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Newsletter October 2009


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First we went global, now we’re going intergalactic!

Last month we told you about people4 going global, with the approaching launch of the people4 franchise in Canada. This month, we’re going intergalactic!

No, people4 isn’t launching into space, but the search is on for a project manager with space technology experience for a major space project. We’re looking for someone who is highly organised, with excellent project management skills and exceptional attention to detail. Preferably Prince2 certified. They should have the ability to balance multiple priorities and deadlines and a creative approach that makes full use of current technology & trends. If you have those skills, or know anyone with them, please get in touch!

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• You may be surprised at the wide range of contracts going through the sites… and don’t forget that you can find out about jobs first, by following us on twitter!

• Check out our new articles page for some useful information

Crunch offers a unique accountancy package for contractors, while Contractor Mortgages Made Easy offers some reassurance to anyone worried about the end of self-certification mortgages.

• And finally… pcg logo Don’t forget about the special offer on PCG membership.

Premier Members

As a Premier Member, you are 20 times more likely to win a contract. Here are some of the benefits that you could enjoy as a Premier Member:

All sorts of contracts!

You may not be aware that many of our jobs never appear on the job board, as Buyers find Sellers for them by searching the sites.

Please keep your CV and profile up to date [you can check what your profile looks like to Buyers by clicking the ‘View Profile’ button above] – to have a greater chance of being shortlisted or selected for a job.

Recent contracts that have been awarded through the people4 sites include:

Right now, we’re looking for construction managers to work in Libya for two years and Oracle data warehouse consultants to work in Brussels. We’re also looking for a health sector consultant to work in the UK and Middle East on a one-year contract and business and data analysts who are experts in finance, with good securities knowledge.

And, among others, we’re looking for a technical IT bid writer; a web designer with Flash, PHP & SEO expertise; home-based telesales; CAD draftsperson with MEP experience; and web developers with mac experience…

Please get in touch if any of these appeal to you – and make sure you’ve got all your skills selected so Buyers can find you!

We’re tweeting!

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To get updates of all jobs posted on our job board, and updates of information that may be useful to freelancers and contractors, simply follow us on twitter.

We’re also offering one lucky tweeter the chance to win Premier Membership for a year. Each month, we’ll select a Seller at random from those who are following us on twitter. You’ll need to tell us your twitter id so that we know it’s you. To input your twitter id, click on ‘follow us on twitter’ from your homepage. Good luck!

Congratulations to Seller 327549 – October’s lucky winner!

Are you worried about the end of self-cert mortgages?

New proposals by The Financial Services Authority (FSA) include a ban on Self-Certification Mortgages.

Self-Certification Mortgages were designed for workers who have trouble proving their income in a conventional manner, such as contractors, freelancers, self employed, and company directors.

On face value, Self-Cert Mortgages seem the ideal solution for the likes of contractors and freelancers as they usually require little or no proof of income; however the reality is high mortgage rates and in many cases extortionate arrangement fees…

Click here to read the rest of the article.

Make the most of every contract with Crunch

As simple to set up as an Umbrella but with all the benefits and savings of creating your own Ltd Company, Crunch is a complete accountancy service for contractors & freelancers.

Umbrella firms often offer great service but they pay you via PAYE resulting in only 62-64% of your take home pay instead of 82-85% if you run your business via your own Limited Company.

If you already have a Ltd company then Crunch is simply the easiest way to send invoices, manage expenses and take care of business. And, rather than engage a separate accountant you get one of those too.

For just £59.50 per month (£714 per year) you get the latest online software plus a real accountant to answer all your questions and file your VAT, Corporation tax and end of year taxes.

To see how Crunch can help you make the most of your hard earned cash... see

Professional Contractors Group

Don’t forget about the special offer to all registered Sellers from the «Professional Contractors Group» (PCG) – the not-for-profit professional body representing freelancers, contractors and consultants.

Any Sellers registering as pcg logo PCG members can have a 15% discount on normal PCG subscription rates. Find out how to gain this discount on our seller offers page.

Current PCG members can benefit from the people4business marketplace, through our special site for PCG members.

Last updated 28.10.09

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Candidate 240271 £211.76 p/hr

Heathfield, East Sussex, UK.

Chartered Director. Experienced International business Executive, having started, owned and sold several technology and media-based enterprises. Particularly strong on board-level strategic planning and execution. Seeking Board-level strategic appointments, Boardroom Performance appraisal and enhancement projects, and Non-Executive roles. Interested in UK and non-UK roles.

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