Freelancers rely heavily on personal connections

Posted 29th October 2017 in For Businesses For Workers

The majority of freelance workers have revealed they get new work via referrals and their personal network, claims a new poll.

Research from Qdos Contractor concluded that 48 per cent of contractors employed in the IT and technology sector make use of their own contacts to boost income, with 44 per cent opting to source new jobs via recruitment agencies or job boards.

A further five per cent opted for other methods, with three per cent approaching potential clients via cold calls or emails.

It is thought some changes to public sector IR35 could have impacted on the number of contractors making use of recruitment agencies.

Qdos Contractor chief executive officer Seb Maley said: “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.”

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