19 Places to Find Contractor Jobs & Roles

Chris Andreou

April 21, 2021

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Where to Find Contractor Jobs & Roles

When you get into contracting, it can get stressful when your project end date is just around the corner and you haven’t secured your next role. This amps up even more once you finish a contract and you’re looking for your next gig.

As a specialist contractor accounting business founded by contractors, one of the key questions we get asked is about where to find roles. So, we decided to compile a list of some of the best contractor job portals, platforms, recruiters and consultancies.

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Consulting Platforms

The “platform” model has turned into a hugely popular business model. Contractors can build profiles, apply to projects with proposals and start creating a trusted profile to secure more customers.

Clients can post jobs and approve proposals with a relatively hands on or hands off approach.

Here’s a selection of some of the best platforms to find work.

Talmix Contractor Jobs Homepage

Talmix

TalMix launched in 2011 and has grown significantly in the last few years.

With a network of over 50,000 consultants in 150 countries, they are able to offer a huge variety of expertise on projects which makes it an appealing place for companies to post opportunities.

Registration is pretty straight forward. You’ll build up a profile with previous experience and once you start getting projects, you’ll get reviewed on the platform. There are a huge variety of different expertise that you can flag that you have and projects come in from all over the world.

You’ll need more than three years' experience to sign up, but there seem to be roles for junior analysts that can speak multiple languages.

Toptal Homepage

TopTal

TopTal’s client repertoire speaks for itself.

With companies like Airbnb, Shopify and Duolingo actively using the platform, it can lead to roles with some of the more exciting and innovative companies that are rapidly scaling up their workforce.

TopTal prides itself on connecting companies to the top 3% of talent. For consultants, the TopTal Projects is a resource that companies can use to create a strong team of seasoned experts.

The platform is a little more tech-focused, particularly around developers, but there are interesting roles for project managers, product managers and finance experts.

Catalant Expertise Marketplace

Catalant

Catalant are all about executing a strategy. They combine a technology platform designed to help companies create and track their strategy with experts to help them deliver it.

Companies can choose the software, the expert market place or combine them together.

They reportedly help 30% of Fortune 100 companies in executing their strategy with impressive brands like GE and Pfizer using the platform.

The Catalant proposition is definitely pitched at helping massive corporates in adapting rather than smaller organisations—so if you don’t want to work within large and slower moving organisations then you’re unlikely to find a role you’d like here.

You can sign up as an independent consultant on their website.

Move Me On Contractors Homepage

Move Me On

MoveMeOn was started by ex-McKinsey consultants with a focus on providing premium interim and permanent roles at consultancies, startups and VCs.

The platform boasts over 40,000 consultants with more than 3,000 company partners.

Companies include Babylon Health, Hello Fresh, Nike, LEK and PepsiCo to name a few!

Hiperpool Jobs Homepage

Hiperpool

Hiperpool aims to connect consultants and contractors with dynamic roles coupled with ongoing career development support and insights. 

With companies like SAP, Deliveroo, Bain & Co and Vector Capital, there’s an interesting blend of companies and industries that they work with.

Upwork freelancer jobs homepage

Upwork

Upwork is mixed for contractor jobs (in terms results we’ve heard about).

Once you’ve created a profile, you’ll need to focus on winning smaller pieces of work and building up a reputation on the platform which will then help you win larger projects.

You’ll have to be responsive and put together proposals to win work and the client base is very mixed but typically startups with more restrictive budgets.

It won’t be a platform for the majority of contractors, but you may be able to find small pieces of work which can increase in scope.

Contractor Recruiters

From previous experience, contractor recruiters tend to have some of the most interesting interim projects and decision making is generally faster compared to going through internal processes.

Most contractor recruiters tend to focus on projects in London but some of the larger ones like Hays will have a variety of roles across the UK.

Hays Contractor Roles Homepage

Hays

Hays is one of the largest recruitment firms in the world, so understandably have a huge number of contract roles.

Roles typically range from a Business Analyst, Change Manager, PMO to more bespoke software analysis and management jobs.

They typically have over 300 contractor roles available at any time, so there’s a huge variety which is updated frequently! 

Freshmind Interim Projects & Consultant Roles Homepage

Freshminds

Freshminds can turn projects around insanely fast.

Speaking as a someone who has worked with them before, I’ve gone from an interview to starting work with 72 hours.

Their consultant projects can range from a single day to 6 months or longer and often get extended. Under normal non-Covid-19 circumstances, they also have a range of events and workshops to meet other consultants.

Barton Partnership Homepage

The Barton Partnership

The Barton Partnership have premium roles for consultants with a top-tier background.

You’ll generally need to be a more senior contractor/ consultant with a deep sector knowledge and typically with a brand stamp from a recognised strategy consulting firm.

