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Charging clients a retainer – how they work
Contractors with sought-after expertise can generate lucrative fees from client retainers using a range of retainer and charging models.

10 common mistakes made when searching for a contract
10 common reasons why some contractors are less successful than others when searching for a contract. Learn not what to do!

Financial considerations when deciding to take a contract
Should you accept the offered contract or wait for a higher paid one to come along? Let's look at the numbers.

Accepting and signing a contract offer
After receiving a contract offer there are a few more aspects to consider before starting your first day.

How to pass an IT interview - 21 killer tips to get that job
Are you a great techie but terrible at interviews and don't get hired? Read 21 tips for IT interviews.

The killer interview technique – the ultimate way for you to get hired
This article offers describes the Killer Interview Technique for maximising your chances of interview success and ultimately getting offered the contract.

Negotiating contract rates based on salaries: 3 key tips to getting the best rate
3 key tips to help you calculate how much you should charge for your services.

New jobs platform gives contractors more time to ‘do what they do best’
Contractors are set to benefit from an innovative new jobs platform that speeds up the recruitment process and reduces missed opportunities.

How to find a contract: guide for UK contractors
The contract search process explained. Advice and guidance on securing lucrative contracts.

Using social media to win contracts
Contractors can increase the chances of being found by recruiters & to find contracts by using social media, says Paul Clutton of Hays Senior Finance.

Contractor guide to transitioning into the oil and gas sector
Contractors can change sector, depending on their discipline, skills and experience. Hays Oil & Gas’ Ed Allnutt explains which roles suit oil and gas.

IT contractors can use new online resource to help secure NHS contract roles
IT contractors have access to a new, free online resource provided by recruiter max20 to help them secure IT contracts within the NHS.

Contractor guide to securing healthcare informatics accreditation for NHS contracts
IT contractors seeking NHS contracts can increase their chances by applying for healthcare informatics accreditation, explains UKCHIP’s Jean Roberts.

Interim management contractors gain valuable contract-winning insights from IIM guide
A new guide by the Institute of Interim Management provides contractors with valuable insights into increasing their chances of winning new contracts.

10 things agencies do for contractors to win them work
Contractors often don’t realise the huge amount of work agencies perform behind the scenes to win them work. Mark Dexter of KDR Recruitment explains.

IT contractors missing out on attractive NHS contracts due to perception gap
IT contractors are missing out on NHS contracts offering competitive rates and CV-enhancing projects, says a survey by NHS specialist recruiter max20.

Contractor guide to pre-contract screening and background checks
Contractors across all contracting disciplines & sectors are likely to undergo pre-contract background screening, explains Dan Shoemaker of HireRight.

Cutting recruitment spam for contractors and clients using new matching technologies
Contractors and clients can be effectively linked using powerful new matching technology that cuts recruitment spam, says Elevate’s Dan Collier.

Using social media and social networking is increasingly important to win contracts
Contractors and clients are steadily increasing their use of social networking to match candidates with roles, says a new Executives Online report.

Winning the war for talent: connecting contractors and clients in closed communities
Elevate’s MD Dan Collier explains how new sourcing models connect contractors and clients in closed environments, helping win the war for talent.

AWR makes it easier for contractors to work direct for clients, cutting out agencies
Elevate’s Dan Collier shows how contractor hiring and resourcing models have evolved to benefit contractors since the Agency Workers Regs came in.

Contractors should be wary of accepting lower rates with promises of higher to come
Contractors offered an initial low rate with the promise that the rate will increase in time should ensure the rise is written into the contract.

Interview tips - 10 key points for contractors and freelancers
If you have strong interview skills, you have a greater chance of winning contracts. Here are ten golden rules that will help you shine at interview.

ICT contracting continues to grow, confirms Recruitment and Employment Confederation
The latest REC Technology report produced by e-skills UK confirms that demand for IT professionals has risen for four consecutive quarters.

Finding contract work: 10 tips for contracting job seekers
Finding contractor jobs requires a different approach to seeking permanent employment and contractors using a focused approach enjoy greater success.

Contractors' margins to come under increased pressure from agencies
With the agency sector gearing up to grow its margins, contractors must be ready to fight to retain or improve their own margins, says Dave Chaplin.

Contractors can win work and help clients out of recession through knowledge transfer
Contractors finding it tough to win contracts might get an edge over competition by showing willing to transfer knowledge to clients’ workers.

Fancy being your own recruitment agent? Not much to it, is there?
Contractors who fancy having a go at being their own agent might think again after hearing about a day in the life of Ashley Cooper of Parc Ellis.

Recession-beating tips for contractors to be revealed at London event on 30th April
Contracting expert Dave Chaplin has been invited by Tarpon to share his top tips for surviving the recession with an audience of contractors.

Online collaborative network provides opportunities for recession-hit contractors
Contractors have a new online tool for joining collaborative projects, with the launch of Freelance Advisor, explains Darren Fell.

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