In The Great Resignation, freelancers hold the key to growth

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In The Great Resignation, freelancers hold the key to growth

Back in 2018, we thought that the biggest change in employment would be the gig economy.

That was before the pandemic. Before furlough, before remote working became the norm, before homeschooling and the massive tip in balance brought on by a killer virus.

The biggest shift in employment was yet to come. And it wasn’t the remote life; it was The Great Resignation. It’s still happening – accelerating, even – and it’s got businesses worried. But they really shouldn’t be, even if it seems worrying now. The end game is better pay for the lowest paid, a stronger economy and a generally optimistic outlook on life and work.

Sounds too good to be true. And if you can’t fill skills gaps short-term, then maybe it is.

1 million job vacancies and counting

In August, UK job vacancies surpassed 1 million for the first time ever. And while the rate of turnover is highest in hospitality, food and retail, it’s pretty much across the board in most industries.

We don’t think this is the peak, either. And the fact that the freelance workforce is positively swelling means that the candidate pool is likely to be shrinking, too.

Reasons for quitting aren’t solely based on the hopeful “I can do better!” attitude. While it’s certainly a factor, it’s not able to account for the whole story. Yes, some people are leaving good, stable, well-paying jobs for better opportunities. But others are looking for more flexible working arrangements now that the world has settled back into commuting and office work.

And for some, quitting hasn’t really been a choice.

The danger that Covid represents to so many people might have made voluntary resignation the only way forward. Increased pressure and demand, in sectors already clamouring for human capital, may have driven people to burnout. Toxic and unhealthy working environments may have reached their absolute worst during lockdown, as shaky businesses scrambled to save themselves by squeezing every last calorie of energy from their workforce.

Right now, the statistics can’t tell us the sentiment; just the numbers. And while they’re high, the number of people actively thinking about quitting could be even higher (up to 73%).

It’s a worrying time for leadership and HR departments. But could it actually be a good thing?

Are there any benefits to mass resignation?

Yes, there actually are some economic benefits to The Great Resignation. Pretty good ones, too – especially for workers.

The demand for workers has driven pay up substantially in some sectors. Take the now infamous lorry driver shortage of 2021, which drove salaries to £56,000 in some areas, with golden hellos running into the thousands.

That’s an extreme example, but it’s happening everywhere there’s a demand for skills. And it’s causing low-paying sectors to rethink their offering. The power is firmly with workers right now, using the free market to sell their skills for more.

It’s almost the opposite effect that the gig economy had on salaries; paying for tasks instead of people brought about tumbling wages and devalued trades, occasionally offsetting the hits with upsells and higher order values.

Better pay isn’t just good for workers; it means a stronger economy. That’s a huge sign of progress, especially after decades of wage stagnation. It’s a welcome relief to the real-terms shrinkage of salaries against a tide of inflation and the raised cost of living.

The effects of this economic boost won’t be felt for a while, though. And that’s only if businesses can survive with the short-term lack of skills they find themselves in.

The downsides are pretty hard-hitting

You might have seen pictures of – or experienced in person – the empty shelves at supermarkets. This is what happens when there’s not enough people to do the work. Those empty shelves are an analogy for the missed deadlines, overflowing inboxes and unfinished projects plaguing countless other businesses where demand for skills is outsripping supply.

Take digital services, where a rise in demand is being scuppered by a digital skills shortage disaster”. And many who felt short changed or hard done by in employment have taken to freelancing and contract work – for better pay, better flexibility and more meaningful experience.

In the long-term, this means economic vitality and entrepreneurship – and that the silver lining of the horrible pandemic we’re in could be a major rethink about our views on work and life. But short-term, this means skills shortages, missed deadlines and unfulfilled projects.

But if you know where to look, skills are in abundance – in just about every trade – if your business is willing to work in a new way; with contractors.

Why hire contractors?

The skills are there – and they’re often sharper than the rest of the job market. For some companies, hiring contractors is going to shape their future working practices – and could even be transformative to their business. Here are just some of the reasons that leaders are hiring freelancers right now:

  1. Get rare, in-demand skills
  2. Save money
  3. Start projects faster
  4. Less hand holding, more expertise
  5. The risks are lower if it doesn’t work out

Read more – 5 Reasons To Hire A Contractor

Adapt to a new way of working – with an expert in your team

ClearHub specialises in finding the best Atlassian freelancers that propel businesses into the future. Want to know more? Get in touch with the ClearHub team today – call +44 (0) 2381 157811 or send your message to info@clearhub.tech.

