Maternity leave ending? Why contracting could be for you

Returning to work after maternity leave is a huge step. Whether you’re heading back after the birth of your first, second or third child, the move from full-time mum to working mum isn’t easy. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the number of working mothers with dependent children […]

Sophie Sophie , 24 May 2018

Want to retrain? Here’s 4 sectors needing contract help

Working as an independent or limited company contractor offers a variety of advantages. In addition to securing greater take home pay, contractors have the chance to achieve a better work/life balance and take control of their own career progression. Whether you’re a time-served contractor or a professional looking to enter the […]

Gareth Bough Gareth Bough , 29 March 2018

Predictions: What 2018 could hold for contractors

2017 has no doubt been a great year for contractors across the country. With the increasing number of contractor, freelancer and consultant roles available, this year has run contrary to what many forecasters predicted. Although the post-Brexit landscape was assumed to be unkind, optimism has remained high in contracting, in […]

Sophie Sophie , 28 December 2017

What is an SDC contractor?

There is plenty of complex terminology that contractors must be aware of to ensure compliance, particularly when it comes to the new IR35 rules. ‘SDC’ is one abbreviation that leaves many stumped. As well as understanding the scope of SDC, getting to grips with whether you are an SDC contractor […]

Gareth Bough Gareth Bough , 16 November 2017

How contractors can make Brexit work

The vote to leave the European Union was a huge political shock to the country. Pundits, betting firms and many politicians were sure voters would opt to Remain. When the votes were tallied and it became clear that Britain had decided to leave, the reaction was one of complete amazement. […]

Gareth Bough Gareth Bough , 28 September 2017

Considering contracting? How to weigh up the risks and rewards

It’s a fact that contractors earn more than employees, with the UK’s top independent professionals charting three times more income than the average national wage according to a Professional Representation Network study. Increased pay is just one of the many well-known advantages that go hand-in-hand with contract work, but there […]

Sophie Sophie , 26 September 2017

How the government can help contractors

2017 has been a mixed bag for many contracting sectors. Uncertainty surrounding the future Brexit deal has played heavily on minds of contractors, particularly over whether it will be a “hard” or “soft” exit. There have been numerous other issues related to government that have also caused worry. For example, […]

Gareth Bough Gareth Bough , 10 August 2017

Which contractor skills are most in demand

There are nearly 2 million freelancers and contractors in the UK, and that number is steadily rising. For example, back in 2011 there were 1.2 million and by 2015, that number had risen to 1.55 million – a steady curve upward which doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time […]

Gareth Bough Gareth Bough , 1 August 2017

The difference between contractors, sub contractors, and the self employed

Though the majority of people in the UK are employed, a growing number work for themselves. This is becoming increasingly common across many industries, with more and more people choosing to go it alone and businesses across the UK looking to contractors and freelancers to fill their recruitment needs. Whether […]

Gareth Bough Gareth Bough , 27 June 2017

Getting the best out of social media

Social media is the best tool to spread the word about something and exchange information. As a contractor, it can be an invaluable way to get you noticed and put you at the front of the queue in landing a job, also if you’re looking for advice, there’s no better […]

Gareth Bough Gareth Bough , 25 April 2017

How to keep fears from disrupting your working life

The life of a contractor can be rife with stress and fear, despite the fact you’ve achieved the dream situation of working independently. In some cases fears can manifest because you’ve achieved the dream situation, because you want to keep it moving forward in a positive direction and not see […]

Sophie Sophie , 20 April 2017

Five ways to deal with a difficult client

Working as a contractor and being part of the gig economy is awesome, for the most part, that is until you encounter a difficult client! It’s happened to us at SCS in the past, so we thought we’d offer you some helpful tips in dealing with a bad client. Believe […]

Gareth Bough Gareth Bough , 18 April 2017

Interacting with clients

Client interactions are something you must pay great attention to; clients need to feel important and cared for. If you want to make a positive impression as a contractor, your ability to make interactions special between you and your clients leads to a make or break situation. If you’re new […]

