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Contract workers are the backbone of project work in the UK economy. From Tier 1 enterprise- scale behemoths to small upwardly mobile start-ups who need some skill-specific expertise on a short-term basis; it’s through projects that growth, consolidation and profits are realised. Skilled and experienced professionals like you are in demand.
The bulk of contract professionals in the UK are found in the following areas:
IT - Every company in every sector needs IT support and this area’s market share is vast. Whether it’s Banking, Law, Publishing, Heavy Industry, Energy or Aerospace (to name a few) there’s a need for a myriad of IT professionals in various disciplines: Technical Support, Software Development, Website Design, Project/Programme Management, Network Engineering, Business Analysis or all-round IT Department Management - the list is endless. No matter what job role you cover, there’s a role for you in the UK.
Finance, Accounting & Banking - After IT, the highest demand for contract professionals is in this area. Again, there’s demand from Tier 1 conglomerates to small businesses with less than 10 staff that don’t have in-house expertise. The City of London is one of the top 3 financial centres in the world. It’s home to thousands of Investment Banks, Hedge Funds, Stock Brokers, Ratings Agencies and Law Firms - all of which require experienced Accountants, Finance Managers and back-office support staff to meet their staffing needs. If you’re not from a specific financial services’ background but have experience in accounting and financial management, you’ll find a whole host of other industries with a position for you in both the public and private sectors.
Management Consultancy - Management consultants provide objective advice, expertise and specialist skills with the aim of creating value, maximising growth and improving their client’s business performance. Consultants operate across a wide variety of services, including: business strategy, marketing, financial and management controls, human resources, information technology, e-business and operations and supply-chain management. 99% of the largest companies and industries will have a presence in the UK. Within these, there’s a need for skilled and qualified professionals to work on a contract basis.
Engineering - As in the other areas, there are a variety of sectors and companies that require Engineers on an ad-hoc, project basis. Experience and skills are in demand across a variety of disciplines, including: Civil, Mechanical, Structural, Electrical and Chemical Engineering. Not as London-centric as the other 3 areas, but it’s still a significant and sought after profession.
Check this page for regular updates on the kinds of skills employers are currently looking for and details on the hot jobs of the moment
The interview process for contract positions is usually a much quicker process than for permanent positions and it’s essential that you go into every meeting as prepared as possible.
First impressions count, so make sure you’re there at least 10 minutes early. Always wear a suit and tie even if you think the company might have a relaxed policy towards business attire.
Arriving late to an interview looking a bit dishevelled will put you straight on the back foot, and leave you behind all the other candidates in the frame.
Before you arrive, do your homework. Make sure you know the name of the person you’re meeting, how to pronounce it correctly and what their job title is.
Do your research on the company. The person interviewing you will want to know why you’re the right person for the job.
Has the company been in the press recently?
Are they about to launch a new product?
Do you have an idea of their turnover, what their current industry trends are and what their competitors are doing?
Are there any changes in legislation they’ll need to adhere to and are you the right person with the right knowledge and the ability to help them make those changes?
The interview is your chance to sell yourself and you need to rehearse. You need to prepare a list of previous achievements, and be ready to talk about your key skills, and how you fit the job description, to make it obvious that you’re the right candidate for the job.
It’s also important to try and stay relaxed, and not panic too much. It’s only an interview, and there’ll be plenty more. And don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get offered a job every time. At Transition we’ve all been there too!
Remember, if you’ve got any questions, please do get in touch. We are only a phone call or email away.
Looking for work in the UK? Need information about working in the UK? Transition ll UK can assist you. As well as offerin g a full review of your CV, we also provide comprehensive advice and guidance on employment and career opportunities for senior management and executive positions, and introductions to Specialised Employment agencies in the following sectors: IT, Finance and Accounting, Banking, Management Consulting, Engineering
Finding a job is a full-time job in itself, but we’re on hand to help you land that first role in the UK. We’ve got a network of recruitment agency partners across an array of industry sectors. We can put you in touch with experienced professionals who’ll get you in front of the right audience.
Usually when people think about moving to the UK to work, the assumption is that they will head to London, which is in the top 3 of global financial Centre’s, and a base for thousands of companies across a massively diverse range of industry sectors employing millions of workers.
