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Why contracting overseas is the job hunter's dream

As a mechanic searching for a new role, it can often get frustrating when, time after time, you find you just can’t find that perfect job.

We’ve all been there - job hunting is a full-time job in itself and can become particularly stressful when you need to start earning money as quickly as possible.

Ideally, you want to find that perfect balance between finding a role that gives you the lifestyle you’d like, while offering exciting and interesting day-to-day tasks - and that’s where contracting comes in.

Working as a contract mechanic abroad could offer you that perfect balance: it’s varied, it’s different, and it’s a great way for you to build a comfortable lifestyle.


So, if you think a contract position could be right for you, read on to find out how to get a contractor job overseas.


4 reasons contracting overseas is the job hunter's dream:


Overseas mechanic contract roles are available at all levels, meaning that no matter what experience you have, you’ll find a job that suits you.

As these positions are typically dedicated for a particular period of time, you have the option to change jobs at the end of each contract if you wish to and can, therefore, expand your experience and practical skills more widely than you would if you were in a permanent role.

Overseas roles also enable you to gain international experience, giving you a competitive edge for future job applications. Plus, if you’ve always had the travel bug, it’s a great opportunity to explore different areas and cultures around the world.

Job security

Of course, with any job, one of the main considerations will be the salary. In contract roles, pay rates often depend on the length of the contract as well as the location.

Shorter-term contracts are often at a higher rate of pay to make up for the lack of security. However, at M&E are also able to offer longer term roles (12 months for example), so you can settle into life abroad with greater job security and truly embrace the experience.

Future proof

Overseas contract roles sometimes offer the opportunity to develop your skills through training. This will help you when applying for future roles, having already built on the qualifications and experience needed for roles further up the career ladder.

Contract roles with M&E often work at the forefront of defence technology too, so your technical knowledge could become highly valued - which means you’ll be able to bulk out your CV and build your network of contacts for the future,  you’ll be working at the forefront of defence tech.


Another benefit of contracting is that you can tailor your career, choosing who you’d like to work for and in what role. That means you are always in control of what projects you take on, making your working life much more enjoyable.

The working environment in itself will be varied - you may be posted to several locations throughout your contracting career with M&E.

As well as this, you have the opportunity to work on a range of equipment; at M&E, you may get the opportunity to work on some of the most technologically advanced equipment in the world such as M1 tanks and Apache Helicopters.

How to get a contractor job overseas

From Afghanistan to Germany, M&E have contracts in a number of different countries, meaning our candidates get to experience a wide range of different cultures and working environments.

Offering a plethora of vehicle and aircraft contract mechanic jobs, we guide people through the whole recruitment process - from initial application to the last day on the job.

Plus, with some of M&E’s overseas contract roles, some of your expenses – such as accommodation, travel, and meals – could be partially or even fully covered, meaning financial pressure is relieved.

We also apply for work visas on your behalf, should you need them, again taking the weight off your shoulders.

So, if you’re interested in finding out more about how to get a contractor job overseas, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team who will guide you through the process and find a role that suits you.

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