Some resources for RF contractors and details of a few agencies

Some time ago there was a a newsgroup , rf-consult-uk or RFCONnetUK, dedicated to RF contractors, where information about jobs, equipment and other relevant topics could be discussed out of the way of agents and clients. This was an invitation only group whereby a prospective contractor could join only if vouchsafed for by another, known, subscriber. Sadly, it appears that this group has long gone (circa 2004) but some information on it can be gleaned from Nigel Berrie's website. At some point in time, another group called RFconsultants was formed. This group had no moderator and is awash with spam now. Recently however, Nigel has resurrected the group, so if you are a RF contractor and can prove who you are either by being known to one of the members or by providing references, come and join RFCONnetUK

Following on from Nigel's web page, i.e. plagiarising it, here are some up to date links and information relevant to RF contractors seeking work. It isn't comprehensive so if you have knowledge on any agency that I have omitted I would be more than happy to update it accordingly. I haven't used many of these agencies so I'm not prepared to comment on how good they are or how IR35 proof their contracts are.

Agency listings

Agency Central
Agency Central has a subsection titled RF & Microwave. Not all the agencies listed here specialise or even deal with this market sector.
Jobserve agency listing
A listing of various agencies subscribing to Jobserve.


Apex Recruitment
CG Consultants
Executive Recruitment Services
Or ERS as they are known sometimes.
I have used them. They use IR35 proof contracts.
Jam Jobs
John Prodger Recruitment
Now part of the Jon Lee group?
Progressive Recruitment
STS Recruit
TAC Europe Technical Recruitment is a specialist technical recruitment consultancy for aerospace, automotive, building services, engineering, ICT and rail jobs. I believe they were, or have taken over, Cliveden
Venus Group

General job sites where agencies list vacancies

All Jobs
This site has a habit of announcing that it has found jobs based on the search criteria but refuses to show you what they are. Whether or not it's a problem between their HTML or my browser (Firefox is unknown.
CV Library
It is necessary to register with this site to get access to all the job listings. Putting my CV up here did generate some interest.
Electronics Weekly
The industry standard weekly magazine's website. It has a lot more jobs in than the magazine.
IET jobsite
Aimed at IET members, with the usual bias towards jobs in the electrical power industry.
A more general job site covering a lot more than RF. Use the advanced search option to narrow down the results.
A more general job site covering a lot more than RF. This link goes to the advanced search page.
This site covers all types of jobs. The search and advanced search options are very limited, it's OK if the criteria were something like "secretary" and "Bicester" but there is no facility for "contract AND (RF OR radio OR microwave).
This site seems to be quite good for technical jobs. The front page search criteria are clear and allow selection of any of the necessary keywords and contract etc.
Tiptop Jobs
Go to the advanced search tab to get a better search selectivity. I have had success selcting for CONTRACT and ANY of the following words (for me they were RF radio analogue microwave).
This site covers all types of jobs. Go to the advanced search tab to get a better search selectivity, there is the option to select for CONTRACT and any of the keywords, just like Tiptop Jobs.

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