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So you have decided to make the move to the UK to further your career, and are weighing up the options of whether you should work in a permanent or contract role.
There are many benefits to contracting (or freelancing) - you have a high degree of independence, choosing when and where to work, and even for whom to work. You aren't tied to a fixed schedule and you are directly paid the full rate for your work, not just a portion of it like a permanent employee is. There is plenty of work out there, but you have to learn how to find it and build your contacts. This is where we can help with our network of contacts, and assisting you with building up a profile in the market.
Contracting can offer the freedom and financial gain to plan time for extensive travel in between projects; you are not tied down to a strict annual vacation entitlement that happens in a permanent employer-employee relationship. Many of our customers take off 2 or 3 months a year to travel the world as contracting has earned them the money to fund the lifestyle they want, and enjoy.
Working at a couple of different client sites each year is not only good for your exposure to new skills or technologies, it also helps you build up your own personal book of industry contacts over time, which can be the most valuable tool in terms of searching for new projects to work on and finance your livelihood.
You are also essentially your own boss, choosing when and where to work, with your work & skills being the driving force behind your success, which helps build valuable life skills that can also bode well for the future.
Whilst there is an element of risk to the world of contract working, rest assured you are not alone and that we are always on hand to offer support, even if you only want a sounding board after a tough day or to bounce ideas off!
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