This Working Life

Why recruiters are placing more self-employed contractors in private and public sector roles

A recent study showed that independent professional contractors can earn up to 73 per cent more than employees in an equivalent role and similar sector, and their earnings are increasing

The project economy has more diversity in its ranks, a smaller gender pay gap and a higher proportion of over 60s.

Jimmy Sheehan is managing director of Contracting PLUS, Ireland’s largest provider of accounting services and umbrella companies to high-skilled independent contractors. See To read the Trinity Business School report, see

Independent professional contractors (iPros) work across all sectors including pharma, life sciences, technology, finance, engineering and medicine. They do so in varied roles, from project management, marketing and human resources, to C-suite positions.

Recruiters are placing more and more such candidates, variously known ...