We are recruiting for a civil engineering contractor that are currently looking to recruit a Site Engineer on an up-coming Edinburgh based highways project. The contract is expected to last 1 year and is open to limited company contractors.

Well established building contractor with a strong pipeline of work across a variety of interesting public and private sector related construction projects. Long term continuity of employment with genuine progression opportunities on offer

Quantity Surveying role with a rapidly growing regional build contractor whom are going from strength to strength in the market. Great chance to join an employer with strong CPD commitments to their staff.

Opportunity to work on major new build construction projects in the East of Scotland, Edinburgh and borders area with a leading national building contractor with a strong pipeline of work and great working culture.

A unique opportunity has presented itself in the Glasgow area for a Senior Quantity Surveyor to join a modern, dynamic practice who buck the trend in their portfolio of works.

Contract Scotland’s Cost Consultancy division are delighted to be engaged by a well-known and respected practice in their search for a senior quantity surveyor to join their business based in the east of Scotland. This is an opportunity with a clear career progression as well providing the opportunity to take part in genuinely influence the division to achieve its strategic goals for 2022 and beyond with an opportunity to move to associate level.

Our client, well known in the water industry is looking to strengthen their Operations team with a Senior Commissioning Engineer to join them on their joint venture for Scottish Water jobs. Based on sites within Invercannie and Aberdeen you will carry out day to day on-site commissioning activities for nominated projects within the appointed region.

We are working closely with the contractor as they continue work on the Edinburgh Trams and have recently recognised the need for another Site Engineer to join the job for a duration of 3-6 months depending on the workload.

We are recruiting on behalf of one of our industry leading contractors in the rail sector who are in the process of finishing off a rail project in Reston, Eyemouth.

An opportunity for a foreman from a joinery background to join an established family builder in Edinburgh.

Contract Scotland is looking for Administrators to join our client, based in Stirling, who operate within the Financial Services Sector. These are full time, permanent positions offering complete flexibility between home and office working. You must have administration experience with the ability to work accurately and efficiently.

Are you an Assistant Quantity Surveyor or Quantity Surveyor who is looking to work for a bespoke, luxury housebuilder? Then we have the job for you!

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Contract Scotland is working with a family-owned residential housebuilder, based in Ayrshire to source a Technical Co-ordinator, to oversee the current and proposed developments in the West of Scotland.

Our client is a leading designer and manufacturer of timber frame building solutions, specialising in off-site construction. They have a current requirement for an experienced quantity surveyor

A new housing project, in the Falkirk region requires an experienced site manager to work on the development detached 2-5 bedroom properties.

Contract Scotland are currently working on a new opportunity for a Freelance Planning Engineer to work with a large, renowned contractor from their offices in Glasgow to update and maintain all aspects of the Power T&D OHL, Substation or Cabling project P6 programmes.

Are you an Assistant Site Manager or graduate aspiring to climb the ladder within the housebuilding sector ? Our client , a well known house builder , have an exceptional opportunity in the East of Scotland.

Our client, a busy 5* housebuilder, based in Edinburgh, have a requirement for a technical co-ordinator from an architectural background, to join their large technical team

Our client, a highly reputable civil engineering contractor based in Central Scotland, are looking to expand their team by adding an experienced Site Manager. As a Site Manager you will be responsible for supervising projects up to the value of £10 million from inception to completion

An opportunity for a quantity surveyor to join a housing developer as it grows to become a key player in the central belt of Scotland.

It’s an exciting time to be part of this busy housing developer and they are currently looking for an experienced quantity surveyor, to join their commercial team in Stirling.

This award-winning housebuilder is looking to add to it’s busy commercial team, through appointing a quantity surveyor, for their east division

Here at Contract Scotland, we are currently working with a fit-out contractor based in Aberdeen that are currently recruiting for a new Site Manager to join their team on a permanent basis.

Contract Scotland currently have an excellent opportunity for a Quantity Surveyor to join a well-established fitout and refurbishment contractor based in the East. If you are a driven Quantity Surveyor looking for a fresh challenge and to work for a company that will offer career progression and exposure to working on £10m+ projects, this is a great time to join the business and their dynamitic commercial team.

