Bricklaying Contractors

Becoming a bricklaying contractor is a great way to earn a lot of money. Contractors will usually be travelling a lot more around the country working on various contracts.  There are many advantages of working as a bricklaying contractor. These include increased freedom, wider skill development, the opportunity to make more money and the chance to be seen in a different light for any future employees. Let’s face it, with today’s jobs being hard to get with the credit crunch there isn’t such thing as a permanent job at the moment, so why not give contracting a go?

Still unsure as to whether bricklaying contracting is for you? Then read our list of benefits below:

Financial benefits:

  • The average contractor rate can be pretty much double that of a person in full time employment
  • With some contracts being short term the pay can be high for that short period
  • If you are highly skilled and experienced you can command a high rate of pay
  • Its best to set up your own limited company as its more tax efficient
  • Some contracts pay by the hour so overtime can be well worth doing

Flexibility:

  • You are essentially your own boss; this will give you more time with your family and be very satisfying
  • The freedom to work whenever you want and wherever you want to!
  • Switching from contract to contract is easier than you think. Don’t be put off by this
  • Whoever you work for you will be your client, not your employer.
  • You can negotiate your payment terms

Skills development:

  • Working for many different companies will help build up your CV
  • If you are a good bricklaying contractor you may become well known within the trade and people may come after you for work which saves you applying for new jobs.
  • There is the chance to try something new which will help widen your skills
  • You will develop as an individual, learning more social skills and helping build relationships

Other advantages:

  • Gaining work abroad will become that little bit easier as most work abroad is contract based and they will see that you have the experience.
  • Gaining work abroad will become that little bit easier as most work abroad is contract based and they will see that you have the experience.

Negatives:

After talking about all the positives of becoming a bricklaying contractor its only fair that I should mention a few of the negatives. I believe the positives definitely out way the negatives but here are some things worth considering:

  • It’s your responsibility to find work. Always make sure when your current contract is ending that you have something else lined up.
  • You will be sorting out your own payment terms –remember to negotiate. After all this is what you are trained in and you are highly skilled. Don’t undervalue yourself.
  • You will need an accountant if figures are not your strong point to help sort out your TAX and VAT
  • No sick or holiday pay
  • Contracts are usually the first to be laid off in any sort of downturn.