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Social media platforms give you a great opportunity to connect, engage, share and learn. And they also provide an opportunity for you to create a ‘buzz’ around your personal brand.
LinkedIn is a great tool for the modern day business professional, an while the longevity of commercial value with Facebook and Twitter continues to be questionable, there is no question that LinkedIn is here to stay.
LinkedIn is a great tool for the modern day business professional, and while the longevity of commercial value with Facebook and Twitter continues to be questionable, there is no question that LinkedIn is here to stay. LinkedIn is designed for professionals, by professionals, to connect, network and learn so they can do more business.
However, many struggle with using this amazing tool effectively, or to obtain the maximum potential from it, gathering as many connections as possible without ever gaining any sort of meaningful interaction.
You don't have to be at guru level status to benefit from this (mostly) free gift of modern technology. With help from our partners we have compiled these simple tips that can be applied with a little effort to make LinkedIn your new power broker for success.
1. Have Clear Purpose
LinkedIn is a tool and like all tools it serves a specific purpose. If you don't know what you're trying to accomplish, then the tool will be useless. You have to drive the process. Decide if you want to expand your network inside your industry or beyond. Are you looking to explore new careers or create new business development opportunities? Perhaps you are looking for mentors or peer groups? It's okay to want all of this, but the more you focus your efforts, the easier it will be to get a specific and successful return.
2. Refine Your Profile
You would never enter a client sales meeting to tell the buyer that you are job hunting unless you want them to believe you have no confidence in your company and will be leaving soon. However, this is the sort of inconsistency appears in every LinkedIn profile that sounds like a job application. Your profile is public and should send a message consistent with your description on your company website. It should demonstrate your background and experience in a way that exudes confidence and opportunity for people who might engage with you. It should be brief, engaging and accurate. Post an appropriate picture that you are happy to share with the business community, and the all important hiring managers and recruiters who will be looking at it.
3. Refresh Your Profile
Points 1 & 2 both highlight how different goals should mean different approaches – if you are searching for a new job then highlight personal skills that show you would be an asset to any firm. If you are using LinkedIn to increase sales and develop more business, then change your profile to highlight what you are selling and the quality of your product – make sure your profile focuses on the product/service offering, rather than a public job application. Refreshing your profile does not take long, and there is no limit on how often you change it and what content you put up.
4. Pick Groups That Matter
There are three good reasons to join a group. First, to stay in touch with peers you are already connected to through organizations like fraternities, service, or alumni. Second, to learn about an area of interest. This could be academic, social, or trade. Lastly, to keep up to date with current affairs in a particular industry or area of commerce. Pick your groups that will be relevant to your job search, and cut out the ones where discussion update emails are clogging your inbox - it takes effort to sort through the noise; so don't spend a lot of time trying to keep up. If you are going to engage in a discussion, avoid pointless confrontations that can be seen by 100s of others. No one is going to hire a candidate who appears to spend his time shouting at people from behind the keyboard. If you do disagree, let someone else voice their opinion, instead of bringing yourself unflattering attention.
5. Use Your Network
Being on LinkedIn and having 500+ connections does not make you a world class networker. Solid, efficient networking is still done through face and voice contact. But LinkedIn can be a great tool for enhancing those lunches and meetings. Before your next lunch meeting, review the connections of the people attending and identify two or three of their connections you would like to meet. Ask your lunch-mates for introductions and watch the fun start. They'll be pleased you took the time to explore their profiles and may be surprised at the people you mention. (Be aware, they may not actually know them.) Offer to connect them with anyone they find in your list as well. Make sure you both have specific purpose in mind and report back any benefit received. This works for both job searching and business development.
6. Dig Deep Into Your Connections
Count how many meaningful interactions you have initiated with your connections. Every week, identify five connections out of your list that can bring you real value, and send them a brief but personal message to connect by phone. Look for ways you can help them in their journey. If they are local, grab a drink, or lunch and do what networkers do best, connect and create mutual benefit.
