Things 6prog does : 6 of 6

Signing timesheets

It’s probably the most annoying task going. We cannot claim to have made it better but what is clear is that timesheets should correlate to the schedule, and thereon correlate to the invoice. 

These are all automatically generated so it’s a straightforward model and saves lots of time.

6prog is a facilitator of freelance contracts and commentator on recruitment in general. For more information reach out

Things 6prog does : 5 of 6

Confirming a contract

It is important that the agreement you sign with 6prog contains the same deliverables as the one the supplier to 6prog is signing. Ergo, you are both on the same page!

This is why 6prog automated that process. Once your project is finalised, it is seamlessly attached to a schedule of work for both parties to review.

6prog is a facilitator of freelance contracts and commentator on recruitment in general. For more information reach out

Things 6prog does : 4 of 6



6prog’s unique solution maintains individuals’ ownership of data. There is no GDPR issue for you as the platform holds the data and consent policies from members.

IR35 is a topic relevant to large businesses and increasingly as we move towards new regs in April ’20. More details are below.

We use validation from Companies House that you are dealing with a known entity and 6prog screens all new members to the platform in person or video.

Sterling Talent Solutions and Joblock are available to run full employment screening purchased in the platform.

6prog is a facilitator of freelance contracts and commentator on recruitment in general. For more information reach out

Things 6prog does : 3 of 6

Comparing suppliers, companies or individuals.

In Projects you will have a defined (and unfortunately) limited budget. 6prog enables you to issue your project outline privately to consultants and communicate with each separately to select your preferred supplier(s).

6prog is a facilitator of freelance contracts and commentator on recruitment in general. For more information reach out

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Create an available [flexible] workforce

6prog is engineered to support all businesses that have a flexible workforce. Many businesses currently suffer from ‘knee-jerk’ hiring and 6prog helps businesses to operate with a medium term view.

That is, recruit regularly to build your flexible workforce and when you need them, issue a Statement of Work to those contacts who can deliver.

6prog is a facilitator of freelance contracts and commentator on recruitment in general. For more information reach out

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Making Contacts

6prog has a unique network which is several thousand strong. This network is available to any signed in members of 6prog though no charge is made for access.

This is different to the consultancy firms who will ‘offer’ you a shortlist or the job board websites who will charge an access fee to see the available consultants.

6prog is a facilitator of freelance contracts and commentator on recruitment in general. For more information reach out

Reasons to build your own flexible workforce

I was talking with a programme change lead recently and what shocked me is the amount of time wasted when they need new freelancers to join their team.

Incredibly this person used to run a consultancy so was very familiar with the concept of having to manage resources.

Reasons to build a flexible workforce

  1. Keeps a good relationship with suppliers
  2. Makes costs more predictable
  3. Reduces costs by selecting in a ‘knee-jerk’ fashion
  4. Removes reliance on recruiters who do not know your business
  5. Speeds up your onboarding time
  6. Retains control of your business

Reach out to learn about how 6prog can help to build your business through a flexible workforce that YOU manage.

Actually, are you a contract recruiter?

When developing our plan for 6prog, foremost in our mind was one question.

How can we make working easier?

One way to start answering this, was to evaluate what the service actually is that a contract agency offers, and we saw that the main substance of their work was administrative. Really? How is that useful to their clients?

Surely the focus of a recruiter would be meeting people and matching them to clients and vice versa, to ensure managers were getting strong candidates from their recruiters – not being encumbered by administration.

The 6prog platform is engineered to remove any need for duplication. It is a golden source of data because it is shared, securely, between those parties where access is given.

The platform makes it possible for recruiters to leave their desks behind and spend time talking to people; after all, people are what makes businesses, not admin.

This has generated an additional area of interest for us. If being a recruiter no longer entails chasing paperwork and tracking candidates, perhaps ‘anyone’ can do it?

It has been suggested to me that the key attribute of a good contract recruiter is their contact book; that being the case then I shall be going ‘to industry’ when I need to hire. I will be asking the people doing the work who they know that will be good.

Indeed I can use as my operations and back office while I get on with the interesting and exciting bit of business; meeting people.

What is an ATS? [plus interactive demo is live]

What is an ATS?

An ATS is an ‘Applicant Tracking System’. Typically this is used by the agency and the client to keep abreast of all the available people for a particular job.

We found that there is a key person who misses out on being involved in the ATS though – the actual candidate!


If you are a candidate (we have all been one once!) you will have called, emailed, sms’d your agent or client to see at what stage on the tracker you are. Have you been submitted to the client? What was their feedback? When did / will / should the next stage be reached?

Furthermore, the recent GDPR regulations require that people who hold your data better understand what data they are holding, how long for and whether they should be holding it for any duration.

Perhaps it is better if the owner of that information administers it themselves? designed its workflow to enable the candidate to sign in and impact the ‘ATS’.

You can communicate with the client and/or the agent. You can administer your own data, therefore you know exactly who has your information and at what time.

Rather than being the data in an ATS… you are a participant and data controller yourself. Whilst I do not anticipate #candidatesarehumanstoo is a hashtag that will take off it does neatly summarise how we feel about our duty to 6progmembers.

Transparency is here – for a live and interactive demo contact

Why 6prog is a private network.

Why 6prog is a private network.

  • For clients: Frequently, clients receive ‘adapted’ CVs for particular freelance roles. By moving away from applications and into a profile based reference system, 6prog takes away this issue. For more details see Lee Lam from DITCH.
  • For recruiters and networkers: A one sided database of names is so ‘pre-GDPR’. Therefore, 6prog’s people page updates itself when your contacts change their data such as recent project, new skills or availability. Connect to people who you want to trade with, not just to extend your friends list.  
  • For freelancers: We know you are looking for work but do you want everyone approaching you all of the time? Even when you are in a project? I know. I can hear the screams of “…but I haven’t even done ‘x’ skill so why do they keep emailing me?” 6prog has preferences for available and unavailable.
  • The Marketplace: The marketplace doesn’t show my full profile. Correct. It enables those reading it to assess it on its merits, not by your gender or race. We firmly believe this will enhance diversity.

Continue reading “Why 6prog is a private network.”

When should I invite contacts into 6prog?

6prog is a first of its kind community to enable managers, freelancers and recruiters to work together.

The best time to include your counterparts in the platform is ‘now’. 

I say this for a few reasons. 

  1. you never know if there is a new project kicking off
  2. it reminds you who is available 
  3. you can plan your needs for the year ahead
  4. it confirms access to enough resources before you get budget approval
  5. you reduce your reliance on ‘spot’ hires because a relevant CV lands on your desk and you have no one else
  6. you give your contacts time to login and sign up 
  7. you don’t know what opportunities your contacts have
  8. it’s private; only you and your contact will know
  9. you are giving them permission to reach you anytime (no agent required)

What are your reasons for wanting to reject high agency margins and to gain communication control?

Start today,

Writing a winning profile for Network Recruiters

Twenty years ago our reputation was enough to stand out in a networking world based on word-of-mouth. Today, whilst this still matters, we all have a digital profile accessible by anyone who cares to use Google. [Safe to assume everyone you meet WILL google you]

6Prog profiles are used for Project Managers to choose a Network-Recruiter. In this case your audience is a time-poor customer in need of expert advice. You won’t get two chances!

What should you put in your profile?

  1. history of success
  2. markets you know about
  3. where you have deep subject matter knowledge
  4. how many people you have real contact and hold relationships
  5. what service you can offer (NLP interviewing?)
  6. who you are (do you have integrity?) Will your old clients act as referees?