Interim and Contractor Recruitment Specialists

Supplying temporary resources throughout London and the UK for over 25 years, Ashdown has an outstanding reputation within the specialist contractor recruitment agency marketplace.

If you are looking for a contractor with experience in your industry to cover a skills gap or for short term, temporary cover to support an existing team, long term sickness or employee leave, we will deliver exactly the person you are looking for quickly and within your budget.

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Why choose Ashdown?

When you work in partnership with us we will source specialist professional contractors that match your project requirements . We have over two decades experience delivering exceptional contractors, freelance creatives and executive consultants with a range of skills, into businesses across the UK; transforming clients projects and delivering real change. Ashdown has an extensive network of loyal contractors and consultants, with the flexibility to work with you when you need them. Our contractor recruitment knowledge, job market insight and envious track record make us experts in our field, with 85% of our work from repeat business. We are a recruitment agency you can rely on to support you through every stage of your project.

Why Hire a Contractor?

Flexible Approach

A contractor offers a flexible, temporary, short term solution for projects that require specific skillsets or where there are workforce shortages, such as in  in IT recruitment. Contractors are paid a daily, weekly or fixed rate for their services and can be brought in at short notice, on an ad hoc or fixed term basis, to cover excess workloads or provide new skills. Many businesses hire contractors as a chance to assess the needs and requirements for a new role before making a permanent hire.

Specialist skills

Contractors provide a high level of skill and knowledge in their area of expertise, and can be hired to assist companies on specific projects. Contractors are hired on either a fixed term or rolling contract, allowing the employer to make use of a niche skillset for specific projects without interrupting the workload of permanent employees.

Fresh perspective

Our contractors have worked across a broad range of projects, within all industry sectors, giving them a wealth of experience often not available in house to tackle demanding jobs and specific issues. They can provide solutions, new skills and a new perspective that existing employees may not have the capacity to.

Budget Friendly

Benefits offered to permanent employees are not extended to short term, interim workers, making a contractor hire a more affordable option.

High Quality

Ashdown contractors are fully vetted and screened before being placed with your company. We ensure they are able to work to a high standard and offer the best services for the clients budget and expected business needs. We gather valuable feedback post placement to make sure employer and contractor are happy, and with an 85% repeat business rate our network of readily available professionals is testament to the high standard we pride ourselves on.

Our approach to IR35

We take the protection of our customers, the contractors and our own tax position very seriously, being advised by the leading legal firms within this field.

With over 20 years in contractor recruitment we have worked closely with many businesses and interim contractors to ensure that we're operating in a compliant way, avoiding complications with HMRC. Experienced in the hiring of contractors, we are well aware of the intricacies involved, and provide consultants into temporary assignments both within and outside of IR35. You will be supported at every stage, whether you have no knowledge of IR35 law or feel competent around the legislation.

Before starting work on a project we will do an initial assessment to determine the likely tax status of the assignment. If the contract is deemed inside IR35 we take responsibility for National Insurance contributions, tax deductions and entitlements.

For outside IR35 assignments, we guide you through the assessment process using easy to understand questionnaires. Often we will engage a qualified solicitor from the specialist IR35 law firm Brookson Legal on conference call to ensure each element is fully understood.

The final IR35 Status Determination Statement (SDS) will be ratified by Brookson Legal and we will ensure this is communicated to all parties.

Our contracts have been produced by Osborne Clarke, a leading law firm with a specialist Interim Contract division.

We take a look into the IR35 risks associated with hiring a contractor, read more...

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Contractor Specialists

With a registered base of over one million professional candidates, it is our goal to provide you with an expert contractor with experience of your industry and the skill set you require to support your time critical projects.

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Where required, we will provide research on the market rate expectations of the contract work force against your requirements, always working to your budget and guiding on likely level of skills and expertise at each price point.

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Rapid results

With a network of temporary resources, contractors and consultants we have unrivalled access to some of the strongest talent in the UK. By marketing your role to our network, we expect to have a number of suitable professional profiles for you to review within 24 hours.

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Your Ashdown Team

Working in partnership with you throughout the process, offering recruitment solutions that match, and exceed, your expectations. Whether it is contract requirements and job specifications, CV reviews, contractor onboarding or market rate guidance,we will be there to support you every step of the way.

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"Extremely helpful and informative. They call when they say they will call and nothing seems to be too much trouble. I would recommend them in a heartbeat to anyone."

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    Within 24 hours we will introduce an interim contractor with the expertise & industry knowedge you require to deliver your project.

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    Whether you are looking to fill a skills gap in your team, or for niche expertise, we will introduce you to a well matched consultant.


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    A fully vetted process, removing the headache of compliance when supplying your interim consultant. We work with our legal partner to ensure risk free interim support.

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    Working closely to your defined brief, we introduce interim expertise to ensure your project is delivered on time, meeting your project milestones and to an agreed budget.

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