7. Personalize Everything
Whilst it is very useful that LinkedIn provides an auto-phrase for interactions, it can convey you are too busy to be a meaningful connection. When requesting a connection, review their profile and tell them why it's worth their time. If accepting someone's invite, review their profile and suggest a simple way you can help them. You wouldn't be effective at a networking gathering playing a recorded, canned message so treat communications on LinkedIn as the same.
The UK has a population close to 64 million, with around 8 million pupils either in primary or secondary education (c4.4 million at primary school and c3.6 million at secondary school). According to the last census there were over 24,000 schools in the British Isles.
Education is a huge part of the British way of life, so is a constant concern and central part to each of the main political parties manifesto in the race to get elected. As recently as March, the shadow education secretary, Stephen Twigg of the Labour party, warned of a crisis in teacher numbers, saying a surge in pupils will leave schools short of 15,000 staff by the time of the next election in 2015. According to figures earlier this month from the Graduate Teacher Training Agency the number of postgraduate training entrants fell by more than 2,500 between the 2012 intake and this year, a drop of 6.3%. The falls are particularly large in some subject areas – 28% for computer science and 25% for religious education, for example.
Currently there are abundant opportunities for teachers who are looking for a new challenge away from their home country, in a brand new environment.
Over the last two decades, schools in the UK have enthusiastically adopted the ‘global teacher’ and the cultural enrichment they bring with them. Will it be different? Of course! But isn’t that what you’re here for? Teachers who come to the UK appreciate the exposure they get to a new curriculum, new ideas, new school policies and new teaching techniques.
The UK is a very multi-cultural society. Students are accustomed to having teachers from a variety of backgrounds teaching them. At first, you might find things more demanding – some overseas teachers find the UK lesson planning system quite onerous initially. However, the majority of teachers trained outside of the UK appreciate how straightforward the UK curriculum is and find they are able to implement unit plans effectively.
Schools in the UK are divided into Key Stages: Foundation Stage (pre-school; non-compulsory), Key Stage 1 (4 to 7 years old), Key Stage 2 (7 to 11 years old), Key Stage 3 (11 to 14 years old) and Key Stage 4 (14 to 16 years old). After Key Stage 4 students may choose to enter Post-16 / Key Stage 5 (16 to 18 years old), and possibly go on to Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE). In broader terms, there are two main categories - Primary and Secondary. primary school age is 5-11, and Secondary is 11-18 (although school leaving age is 16 if a pupil does not wish to complete their education to 18).
There are three terms to the UK academic year: Autumn Term (September – December); Spring Term (December – April) and Summer Term (April – July). Each term is divided into two, with a week-long half-term break in the middle. Christmas holidays are generally around two weeks long, and run from a few days before Christmas into the New Year. Easter holidays usually last about two weeks. There are several Bank Holidays (statutory holidays) throughout the year as well.
Here at Transition 2 UK we have partnered with Point to Point Education, who are based in Brisbane, and are one of the leading agencies in placing teachers from the Southern Hemisphere into the UK on long term contracts. Within their International Teaching division, P2P have experienced consultants who work quickly to match educators wanting to teach in the UK with clients wishing to recruit.
Point to Point makes the process of education recruitment quick and to the point. There is no time wasted as their team is available 24/7 from anywhere in the world.
Globally, they will take you from one point to another; recruiting teachers who wish to teach abroad or filling teaching vacancies for schools across the globe. Once they have placed you into your role, Transition will help you open a bank account, help in settling into life in the UK and then run your payroll so that you retain more of your money with the least amount of hassle possible.
So if you are currently thinking about using your skills abroad for a new teaching challenge, get in contact with P2P today to see what your options are! Please visit www.findjobsineducation.co.uk for more details.
Searching for a contract can be a daunting and energy-sapping exercise, whether you are a first timer looking to move away from the perm side and stepping into the relative unknown or a battle hardened professional contractor with 15-20 different projects under your belt.
The UK job market is full of recruitment agencies, umbrella companies and end-clients themselves offering contract job openings with various rates and benefits; so it is inevitable that any contract candidate might need some guidance in order to ensure you have the best chance of success to keep finding a suitable contract every time you need to.
There are 4 main avenues when searching for a job.
