ContractDB site is now closed. Frank Vipond. February 2011.
This Web site is now
closed. I owned and ran ContractDB.com from 2000 to 2010. ContractDB
(abbreviated CDB hereafter) helped IT contractors/consultants secure
assignments direct (no recruitment agents) with clients. The site was not free.
Clients paid a one-off fee of £1250 if the introduction worked well -
'pay only if satisfied'. IT consultants paid nothing. CDB was driven by a
database of IT members - with a search engine to find IT people on various
criteria. It was never a database of job vacancies. I helped all clients
personally i.e. mostly used the search engine myself to locate members who
might be suitable/interested for particular client requirements.
attracted good support from IT people - if only because they liked the simple
site design and trusted me as a fellow IT professional with a very fair
business proposition. CDB attracted reasonable business from clients. The only
way the site was promoted was through Google AdWords. I refused, for example,
to pillage client references in CVs for potential client contacts. CDB was
reasonably successful. It more than covered its costs. The success rate for
clients was high - around 75%. However it was never going to be a big
I decided to close CDB in February 2011 because I am nearing
below), I could do nothing further with the underlying member details -
database and CVs - except purge them. Anyway I doubted I could find someone to
run it on the same ethical basis as I did.
I would like to thank all the
people who supported the site in the 10 years it ran. It was always a
relatively sideline business for me. But it was a lot of fun and I collected a
lot of '"thank you's" along the way.
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