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So You Want To Become A Java Contractor?

So You Want To Become A Java Contractor?

We are often asked by developers about contracting; what the market is like, when to take the first steps and how it differs from permanent opportunities. Contracting can be a great career option but can be very different from working as a permanent employee. We have set up the RecWorks Contractor Network (RCN), the idea being people can network and share advice on their experiences through a common mailing list. It also means we can get a really good cross section on what is happening in the contract market. We have invited members of the RCN to share their experience on working as a contractor.

This event is suitable for:

- Experienced developers considering one day taking a step into contracting

- Students that are interested to find out more about the difference between permanent and contractors

- Experienced contractors keen to share opinions, tips and advice on working as a contractor


The event will run with a panel in a 'fishbowl' style. If you're unfamiliar with fishbowl events, four to five chairs will be arranged in an inner circle (or a panel at the front of the room), this is the fishbowl. The remaining chairs will be arranged in concentric circles outside the fishbowl. A few participants will be selected to fill the fishbowl, while the rest of the group sit on the chairs outside the fishbowl. One chair will be left empty, any member of the audience can, at any time, occupy the empty chair and join the fishbowl. When this happens, an existing member of the fishbowl must voluntarily leave the fishbowl and free a chair. The discussion continues with participants frequently entering and leaving the fishbowl. The audience outside the fishbowl listen in on the discussion.

Please Note:

To find the location at UCL - Chadwick G08, Chadwick Building, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT - You will need to enter via the front quad, off Gower Street. Please refer to this map for further information -

We will head to 'Hotel Ibis - London, Euston, St Pancras' - 3 Cardington Street, London, NW1 2LW - for networking and further informal discussion after the event:

Event organised by RecWorks


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  • Barry C.

    I just received this email: "I was on the Java contractor event yesterday and you mentioned a super secret contractor network and if I gave you a small bottle of blood I could get in that group. "

    :-) We have indeed set up a network called the RecWorks Contractor Network, it is a private network you are welcome to sign up, if you'd like an invitation please let me know at [masked]

    I can't recommend getting to know other contractors highly enough. It will help you throughout your career in terms of advice, opportunities and ensuring your pricing yourself correctly.


    1 · August 2, 2013

    • Colin V.

      Doesn't that advice carry for permies as well?

      August 2, 2013

  • Carl Matthew J.

    Lots of information and perspectives. All useful. Ended up having lots to discuss.

    August 1, 2013

  • Amaad Q.

    Excellent event, lots of great questions and answers, ideal environment for prospective contractors to gather all the information they need, so many helpful tips.

    August 1, 2013

  • Mark E.

    Fantastic event. What a good bunch of helpful people. Helped me to decide to stay permanent :-) Thanks especially to the organisers and speakers. Much appreciated.

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • Matteo De M.

    Thanks for the event!!
    A real wealth of information and a very well organized way of communicating it! I've learned a lot today and I can't thank enough everybody who participated and helped me (with answers as well as questions) to clarify some important points about what Contracting is.

    July 31, 2013

  • David C.

    Very interesting, some good information and it has given me a boost of confidence to further Pursue contracting in the future. Thanks for organising this Barry.

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • Ravinder G.

    'Fraid I won't be able to make it to this one.

    July 31, 2013

  • Linesh

    Senior Java Developer.

    July 30, 2013

  • rama

    It is quite a while and summer now. Good time to catch up...looking forward. thanks

    July 19, 2013

  • Emanuele B.

    Great meetup, but unfortunately I've got something running on that Wednesday!

    July 9, 2013

  • Satish Reddy Y.

    I am a systems developer working on Fusion enterprise system experienced in SOA and Server Side.

    July 4, 2013

  • Sarvjit

    Interested to see if there is a java contract market out there!

    July 3, 2013

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