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Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime?

Written by Chris on February 19th, 2016.      0 comments

Who hasn’t always dreamed of going to the UK for their OE?  It’s been a rite of passage for Kiwis for many years.  I was one of them, heading over in the early 90’s for a two year jaunt that turned into a twelve year adventure. 
Starting out in office admin roles paying as little as £3 per hour, a chance meeting with a Kiwi friendly Recruitment Agent led me to the world of IT Contracting.  Almost overnight my pay multiplied and after a couple of contracts more money, responsibility and seniority along with it.  After two years I gained sponsorship, allowing me to extend my stay with a Tier 2 visa, and within 5 year’s I was promoted to a Vice President role in a large American Bank.
Expat Kiwi’s can earn excellent money IT Contracting in London, but they need to know where to go, and who to talk to.   It’s the classic case of not what you know but who you know that makes the difference.
UK IT Careers was set up in 2009 to help Kiwis and Aussies get a head start in the UK contracting market.  It enables you to make the most of your OE while furthering your career (and the money’s pretty good too).  While we mainly help those with Tier 5 Working Holiday Visas and EU passports get contracting roles, we also help secure sponsorship for those with more experience in specific skill sets.  Whatever the case, as long as you have 2 years experience, we can help you get the right contract at the right rate quickly.
(Btw - the good news about  IT contracting right now, is that it’s possible to earn well over the $35K threshold recently introduced by the UK government for those who want to stay more than 5 years. More on this in my next blog post)
Over the coming weeks we’re going to be talking a lot about what’s going on in the UK , how to be a successful contractor and latest developments on the visa front.  If you have anything you’d like to hear about feel free to drop me a line.


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