Contribute to This Year’s Contractor Attitude Survey

Life can move quickly for the self-employed, this is probably something you know all too well. That’s why it’s good to take some time to reflect on your career over the past year. For the 12th year running, the Contractor Attitude Survey is back, and this year, we need your help.

As part of our survey, we’d like to know how you’ve found the last 12 months: we want to know all about your contracting career, your overall happiness and how you’ve fared in light of the changing market conditions.

What is the Contractor Attitude Survey?

The Contractor Attitude Survey is an annual glimpse into the world of the self-employed. Touching on a handful of key questions, it’s a chance for contractors like you to help form a picture of the industry.

Each year, we look to contractors and freelancers for their opinion on areas such as:

  • Overall job satisfaction
  • Predictions for the future
  • Daily rates and any trends in pay
  • The impacts of the economy and any new legislation

Using this information, we’re able to identify key trends, to help plan for the future and help to share the experiences of the self-employed to create a more holistic view of how the self-employed work.

Last year’s Contractor Attitude Survey results

Last year, contractors shared their experiences and opinions, providing us with a number of useful insights, including:

A change in day rate: Nearly one third revealed that their day rate has increased over the past 12 months, with the majority (60.2%) answering that it had stayed the same. The minority (8.9%) said that their day rate had decreased.

IR35: Almost one in four contractors (21%) are unaware of the private sector IR35 reforms and 8% are unsure whether their current contract falls inside IR35. Similarly, when asked about IR35 obligations, only half of respondents have paid for an IR35 review and 39.1% have taken out insurance to protect against an IR35 investigation.

Planning for the future: Half of the contractors surveyed admitted that they don’t currently pay into a personal pension scheme. When asked when they planned to retire, only 2.2% answered before the age of 45.

Want to get involved?

If you’d like to contribute to this year’s survey and help to shape the industry, simply click the link below to complete, and you could be in with a chance of winning one of five £100 shopping vouchers to a retailer of your choice.

Contractor Attitude Survey

Published on: 09 July 2020 - By: First Freelance

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