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ADLIB Agency Contractor Guide (SW)

Published on Tuesday, 9th May 2017, contributed by ADLIB

It’s fair to say it’s busy times right now in agency land and there’s no immediate sign that things will be slowing down anytime soon. Good news for us here at ADLIB – We have the pleasure of working with some of the finest agencies the South West has to offer, creating teams and shaping futures.

Throughout the past year or so, there has been a noticeable increase in demand for contractors in all forms, whether it be within digital project management or integrated client services. Contractors have proven to be invaluable to so many teams, helping meet deadlines and supporting agencies reach their full potential, they really do take the pressure off permanent staff and help to exceed client expectations.

In this context, the Bristol Media Barometer 2017 captures some very interesting and sobering insights. According to its findings, for local agencies hiring does continue to be a major challenge with 87% of respondents reporting that it is the same or harder to find recruits. For 57% of respondents, the challenge lies in finding people with the right expertise. One of the reasons many agencies we work with need contractors to fill this (often immediate) need, when client briefs demand specific expert knowledge.

40% of respondents cited the increasing numbers of freelancers as a challenge in recruiting permanent staff - another indicator that some prime Agency Client Services talent can now only be accessed by adding contractors to the team. 

Due to this increase in demand, we thought it would be useful to put together an Agency Contractor Guide (South West), to lend a helping hand.

This guide is based on the knowledge that we’ve collected over the past year, which includes suggested day rates for a variety of roles (please keep in mind that these can differ case by case) and our top 5 tips on how best to work with your contractors.
The tips are for those hiring freelancers, but if you’re a freelancer looking for your next contract, you might find the rates helpful also.

Please feel free to download and share the guide as you wish and of course, if you’re considering hiring contractors yourself, building a permanent team, or just want to pick our brains on the market, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Here it is: ADLIB Agency Contractor Guide (SW)