You can find interim roles here.

Investigo Jobs & Roles Homepage

Investigo

Investigo tends to have some very specialist contractor roles.

From an SAP experts, azure data engineers or financial consulting, you’ll generally need some pretty specific expertise here.

You can find some of their contractor roles here. However, this is currently limited to under 10 roles.

Mindbench Contract Roles Homepage

Mindbench

Mindbench focuses on Management Consultants and contractors.

With a decade on expertise in recruiting consultants, they specialise in connecting Management Consultants to interim and permanent roles.

Odgers Interim Contractor Roles Homepage

Odgers Interim

Odgers Interim have a few global locations, with their main hub focused in London.

Getting started and submitting your CV is straight forward, and they’ll walk you through the next steps.

They do focus on supporting contractors whether it’s a first interim role or for experienced veterans - they’ve even put together an interim candidate charter here.

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Contractor Job Aggregators

Some of the selected options below may seem like the "usual suspects" but it's worth exploring them given the sheer number of roles they have, combined with advanced filtering and notifications that can help you quickly respond to new roles.

CW IT Contractor Jobs

CW Jobs

If you work in IT related roles then CW Jobs is the best place to find work.

With a mix of permanent and contractor jobs, you may end up deciding to go permanent instead.

Overall, they have a high number of specialised jobs with over 600 contractor jobs.

If you’re just getting into IT contracting then they have a great post on how to become an IT contractor.

Techno Jobs Homepage

TechnoJobs

Similar to CW Jobs, TechnoJobs is focused on contactor jobs in IT.

They also feature a large number of roles outside the UK, which is great for those that speak a number of languages and could also help you find work in another country.

From a global perspective they have around 900 contract roles and a reasonable amount of jobs also feature the pay as well.

Adzuna interim roles homepage

Adzuna

Adzuna’s main focus is contractor roles in London but has branched out to the wider UK.

On a recent search, we saw around 5,000 contractor jobs in London. However, like all aggregators, this applies to a wide variety of jobs like teaching assistants, paid surveys and warehouse workers.

Adzuna also have an interesting tool which helps you “value your CV” - you can find it here. You just need to upload your CV and they’ll automatically calculate what salary potential you have.

Indeed contract jobs

Indeed

You’ll have to adjust your search parameters but you can find a range of contractor opportunities on Indeed.

The use of the term “contractor” on the site means that it isn’t limited to typical contract roles like consultants, analysts, project managers or general managers so you’ll see jobs for cleaners, customer service assistants and handymen.

It’s therefore difficult to give an exact figure on consultant roles but they do have almost 20,000 contract jobs available at any time.

You can set up an account easily and get email alerts about new roles.

Reed Contractor Jobs Homepage

Reed

Similar to Indeed, Reed Jobs has a huge number of roles which you’ll need to filter through to find something applicable to yourself.

With around 5,000 contractor roles, there’s a good chance that you’ll find something that caters to your niche.

Reed also combines a range of online courses/ certificates from huge number of providers. This can be a great way to compare costs if you’re looking to enhance your professional development.

Total Jobs Interim Contract Roles Homepage

Total Jobs

With 3,000 contractor roles earning over £300/day then Total Jobs also have a variety of opportunities for consultants.

They also have a great feature to explore companies that are hiring by industry.

As an example there were were c. 140 Management Consultancies hiring and 740 companies hiring in IT.

Interim Consultancies

Interim Consulting firms can be a great source of not only projects but also a network of other consultants. You can find yourself working with some impressive people who you may end up working on future projects with.

Accenture contractor roles homepage

Accenture

Although Accenture cut 900 jobs recently this could actually help bolster their Contractor Roles as they look to ramp up their consulting requirements as the economy picks up.

You can create an account easily and you’ll receive notifications whenever roles match your expertise.

Interim Partners Roles Homepage

Interim Partners

Interim Partners has a really interesting consulting model.

Through their network they create “case teams” for bespoke client projects. All their consultants are interim contractors and projects can last weeks to months.

From Interim Analysts to Interim Project Directors, you have the added benefit of working with an excellent team of individuals who may also help you find additional roles in the future.

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There are different types of contractor jobs available across diverse sectors. Contractors may be hired to perform services such as:

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19 Places to Find Contractor Jobs & Roles

When you get into contracting, it can get stressful when your project end date is just around the corner and you haven't secured your next role. This amps up even more once you finish a contract and you're looking for your next gig.

As a specialist contractor accounting business founded by contractors, one of the key questions we get asked is about where to find roles. So, we decided to compile a list of some of the best contractor job portals, platforms, recruiters and consultancies.

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What is subcontracting?

