Working as a Contractor


We know that finding the right contract, or even starting out as a contractor, isn't always the smoothest or easiest process. That's where we come in. Each of our consultants, based in Dublin, specialise in specific areas within Life Sciences from Pharma and Biotech jobs to Medical Device jobs. Check out our latest contract roles below.

Contracting In Ireland

When you operate or trade as a contractor in Ireland with Real Staffing, you can arrange to contract with us in two different ways. You can enter into an agreement with either an Umbrella Company or you can choose to set yourself up as a Limited Company, as long as you are listed as a Director of the company and are in sole financial control of the company.

Please see below for out list of approved Umbrella companies!

Once you have accepted an assignment, you will receive a call from our Contractor Care team who will go through an 'On boarding Call' with you, explaining how to use the system and answer any questions you may have. Whichever option you choose you will have access to our Online Worksheet System.

Contracting FAQ's

What is contract employment?

Contracting has become very popular over the past few years, despite this however some professionals are still weary of jumping into contract work. For companies contract recruitment is a great solution to resolve temporary and flexible staffing needs, as well as manage project workloads.

Contracts are commonly signed with independent workers and last a set period of time, e.g., a few weeks or months. After the end of the contract, the contractor has no further obligations to the employer and vice versa. 

Due to the changes in the Life Science market over the years, there is now a large volume of professionals who have moved into contract work. Contractors within the Life Sciences come with a wealth of experience and knowledge behind them, working on various projects and with differing companies, which is hugely beneficial for organisations where permanent positions are difficult to fill quickly.

What is the difference between permanent and contract work?

With permanent jobs, employees are entitled to unique benefits, such as a salary, holidays, pension support and termination pay. These kinds of benefits aren't available for contract workers, however, as a contractor you have the flexibility of choice. When companies need to grow teams or handle sensitive information regularly or build team identities permanent employment is the preferred option.

Contract staffing is usually viewed as a more flexible approach for super niche areas or specialist skill-sets, which suits certain professionals. Contractors help organisations; solve workforce shortages, manage project work, or replace key positions for short time periods. Contracting allows you to earn a higher rate than a permanent role with the skills and experience you have on offer, it also enables you to be more flexible, and have a greater variety of work. 

How do I get into contracting

Get in touch with us!

With our experience in contact recruitment, our local Dublin office, and being part of a global PLC, it means we are there for you.

Let us know what role you are looking for and where you'd like to work and one of our local consultants will get in touch with you.

Our Umbrella Companies

Multi – Award Winning Tax Experts in All Thing Contracting

Fenero are contractor tax and payment management specialists and have helped thousands of contractors since 2009. They are straight-talking tax and financial experts, with multiple industry awards for their customer experience and expert solutions.

Fenero will help you determine the most appropriate contracting solution for you, based on your personal circumstances. Your dedicated account manager will guide and advise you at every step along your contracting journey. Fenero’s role is to make it simple and easy to manage and maximise the financial side of contracting.

For advice or more information, contact them at:

Email: [email protected] or call 01-6877400


Contracting PLUS

Contracting PLUS make contracting simple. They’re Irelands largest provider of Umbrella Companies and Personal Companies solutions. They are expert accountants for Professional Contractors and will look after everything for you from invoicing and payroll to tax returns at year end. They explain everything clearly and give you personalised tax advice to maximise your contract role. When you call Contracting PLUS, their experienced team of consultants will prepare a take-home pay estimate for you. Call them on (01) 6110707 or click here to schedule either a phone call or a video call at a time that works best for you.

Phone: 01-6110707

Email: [email protected]

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Icon Accounting

Icon Accounting is the leading and fastest growing accountancy provider for Contractors in Ireland.

Icon Accounting prioritises client experience and takes pride in investing in their client’s future.

With access to a dedicated account manager, a bespoke online portal for timesheets and expenses and Wealth Management included, you are in safe hands with Icon Accounting’s knowledge and team of in-house experts.

Phone: 01 807 7106

Email: [email protected]


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