Contracting & Covid-19


An awful lot has changed this year - circumstances outside of our control have caused seismic alterations to our daily lives, work and more. As my colleagues and I have discussed with you via our weekly blogs, we’ve been working hard to pull through difficult times and keep our network informed on market updates, trends and all the ways that we are seeing the design industry being impacted.

I remain committed to covering contract positions within Interior Design and Interior Architecture across London, speaking with both clients and candidates across my division,there is no doubt that it has been hugely impacted, this is clear. However, contract employment has always been prevalent within the design industry, before the pandemic this made up a large portion of the work that I saw coming in and I don't see any changes in this dynamic at current. To many people, this way of working as an independent contractor is a very satisfying and rewarding experience, with a lot more benefits than a comparable full-time job. 

Contract employment allows employees to have that extra flexbility that a permanent member of staff just isn't able to experience, this could be concerning the hours you work or from where. In particular, working from home, which has become quite important in more recent times! Being a contractor means you are often able to make things work and change your dynamic to suit the needs of your clients with little hassle. 

As businesses small and large work their way through the many challenges that Covid-19 (and all accompanying ramifications) presents, we expect contract opportunities to continue to offer a route to the flexible creative working with which a lot of people have become accustomed to this year.

My advice to the freelancers and contractors I work with has been to use this downtime wisely. Using this time for planning and personal growth, checking in on how you are presenting yourself and approaching your work (this is where I come in!). Of course, just like everyone else I do have some extra time on my hands right now and would be more than happy to speak with people regarding their CV's and portfolios and offer my advice and expertise in what I see working and offering insight on what my clients are looking for at the moment. 

Freelancing/Contracting may be new to some people that have historically been permanently employed but temporary roles are certainly beneficial more so than ever due to the flexibility that it offers and the potential to secure longer-term work after the completion of successful projects. Whilst there are many benefits to being a permanent employee, don't be scared by this change as it can prove just as rewarding. It could give you the chance to get your foot in the door of somewhere that you were otherwise unsure of and might not necessarily have wanted to approach permanently. 

We as recruiters are here to help and always happy to have discussions about whether it be regarding your CV/Portfolio, contract rates, invoicing, or the intricacies of the typical freelance position or of course just to have a natter about the market! Please reach out. 

This blog was written by Jack Wheeler, Jack works in our London office covering the market of Interior Design and Interior Architecture across London. As a specialist recruiter in the contract/freelance market he is avaliable to speak to whether you are a client or a candidate. He can be reached on 0203 587 7809 or at 

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