An efficient and reliable contract partner

We’re APSCO members with 20+ years' experience helping great contractors find their next role.

How can Big Red help me?

We specialise in Digital, Technology &
Transformation recruitment across the UK
and beyond.

Our wide-reaching network of high-profile clients makes securing your contract role quick and easy.

With fewer hoops to jump through and a structured approach to payment and timesheets, you can rely on our experience in the contract market to make your next contract appointment a success.

What we’ll do

We specialise in Digital, Technology & Transformation recruitment across the UK and beyond.

Over the years, we’ve developed an ethos of really listening to you to find out what makes you tick. So, we’ll always act in your best interest, and you can rely on us to represent you fairly.

You’ll be guided by an expert consultant who’s there to offer support and guidance, and help you shine.

Why contract through Big Red?

Transparent margins

We won’t arbitrage your fee. Our open book margin policy means you know your day rate, the client knows we’re asking for a set percentage on top, and everyone’s happy.



Our exclusive relationship with clients gives you a greater chance of success, and long-term contract engagement.


Confirmed timelines with feedback during the recruitment process helps you manage your roles with minimal hassle.

First-time support

New to contracting? We offer support and guidance on operating as a Ltd Company or via an Umbrella Agency to support your contracting career. 

IR35 made easy 

Our consultants know IR35 inside and out. We make sure our clients are sourcing the right type of placement and offer advice to guide you to the right placement for your career goals.


Our expertise in the contract market means we can tailor our approach to your needs.

We’ll offer support and guidance on IR35 – whether you need to hire inside or outside, and what the benefits of contract recruitment could be.

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How do I claim expenses?

From time to time you may need to claim expenses. You can upload any expense receipts to the timesheet portal which can be approved by your line manager, alongside your timesheet.

Where can I find timesheets and associated paperwork?

When you join Big Red Recruitment as a contractor our accounts team will set you up on our timesheet portal. You will receive your login details and timesheet instructions via email.

How can I ensure payment is approved?

Simple - get your approved Big Red timesheet (and any approved expense claims) over to us by midday on the 5th working day of the month. This ensures payment on the 14th.


If you miss this deadline, any timesheets and expense invoices received after the fact will be paid the following month.

How do I get access to the Self-Billing scheme?

You'll need to complete a self-billing schedule. It's quick and easy.


Funds will be cleared into your limited company or umbrella company's bank account on the 14th of each month (or the next working day, if the 14th falls on a weekend).


Bear in mind that if you use an umbrella agency, it takes up to 3 days for funds to clear from their account to yours. Please refer to your umbrella agency's terms and conditions for details.

How do I get paid?

Big Red operates a Self-Billing platform to provide our contractors with the most efficient payment experience.

So, whether you operate as a Limited Company, or work through your Umbrella Company, you won't have to produce an invoice at the end of each month. We'll generate an invoice that matches your approved timesheet. This cuts down on your administrative tasks and reduces associated queries.

When do I get paid?

Big Red runs a monthly payment schedule. It's planned a year in advance.

Find the Payment Calendar here.

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