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Gig Economy: The End of Employment?

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Gig Economy: The End of Employment?

Change is human nature. Sometimes it’s powerful. At other times, subtle. Change can be painful, liberating, scary, exciting – or all of that, at once.

Regardless of how we perceive it, change is inevitable. Humans have experienced it throughout our tiny blip of cosmic existence, before the invention of anything.

12,000 years ago, the Neolithic revolution transformed human societies from hunter gatherer tribes, into farming communities. Slowly, we became experts of the land.

In the 1700s, the Agricultural Revolution ended the need for people to work the land. We gained powerful new tools.

Then came the Industrial Revolution. We gained power-driven machinery and factory production. We automated long, labour-intensive processes for the first time.

And progress from that point snowballed, and has done ever since.

Today, we live in an age of rapid transformation. Not centuries, or decades – not even years.

Welcome to the Technology Age – where the way work is in a constant state of transformation, with tidal waves of disruption.

“The size, speed and global nature of the current Information and Technology Age make all the previous revolutions seem like mere warning tremors.”

The Information and Technology revolution, like it’s slower, more localised predecessors, is fundamentally changing the nature of work, the structure of labour and the attitudes of employers and employees – both at home and at work.

We live in an age of change

The full implications are difficult to define, but several patterns can now be mapped with a degree of certainty.

And the timeline will include:

  • Artificial intelligence, with software robots replacing people in many jobs
  • Virtual and augmented reality – literally changing the way we see and interact with the world
  • The mass production of driverless vehicles, disrupting how we travel
  • Perhaps most important of all – the maturation of the gig economy

These areas, and the way that technology helps us to collaborate, will challenge the very nature of work itself.

Digital disruption has already transformed your life

The world of work has changed dramatically – especially over the last few years, as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold of the planet.

But long before Covid was forcing the hands of workers and employers, digital disruption was moving in the direction we all find ourselves travelling now: towards software-controlled, automation-heavy digital-over-physical interactions.

Digital disruption has blurred the boundaries between employment, contracting (freelance), remote work and digital staff.

Consider Uber’s influence in the Taxi industry, or AirBnB’s disruption of hotels. Or what about Amazon’s influence on traditional book stores, and commerce in general? Or the impact of Netflix on traditional television distribution?

But – it’s nothing new.

The term “Creative Destruction” was first coined by Joseph Schumpter way back in 1940, to describe the way technological progress improves the lives of many, at the cost of a few.

What is digital disruption?

Digital disruption is when new digital technologies and business models affect the value proposition of existing goods and services.

Artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and automation are shaping the future of the global workforce. Especially in relation to the gig economy.

A gig economy is one in which companies use freelance talent on frequent, short-term contracts.

In the UK alone, 7.25 million people are expected to be working in the gig economy in 2022.

By 2030, between 75 million and 375 million workers (3-14% of the global workforce) will need to switch occupational categories because of automation technologies that include AI and robotics, according to McKinsey.

The rise of the gig economy

The lines between traditional work and contracting are blurring daily.

You may Intuitively think you understand the differences between permanent and contact staff. But, on inspection, ask yourself: how many of these assumptions hold weight?

Do you assume that contractors are highly skilled specialists, used for short-term bursts of extremely focused work – whereas your full-time employees in it for the long haul?

I did too.

As the contractor market continues to grow, and entire sectors become disrupted by gig economy workers, these arguments do not withstand scrutiny.

The conclusions are fairly stark.

Employment vs full-time = £0

Once you add the costs of a person’s employment AND take into account the impact of hiring on the business, the cost savings versus contractors simply no longer exist.

Basically, this changes the very nature of a full-time workforce.

Imagine for a moment that your entire marketing team is made of contractors – used as and when you need them, to match their skills and your needs.

Even if you use the same contractors all the time, they’ll be no more expensive to the business than employing directly.

Over the next three years, the average casual workforce will grow by 30% – Beeline

In 2020, 2.2 million people in the UK were self-employed freelancers. With the onset of the so-called “Great Resignation”, that number is steadily rising, year on year.

Globally, with side hacks and casual work considered, the freelance workforce could make up to a third of the total workforce.

