A perennial problem for the UK freelancer is finding jobs online. There are a million jobs boards out there, however most of them are US-centric, and UK freelancers can lose out be being paid in puny US Dollars. There are a few good national UK jobs boards out there, and literally hundreds of local boards. The advantage of finding local jobs is, of course, the personal relationship you can form with clients, which can lead to better rates and ongoing work.

Every seasoned freelancer knows to fill up your calendar effectively you have to use a combination of resources to search out new clients. By using these resources in unison you’re far more likely to find some kickass new contracts.

Our favourite portals for job finding freelance jobs in the UK are -

Wired Sussex

Although fairly local to the South-East, Wired Sussex have been around for donkeys years and have established themselves as the de facto media jobs portal for people in the region. Recently having hit 2,000 members, Wired Sussex continues to be a fantastic destination for full-time and freelance jobs alike.

Freelance Students

Fresh out of University? Looking for an internship or entry-level job to boost your portfolio? This is the place to look. Featuring jobs from across the country (although mostly in London, naturally), Freelance Students has positions across a range of industries and disciplines for the aspiring freelancer

People Per Hour

Although this is one of those “bidding” style sites, People Per Hour is one of the few UK-based operations, so it doesn’t have the problem of a dollar-based system. The site is fairly location-agnostic, the vast majority of the work being remote, cloud-based stuff. There are a lot of listings, so you’ll have to dig to find the good stuff.

Job Rapido

Most of the work you’ll find here is on-location stuff, but luckily you can search by location (and specific distance from a location). Job Rapido indexes all kinds of work, so make sure your search includes “freelance”, but is one of the few job aggregation services that is simple, logical, and not too littered with advertising.

Brand Republic

Again, remember to search for “freelance” (or tick the “Freelance” and/or “Contract” button at the bottom of the form) to get relevant jobs, but there’s some good stuff on here if you look hard. Luckily, Brand Republic also has one of the best search filters of any jobs board; you can filter by sector, discipline, pay level, location, salary expectations etc.

Guardian Jobs

Using the “Advanced Search” function you can specify contract / short-term jobs, and with over 6,000 completely up-to-date jobs listed, you’re almost guaranteed to find something that takes your fancy.

And honourable mention, of course, to our very own jobs board.

Know of any other great resources? Let us know in the comments.

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  • efreelancefair

    Enterprise Freelance Fair have a decent weekly job board for the North West – http://bit.ly/EFFJBS

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    I have a high speed broadband connection and telephone lines available to call worldwide. 

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  • Simone Kluengel

    Hello, just found this post today but I think the topic is still relevant to most of the freelancers in the UK. Concerning Freelance Job Boards in the UK I’d like to come up with a new but costfree webbased freelancing webiste called freelancermap (http://www.freelancermap.co.uk). They just launched the platform in the UK recently but in Germany, Austria and Switzerland freelancermap is one of the most successful networks in the IT project market. Freelancers and companies can use the platform at no charge to market their own services with the help of profiles, to publish job and project offers and to search for freelancers and IT projects.

  • WIDW

    Good post. I’m a useless spammer.

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  • Muhammad Waqar

    Dear sir,

    here i am going to introduce myself that i am a quality assurance engineer working lots of products like shpping,data scrapping and job portal sites,we recently done the US based company ,so if i am expert in bug reporting,test cases also expert in bug reporting tool.you can contact me on waqarbinismail@gmail.com,at skype waqarismail1

  • Maham Usman

    Hi, I’m currently setting up working as a consultant for a new freelancing network- I’m a little confused about how US based jobs can be a disadvantage to a UK freelancer. Given the weak Pound Sterling, would being paying in USD not be an advantage for someone living in the UK?

  • Daniel Pala

    Hi Andrew

    Great article, we’re a web design team based in Cheshire and we use some of the boards you mentioned, but some we weren’t aware of and will give them a try.

    One that you didn’t mention was Elance, we’ve just been appointed the Mobilizer for the Northwest. We will be organising free presentations and offering a point of support to help freelancers register for free and get the most out of this fantastic jobs boardhttps://www.elance.com/p/crp/manchester/daniel
    Freelancers in the NorthWest can contact us to find out more http://www.liberonet.co.uk/libero-net-appointed-elance-mobilizer-liverpool-manchester/