IT Contractors’ Agency Guides

A from the shadows account about what really goes on inside agents’ minds.

Agency law firm on the kicking of a limited company owner that contractors will cheer.

Enlisting a recruiter on top of a direct-to-client engagement doesn’t have to be too taxing.

Six IT contractor tips on making recruiters go the extra mile, by Outsource UK.

Evil, danger and incompetence await agency IT contractors approaching their end-date.

Choosing agencies to deal with, getting the rate you want and preferred suppliers.

When selecting which agencies to represent you there are one or two initial considerations to bear in mind.

How IT contractors can spot the rogue from the reputable.

Part 3 of 5: how to get the most out of a downturn.

Part 1 of 5: 'on spec' CV sending or the more the merrier?

Part 2 of 5: do IT contractors have a say about where their CV is sent by their agent?

Part 4 of 5: Decoding agency-speak about how recruiters operate.

Part 5 of 5: Agents on getting the most out of the contractory/agency relationship.

The basics of negotiation and establishing what rate becomes a 'deal breaker' for you.

An IT contractor's guide to asking for premiums.

Leading agents reveal the 'no-nos' for IT contractors.

How do you get the best rate for a new contract or a contract extension? The IT Coach explains that it comes down to your ability to negotiate.

Casually asking where you've been for interview might seem like a friendly enquiry, but...

Contractors have a right to control the price paid for their services.

This article is an 'old favourite' with our readers: Devious agency tricks. To be forewarned is to be forearmed though.

Contractors' Questions

Help for an IT contractor jobs agency worried about getting caught on September 30th.

Expert reassures a PSC suspecting his agent of lying.

Legal aid for a contractor stuck on his lower rate at a time when an uplift was due.

Don't brand yourself as from the awkward squad -- but do ask any new agent the following.

Eight characteristics you'll want your next recruiter to have (and eight you won't).

Legal expert unpicks the complicated history of a brolly contractor turned PSC.

Expert helps an IT contractor potentially told porkies by his agency.

Legal expert unties a contractor in a knot about rights and regulations.

Jumping brolly gives the jitters to an IT contractor concerned about the taxman.

Reassurance for an IT contractor whose employment intermediary wants his personal details.

Legal expert disappoints an ex-agency engineer hoping he accrued pension rights.

When it’s hot, and when it’s not, for freelance IT workers who use agencies.

Computer People on how to work the current market to reduce your contracting hours.

Legal aid for two IT contractors hoping for recourse from a dodgy agent.

Tax rules prohibit agency contractors from using the UK’s most popular business model.

Legal advice for a freelancer feeling owed a rate rise within the contract's first month.

Solicitor backs a clause permitting an agent to profit from going direct.

Advice for IT contractors if agents refuse to make contracts more IR35-friendly.

Make a choice and stick to it, says the IT Coach.

Expert aid for an IT contractor stuck on a non-compete clause.

No sure way to know if your recruiter is next on the administration list.

Expert advises a freelancer hoping to cut out the middleman for something different.

Legal aid for an IT contractor worried about the cost of proceedings.

Legal aid for an IT contractor asked to hand over personal documents.

Why recruiters may be taking up to 50% of contractors' profits.

An agency is making IT contractors feel their client's pinch.

An IT contractor asks about the 'renewal' that never was.

Recruiters reveal how they earn off IT contractors.

Further Reading

With the right papers in place, courts have little scope to interfere, says employment expert James Tait.

Solicitor Gary Cousins on what the courts are effectively saying to agency and contract workers.

Looking and acting like a permie doesn't make you an employee, rules Court of Appeal.

The Government’s draft Agency Worker Regulations could potentially impact contractors – CUK investigates what it could mean for you.

No more nosiness into contractors’ health and, potentially, conduct.

A seemingly sweet payment route is now a door for HMRC, writes IR35 expert Kate Cottrell.