70% of organisations are looking to expand their external workforce, so if you’ve not yet been disrupted by contractors in your organisation, the current trend suggests it is just a matter of time.

The impact of the gig economy now

Deliveroo, Uber and other companies in their guise often become the focus of any conversation around the gig economy. And sure enough, those companies grew massively during coronavirus lockdowns – but it’s in tech and software development that the effects of the gig economy are being felt the most right now.

And this has triggered fresh innovations.

You can get the most from contract workers by making sure that your existing team and freelance talent work together, fast.

This was the realisation that led me to start ClearHub. I could see that managing directors needed:

  • A fast, safe solution
  • Guaranteed technical skills, for quality work
  • Someone who could fit into their existing team without disrupting productivity

I already had access to the Platinum-standard expertise through my company, and personal knowledge of building high-performing agile teams.

So, it was a logical step that we could use this combination to help other companies realise the benefits of the gig economy, with our expert guidance and support.

As non-traditional forms of talent continue to grow in importance, tech and software companies will need new strategies to attract and manage contractors and freelancers. That will mean implementing an entirely new approach – including knowing how to get contractors and staff to work together in complete harmony.

While you may already have some processes in place to help with this, the majority of companies have yet to fully embrace the gig economy.

That’s where we come in.

Welcome to the future of work

ClearHub specialises in finding the best Atlassian freelancers – the people who can propel businesses into the next phase of growth.

Want to know more about how the gig economy can work for you? Get in touch with the ClearHub team today – call +44 (0) 2381 157811 or send your message to info@clearhub.tech.

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Your guide to team development with contractors

Your guide to team development with contractors

Your guide to team development with contractors

All teams – established or brand new – go through changes. At times, contractors need to be brought in to fulfil a specific need with their skills. This can be a real boon to your teams, if it’s handled well and there are plenty of benefits to bringing in contractors besides hitting company objectives.

For instance, integrated, engaged contractors will impart their knowledge and experience on the rest of your team – and build an affinity with your company that could last their entire career. We see this happen often in the world of DevOps, and many of the seasoned Atlassian contractors in our roster have become long-standing partners with most of the firms they’ve worked at.

But there’s always a flipside. Internal teams can feel undermined if the contractor’s role isn’t explained properly, which can impact integration and ultimately, project success. With clear communication and establishing trust in your team, everyone can feel more empowered at each stage of the team’s development.

But what exactly do we mean by team development?

Your team development lifecycle

In 1965, Bruce Tuckman outlined a four-phase model of group development:

  1. Forming
  2. Storming
  3. Norming
  4. Performing

All teams go through these phases more than once. Even established teams in stage 4 of the team development process will enter the cycle again (albeit partially) when a new member joins the team – and that includes when a contractor is onboarded.

Let’s look at this process more closely.

  1. Forming

This is where everyone’s new – however experienced they are – to the task at hand. It’s a really exciting time, when everything’s fresh and interesting. But there can be a lack of direction, and as-of-yet unknown gaps in skills that need filling.

There’ll be lots of meetings, planning and questions; but the outcome should be a set of defined goals that set your team up for success.

Read more: How to set SMART goals

This is the phase where roles are established and clear goals are defined – to be refined later.

  1. Storming

This can be a painful phase – a stormy one, if you will. This is where your team learns that the goals aren’t as easy as they seemed at first, and that several factors have been underestimated.

This is when it’s time to take stock and reflect on the goals: and make things as simple as possible. Adjust the project goals and milestones, and make each incremental step to success smaller.

Gaps in skills can become very obvious at this point. Onboarding a contractor at this phase can help, as long as the team arrives at the decision and is included in the discussions. Done correctly, without stepping on anyone’s toes, this can also build morale; bringing in a contractor can boost confidence rather than diminish it.

Towards the end of this phase, things really start coming together. The pain was worth it – because it led to team growth, development and a better sense of the collective goal.

  1. Norming

As the name implies, this is where things start feeling “normal”. Everyone knows who’s responsible for what, where to go with any issues and how the process works.

The team has found its feet and productivity is high. There’s a sense of pride, and the quality and frequency of work is exceptional. These are the good times – long may they continue.

But if you take your eyes off the prize, and if you fail to monitor and check in with the team, then complacency can set in. Just because things are working now doesn’t mean they’re going to stay that way forever. With team growth and development, change is inevitable.

