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The Contractors, Soon To Be Under “House Arrest”

If you have comitted no crime then wouldn’t you find it strange to be tagged? Just like a “scally,” so to speak, under house arrest.

Most contractors would scoff at the idea of being locked down in their house and monitored by outside forces. “I can leave the house at any time I want,” they would say.

However, a recent news story gives us a glimpse into a rather different Britain…one of tagging anyone that is on the job, even if it is a contracting job while working at home.

It is Amazon that have recently hit the headlines with news that they have successfully patented a wristband that will be attached to their employees, from the time they clock in and to the time they clock out.

The wristband is designed to track all kind of things, such as where the employee is at all times and how many times they move their hand per hour. If they sit down for just a minute to rest their hand, well, that could very well be a written warning, and before long it is the P45 and directions to the local job centre.

What has this got to do with contractors you might be wondering, especially those who work from home? Well, it might very well be true that Amazon will be using these wristbands on a traditional workforce, but how long will it be until everybody uses them? Not long in my opinion.

It might not be long until you get accepted for a contracting job that allows you to work from your laptop at home on the understanding you are prepared to be tagged. There might even be a night time curfew, and someone could even come round at regular intervals to check your whereabouts.

Think I am joking? Then think again. I’ve already reported on how robots are going to become a major force within the contracting scene within the next few years.

All of these robots will be tracked of course, and it is only a matter of time before they want to track everybody. Robot or no robot.

A recent report showed us that most Amazon factory workers are paid £18,000 a year and they are expected to get 250 items per hour of the shelf. That is a lot of hand movement per hour.

Now imagine a future where a work from home contractor is expected to do a certain amount of tasks per hour and never move from the home office.

If you did move, just to get a drink then an alarm would sound, and your overlords would immediately come into view through a sort of virtual reality portal.

“Get back to work,” they would say, and that is exactly what you would do because to ignore their commands would mean instant dismissal.

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A Contractors Guide to Working Abroad

While there are many contracting jobs in the UK, with cities such as London and Glasgow being at the top of the list, some are looking elsewhere.

Jetting off abroad to be exact, in a bid to become one of the lucky contractors who get to make money while enjoying the sun, sea and sand.

Contractor jobs in Europe are becoming very popular, with Spain, Italy, Germany, Poland and France being some of the main destinations for contractors who want a bit of adventure.

Not only that, but some get even more adventurous and decide to go further afield, especially to Asian countries such as Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and China.

Yes, the world is getting smaller when it comes to the world of contracting, and if you have the skills and are willing to relocate, either on a temporary or permanent basis, then expect to get paid for your time and effort.

That isn’t to say that working abroad as a contractor is all smooth sailing. It isn’t, and if you are not prepared then you will be arriving back at a UK airport faster than you can imagine…your plans ruined and dreams in tatters.

One of the main things I always advise contractors to do before moving to another country is make sure you have plenty of savings.

Contracting jobs might not be landing on your lap during those first few months abroad, and if they don’t you want to make sure you have a bit of cash tucked away to back you up.

There is nothing worse than running out of money after a month and having no other choice but to book a flight back home.

Next, I would say that you must be able to speak a bit of the local language if you really want to make an impact in the contracting scene of a particular country. Also, be prepared to learn even more, to the point where you become almost fluent.

Sure, you might be able to get some contracting jobs in Japan by speaking only English, but you will have a lot more options if you know your Kon’nichiwa’s from your Sayonara’s.

Lastly, I encourage all contractors working abroad to be persistent and don’t let rejection stop you from living your dream.

You might find it tough those first few months when the jobs are few and far between and it seems like everything is against you, but, if you stick with it and do the right things then you will be rewarded.

Many contractors are abroad right now enjoying a great quality of life while making good money. There is no reason why you can’t join them.

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