully understand the Job Description and the format of this interview
- Anticipate any concerns or reservations
- Have your list of questions prepared
- Be Assertive and take responsibility for the interview
- Bring a copy of your CV to the interview
- Be ready to handle in appropriate questions
- Be Positive
- Connect on Linked in before the interview
- Don’t be afraid to ask for the Job before you leave
What is a competency-based Interview?
“Competency-based interviews use questions which aim to find out how you have used specific skills in your previous experience and how you approach problems, tasks and challenges. Also called behavioural or situational questions, they are often used in the first interview.”
Read more from Jobs.ac.uk
The competencies will differ from employer to employer and from role to role, but some of the most common competencies include:
- Decision making
- Problem solving
- Commercial awareness
Read more at wikijob
With the potential impact of many IT, technology and data-focused roles, many employers are understandably focused on security. As such, it’s likely that any contract (or indeed any permanent role) will involve some kind of background check.
Read more about what this can involve from the CPNI.
There are lots of recruitment companies out there. We’re different. We work as partners in your career – doing all we can to help you find the contracting career of your dreams.
Who we are
Net Talent are experts in IT, Data and Digital recruitment. We work with a wide variety of industry professionals, from high-calibre technology leaders and vastly experienced technical specialists, to early-career candidates and graduates looking to make the first big steps in their careers.
What can do for you
As a partner we don’t place contractors with clients then simply move on to the next thing. We’re here to support you from day one until it’s done. On the first day of your contract, we’ll check in to see that everything is ok. At the end of the first week, we’ll be in touch again to make sure you’re happy and the work is what you expected. From there, we’ll check-in at week 3 and week 6, checking that the contract is running smoothly. And, two weeks before it’s all due to finish, we’ll get in touch with our client to see if they want to extend the assignment – and if they don’t, we’ll get to work finding your next contract.
Getting in touch
We know that there’s a lot to consider, whether you’ve never contracted before or you’re simply new to Net Talent. While you’ll find some useful info and tips on this site (as well as our main site here), the best way to find out more is to drop us a line.
All you need to do is send us a message, visit our main site or connect with us through social media.