If goals are being met but not refreshed, a lack of direction or a sense of pointlessness can take hold. Engagement dips. Productivity falls. New hires are made to pick up the slack – but this is a dangerous scenario to onboard anyone into, not least a contractor.

Attrition is to be expected if this happens. So what can you do?

Listen diligently, but maintain distance. The team knows what they’re doing now, so check in regularly and give them what they need, when they need it – including upping capacity at peak times, or filling skill gaps by hiring contractors. Don’t spoil the vibe by micromanaging, but instead get feedback often. Keep your people engaged and keep them feeling refreshed – and you’ll maintain this flow into the fourth phase.

  1. Performing

This is it. You’re established, scaling up and performing at a sustainable level. Your team trusts each other and management fully, and successes are celebrated together.

It’s not the end of the lifecycle; because with every new member who joins the team, there’ll be a little bit of onboarding (forming), learning the ropes (storming) and getting into a flow (norming) – for everyone in the team.

This is the late stage of team development. It’s a long road to get here – but it’s well worth the journey.

Hire Atlassian contractors – and grow your team

ClearHub specialises in finding the best Atlassian contractors to fit with your business at every stage of growth. Our talent pool is full of the brightest and best Jira and Confluence DevOps professionals, who can add value to your team in so many different ways.

Want to know more? Get in touch with our friendly team today – call +44 (0) 2381 157811 or send your message to info@clearhub.tech.

Working remotely with contractors? Head to the Cloud

Working remotely with contractors? Head to the Cloud
Working remotely with contractors? Head to the Cloud

Working remotely with contractors? Head to the Cloud

If lockdowns and office closures over the course of the coronavirus proved anything, it was that working remotely is not only possible, it’s beneficial.

Productivity, work-life balance and employee satisfaction are all improved. Overheads, commuting costs and carbon emissions are cut. Inclusivity is vastly improved, with a far wider talent pool to choose from as a result.

Having the option of remote work keeps employees happy, and gives their employers better work. It’s a major win-win.

Some companies (and their workers) have worried about moving to remote working models. This can stem from a workplace culture that values interactive, live collaboration – or more commonly, it can be due to a lack of trust.

While some elements of collaborative working can translate to remote work, the trust issue is much deeper and harder to resolve. Some solutions include actively monitoring teams – but this is intrusive and creepy, signalling deep distrust of employees. That’s hugely damaging to engagement.

These are outlier cases, though – and most of the world managed to prove that remote working is one of the best ways of working, ever. In fact, many people base their decision to become contractors solely on the ability to work remotely and flexibly.

But there’s definitely a right way to do it, and Cloud solutions enable businesses and contractors to work together seamlessly, no matter where they are in the world.

How the Cloud is helping remote work (especially with contractors)

The Cloud was supposed to revolutionise the way we worked – and now, it looks like that time has come.

Cloud computing and storage solutions enable everyone in a team to collaborate, on a level playing field. With a private Cloud solution, even teams with slower internet connections and older hardware will have ultra-low latency access to powerful virtual workspaces.

This is a far cry from having to share large files over email, or relying on file transfer services. Solutions from Microsoft, Google – and now even an option to migrate to Atlassian Cloud – have streamlined collaborative workflows in a truly revolutionary way.

This is really helpful when working with contractors remotely. For a start, Cloud security is built-in. Access can be granted at a project or admin level, and with the backup and rollback features of Cloud solutions, nothing can ever really be lost – so companies can rest assured sharing their workspaces with contractors.

Cloud tools, including Atlassian Could solutions, are made for collaboration. Cloud computing and storage platforms can be upgraded to the latest hardware and software totally seamlessly – slashing IT costs. Cloud computing lets you automatically scale up whenever you need to, meaning your infrastructure can grow at the exact same rate as your business.

Remote working with contractors does pose some challenges – but, with video conferencing and good management, you can make every project run smoothly.

Onboarding

This is a vital step to working with contractors, remote or otherwise. Give them clear goals to work towards, and help them integrate into their team with icebreakers. These can be done over video conferencing apps, and in group chats on collaborative workspaces like Slack.

Read more: setting SMART goals for contractors

Make sure they have the access and permissions they require to do their work, and all the tools they need to do it, too. Make your contractor feel as welcome to the team as any new starter – and trust in their ability and expertise.