Option 1: Recruitment Agencies & Agents
This is probably the most common way for a contractor to find a new position. A recruitment consultancy will usually have a whole host of contract roles available on behalf of their clients, and it is wise to research its credibility in the market, to look for the tell-tale signs that not only do they have a sound reputation, but also that they suit your requirements.
The UK market is saturated with recruitment agencies, so it is a good idea to use one that specialises in not only contract assignments,, but also the sector or skillset you specialise in (for example Technology in Finance or SAP). These agencies are well-placed to know their market, so can offer sound advice about your contract career, and have a strong client-base or good network of organisations who seek contract professionals on a regular basis.
Another good sign that an agency is reputable will be its membership to trade body organisation, such as APSCo, REC or IRP. Membership to these bodies not only involves a significant membership fee, it also means they will be audited each year, ensuring it is compliant. One other idea is to ask about for testimonials on the agency with other contractors or in online forums so that you can get an overview from someone on your side of the fence.
Option 2: Job Boards
The second main option is using the online job boards of which there are many operating. There are many job boards that will cover your sector, for example the likes of Jobserve, CWJobs and ITJobs have been operating for almost 2 decades. Other well known sites that cover a host of sectors in the UK include Monster, Jobsite, Totaljobs and Reed. Each board will allow you t build up an online presence where you can post your CV, advise what location you want to work in, what rates of pay you are looking for and more importantly what your headline skills are.
This is a great way for hirers to come to you when they conduct a search for talent, be it a recruitment consultant or someone at the end client themselves. Every agency needs to post their jobs on the boards, and many end clients are now advertising direct as they have in-house recruitment teams.
A quick google search will bring up the most used job boards in your sector or area of expertise. Be sure to check the credibility of the site or board in question before you spend too much time applying for specific positions. It is easy to submit your CV to lots of roles advertised online, but it may be time wasted if the positions are either out of date and no longer receiving applications, or worse still aren’t what they say ‘on the tin.’ This is unfortunately still a common complaint amongst many contractors.
Option 3: Go direct to the end client
A third sourcing option available is to go direct to the end-client that has the project or requirement for extra skills, and bypassing the use of an agency who commonly act as the middle men in the contract market. This has long been the tactics of career contractors, who leverage opportunities off the back of their own network or return to employers that have previously engaged them (usually via an agency in the original instance). The benefit here is that the agency margin is completely cut-out, and as that can often be up to 25% of the total daily budget, it offers a significant saving to the end client while offering the contractor a more attractive daily rate.
Not all businesses will use a recruitment agency to source candidates as many have in-house teams made up of ex-agency recruiters who are able to handle the process by advertising direct and managing the whole process. It is well worth keeping an eye on the career section of organisations that you would like to work at or have positive things about. It is a good idea to not only keep a history of those companies where you have worked at in the past, but also the contact details of the hiring managers and other senior team members – if you have a good track record with them it stands to reason that they would take you on again. Never they will find you, as while hiring managers have a record of previous employees they won’t necessarily contact every previous supplier when an opening arises.
Option 4: Miscellaneous
The fourth category of sourcing options is the catch all of everything not listed above. This includes (online) social media, and offline resources such as trade magazines. Social Media has exploded in recent years, and tagging onto that is the recruitment process, meaning it is now one of the most popular, not to mention successful, ways to source a job. The first stop here is to make sure your LinkedIn account is up to date, and if you do not have one then open one immediately. LinkedIn is a great tool to show off your work history, what your skillset is and what your current situation is (working or seeking assignments for example).
99% of all recruiters and direct hirers in the UK have a profile on LinkedIn, and use it as a platform to advertise positions, source contractors and announce upcoming projects. Best of all, for applicants, it is completely FREE to use!
Despite the shift to online sourcing models which continues to gather pace, it also pays to consider the traditional print media in your job search. Industry publications still have a huge readership and all have recruitment pages which are strong tools for an employer to use.
Perhaps the most important avenue in this 4th section is your own professional network of contacts which can be invaluable to use in your career (and is another reason to get on LinkedIn if you are not using it already). Keep in touch with former colleagues – both contractors and permanent employees – on a regular basis. They will be able to flag any positions they know of and vice versa.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Applying for Contracts
The two main sourcing options you will probably find yourself using the most are the agencies and job boards (they go very much hand in hand). When using these methods it is prudent to remember a few pieces of advice to do and to not do in your search..
