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Is contracting overseas right for me?

For many people, contracting overseas is a dream job.

Not only do you get to explore different cultures, meet new people and enjoy warm climates, but you also have the opportunity to work on exciting cutting-edge technology, further your career and expand your CV at the same time - what’s not to love?

So, if you are thinking about contracting overseas, want to find out how an overseas contract job recruiter can help or are wondering if it is the right option for you, read on to find out more...

Five reasons contracting overseas could be the career for you:

1. You want to increase your skill set

One of the great things about contracting is that you have the chance to develop specific skills with each role, enabling you to expand your experience more than you would in a long-term or permanent role.

Many of the roles on offer involve working on the very latest technology (see below for more info on this!), so contracting overseas provides a great opportunity to try your skills on some impressive machinery.

What’s more, some overseas contract roles even enable you to ‘future proof’ your experience by developing your skills further through training, which will help you climb the career ladder when applying for future roles.

So, if you want to quickly expand your skill set, overseas contracting could be right for you. 

2. You want to progress your career

If you’re feeling frustrated in your current role and are hungry for change, it could well be time to try something new.

Whether you want to take on more responsibility or work your way up the career ladder, a contract role might well be ideal. 

For starters, because roles are usually offered for a fixed period of time, you’ll have the option to change jobs at the end of each contract - which means you can set yourself goals and strategically climb the career ladder and get to where you want to be.

With overseas contract roles, you’ll have the ability to tailor your career to suit you, picking the roles and destinations that will help you to progress, and some jobs even include automatic promotion on completion of a six-month contract.

So, if you’ve got the ambition and drive to succeed, overseas contracting can help you get to where you want to be.  

3. You want to work on a variety of equipment

The rise of the digital age has led to huge changes in the defence industry, so if you want to help prestigious clients solve complex problems, overseas contracting could be right for you.

When you undertake a contracting role with M&E, you could have the opportunity to work on some of the world’s most technologically advanced equipment.

In the Middle East, for example, we work with a US military client at the forefront of the defence industry, whilst also offering a range of contract roles in Germany, which is known for its engineering education, making it a popular choice for many mechanics who want to work with the latest technology.

What’s more, working with global operators means you could have the opportunity to work on exciting equipment such as Humvees, M1 tanks or even Bradley Fighting Vehicles.

Working on high-spec machinery means you will never stop learning. So, whether you are a recent graduate, an experienced contractor or are undertaking your first job after leaving the military, you will gain a lot from working in a contract role.

4. You want to earn good money

Another reason that many skilled workers are drawn to overseas contracting is that the pay is very competitive. As technical jobs require highly skilled workers, the salary for contracting jobs is usually excellent.

Some roles even include a sign-on bonus and an annual bonus on completion of each 12 months of service - and because meals and accommodation are often covered or subsidised, overseas contracting is a great way to save money.

You still need to work your way up the ladder and your salary will reflect this, and of course, what you earn will also depend on the employer who hires you.

Nevertheless, contractors tend to be paid a very competitive salary that’s higher than you would typically receive in the military or in a job on civvy street. What’s more, shorter-term contracts of six to 12 months are often at a higher rate of pay to make up for the lack of future security.

5. You want to travel and experience different cultures

Have you got itchy feet? If you’re longing to see more of the world and want to get paid whilst doing so, then contracting overseas is a fantastic option.

From Europe to the Middle East, at M&E, we have contracts in a number of different countries, which means our personnel are experiencing different working environments all over the world.

What’s more, we offer both short-term and longer-term roles, which means you can find the right contract for you.

So, if you want to learn new skills, meet new people, work on exciting equipment and get the chance to experience life overseas, you can trust that we’ll be able to find the perfect role for you at M&E. Why not check out the opportunities we currently have available here?

Support and security with M&E

If you are thinking about undertaking your first contract role, as an expert overseas contract job recruiter, we will provide advice and support every step of the way.

At M&E, we won’t just place you in a role then leave you to it – our recruitment, HR, admin and payroll teams are all on hand to help throughout the duration of your contract. We will be your point of contact for any admin, welfare or personal issues, so you can feel free to contact us at any time.

What’s more, if you’re working with M&E, you can be sure that your wages will always be paid on time (usually weekly) – something that isn’t always guaranteed in contract work.

Find out more about contracting overseas with us in this helpful FAQ blog or find out what our longest-serving contractor has to say about working with M&E in this Q&A blog.


At M&E Global, we are expert overseas contract jobs recruiters who work on a variety of contract positions across a range of sectors all over the world.

Our years of experience in placing candidates overseas is underpinned by our specialist knowledge combined with our dedication to matching the right candidates to the right job.

So, if you’re thinking about contracting overseas, why not contact us or give one of our friendly team members a call today to find out more on 01384 221133?


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