Check in regularly

Team development with contractors can seem tricky, but it follows the same principles. A core requirement for success is regular check-ins; not intrusive interrogations – but a quick “hello, how are you doing today?”.

Find and resolve issues before they become damaging to the project, with simple, understanding communication. Keep goals and milestones updated – but importantly, make sure your contractor feels as valued and listened to as any other part of the team.

Always give them feedback! Even negative feedback can be tactfully delivered to become a motivator. Engaging with contractors like this is a great way to maximise their potential.

Don’t snoop

If you’re thinking of using monitoring tools to snoop on progress, think again. Only 30% of workers are comfortable with being tracked – and that figure may be skewed by those simply agreeing to it to save their jobs.

While monitoring can have positive outcomes, it is overwhelmingly seen as a sign of distrust.

Trust that your contractor knows what to do, and build a rapport that reciprocates that trust – so that they’re comfortable and happy to raise issues with you as they arise.

Trust is a wider workplace culture issue. If it’s low, it can harm individuals, teams and whole businesses.

Getting it right won’t be a quick fix. But with the future firmly set in remote working in the Cloud, it’s one that will benefit every company adopting the remote model.

Hire Atlassian contractors – experienced remote workers

ClearHub finds Atlassian contractors that suit your business best. Our global network includes team players who are remote working specialists; highly aware and tuned to the intricacies of working remotely in the Cloud.

Want to know more? Get in touch with our friendly team today – call +44 (0) 2381 157811 or send your message to info@clearhub.tech.

There’s never been a better time to add a contractor to your team

There's never been a better time to add a contractor to your team
There's never been a better time to add a contractor to your team

There’s never been a better time to add a contractor to your team

Remote working has taken over this past year, as we’ve all had to make changes to stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Although it may have started as a necessity, many businesses and individuals have realised the benefits that remote work can bring, and are looking to continue to incorporate it into their normal routines going forward. 

But remote work doesn’t just benefit full time employees. There can also be a large number of benefits for contractors, and the teams that hire them.

Read on to see some of the ways hiring a remote contractor could benefit your team.

No travel costs

In the past, technical contractors had to accept that there would be a certain amount of travelling required to do their job, as many employers would want them on site to complete projects. 

In order to get the best person for the job, employers might have had to cover travel costs and maybe even the cost of living if contractors would be working away from home. 

Embracing remote work means that your contractors can work from their own homes, creating significant savings for your company. Contractors will also benefit from the added convenience and better work life balance, and may be more willing to negotiate on sticking points such as salary and length of contract. 

Unlimited talent pool

If you’re willing to take on remote contractors, then your talent search is no longer limited by the contractors who live near enough or are willing to travel to your offices. This opens your search up to contractors anywhere in the world, and means you’re much more likely to find the right person to fill your role particularly when you’re looking for highly skilled, technical talent.

At ClearHub we work with a wide network of contractors located across the world, and our experience in placing highly skilled talent has shown that the right skill set and personality are often greater factors in a great contractor experience than physical location.

It also means more opportunities for contractors who are unable to travel, and the chance to work with companies that they are passionate about.

Team integration

In the past, hiring a remote contractor while the rest of your team worked from the office may have led to a lack of connection between colleagues, impacting how well your team collaborated.

After the past year, where so many workers have experienced remote working first hand and businesses have placed a great deal of emphasis on giving their employees the best tools to collaborate, this is likely to be less of an issue. 

Using video conferencing and instant messaging software that has already become integrated into their daily routines, it will be much easier for your teams to connect with a new contractor, and work with them to complete projects.  

Proven productivity

In the past, some companies may have been reluctant to embrace remote work if they were unsure how it would affect productivity levels in their teams. Hiring managers may have also avoided remote contractors as they may find it harder to verify their skills, or to trust that they would be able to provide the quality of work promised.

Not only has the past year shown us that people are able to adapt quickly to working from home, but it has also demonstrated that many people are able to be just as productive, if not more productive, in their home environments.

Additionally, if you choose to hire a contractor through ClearHub you can have the added peace of mind that your contractor has been professionally vetted, skills checked, and will have the support of our technical team to help them while working on your projects.

How can we help?

At ClearHub we specialise in placing Atlassian and Agile contractors with teams, and are able to provide support and security to you and your contractor throughout the placement.

As a team of software experts, we started ClearHub when we identified a need in the market for specialised, short term contract work and realised we were in the best position to help. 

