Contractor Job News

The agent, of course, knows exactly what is happening, i.e. that you have other interviews and are holding back to see what happens there, but their chess pieces are completely surrounded, and they have no more moves.

May 10, 2004

In the first circumstance, where the client offers 535 per day, then you tell the agent that although you'll come down to 560 per day, that'll be your bottom line. You are only 25 quid away from an agreement, and it is too tantalising for the agent.

May 10, 2004

If you can avoid it, try not to quote a rate to the agency in the beginning. If you can do this, then you're really in the driving seat if you go for a job interview and the company wants you.

May 10, 2004

The majority of agents are decent people, but likely many people who are under threat of their jobs and are getting desperate, they will sometimes resort to desperate tactics.

May 10, 2004

My favourite 'grenade' thrown at candidates at an interview is, after the candidate is asked what his or her strong points are, the interviewer then follows up by asking what their weak points are. Anyone who answers that honestly doesn't deserve to hold a job. If you answer it honestly, you probably won't get one either. A friend of mine once, when asked what his weak points were, replied that he cried at sad movies. The interviewer was tickled by this and he got the job.

May 10, 2004

There has long been the suspicion that a number of recruitment agencies use fake job board advertisements in their never-ending mission to harvest fresh CV's from job seekers. All contractors know this happens, and the various contractor discussion boards contain numerous postings on this subject. Although industry guidelines forbid the use of 'phantom vacancy' ads, we all know they are used on a daily basis.

May 10, 2004

Despite the recent downturn in the market, several recruitment related industries have made this year's Sunday Times Fast Track 100 list, which is based on increases in year on year sales revenue.

May 10, 2004

Ever wonder why some agencies don't want to know you, even when you're perfect for a job for which they've advertised? It could be that someone you work with is 'doing the dirty on you' according to the following report from contractors' reunion site, NamesFacesPlaces

May 10, 2004

A recent article, published by technology news site, VNUNet, reveals how IT staffing contracts are effectively being put up for auction and given to the lowest bidder. This latest trend is seen as further evidence of the growing downturn in IT spending and continuing problems for the recruitment industry.

May 10, 2004

Although three years in business is not such a big deal in normal business circles, it certainly is in the Internet world. Since Contractor UK was born in 1998, we have seen literally hundreds of recruitment-related sites rise and fall within a short period of time. The 'Direct Contract' recruitment model whereby contractors source work directly from clients and cut out the middleman, was heralded as the future of contracting back in 1999/2000.

May 10, 2004

Two of the UK's largest job boards have made the Sunday Times ARM Tech Track 100 league table, which ranks technology companies according to their compound annual growth rates.

May 10, 2004

MMT Computing, the IT services company, has just announced figures which show that they lost £2.8m in the year just past, compared to a profit of £6m last year. Turnover was down by 18%.

May 10, 2004

Online recruitment giant, Stepstone, is the latest casualty of the global economic slowdown. The Company has announced the closure of its UK arm in a radical shake-up of its European operations. 500 jobs are to be lost as a result of the changes.

May 10, 2004

Recruitment agency, Harvey Nash, this week announced a large slump in profits to the year ending 31st July 2001. Although turnover increased by over 30% to £126.4m, operating profit was down from £7m to £1.7m and profits before tax were down from £6.7m to £0.7m.

May 10, 2004

An optimistic picture for the longer-term future of the IT recruitment market was spelled out in London this week by Don McLaurin, Chief Executive of the National Association of Computer Consultant Businesses (NACCB), the US association representing IT recruitment companies.

May 10, 2004

The long-term growth in the use of IT contractors is likely to resume soon says Plexian, the leading IT staffing agency. The recent downsizing of the IT sector has seen a sudden reversal in the trend of the last 10 years that, until now, has seen contract workers replacing permanent positions across the sector.

May 10, 2004

As regular visitors to Contractor UK will know only too well, the last year has not been a good time for IT contractors. Although some of the 'major' IT news sites are biased towards permanent IT workers and report the poor state of the IT contract market with seeming 'glee', few can deny that we have seen better times in past years.

May 10, 2004

Firstly, no advice about firm hand shakes, and looking people in the eye. A load of tosh! If you are confident, and know your stuff, then the interviewer is not going to care if you break his hand or not, or look lovingly in his eyes!

May 10, 2004

A glimpse of the medium-term future of IT in the UK was given to members of ATSCo in June. It is predicted that there will be some extremely exciting developments in the next two years, with a 30% increase by 2003 in the proportion of jobs which are in IT related roles.

May 10, 2004

Recruitment giant, Jobserve, has come in at No.19 on the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 index. Showing a 71.14% annual growth rate, the Company has led the internet recruitment marketplace for nearly a decade.

May 10, 2004

Low unemployment figures are masking instability in the job market, with many recruitment agencies fearing a decline in their sectors, claims London-based financial outsourcing firm, LSM Group.

May 10, 2004

Many contractors leave permanent work to get away from office politics and the constant drive to earn promotions. According to a new research released to Contractor UK by the BBC, many permies could benefit from a confidence boost and should become pushier in the workplace!

May 10, 2004

Forty-four per cent of European companies are reporting difficulties in filling vacancies in the IT industry, according to online news and recruitment service, silicon.com's third annual Skills Survey published today. The skills crisis in the UK however, has eased in the last year, dropping from 47 per cent of unfilled vacancies to 39 per cent.

May 10, 2004

How IT contractors find work - via agencies, or direct. How to IT contractors select agencies, and which job sites are the most visited.

May 10, 2004

The Professional Contractors Group has reported a recruitment agency, Computer People, to the Advertising Standards Authority for claiming that potential clients can avoid employment issues surrounding IR35 if they put an agent between themselves and any contractors.

May 10, 2004

The Sunday Telegraph has published an article on Jobserve, one of the most profitable dot com's in the UK and job site of choice for most IT contractors.

May 10, 2004

More than 500,000 temporary workers, ranging from office staff to models and actors, will enjoy greater protection from exploitation and be able to move from temporary to permanent work more easily, thanks to new employment rules announced today by Industry Minister Alan Johnson.

May 10, 2004

The vast majority contract via agencies (58%), with a sizeable number (26%) working direct for clients. 11% of our visitors are not currently working.

May 10, 2004

A recent survey of 125 blue-chip companies carried out by TopContracts.com, a direct recruitment website, has unearthed some concerns regarding the performance of some IT recruitment agencies.

May 10, 2004

The Recruitment and Employment Federation, which represents thousands of recruitment agencies has published the survey results from its conference earlier this year.

May 10, 2004

Another tack that you might want to try, is to try and buy out the agency. If you know that there is plenty of work there, e.g. 2/3 years worth, and that they rate you highly, have a word with your boss about the prospects of them wanting you for an extended period.

May 10, 2004

Contractors are always complaining about the 'tricks' that agents get up to, in order to 'rip them off', find out who's recruiting, and to get them to sign contracts before they go to other interviews etc.

May 10, 2004

The Association of Online Recruiters (AOLR) was officially launched last week by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) following the rapid growth of Internet based recruitment services over the past few years. REC has 5800 corporate and 7800 individual members.

May 10, 2004