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What are the best tools for finding contract roles?

Last updated on Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Written by Alex Cadman

Most freelance and contract roles are found via recruitment agencies, which requires little search effort from busy professionals looking for a change. However, if you wish to take matters into your own hands, there are plenty of tools out there to help you find your first – or next – contract role.


We’ve included both some of the most popular and the most cutting edge jobsites so that you have a variety of platforms to choose from when searching for a contract roles.

Whether you work in IT & Tech, Engineering, Marketing, Construction, Health or any other industry, these tools can help.

ContractRecruit – for IT contractors

ContractRecruit is an online job board that specialises in contract roles for IT professionals. You can use their portal to upload your CV, search for roles, track your current contract, and receive job alerts.

CWJobs – the Tech hub of contract roles

CWJobs specialises in IT recruitment, but also advertises roles for other tech-related sectors including digital marketing, animation, media, mobile, social media, telecoms and more. The website is very user-friendly and also comes with an app where you can apply for contracts on-the-go, save listings for later and get contract notifications. You can also have a look at the different companies hiring from A to Z so you have more control. It’s like having a recruitment agent in your pocket.

JobServe – the jobsite for every contractor

JobServe is quite a diverse jobsite for contract roles in the UK. Dubbed ‘the world’s first Internet Recruitment Service’, most roles are advertised by the recruitment agencies through which you will be paid. There are thousands of freelance jobs and contract roles advertised across all industries imaginable, so it is likely that this jobsite will have a contract role you will be interested in.

There are listings on JobServe of industry suppliers to help contractors and freelancers, including UK contractor accountants and other service providers, and you can also set email alerts to get notified of jobs relevant to your sector, interest and desired rate.

Upwork – for IT, marketing and creative freelance jobs

Upwork is a great new online freelance marketplace inspired by the gig economy. It’s a great tool to use if you’re looking to differentiate yourself from the norm and really put yourself out there. Founded in 2015 in California, end-clients who are seeking freelancers can post a job on the site, browse profiles of contractors and freelancers, hire, and use the platform to chat and collaborate with the freelancer. This is handy when you can work from home or are looking for a freelance contract that is not necessarily in your surrounding area or within a distance you are willing to travel.

Try industry-leading publications

Rather than putting all your eggs in one or two baskets with recruitment agencies and jobsites, you should also have a look for contracts in top magazines related to your industry.

For example, if you work in marketing, search near the back of magazines such as Marketing Week, or better yet visit https://jobs.marketingweek.com/jobs/ to search for a wider variety of roles.

For contractors and freelancers in the construction industry

If you work in construction, finding the right contract can be a bit more complex than sifting through job boards that mostly list roles for other industries. However, besides going through a recruitment agency, you should try sites such as Jobsite and Careers in Construction, as well as the above listed JobServe; combined, the three sites have hundreds of contract roles available in construction. 

Careers in Construction, in particular, has over 200 contract roles listed across the UK, including roles in Project Management, Surveying, Labour, Highway Engineering, etc.

Do you have any questions on how to find contracts in the UK? Contact us and we can point you to some useful content we have on becoming a contractor in the UK and how to find contract work.

You can also get in touch with us via 01707 871622 or by requesting a callback.

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