Following on from our article on how to get a job with a video production company in London, here is our list of the five top freelance job websites.

Whilst finding permanent work in the media industry might prove to be a tough old slog, there are always loads of temporary contracts available to those with specific skills. As with the whole of the video production and animation industry, at Dragonfly Productions we often hire freelancers to help us out on certain jobs. If a big project comes up and we need staff, we look to a range of sites to find the right person for us.

It may be daunting facing the prospects of going freelance and finding these solutions to fill the void, but we’ve found a range of places that have proven to be very helpful.

One such site is People Per Hour. Running on a system whereby freelancers bid for jobs with proposals, and the employer splits some of the costs with the site, People Per Hour hosts thousands of temporary contract jobs from Writing & Editing to Film Production and web development. It takes a few minutes to set up a profile and can be very useful!

Another site that often offers up a range of freelance jobs is Skill Pages. Our video rpoduction company recently advertised a scriptwriting job through skill pages and employed a freelance writer on a £1000 contract for 5 days scriptwriting support.

We can not write an article on freelnce job oportunities without mentoning Mandy.com. A global tool for finding work in every aspect of film, this site is one of the most visited production directories around with hundreds of new jobs added daily.

Freelance Alliance is a portal that focuses on creative freelance work, with many large companies using it as a resource to find temp employees. The only drawback is that you have to pay a membership fee of £20 for 4 months, then a fiver after that. Read the testimonials on the site if you’re unsure about joining, but we’ve always had positive experiences with the website.

Animation Base, quite obviously specialises in finding animators and animators finding work. With a heap of permanent contracts up for grabs, there are always loads of postings for freelance animation work, and one we’d certainly recommend!

For an extensive list of work available, both freelance and permanent, Film and TV Pro offer a vast array of jobs, with many big league employers posting opportunities on their site.

Whilst they’re often not extortionate, many of these places will charge fees, and often a freelancer’s budget can’t permit such indulgences, so check the site is the right one for you before you purchase a membership!

Don’t forget, you can sign up to work with Dragonfly here.