Contractors’ Handbook hits bookshelves

Despite the desperate shortage of contractors across every sector, many highly skilled workers in permanent employment wrongly assume they do not have what it takes to make the move into contracting.

At the same time, experienced contractors are working in ways that make them miss out on the best contracts, leave them vulnerable to prosecution by the taxman, and cause them to earn much less than they should.

The Contractors’ Handbook, written by Dave Chaplin, removes the mystique of contracting for first timers and is an invaluable reference guide for experienced contractors.

Chaplin has lived and breathed contracting since he first took the plunge and became a professional contractor in 1997. He spent seven years working as an IT contractor in the City of London on critical, cutting-edge IT infrastructure and development projects for global players like HSBC, Merrill Lynch, Cable and Wireless, and many others.

For unbeatable coverage of the key issues facing contractors now, the Contractors’ Handbook provides top tips and practical information on: Understand why so many workers choose to become contractors; Find out how to make the transition into contracting; Learn the secrets of finding the best contracts; Create your own killer CV and develop winning interview techniques; Learn how to make the tax system work for you, not against you; Choose the best way to run your contracting business; Know the law and how to make it work for you.
The Contractors’ Handbook has been written in clear language and is designed to make contractors winners at every stage of their contracting career.

Illustrated throughout with real-life examples and case studies from a seasoned contractor, it will help you make the transition into successful contracting or dramatically improve your current contracting career.

The forward is written by John Brazier, managing director of the Professional Contractors Group, who provides a broad overview of the UK’s contracting sector, putting in context the tips, advice and guidance provided in the Contractors’ Handbook.

Go to to preview and buy the book for £34.99 including postage.

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