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Contracting & Self-Employment: Getting Started (Free Webinar)


Keep Britain Working


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Ever wondered what it would be like to be self-employed whilst working for other companies? Are you fully aware of all the legalities you must fulfil in order to work as a contractor? Do you know where you can go or who you can approach if you have such questions about contracting and self-employment?


Rhys Harris: Associate Director – Engineering, Process & Construction at Morson. Rhys has 22 years’ experience in recruiting contractors across specialist technical sectors in construction, property, engineering and infrastructure.

Neil Bradford: Business Analyst – Neil is an IT specialist, having worked on several system implementations at some of the UK’s largest airports. Neil has been contracting for 2 years.

Tjubi Adebiyi: Non practicing barrister – Though Tjubi has had several permanent roles, her decision to work mainly as a contractor has allowed her to gain a wealth of experience within different practice areas. This wealth of experience has been vital when navigating employment flexibly during the Pandemic.

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0h 57m
    • 1: Part 1 - Introduction to Keep Britain Working and the Panelists 18:12
    • 2: Part 2 - Pros and Cons of Contracting, Legalities & Legislation, Top Tips 22:54
    • 3: Part 3 - Questions & Answers 15:44

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Here's what you'll learn in this webinar:

Part 1 - Introduction

  • What is the Keep Britain Working Campaign, and when/why did it start?
  • Meet the Panelists and hear all about their experiences with contracting
  • Interesting statistics regarding the contracting market
  • What considerations should you take into account before deciding to contract?

Part 2 - The Pros and Cons of Contracting, The Legality of Becoming a Contractor, IR35 Legislation

  • Here our panelists discuss their personal opinions on contracting, what works for them, what the benefits are, and some of the downfalls
  • What steps do you legally have to follow to become a contractor?
  • Tips for becoming a contractor
  • IR35 Legislation; what does this mean for you? Who is affected?

Articles and FAQs regarding IR35 can be found on the Keep Britain Working website.

Part 3 - Questions and Answers

  • Salary expectations; contractor vs permanent employee?
  • Is there a best time in your career to begin contracting?
  • Can an employer insist on a longer work day/week?
  • What is the maximum time period a contractor can work continuously for a single customer without falling foul of HMRC regulations?
  • If you decide to stop contracting and become a permanent employee, how does this look on your CV? Do employers find this attractive?

Who is this course for?

This webinar is perfect for anyone who is looking to take the step to becoming a contractor or self-employed, and are looking for tips and guidance on how to get started.


No previous experience or qualifications are needed to take this course.


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Will be downloadable when all lectures have been completed


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