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A Guide to Becoming a Contract Vehicle Technician or MOT Tester

DISCOVER THE BENEFITS OF GOING FREELANCE

There are so many perks of leaving your permanent job for a career as a freelancer. We’re here to explain the benefits, remove any doubts and support you all the way. Making the whole process simple, enjoyable and stress-free.

Freelancing, contracting, temping. Whatever you call it, by 2020, it’s widely predicted almost half of the UK’s working population will be self-employed. And as the freelance revolution gathers pace, vehicle technicians and MOT testers like you are also choosing to leave permanent jobs to work for themselves. Everyone has a different reason for making the switch, but here are some of the most popular reasons we find people come to us at Autotech Recruit.

 

  • Better pay Our top contractors are earning up to £45,000 a year
  • More flexibility To spend time with your family or doing things you love
  • Greater appreciation Your skills are in demand and you’ll feel wanted in the workshop
  • No more same old same old You’ve had the same routine for too long and you’re ready for a change
  • Add experience By working in different environments on different brands
  • Upskill You want to improve yourself and benefit from training opportunities that contracting brings.

WE TAKE YOUR CAREER SERIOUSLY

Like anything in life, freelancing isn’t for everyone. So we’ll always look at your personal circumstances and be upfront about the pros and cons before talking you through your options and finding the right path for you. Taking that first step into contracting, especially if you are leaving a permanent position, might be daunting. But once you’ve made that move, we think you’ll wish you did it years ago…

EXPLORE THE ADVANTAGES

INCREASED EARNINGS

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Contracting gives you a higher hourly rate than an equivalent permanent employee. Your tax status should also enable you to take home more net pay. You can be paid one of two ways, via an umbrella company or your own limited business (we can help you set up the way you wish to be paid).

TAX RELIEF ON EXPENSES

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As a contractor you’re classed by HMRC as a mobile worker. So you can offset allowable expenses against tax when you’re paid. These vary according to your skill set but our Resourcing Consultants will explain the expenses you can claim.

FLEXIBILITY

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Work when you want to, time out between assignments when you don’t. Some of our contractors work 6 days a week, 51 weeks a year. Others choose to just work a couple of days a week. Flexible working means you have more time for your family and doing the things you love.

BETTER WORK / LIFE BALANCE

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As a contractor, you’re in charge of where, when and what type of assignments you take on. That means you never have to miss your child's sports day again or work Saturdays if you don't want to.

WE FIND WORK FOR YOU

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There’s no need to worry about finding clients to work: we source it for you. We already have a huge client base that’s constantly looking for skilled technicians and testers like you.

VARIETY OF WORK

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You may want us to place you on a six month contract or you may prefer to be placed in different garages each day or week. Our clients include dealerships, independents, fast-fits, roadside assistance companies and government organisations. The choice is huge!

NO OFFICE POLITICS

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You’re there to do a job and then you’re out again. So there’s no need to get involved in management change issues or take sides in anything.

UPSKILL & TRAIN

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We offer you discounted training to keep your skills up to date. Our vehicle technicians can also apply to join one of our manufacturer-led training programmes with major brands.

REMOVE THE DOUBTS

JOB SECURITY

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Contracting gives you a higher hourly rate than an equivalent permanent employee. Your tax status should also enable you to take home more net pay. You can be paid one of two ways, via an umbrella company or your own limited business (we can help you set up the way you wish to be paid).

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

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As a contractor you’re responsible for keeping your knowledge and skills up to date and marketable. But don’t worry, as one of our contractors, we offer you a range of MOT and technical training courses and, often, at a reduced price.

GAPS BETWEEN JOBS

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Downtime is rare, but if it does happen, you should find that because you earn more when you work, you can comfortably balance any days you don’t.

HOLIDAYS AND SICK PAY

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If you’re off on holiday or you’re sick, you won’t get paid for those days off. However, we can help you sign up to an umbrella company that will accrue a % of your weekly wage as holiday pay which you can take back when taking time off. But you should also find that because you earn more when you work you can comfortably balance any days you can’t.

MYTH OR FACT //

I have no choice how my wages are paid; if I don't have a limited business then I can't work as a freelance vehicle technician or MOT Tester?

It's a myth. When you register with us you will be asked whether you would like to be paid via an umbrella company or via your own limited business. We’re on hand to help you set up either of these methods!

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