Not only are we able to understand the challenges and dynamic of software teams to a far greater level than an average recruiter, but we can also technically test all our contractors before they are placed, giving our clients peace of mind when they hire through us.

We are even able to go one step further and offer technical support to the contractor throughout the placement. This means that if they face any unexpected challenges they’ll be able to turn to us for advice and support and avoid disrupting your team or delaying your projects.

The added testing, security and support we offer makes it easy to take on remote contractors, and leave you able to enjoy the benefits that this can bring without any added worries.

Do you think a remote contractor could fit into your team? If you’re looking to hire Atlassian or other agile contractors, we can help you find the right fit. Give us a call on  02381 157811 or use the form below to reach out and learn more about our services.

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    The 3 types of contractors – and why you should hire them through ClearHub

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    The 3 types of contractors – and why you should hire them through ClearHub

    Do you want to hire software contractors, but don’t know where to start? You’re not alone. Research reveals that most tech firms use contract workers to meet 40 to 50 percent of their staffing needs.

    Whether you need to fill a skills gap or just need  short-term help for a specific project, a contractor can bring many benefits to your business. For starters, they are often a more cost-effective option, compared to permanent hire, as you don’t have to provide any workplace benefits and usually work with them in the short-term. Plus, they can bring in a level of expertise into your organization to boost your business processes and projects or train up your staff.

    However, not all contractors are the same, and many businesses struggle to find quality candidates with the right IT skills and experience.

    At ClearHub, we understand that you need to ensure that whoever fills your role can complete the tasks assigned to them as efficiently as possible, providing you with good value for money and a guaranteed level of expertise.

    That’s why every contractor we work with is technically tested by an industry expert in the skills that are important to you, so you can be sure they can get the job done. If, for any reason, you’re not happy with a contractor, we’ll find a replacement quickly and at no additional cost to your business. Plus, we offer Platinum Partner level technical support to our contractors. We’re proud to offer this level of support to contractors and organisations alike – it’s what sets us apart from the competition, and is the core reason we’ve bene in business for 20+ years.

    We work with a range of specialist IT contractors, focusing on the following areas and addressing the following business requirements:

    Atlassian Contractors: If you need to improve communication at your organisation

    Atlassian’s extensive suite of tools help teams work smarter, helping companies run their communications as smoothly and efficiently as possible. However, Atlassian is a complex platform, and its usage often grows beyond individual teams, spanning entire organisations thanks to the benefits it provides.

    As such, many businesses need to find an expert or number of experts to provide support within managing Atlassian tools.

    Most businesses need Atlassian contractors that can help in one of the following three areas: to set up a new platform, manage your existing platforms and train your staff to use these platforms.

    At ClearHub, we hire certified contractors with a range of specialist Atlassian knowledge, including expert Jira and Confluence contractors.

    Did you know that the average large organisation tracks 1.4 million issues through a single Jira instance? Our Jira contractors can help you:

    • Set up your Jira software, exploring your business needs and working with you to develop workflows to support your IT teams.
    • Manage your existing Jira deployment, helping you find a better way for your IT teams to manage incidents. For example, you could hire a software contractor to manage the maintenance of your workflows, permissions, issue types and so on.
    • Train your teams to understand how to use Jira in the most effective manner. Whether you need basic training or helping your staff understand a specific feature, your contractor will make sure everyone is making the most out of Jira.

    Confluence is a collaboration wiki tool to help teams share knowledge efficiently. Our Confluence contractors can help you:

    • Set up your Confluence wiki and/or migrate your existing intranet portal to ensure it has the information and functionality you need.
    • Manage your existing Confluence wiki. They can, for example, restructure your architecture, index your documentation, manage user permissions and install plugins.
    • Train and mentor your stakeholders, instilling best practices so you can make the most of the functionality.Agile Contractors: If you need to streamline your projects to deliver on time and on budget

    Agile principles can help you deliver your products quickly and efficiently. However, instilling an agile culture in your workplace can be difficult. So, many organisations decide to bring in external agile experts to spearhead this transformation. At ClearHub, we work with a range of Agile experts, including:

    • Agile coaches: to help you rethink and change the ways you go about your development process, addressing issues such as workflow practices and team collaboration.
    • Scrum masters: to help team members understand and use the values and principles of agile development.
    • Agile project managers: to plan, lead, organise and motivate agile teams, delivering projects on time and on budget.