Sophie Sophie , 13 April 2017

Contractor experiences: Public transport

As a contractor, if you don’t drive, and if your employer won’t cover expenses for cabs, your only option is to take public transport. In this post, Shield Contract Services have spoken to two contractors in different parts of the UK, hearing their thoughts on using public transport. We first […]

Sophie Sophie , 11 April 2017

Confronting fraud as a contractor

Type into any search engine the words, “confronting fraud as a contractor” and you will find pages and pages of how business can confront fraud committed by contractors. That’s all well and good, but what if a contractor is the victim of fraud? What advice is out there for them? […]

Sophie Sophie , 9 March 2017

The collaborative economy: A big deal for contractors

The collaborative economy (or sharing economy) has always been there, but in recent years it has really exploded. Thanks, in part, due to the digital revolution; which offers companies and freelancers alike, the opportunity to share ideas and skills, the collaborative economy is the best thing to happen to contractors […]

Gareth Bough Gareth Bough , 6 March 2017

Where to get advice as a contractor

We have done our hardest at Shield Contract Services to source the best and most useful information, when it comes to the world of contracting. Today, we list the best places to find advice for contractors. Whether you’re just starting out, or looking into areas such as getting private health […]

Sophie Sophie , 2 March 2017

Contracting post-Brexit

With Britain’s decision to leave the EU in June last year and the subsequent months of speculation over what will happen to the UK’s economy, now the wheels are firmly set in motion for Article 50. So, what does this mean for Britain’s many contractors and freelancers out there? Well, […]

Gareth Bough Gareth Bough , 27 February 2017

Conservatives and contractors

With a coalition government from 2010 to 2015, and a Conservative majority from 2015, in this post we explore the relationship the Conservative government has with contractors, and whether or not it has been something positive or, indeed, detrimental to the general success of the contracting sector, and well-being of […]

Sophie Sophie , 9 February 2017

Contractors and innovation

Despite the raucous cries of doom and gloom post Brexit, there have been countless forecasts from the great and the good of the financial world, who say that Britain’s economy, although suffering from a little shell shock at first, has the potential to reach new heights. As Sam Dean writes […]

Gareth Bough Gareth Bough , 7 February 2017

What’s so great about the “gig” economy

With many businesses looking to economise and embrace flexible employment methods, there has never been a better time to be a contractor. This new world of the “gig economy” can be beneficial to those who want to experience multifarious working environments. Whether you’re looking to work a few weeks, or […]

Sophie Sophie , 2 February 2017

How hiring contractors can benefit your business

A contractor provides an exciting edition to your team. Truly, with contractors having worked in a variety of different environments, they can offer some unique solutions for everyday problems. Also, many a business, no matter how big or small, can become stale, and a contractor can breathe new life into […]

Sophie Sophie , 31 January 2017

Life as a contract worker (part 4)

In this series focusing on people’s experiences undertaking contract work, Shield has mainly heard about the pros and cons of working at a variety of different companies, but in this instalment we focus on the more life enhancing aspects of life as a contract worker. Talking to Michael, a 29-year-old […]

Sophie Sophie , 10 November 2016

Life as a contract worker (part 3)

In this series, we at Shield have focused mainly on young people who have taken up contract work after immediately leaving university. However for some out there, the appeal of contract work has come later in life. Sam, a 50-year-old IT Manager from Plymouth, worked as a freelance IT Consultant […]

Sophie Sophie , 3 November 2016

Life as a contract worker (part 2)

In most instances, if you had a choice, being a contract worker is not something you would go into lightly, as there are other opportunities out there. However, there is a growing number of individuals who see contract work as a gateway to learning new skills and perfecting the skills […]

Sophie Sophie , 27 October 2016

Life as a contract worker

If you ask any group of people about being a contract worker, you are guaranteed to get a 50/50 set of positive and negative responses. Contract work is one of those specific areas that really does divide opinions. It’s often the case that a contract worker’s experience is directly related […]

Sophie Sophie , 6 October 2016

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