When using job boards do not apply for every single opening that is a vague match for your skillset. It is very tempting to apply for everything when out of work in order to find something quickly, but adopting this ‘scatter gun’ approach can be to your detriment. You will quickly be seen as an individual who doesn’t take their career seriously and consequently agencies and recruiters will not take your application seriously, which could lead to you gaining yourself a reputation that you do not want. Make sure you have an up to date CV posted and also that you fill your profile where possible with keywords for your skills, experience and what you are looking for, as this will help you stand out in searches conducted by hiring parties.
There are many top notch recruiters in the market who will often go the extra mile to help individuals who are serious about their contracting career, but it pays to note that using a less than reputable recruitment agency will leave you open to nefarious tactics - We’ve heard of several horror stories of contractors applying for contracts that do not exist, being promised one rate and getting offered another at the last minute, and CVs/information being put forward for a role without their consent. Tactics like this should hold no place in the industry, however they do occur which is why it is so important that you research an agency before committing to working with it.
Contracting can be a fantastic career option. It is stimulating; offers plenty of diversity, can prove lucrative, is a means to quickly up-skill yourself and offer you a degree of flexibility with a better work-life balance than your ‘permie’ counterparts. By following the above advice, you have a great chance of finding yourself, and controlling, the career that you desire!
Remember, if you’ve got any questions, please do get in touch. We’re only a phone call or email away.
The UK is home to 60 million people, with pretty much all in need of medical aid at some point. It is home to the National Health Service, which is now the world’s largest publicly funded service. The NHS employs over 1.7 million, with just under half of these clinically qualified in their field. As one of the largest employers in the world, it advertises over 20,000 vacancies every month, offering both permanent and contract/locum opportunities covering the entire geographical region of the UK. It is the very definition of an equal opportunities employer, with it’s staff sourced from across the globe, including thousands from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada.
Within this is the discipline of Radiography, which is a rapidly growing profession where job security is second to none. The number of radiographers that the National Health Service requires is growing on a monthly basis and here at Transition we have seen several of our antipodean clients gain great contracts with very little difficulty or time out between positions.
Radiographers are at the heart of modern medicine, using the very latest in expensive, cutting edge technology as they are essential for delivering fast, accurate diagnosis of trauma and/or disease, and for the treatment and care for patients with cancer.
Transition can assist Diagnostic radiographers finding work in the following modalities; x-ray, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) and mammography.
Transition also assist Therapeutic radiographers to work as part of the multidisciplinary cancer team, supporting patients and their families through the entire cancer journey.
There is a UK wide shortage of sonographers that is leading to severe difficulties for many NHS Trusts and Health Boards in meeting increasing demand, government targets and delivery of the national obstetric and vascular screening programmes. New national protocols relating to, for example, stroke management and the post ‘NHS Next Stage Review’ imperative to provide for services to be delivered in primary care further increase the problems.
Current numbers of sonographers in training are barely keeping up with wastage, therefore demand for sonographers is evident.
The majority of vacancies do arise within the NHS, however there are also requirements within independent and private health care services; higher education; research establishments and other fields, such as the armed forces, the medical centres of prisons, customs and excise who control the UK borders, industry and commerce and veterinary practices.
Both diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers may work as clinicians, managers, researchers and educators.
Diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers are also engaged in research and development to continue to build the knowledge necessary for evidenced based practice. They are also responsible for educating, training and mentoring radiographers and others so that patients receive the highest quality and standard of radiography.
For Radiographers who are looking to move abroad to use their skills whilst seeing the another part of the world, the UK represents a fantastic land of opportunity, where there is no geographical bias towards one location or area like in other professions, such as Finance being centred around London.
Here at Transition we can put you in touch with the UK's leading specialist recruitment agencies who cover all disciplines of Allied Health Professionals including Radiography, who are currently recruiting to the NHS, private organisations and charitable organisations, offering fantastic locum opportunities. Please get in touch today by sending your CV or any questions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org
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