Contractors, are you investing in your career?

Contractors, are you investing in your career?

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The public sector IR35 reforms have caused enough concern in the world of contracting. HMRC’s 5% expense allowance rule and impending digital tool, an increased Flat Rate VAT Scheme, and Apprenticeship Levy are just a few reasons for every contractor’s sleepless nights. Honestly, they do have the right to feel they are being unfairly targeted.

However, the job scene for contractors is not all that bad. Despite all the developments that have been announced and are set to take place, the demand for software engineering contractors and digital professionals is greater than ever, and this is all because of the government’s £1bn upgrade to the UK’s internet infrastructure.

So with growing opportunities, there is still scope for contractors to not only add value to their resume but also earn a steady livelihood. Below are 5 simple career essentials that contractors – across industries – should invest their resources in:

There’s no doubt that 2017 will be a challenging year. The public sectors reforms will impact the contractors and let’s not forget Brexit which will also cause an impact across the UK. Despite this, the UK economy is predicted to grow in 2017 and skilled flexible workforce will definitely benefit from it.

  1. Upgrade your skills

    Contracting is a tricky business, and requires contractors to be really good at what they do in order to get hired! Since in-house training is not really an option for them as they are not on-payroll employees of the organization, it is important to continuously invest monies in doing online courses and learning new tools.

  2. Create an online presence

    Whether you are a software developer, a nurse or a social media marketer, having some sort of an online presence always boosts your chances to get noticed by potential employees. If creating a one-page website is not your cup of tea, make sure you have signed up for relevant job portals and your profile is updated there.

  3. LinkedIn

    Creating an accurate LinkedIn profile is important and opens another door to search for jobs and network with the industry people.

  4. Network

    It doesn’t matter if you are a shy person or a flamboyant individual – you have to get out and network with the people you have worked with before or might work with in the future. Try to look for industry-specific seminars and conferences. You can also network online by using LinkedIn. It’s less time-consuming and painstaking.

  5. Update your CV

    This is the right time of the year to re-visit the CV, refresh it and send it to agencies.

There’s no doubt that 2017 will be a challenging year. The public sectors reforms will impact the contractors and let’s not forget Brexit which will also cause an impact across the UK. Despite this, the UK economy is predicted to grow in 2017 and skilled flexible workforce will definitely benefit from it.