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The ContractDB site is now closed. Frank Vipond. February 2011.

This Web site is now closed. I owned and ran 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.

CDB 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 site.

I decided to close CDB in February 2011 because I am nearing retirement. In line with the very strict privacy policy on the site (see 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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