Contractor demand soars
Remote working ‘overcomes concern over IR35’
Remote workers ‘seeing opportunities’
Flexible working is driving up demand for contract workers and outweighing the impact of new tax changes, according to a recruitment specialist.
The introduction of controversial reforms to off-payroll working rules, known as IR35, were perceived as the “death knell” for contracting.
The changes were designed to shift responsibility over the correct use of self-employed contractors onto businesses, with a view to cutting tax avoidance and exploitation.
But many workers who chose to work in a non-permanent capacity are now finding themselves faced with a goldmine of lucrative opportunities, says Mike Stirton of Core-Asset Consulting.
He has witnessed a 57% growth in demand for interim staff since this time last year as companies prepare to emerge from the pandemic, with flexible working creating even more competition for contractors across the UK.
He said: “While IR35 was a huge change when it was due to come into effect in April, it’s turned out to be nothing more than a storm in a teacup.
“In reality, it has created clarity for both companies and contractors, who are now in a much stronger position than they were a year ago.
“When the pandemic hit, companies took an understandably cautious approach and competition for interim work was fierce, with far more contractors battling for the small number of jobs available. As we moved through the pandemic, we witnessed a significant rebound of interim work from autumn onwards.