.NET (dot Net) Contractor Guide

Find out more about .NET contracting and how much you can earn.

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Whether you currently have a working knowledge of .NET or you’re a developer looking for something different to challenge you, working as a contractor could be the next step for you.

Find below the benefits of becoming a .NET contractor, why this could be the right step for you and how much you might earn.

What is .NET?

.NET is a developer platform made by Microsoft. It allows users the chance to use the standard .Net ‘framework’ to create, evolve and tweak new or existing software programmes and applications.

Microsoft defines .NET as “A set of Microsoft software technologies for connecting information, people, systems, and devices. It enables a high level of software integration through the use of Web services—small, discrete, building-block applications that connect to each other as well as to other, larger applications over the Internet.”

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Should I become a .NET contractor?

The initial framework of .NET is constantly updated with newer versions of the system available every few months. Like any piece of technology, companies are always striving to make it better, and in this case, making the programme more user-friendly and bug-free, giving another great opportunity for contractors to handle updates of the system when needed.

As a contractor, you have a distinct advantage: you can choose the companies you work for and the period of time you wish to work for them. Especially as a .NET contractor, the chances of getting paid a higher contractor fee in this field is a lot greater than normal contractors. The technicalities involved in this position do not make this the most popular field of contracting, yet the demand for jobs is high and still growing. From what started as a rather small job sector, the job opportunities have increased, with demand for contractors such as:

  • .NET Developers
  • .NET Framework
  • .NET Web Developer
  • .Net Programmer

Starting out as a .NET contractor?

Find out how to maximise your take-home pay and become a successful contractor in our free guide. Also covered in our guide is:

  • Getting started – discover which business structure is best for you and how to get started.
  • Your tax and financial obligations – all you need to know about your paying tax, filing accounts and what costs you offset.
  • Making your business a success – learn how to grow your business, how to market yourself and to forecast for the future.

Rates of pay for .NET contractors

According to ITJobsWatch, rates are around £450 a day for .NET contractors (correct as of 2019). This can vary depending on factors such as your experience and region.

For more information about how much you could earn, try our take-home pay calculator.

Where to find roles as a .NET contractor

We know using recruitment sites to search for work is the most obvious option, but not only will signing up to websites allow you to search and apply for jobs easily, but companies will also be able to view your CV even if you haven’t applied for a position with them. Should they have a particular position available companies may approach you should you have the skills they need. So, make sure you upload your CV to recruitment sites even if you can’t see your ideal job just yet.

Creating your contractor CV

Now, before you get that CV uploaded make sure you have all the essential qualities included that will make your CV stand out from the crowd, think about:


More and more employers are using job boards and recruitment site CV database search facilities to find candidates. If your CV doesn’t include ‘scannable’ keywords and industry buzzwords for your particular industry, your CV might not be found, despite the fact that you might be the best person for the job or contract.

Less is more

There has been lots of research on how many pages the perfect CV should have. All evidence points towards two. It’s about getting the right balance between just giving enough information to ensure the client wants to find out more about you and not too much so they get bored reading it.

These are just some of the things to consider when writing your CV. For more help on writing your CV visit our contractor’s career centre page.

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