Quantity Surveyor, QS, Surveyor

Are you an experienced Site Supervisor who has experience working within the fit out and refurbishment sector? Contract Scotland might just have the role for you. We are delighted to be working with a highly regarded fit out/refurbishment company based in Glasgow who are currently recruiting for a new Site Supervisor to join their team on a permanent basis.

Are you an experienced Project Manager with exposure to the Fitout/Refurbishment sector? Or a Contracts Manager looking to take the step up in your career?Contract Scotland might just have the role for you as we are currently working with a busy Fitout contractor based in Glasgow, that are currently recruiting for a new Project Manager to join their team on a permanent basis.

An opportunity for a site manager with a large housebuilder on a new luxury housing development in the Glasgow area.

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Are you looking to join a company that strives to help improve the environment? Our client, an established and unique principal contactor, has earned a reputation as the market leader providing turnkey solutions for overhead line electrification projects within the rail industry.

Would you like to work for a company who believes their workforce are at the forefront of their success and work hard to promote a great working environment? Our client, a well established and reputable Civil Engineering Contractor, are looking to recruit a Project Manager to join their team on a permanent basis in the Central Belt.

Our client, a highly reputable civil engineering contractor based in Central Scotland, are looking to expand their team by adding a Senior Quantity Surveyor with experience within the Civil Engineering sector. They are currently operating within Water, Groundworks, Infrastructure, Drainage & Earthworks projects, but have capabilities to offer a diverse service offering to their clients making them one of the faster-growing organisations in the Scottish Market.

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Things to consider when working freelance

How likely is it that I will always be in work?

Like everything in life there are highs and lows, but thankfully the shift in the construction market over the last two years has led to a greater number and variety of temporary assignments on offer. The average length of assignments are increasing from weeks to months across the majority of the sectors we work in, and due to a consistent number of vacancies being registered with us, our temporary workers have fewer gaps between one assignment finishing and their next one starting. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide any guarantees regarding continuity of work, however, to show you the level of improvement in the freelance construction market, we have seen an increasing number of individuals leaving their permanent positions to work on a freelance basis. You can read about Mark, a Site Engineer from Glasgow’s journey to freelance employment below.

How often will I be paid?

Every Friday on a weekly basis, as long as your timesheet is sent in on time and is correctly authorised. Contract Scotland operates a dedicated in-house payroll team within our finance department. Our team works tirelessly to ensure that your payment reaches you on time every time, and we are proud to have a 100% pay rate for temps who send their correctly authorised timesheet in by our deadline, which is 5 pm on a Monday. We pay our temporary workers regardless of us being paid by our clients, so you can rest assured that this is not an issue you would need to worry if you were ever to work through us.

Please note that if your timesheet is going to be late for any reason, we ask that you call us to advise of this.

It should also be pointed out that if you are working through your limited company, 5 pm on a Monday is also the deadline for invoice submissions.

What happens regarding holidays?

All annual leave must first be agreed with the client you are working with. If working with us, you must also make your Consultant and the payroll team know.

Depending on your payment method, you may or may not receive payment for annual leave from us. As a general rule, those working PAYE have access to payments depending on their accrual of holidays. Those working through their own Ltd Company are required to make their own provisions and umbrella company employees should contact their provider.

Regardless of your payment method, we ask that you advise us in advance of any annual leave you are planning on taking. This way we won’t chase you for outstanding timesheets while you are sunning yourself abroad.

How do I pay my tax?

Good question! You might be thinking “what does this mean?” and who could blame you. Working freelance though an agency doesn’t just give you the opportunity to work on various projects, it also provides the opportunity to work through a different payment method. There are three main ways that a freelancer can elect to pay their tax on an assignment through us: via an umbrella company, through your limited company or pay as you earn (PAYE). We have the knowledge and information to provide you with details for each of the different methods, but ultimately it will be your decision as to which method is suitable for your individual circumstances. It is advisable that you seek independent financial advice as we are unable to provide this service for you.

What will my hourly rate be?

Hourly rates have been improving gradually and are nearly back to pre-recession levels. Most sectors of the freelance market have experienced a 15% pay rise in hourly rates from Summer 2014. As our consultants are non-commission based, you can rest assured that we will always provide you with impartial consultative advice around market rates. Contact the freelance team to find out more about the average rates for your role.

