When you are employed on a permanent basis, you will be hired directly by a company, be paid an annual salary and have access to a number of benefits depending on what they offer. Roles of this nature more generally provide greater job security to that of contract roles, however arguably less freedom to change jobs on a frequent basis. Candidates are able to progress their careers in both contract and permanent positions.
A large portion of the roles we fill are contract placements, which range between 3 months to a year (sometimes longer). When you work in this capacity you are effectively self-employed but will be based onsite depending on the terms of the contract you agree to. One of the main benefits of becoming a contractor is that you can command a higher salary/day rate on a like for like basis compared to a permanent role, as well as benefit from a high degree of flexibility in terms of the location of your work, who you work for and how often you can change roles without raising questions.
What is an umbrella company?
When you become a contractor you will be responsible for managing your own paperwork and taxes for the year unless you choose to operate through an umbrella company who will be responsible for doing this for you.
There are a number of umbrella companies to choose from in the market and the options and services they provide will vary. Generally speaking if you choose to use an umbrella company as a contractor they will manage your invoicing, tax and payroll to spare you the trouble of having to do this yourself. You will essentially become an employee of the umbrella company with the freedom to choose your role, employer, day rate and location etc. .
More information about contracting can be found here
What is InTime?
Contractors who have been placed in roles through Grovelands (associates) can use our online InTime platform to submit their invoices and timesheets.
Associates can access their account using secure login details to view previous timesheets & invoices, update their bank details if they’re not part of an umbrella company and submit expenses.
InTime provides greater efficiency in processing timesheets and raising invoices for our associates. For further details about our InTime system visit our help centre for more information, guides and common FAQs.
Assessments & interviews
To ensure we deliver on our promise of an excellent candidate experience our recruitment consultants will meet every candidate that has been shortlisted for a role either face-to-face or via Skype. We will support you throughout this process and answer any questions you may have.
Interview questions are a mixture of competency, skills and value based questions to gauge your expertise, experience and interest for the role as well as assess how well suited you are to the company.
Feedback will be provided after your interview where you will be notified about if you have qualified for a second interview and ultimately be informed if you’ve successfully secured a role.
In some cases, and depending on the seniority of the position, you will be sent numerical and verbal tests, and we will arrange assessment days which will include a group activity to understand how you communicate and work with others, a role play and short interview.