    DevOps Contractors: If you want to foster innovation and collaboration

    A DevOps approach effectively assimilates your development and operations teams to improve collaboration. Research reveals that companies that adopt this way of working deliver software quickly, reliably and safely.

    However, there is a massive skills shortage in this area, and many organisations are struggling to find the specialist skills required to fill their roles. At ClearHub, we can help you take your DevOps to the next level and work with experts including:

    • DevOps engineers: from infrastructure and automation to scripting, we have a broad range of skill sets in our network of contractors to help you bring momentum and expertise to your project.
    • DevOps managers: to help you develop a DevOps strategy that is aligned with resilience, cost and performance in mind.
    • Cloud engineers: our CloudOps engineers can setup, configure and integrate your systems so everything runs smoothly in the cloud.

    In Conclusion

    At ClearHub, we have 20+ years of experience matching the right contractor to the right project. We’ve helped organisations find highly motivated and skilled contractors to meet the demands of their business requirements. As a result, those organisations have got products to market faster and improved their efficiency.

    If you decide to hire an Atlassian, agile or DevOps contractor with us, our guarantee and expertise in the recruitment field take the risk out of this process. If you’d like to find out more about how we work, please contact one of the team today.

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    Rise & Grind, 5 Gig Economy Facts

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    ECONOMY FACTS

    Rise & Grind, 5 Gig Economy Facts

    Remote workers have been able to work over the internet since the dawn of the digital age. It’s likely they had a massive impact on the rise of gig workers, opening the minds of employers to the concept of flexible working practises.

    It looks as though temporary work is headed in the same direction, with more employers seeking help from freelance workers.

    1. 40% of organisations expect gig economy workers to join their workforce in the near future

    With the gig economy on the rise, more businesses seem to be embracing the idea of freelance workers with corporations of all sectors now rapidly expanding their teams.

    One of the reasons behind this is the money employers are saving not hiring full-time employees to fulfil business needs.

    1. 30% increase in gig-work platforms
      The rise in platforms advertising gig work comes as no surprise considering the increase in freelance workers. Business-minded individuals are seizing the opportunity to set up hubs for freelancers who want to advertise their talents to businesses seeking temporary workers. Of course such platforms existed prior to the increase but more are emerging, with some dedicated to niche sectors e.g. software contractors. We are a perfect example of this.
    2. 20% of freelancers say they’d prefer full-time employment
      Obviously gig work isn’t for everyone, but even with this in mind, a whopping 80% of gig workers wouldn’t return or opt for full-time opportunities; 45% of them state they’d seek to acquire new clients in order to meet financial goals if it came to it.

    Freelancers tend to work longer hours for less. This doesn’t sound appealing to some, but for many the pros outweigh the cons, with flexibility being one of the main reasons why temporary work is preferred. This includes working from home, spending more quality time with family, having time to take online courses, voluntary work and so on. This has seen a shift in the working mindset, as the saying goes, you don’t live to work, you work to live.

    1. All industries have freelancers

    Traditionally gig work has been associated with freelance writing, web development and information based jobs. However, with the benefits of the gig economy, people from all backgrounds are now entering the new era. Workers from all of these sectors and more can now be seen working on a freelance basis:

    • Graphic Design
    • Finance
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Transportation
    • Education
    • IT
    • Marketing
    • Admin
    • Sales
    • Healthcare
    • Construction
    1. Limitations in skill sets are no longer an issue when it comes to gig work

    Prior to the rise of freelancers in the gig economy, many first time workers were put off by their own lack of expertise to even attempt to pursue freelance work, thinking employers would show no interest in them if they had no prior in-house experience.

    With the increase in employers now seeking freelancers, this has widened opportunities and provided a boost in confidence for first time workers. I think it’s fair to say that the younger generation are more inclined to “be their own boss”, which is down to a change in attitude, and the emergence of the digital age. With freelancers having better access to resources, they can now work from anywhere in the world from any number of devices. This change in attitude is slowly passing on to open-minded members of the older generation.

    Although skill-level is still important to many employers seeking temporary workers, they are becoming more open-minded with the change in attitude.

    Is there a downside?

    Gig workers are charging more for their services and businesses are paying what they’re asking because they know hiring a permanent employee actually costs them more in the long-run.