How does that compare to a permanent salary?

There is a lot to take into consideration when thinking about the move from permanent employment into freelance work. Little things that you might have taken for granted while working in a permanent job need to be assessed as to how it works in the freelance world. For example, it can be tough to compare temporary rates to permanent salaries, and it will often appear that temporary workers on an assignment earn more than their permanent equivalent. In some cases this is true and in others, it is not. Things to consider include:

  • Basic hourly rate
  • Contracted hours
  • Holiday pay
  • Sick pay
  • Pension
  • Company car/allowance
  • Bonus
  • Private health care

As temporary workers are paid for every hour they work and holiday pay should be built into most freelance rates, it has to be noted that there may be periods of inactivity such as Christmas time which can affect your earning potential.

What do I do regarding a pension?

Depending on your payment method, pensions are available to you while working freelance if you choose to work either PAYE or through an umbrella company. If you are working through your own limited company, you will need to make your own arrangements.

What is my notice period?

Our standard notice period is day to day for the first week and then one week after that, however, it is not uncommon for you to negotiate your own notice period or for a client to ask for a specific one. As long as both you and the Client are happy, we’re happy

What happens if I work overtime?

That depends on the assignment you are on, and it will vary from job to job. Temporary workers are generally supplied at a flat rate; however, there are instances when an uplift may be offered or negotiated with the client. This would especially apply to night shift contracts for example.

Do I get paid for working weekends?

Yes, as a temporary worker, you are paid for every hour you work. In some instances, a higher pay rate can be negotiated from contract to contract to cover weekend working hours. It’s important to ask a recruitment agency these questions when presenting you with a vacancy that involves working weekends. We will always advise you of any enhancements applicable (or lack thereof) when speaking to you about the available opportunities we have.

Do I get travel expenses?

It is nearly always a temporary workers responsibility to get to and from their place of work, but one of the great things about working freelance is the choice of location. Some temporary workers like to work on assignments closer to home while others enjoy the ability to work all over Scotland. It’s up to you! Travel expenses typically tend to come into effect when a temporary worker is required to go around sites/offices as part of their daily duties, required to travel long distances or to stay away from home. The rates will be agreed with the client and are usually reimbursed through the weekly timesheet.

Any expenses can only be paid out if they are already included in your contract. If you are likely to incur expenses you need to discuss this with your Consultant and wait for an amended contact before submitting these.

PLEASE NOTE RECEIPTS MUST BE PROVIDED

Will I get paid for staying away from home?

There has been a shift over the last 12 months where we have experienced temporary workers request that clients be more open to paying subsistence costs. Subsistence is paid either in the form of an allowance which is claimed weekly through your timesheet or occasionally accommodation paid directly by the client. There are still some instances where temporary workers will have to build subsistence costs into an all inclusive hourly rate, so again when speaking with a recruitment agency, never assume anything, always ask if the information is not freely provided or explained.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of working freelance?

ADVANTAGES

Flexibility Choose:

  • Which companies you want to work with
  • Which projects you want to work on o When you want to work and for how long
  • Where you want to work – at home or away
  • Take holidays to suit you/your family
  • Help to achieve a better work/life balance
  • Rates/Income
  • The option to be paid on an hourly rate, meaning you are paid for every hour you work.
  • In some instances, you are paid extra for travel
  • Negotiate rates, expenses and notice periods
  • Professional Development
  • Gain a wider breadth of experience

DISADVANTAGES

  • One week notice period as standard, although this can be negotiated.
  • No guarantee of continuity of work, although in the current climate this is less of a concern.
  • Ltd Company Contractors are required to make their own provision for holiday pay.
  • Ltd Company Contractors are required to provide for their own employment benefits such as sick pay and holiday pay.
  • Personal development – self-employed people have an obligation to make provision for their own training and site qualifications.

So what next...

As you have probably guessed, things can vary greatly when working on a freelance basis and clearly it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but whether you’re ready to dive straight in or merely dip your toe to test the water, we are happy to answer any questions you may have.

We can also arrange for you to speak to one of our long-term temporary workers to ask them about their real life experiences or for advice and tips.

Contact: Karin Campbell, Managing Consultant on 01786 446651 or email Karin.Campbell@contractscotland.co.uk