Contractor’s guide to securing your next contract

The prospect of starting your search for the next contract is never a particularly appealing one. Every un-billed day hits you hard. For someone at £500 a day, a two week gap between contracts has the same impact as dropping your day rate by a whopping £25 for a year!...

Active vs Passive Recruitment – Are You Paying the Same?

There is a lot of confusion among businesses about the real value of recruitment agencies.  Recruitment agencies notoriously charge high fees to secure candidates, often 15-20% and sometimes even as high as 50%. Most businesses have little knowledge of the level of...

Are Internal Departments Slowing Down Your Recruitment Processes?

When IT transformation programmes are launched by an organisation, time is usually of the essence and a quick turnaround is necessary. One of the early requirements is staff up a whole team comprising of a wide variety of skills. This usually means a requirement to...

Lesson from Brexit: Bringing finality to negotiations

In 2018, Theresa May spoke about plans to leave the EU, even stating that Donald Trump advised her to sue them, rather than go into any kind of negotiations. According to information from the Institute of Government, the cost of Brexit has amounted to at least £400m,...

Are you sure you are not a cash cow for your interim agency?

If you have been working as a contractor for a while, the chances are that you have experienced recruitment agencies who treat you as nothing more than a cash cow. A cash cow is an investment which brings in a steady income stream. According to the Boston Growth...

The War for Talent – Employers vs Candidates

We live in times where unemployment rates are low, especially compared to other countries in Europe. This means that highly skilled candidates are in demand, so there are many opportunities out there for contractors. Great for the candidate, not so good for employers....

IT contractors: What does your order book look like?

They say winter is the best time to book a builder for a job in the summer. It’s because, good builders are almost always unavailable at short notice. They have confirmed orders well beyond their current job. Now, pick any IT contractor you admire as being one of the...

Interim Agency Margin: Do you find yours too high?

Whether you are contractor or a client, agency margins are a source of dissatisfaction common to both groups. How are agencies perceived? Regardless of industry, middlemen have never had an easy justification for the fees / margins they charge. Letting agents charge...

Rise of the contingent labour workforce

It is widely accepted that contingent labour offers a rich source of capability and experience, and is a growing pool. However, many organisations continue to bet small with tactical engagement of contingent workers. At Mindful, we think this is a trend you can bet...

Is Your Intermediary Delivering Results?

When it comes to recruitment, the intermediary (or agency) is often viewed in a negative way. Contractors often think about intermediaries as the person who takes a cut off their wages, without really delivering anything. In many cases, this seems to be true. These...