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“Outside IR35” IT Contract vacancies back on track

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It Contractor job site, Outside Spy, has reported that ‘Outside IR35’ IT Contract vacancies are now entering pre-Lockdown levels. The business has been monitoring the level of IT contract vacancies since the start of 2020, when they first launched their ‘Outside IR35’ advertised vacancies.

“Since lockdown, in common with most other areas of the jobs market, the number of advertised vacancies has been falling, reaching a nadir in June. Since that time, there has been a slow recovery, and finally saw a recent daily high of 177 advertised vacancies, the highest daily total since March 16th (pre-lockdown),” according to a statement.

The site monitors over 1700 sites including major and minor job boards, agency sites and direct hirer websites for Outside IR35 opportunities, in both the public and private sectors. 

“Many contractors are expecting the market to take a bad turn next April when the new IR35 rules kick in,” said Outside Spy co-founder Brian Stalley, “but we feel that the market has already absorbed most of the change, and the worst is behind us.”

“Many larger companies put in place assessments ready for the measures to be introduced in April this year, and, although the new IR35 measures were delayed a year, those companies have continued to assess and advertise contracts on the basis of their assessments,” he said.

The founder said that smaller companies will be unaffected by the incoming legislation. “It’s very encouraging to see that the number of contracts being advertised as “outside IR35” has returned to the levels achieved in March, pre-lockdown, a trend we hope will continue to accelerate.”

However, landing employment, whether Inside or Outside IR35 is paramount in this current Lockdown landscape. “Covid and the effects on the contract market are at the top of everyone’s mind and I think for a contractor out of work at the moment, any contract will be a bonus. In other words outside or inside IR35 does not make a difference, having a job does!” Nick Woodward, IT recruitment tech entrepreneur and Founder of ETZ, told The Freelance Informer.

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