As an independent contractor, there may come a point in time where you need to consider subcontracting-you might decide to take on work as a subcontractor, or hire a subcontractor for your projects.

Whichever option you're exploring, how do you decide if the benefits truly outweigh the cons? And are there important tips you need to keep in mind?

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Guide to employing or hiring contractors

You have an important project at hand, and you require a contractor's specialist knowledge to fill in the skill gap in your team. You're ready to hire-except that you're unfamiliar with the hiring process.

If this is your first time hiring a contractor, our article will guide you through the essentials.

We'll cover the following:

  • Sourcing for contractors
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  • Interviewing a contractor
  • Payments
  • Contract terms
  • Terminating a contract
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Is a contractor an employee?

Contractors can be self-employed, a worker or an employee. Those who are employed through an umbrella company or an agency could be considered a worker or an employee.

If a contractor is a sole trader or runs a limited company, he or she will then be considered a self-employed person.

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How do I become a contractor?

To become a contractor, you need to:

  • Do your research: The first step you'll need to do is to conduct in-depth research, and think through various important factors-from finances and tax implications, to lifestyle and business opportunities-to ascertain if becoming a contractor is the right decision for you.
  • Decide on how you'll operate: As a contractor, you may operate as a sole trader, through your own limited company, or work with an umbrella company or recruitment agency.
  • Develop a business strategy: Strategic planning isn't set in stone-but working out a plan is still helpful, as it is a way for you to consider multiple perspectives, identify potential opportunities and pitfalls and conceptualise back up plans you could fall back on.
  • Get your business finances and insurance sorted out: Setting up a business bank account, registering a company, determining the level of accounting support you need and investing in business insurance are important aspects you need to sort out before you begin contracting.
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Employing contractors

There are a few steps you'll need to consider with hiring contractors. These include:

  • Sourcing for contractors
  • Assessing contractor CVs
  • Interviewing a contractor
  • Payments
  • Contract terms
  • Terminating a contract
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What are the disadvantages of contracting?

The disadvantages of contracting are:

  • Uncertainty: Due to the flexible nature of their working relationships, contractors aren't guaranteed work after the end of assignment or project.
  • Responsibility: Not only is it the responsibility of the contractor to find work, they are also responsible for their own finances.
  • Employment rights: As a contractor, you generally wouldn't find yourself holding employment rights that permanent employees benefit from.
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Contractor Business Services UK

Firstly, we'll start with the services that we provide which covers the critical things you'll need to start and operate your contracting business.

For those just getting started, we provide free company registration on Companies House. This is typically done within 24 hours of submitting your details to Forma. It can take under 5 minutes to provide all your details and we'll just need a proof of ID and proof of address for each of the company directors.

We cover all of your key company filing requirements like annual accounts, confirmation statements, corporation tax and ensuring you meet all filing deadlines.

We also help with your annual Self Assessment which is a requirement for all company directors.

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Is a contractor self employed?

Contractors can be self-employed, a worker or an employee. Those who are employed through an umbrella company or an agency could be considered a worker or an employee.

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How to Become a Contractor

So, you're thinking of becoming a contractor.

There's probably one of three reasons driving this:

You've received a Job Offer

You've just received a job offer, and now need to decide on whether to set up a limited company, umbrella company or become a sole trader (or you may not have the choice in deciding).

You're in the right place.

This guide will walk you through the best company structure for you, accounting support, VAT, business services you need to consider and finding new opportunities.

You want to increase your pay

You'd like to increase your pay by switching from permanent roles to interim/ contractor roles.

Contracting can be very lucrative.

You'll need to be comfortable with a certain level of risk (short notice periods), increased monthly admin (as a Limited Company) and less benefits than being an employee (paid leave, sick days).

However, you'll earn more, get greater flexibility and hopefully grow a consulting business.

Project Flexibility

Getting multiple requests for your services? Amazing.

Setting yourself up as a contractor through a Limited Company means you can start expanding your client base rapidly and work on different projects a few days a week.

You can still set this up as a current PAYE employee of a company, and this can be a great stepping stone to launching your own business.

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What are the advantages of contracting?

The advantages of contracting are:

  • Flexibility: Contractors have a lot more control over their work life often deciding when they work, where they work and how they work
  • Increased earnings: Contractors are often paid more due to their skillset and the flexible nature of their working relationships. Additionally, contractors who operate through their own limited company can benefit from tax efficiencies.
  • Greater development: Often working with multiple clients throughout their career, contractors are exposed to a lot of opportunities to develop their skills and build on their experience in their area of expertise.
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What is a contractor?

A contractor is a professional that provides skills and services to a specific client under set terms. The terms can be for a set number of hours, a certain time frame or duration of a project.

A contractor is responsible for their own dealings and has discretion over the work they carry out.

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What is a Contractor?

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