More contractors choosing personal network over agencies for finding new work.

Latest research has revealed that many contractors and freelancers find new contracts via their personal network, rather than through agencies. The report, carried out by Qdos Contractor, surveyed nearly 700 contractors and found that 48% are more likely to find new work through either referrals or their personal network, whereas 44% use recruitment agencies or jobs boards.

It’s believed that the recent public sector IR35 reform might be one of the reasons for contractors avoiding agencies more, because of their involvement with a contractor’s IR35 status. Seb Maley, Qdos Contractor CEO, commented on the recent report, saying, “While there isn’t much in it, many contractors prefer to source new projects through referrals and a personal network which they’ve worked hard to build throughout their careers. “That said, recruitment agencies – which are able to offer independent workers relevant opportunities consistently – continue to play a vital role in how contractors find work.

For agencies to attract even greater numbers of contractors though, they must show independent workers they are doing everything in their power to help public sector clients make well-informed IR35 decisions. Understandably, contractors will want to know that their agency is working closely with their client to help set an accurate employment status.” He added, “Should IR35 reform be extended to the private sector – which looks increasingly likely – this will become even more important.”

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