Hiring Tech and IT contractors

Get the right talent with a specialist contractor recruitment agency

Do you need an IT or tech contractor to fill a key skill set in your team, raise your company’s game and ensure the success of a project? We have a bank of trusted contractors in all specialist areas, with the expertise and experience you need to get the job done. 

Contractors are seen as expensive, but they’re worth it. Hiring a contractor is far quicker than recruiting for a permanent position, and you could have the right expert in place within days. We know where they are and how to get them for you. Just get in touch.

What you need to know about hiring a contractor

Inside or outside IR35?

Companies will need to make their own determination on whether a contractor is inside or outside IR35 however as most contractors will only take outside IR35 assignment it’s often a case of the tail wagging the dog.  The reason for this is that the tax implications of work inside IR35 mean that the day rate premium is often substantial.  Ideally businesses should structure contracts with statements of work that keep a contract outside of IR35.

How long does a contract need to be?

To attract high quality contractors 6 months is the recommended minimum, it is possible to hire on a 3 month basis but this is likely to result in higher day rates and your contractor having to look ahead to their next role before they are even halfway through their current contract.

How quickly can a contractor be found?

The contract market is fast moving and contractors are often available immediately meaning that with a bit of effort and energy a new starter can be organised within a week although more likely it will take 2-3 weeks from initiation to start.

How to get the most from your contract resource?

Bringing a contractor on board can have a positive effect on your business. Your team will be able to get more done in a shorter period of time, improving the general morale and focus in the office.  An expert IT/tech contractor will bring a level of knowledge and skills that you don’t get on the permanent market. They might have been perms once, but evolved and stood out in their specialism, enabling them to act almost as consultants. Remember, not only is the contractor bringing their skills to the team, the rest of the team are able to see the new tricks, tips and approaches the contractor will use, and benefit from it.

It’s not unusual for tech specialists to get pinged multiple times a week by agencies. It’s a testament to Bristow Holland that they don’t get lost in all that noise and maintain respect.
Rachael Drouet, Head of People & Development Explore Case Study
Without Bristow Holland, we wouldn’t have a team. They’ve hired all of our guys and built that whole team that is now driving this product forward.
Stuart Barnett, Technical Director, Wi-Q. Explore Case Study
Bristow Holland are in the business of recruiting people of a high calibre. Over the last 12 months, we’ve hired 4 exceptional people who are all outstanding in their field.
Steve Lamb, General Manager Explore Case Study

Solving your immediate tech/IT needs

New Project?

If you have taken on a new project and found you don’t quite have the resources or manpower to manage it on top of your current workload, you might be tempted to recruit a contractor to inject new energy and take on the heavy lifting. However, this might be damaging to your office dynamic, making your current staff feel inadequate and causing resentment, especially if an exciting development like this was exactly what they’d been waiting for.

If your team is actually up to standard on the new project, then backfilling could be the best solution. Why not hire a contractor to cover your permanent team’s usual work, so they can step up and do the new job? As a result, all work will be done more quickly and everyone will feel happier.

Extra IT Support

Contractors are like superheroes – they’ll come when you call, and use their advanced skills and rare talents to get you out of a hole. When you need someone to provide a quick fill within your digital or IT team for a specific period of time, a contractor can be the ideal solution.

You might be making changes within your business that need specific expertise, or simply a fresh pair of eyes. You might need to change servers, refresh your hardware, test and install a new CRM or customer interface, or transform your entire business IT infrastructure. Whatever your situation, we know a contractor who can come on board to help.

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10/10 would highly recommend Bristow Holland. They were able to support me every step of the way from application to job offer.
Azeez, Senior Business Analyst

Frequently asked questions

The top questions we hear when companies are looking to hire a contractor.
How soon can you turn around a shortlist of candidates?

As soon as you tell us the role you need to fill and exactly what skills you are looking for, we can start getting on the phone to all the relevant contractors who will be a good fit with your job. We like to find a solution as quickly as possible, and within 24 hours we should have been able to speak to a selection of suitable candidates and send you their profiles/CVs with our recommendations for you to check out. You won’t have to wait a week!

How do you know who is available?

As specialist recruiters in all the key fields of IT, we have developed long-lasting and loyal relationships with a large bank of trusted expert contractors. We’ll usually know who is working where, what their key skills are, how their jobs are progressing and when they might be coming to the end of their current contract. To save both you and us time, we’ll only call those who we know should be available and will be a great fit for your job.

Why are contractors so much more expensive?

They may seem expensive compared to a permanent employee, but there are many costs they are covering that you don’t have to worry about. 

As a sole trader or limited company, they are responsible for paying all their own tax and national insurance out of their fees, as well as any professional insurance, subscriptions to professional bodies, and of course all their own training costs. Neither do they receive any holiday allowance, Christmas bonus or sick pay. 

On top of this, the advanced skills they can bring to a workplace will mean a significant bonus to a business in terms of efficiency, time-to-completion and the value of the finished product. All in all, it’s a bargain.

Meet the team

Bristow Holland is known for the exceptional levels of service and customer care we provide to candidates and employers alike. We believe that for every role, there is the right person and for every person, there is the perfect role. And it takes an expert to bring the two together. Each of us specialises in a certain area of IT or tech recruitment, but all possess in-depth knowledge of the industry and what makes companies and tech professionals tick.

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Find out how we can help your business. Call us on 01473 550780 or complete the form below and a consultant will be back in touch.

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