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Contractor Interviews

Contractor Spotlight is a forum for sharing your real-life contracting experiences and learning how others have tackled the challenges contracting has thrown at them.

We’d love to hear from you if you have a great contracting idea to share or a valuable lesson to pass on to others. Maybe your contracting business is an example of best practice you think others can emulate. Whatever you’d like to share, get in touch with us, and one of our journalists may contact you to arrange an interview.

If we publish your story, your contracting business will hit the eyeballs of our many thousands of visitors. And by way of a thank you, we’ll send you a FREE copy of the Contractors’ Handbook.


Contracting offers challenges that employment can’t, highlights senior HR interim

Contracting can offer professional challenges and opportunities that employment can’t, believes interim human resources and change expert Abi Brewin.

Others | Tue, 30 Jun 2015

Successful contracting requires mindset change, believes business analyst contractor

Successful contractors must develop a contracting mindset that is distinct from that of a permie, says financial IT business analyst Eleanor Miller.

Others | Thu, 27 Nov 2014

IT contractor beats dyslexia to achieve career dream, with NHS and recruiter help

IT contractor James Middlehurst overcame dyslexia to achieve his dream IT career through sheer determination, and some help from the NHS and max20.

Others | Wed, 05 Mar 2014

Career change contractor shows how to transition between the clinical and IT worlds

IT contractor Sam Bailey, who started out as a psychiatric nurse, highlights the practicalities of transitioning between the private sector and NHS.

Others | Thu, 06 Feb 2014

Career technical writing contractor chooses niche strategy to stay in contract

Contractor Michael Clark has found that his focused CV and a strategy to specialise in disaster recovery and data centres has kept the work flowing.

Others | Mon, 02 Sep 2013

Contractor Interview: Networking, hot skills & a strong CV keep contracts coming

Financial IT veteran Peter Pilgrim minimises time spent ‘on the bench’ through networking hard, keeping his skills current and having a ‘killer CV’.

Others | Mon, 29 Jul 2013

Entrepreneur Damian Igbe turns to IT contracting to build business start-up war chest

Contracting is a fundraising stepping stone for IT contractor Damian Igbe on his journey to secure growth for his IT services business Ominii Systems.

Others | Tue, 11 Sep 2012

Tech’ skills alone are no longer enough for clients, says IT contractor Houldcroft

Clients are increasingly demanding much more than just technical skills from their IT contractors, according to contractor Darren Houldcroft

Others | Sun, 18 Mar 2012

Project management contractor does it ‘by the book’, literally, to win first contract

Project management contractor Ken Burrell won his first contract, and just secured his first renewal, by acquiring & applying new contracting skills.

Others | Wed, 01 Feb 2012

IT contractor turns ‘contractrepreneur’, building businesses from contracting profits

When Mark Sweeny went contracting after a long and highly successful employment career, little did he know that he’d become a serial entrepreneur.

Others | Mon, 21 Dec 2009

‘Accidental’ IT contractor ends up on Honours List for services to government clients

Gerardo Del Guercio, awarded an MBE for his pioneering work at the UK Border Agency, tells ContractorCalculator how he started his contracting career.

Others | Mon, 07 Dec 2009

Veteran IT contractor reveals how to build a successful IT contracting career

After 17 years in software development, 12 as an IT contractor, Jason Gorman explains the strategies he has adopted to become a successful contractor.

Others | Thu, 27 Aug 2009

IT contractor loves travelling, which the contracting lifestyle provides him

Tim Jones has some tips for contractors who want to use their money to travel, but still walk into a contract when they return.

Others | Thu, 20 Aug 2009

Interview: Getting the right support can help make your contracting career a success

After nearly 30 years of working in IT, half of those contracting, Peter Meace maintains that with the right support in place you can’t go far wrong.

Others | Mon, 27 Apr 2009

INTERVIEW: Don’t let a bad apple ruin your contracting barrel says veteran contractor

Contractors must take the rough with the smooth and shouldn’t let a bad experience put them off, says contracting stalwart Jane Smith.

Others | Tue, 03 Mar 2009

INTERVIEW: Take a few tips from the contractor who overnight went from £35k to £85k

Tired of languishing in IT sales, veteran contractor Paul Drew reinvented himself as a project manager and saw his income jump overnight by £50k.

Others | Mon, 26 Jan 2009

Contractor interview: sue builds a better life contracting

Having left a permanent job to take up contracting, Sue has built a better business and has a more rewarding lifestyle.

Others | Mon, 28 Apr 2008

Contractor interview: paul ross enjoys the good life contracting

An extraordinarily successful contractor who only works at the top of the fee scale, and who almost never uses an agent, tells how to do it.

Others | Mon, 14 Apr 2008

Contractor interview: steve sammut grows a business despite everything

Contractor Steve Sammut started off 15 years ago with nothing but an idea. Now he runs a business that employs 50 people. And he's done it despite the shocks of adverse fortune.

Others | Fri, 28 Mar 2008

Contractor interview: getting off to a good start

Samuel Muwonge started contracting when just out of the university when he saw that it offered more opportunities than permanent employment. And it fit his lifestyle. Now after about a year, he's doing very well, thanks.

Others | Mon, 07 Jan 2008