If you’re a regular visitor to wellpaid.io, you may have noticed a pretty major update to our platform over the past few weeks. That’s because, over recent months, we’ve been working hard on a brand new product: a marketplace exclusively for contractors and hirers in the tech industry.
The jobs board will still exist (just scroll down the homepage to find it), and contractors will still be able to use it to find and filter new contracts as they could before. However, the marketplace will make it possible for members to also connect directly with other contractors and hirers, without having to deal with recruiters or be subjected to any third-party commission.
Why the change?
From day one, the goal of wellpaid.io has been to make the job-search process more transparent and less stressful for contractors—whilst also removing the extortionate costs that recruiters bring to the table.
We strongly believe that our recruiter-free marketplace is a huge step towards achieving this. By curating a database of excellent talent and making it easily accessible to hirers, we can automate the job of a recruiter. The very best contractors will be able to find the very best contracts much more quickly; and given that neither party will pay any commission, contractors are guaranteed to secure the rates that their skills deserve.
As a contractor, why should I join the wellpaid.io marketplace?
- Find outside-IR35 gigs quickly and easily
In the marketplace, you can browse all the latest contract gigs, and filter them by key criteria—such as outside-IR35 status. And not only will you be able to reach out to hirers directly, they’ll also be able to reach out to you—making it easier than ever for you to find new jobs.
- Avoid recruiters, get better rates
We know that whilst working with recruiters can speed up the contract-finding process, this always comes at a hefty price...usually 10-20% of a contractor’s daily rate. At wellpaid.io, we’ll still provide all the benefits that a recruiter would, but take no commission from you or your hirers—meaning that the rates clients are willing to pay are the rates that you’ll receive.
- Access £1,000s worth of contractor discounts
wellpaid.io membership doesn’t just give you full use of the marketplace; it also gets you access to £1,000s worth of discounts on essential contracting costs—including IR35 assessments, accountancy services, PI/PL insurance, and more.
- Become part of a tech contractor community
All contractor members are also eligible to join the wellpaid.io community forum—where you can meet fellow professionals, share knowledge, and subcontract gigs.
So, how does the marketplace work?
To use the marketplace, contractors and hirers must first sign up as members. Contractor plans are free, with the option to ugprade to a pro tier for £19 / month (+ VAT), and hirer plans start at £99 / month (+ VAT)
Joining the marketplace as a contractor
Joining the marketplace as a contractor is quick and easy.
- We first ask contractors to fill in a short application form.
This is for a few reasons: firstly, we want this marketplace to be for high-quality, engaged contractors in the tech industry. Applications are necessary to maintain this standard. We also use this process to check if you match any skill shortages among live jobs. And of course, being “by-invitation-only” helps us ensure that the marketplace remains recruiter-free.
Apply for a free profile now.
- The information provided in your application will form the basis of your contractor profile—which contains all of your key business info, such as skill set, rates, and availability.
These profiles are what makes up the contractor database, which hirers can search and filter to find contractors who meet their needs. Hirers can also reach out directly when you’re available, without you having to lift a finger.
Check out wellpaid.io founder Chris’ sample profile here.
- Once your profile is set up, you'll start appearing in contractor-search results, and hirers can reach out to you directly!
And of course, don’t forget to make the most of your other wellpaid.io membership benefits...
What do I get with a wellpaid.io contractor membership?
As a wellpaid.io contractor, you get access to a variety of other excellent benefits:
Annual IR35 assessments (Pro)
All Pro members will get one free IR35 assessment each year, courtesy of Qdos Contractor.
Access to a private community forum
All wellpaid.io contractor members, pro or otherwise, also get access to the community forum—where you can meet fellow professionals, ask for and give advice, share jobs, and subcontract your gigs.
Feature your profile to find clients quickly (Pro)
Pro members can boost their profile when they're looking for work, helping to accelerate the process of finding their next contract.
Exclusive contractor-related discounts (Pro)
You'll be able to make the most of over 100 discounts that promise to save the average contractor £1,000s every single year. Some discounts are contractor-specific, whilst others are for entrepreneurs and will work well for your side projects.
Here’s a taste of what’s on offer:
- All-inclusive accountancy - Up to £589.50 off your first year
- Qdos IR35/Tax insurance - 30% off
- Qdos IR35 contract reviews - 20% off
- Apple Store - up to 6% off*
Got any questions about the wellpaid.io marketplace? Don't hesitate to reach out to email@example.com.