    As a result of higher fees for highly-skilled freelancers, individuals starting out are charging less for their work. Although this can be seen as a positive in that it increases their chances of success in finding temporary work, the danger sits in the fact that they are also vulnerable to exploitation, with some employers paying far less than what they should be.

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    We bring you… all podcasts related to ClearHub below!

    In October 2018, we brought Chief Innovation Officer Simon Wood from ClearHub, and Senior Technical Trainer Paul Christie from Clearvision together, to discuss all things training, consultancy and ClearHub. Using real life examples to demonstrate how both businesses provide transformations and more, Paul and Simon reveal everything one needs to know to better their software.

    In March 2019, ClearHub’s Chief Innovation Officer Simon Wood and Chief Revenue Officer Paul Renshaw, got together to discuss the emergence of the gig economy in all its forms. With more millennial’s seeking contract work, Clearvision’s sister company ClearHub is only expected to grow with the times. Using both personal and professional examples, Simon and Paul take a deep dive into the matter, leaving little to the imagination in this part 1 debate. For anyone interested in taking up contract work now or in the future, this podcast is a must!

    And now, as of May 2019, listeners can enjoy Chief Innovation Officer Simon Wood and Chief Revenue Officer Paul Renshaw, as they continue their discussion on the emergence of the gig economy in all its forms. With more people seeking contract work, Clearvision’s sister company ClearHub (responsible for connecting businesses with the best Atlassian contractors out there) is only expected to grow. Using both personal and professional examples, Simon and Paul take a deep dive into the matter, leaving little to the imagination in this part 2 debate. For anyone interested in taking up contract work now or in the future, this podcast is a must hear!

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    New data from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) reveals increasing demand for contractors

    Increasing demand for contractors
    Increasing demand for contractors

    New data from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) reveals increasing demand for contractors

    We told you the gig economy was here, and the latest statistics produced by the REC only go to prove this.

    New data from the REC revealed an increasing demand for contractors in the workplace.
    Almost half (46%) of UK employers demonstrated concern over the availability of permanent candidates and their lack of experience in specific areas, namely Engineering & Technical skills.

    Out of the surveyed employers 80% had either no surplus workforce capacity, or such a small amount that they’d need to hire more staff to tackle the issue. To increase business productivity 83% planned on offering training and upskilling opportunities to staff as a solution.

    Interestingly, the data also showed that employers are increasing the number of permanent workers as a short term solution (despite the sudden increase in the need for contractors). Employers looking for a short term solution, went as far as developing plans to help permanent employees with the ever-changing business needs that come with digital transformation.

    • 71% of employers plan on promoting diversity and inclusion
    • 58% plan on offering flexible working practices in an effort to increase the productivity of permanent employees

    How can they BOTH be on the rise?

    It’s not surprising that employers are continuing to hire permanent employees, considering they’ve always been in higher demand than contractors. The sudden increase in companies seeking temporary workers however, is just the start. It’s only a matter of time before the percentage of businesses seeking contract workers surpasses that of those seeking permanent employees.

    Chief Executive of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, Neil Carberry, suggested a reason for why the number of employers seeking agency workers had risen stating that, “businesses are turning to agency work to help them navigate the unpredictability they currently face.”

    Don’t be afraid of the unknown

    In the face of digital transformation, contract workers have become more desirable to businesses of all sectors.

    Why? Because they’re experienced in specific areas, and continue to expand on skills through the various contract roles they take on. They’re generally more adaptable because of this, which makes them ideal candidates in a time of digital evolution.

    Not everyone is sold

    Many employers remain hesitant, with 34% expressing concern over the necessary skills required by temporary workers to fulfil their business needs. This could be down to the fact that they’ve not had to use contractors before, whatever their reasoning, the fact of the matter is that contractors are highly skilled in specific areas to ensure they fulfil business needs.

    Not every project needs to last forever, and in such circumstances, a permanent candidate isn’t always the best solution. A temporary worker stays for a preferred amount of time to get a specific task done; by not having a single job dragged out, the wider business can focus on other priorities and progress at a faster rate.

    Did you know? ClearHub place Atlassian contractors, who are technically tested by an industry expert in the skills most important to you. If you decide at any point that the contractor we provide you with isn’t working out for your business needs, our risk free guarantee means we’ll replace your contractor free of charge. There’s nothing
    to fear with ClearHub.

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