FAQs


How many Contract Opportunities will I receive each day?

The daily digest usually contains between 40 and 50 direct client IT contracts every day, although recently this number has been rising and the daily record stands at 93 contracts! As we publish all the opportunities we find on the web, we cannot guarantee a particular number of contracts available. The database usually contains over 700 opportunities found over the last few weeks, although some desirable contract roles will fill very quickly resulting in some of the less recent opportunities showing as expired.


How many Contract Opportunities will there be with my skillset?

As the total number of opportunities is between 40 and 50 direct client IT contracts every day, most general skill sets (eg Business Analyst, Project Manager, Applications Developer) will be featured daily, however more specialist skill sets may only be featured as and when there is demand from companies.


What sort of organisations hire contractors without going through an agency?

Companies hiring contract staff direct vary from large multi-nationals with in-house or outsourced HR/recruitment functions to exciting start-ups requiring specific expertise, and everyone in-between, including government departments and household-name corporates! Consultancies and Software Providers also look to build relationships with contractors (associates) that they can call on repeatedly to help them with expertise.

Small companies (as defined by the Companies Acts) will not have the responsibility of determining the IR35 status of contractors they hire after the April 2020 extension of IR35, so contracts with these companies could be more highly sought-after with contractors in the run-up to April 2020. Contract Spy often features direct contract opportunities with start-ups that are often difficult to find for contractors conducting their own searches, as they are often only advertised on the company's own website and the smaller job boards.


Where do you find your contracts from?

We monitor end clients sites and job boards for direct contract opportunities, adding opportunities to our database in real time, and  publishing all the latest opportunities in one daily email digest. Employers can also now register with us directly and advertise contract opportunities for free. We are not limited by any client relationships and publish every opportunity that we find to be a genuine day rate contract or hourly rate freelance opportunity.


If your contracts are mainly found from the web, why do I need Contract Spy?

We monitor some 1800 end client sites and 70 job boards to bring you the most complete non-agency IT contracts available. Sorting out genuine day rate contracts from fixed-term employment contracts and successfully spotting end-client roles among a sea of agency postings can be very frustrating and time-consuming for the individual contractor, even on a single job board. The days are long-gone when all it took to secure a contract  was a quick search on Jobserve.


Are you a Job Board?

No! We provide links to direct-client IT contracts that are published elsewhere on the web, either on Job boards or client sites, so that our members are aware of companies recruiting contractors directly,  can easily find direct contracts with their skill set and if so desired apply direct to the client. (via whichever platform the role is advertised on, registration may be required). Unlike Job Boards and other contractor platforms, there is no  requirement to upload a profile or CV to Contract Spy and you remain in complete control of your direct contract hunting activities at all times.

Can I stop my subscription at any time?

Yes! You can stop your payments via PayPal or GoCardless (depending on which service you used to subscribe) at any time.  We will continue to send you any digests, and you will continue to have access to the database, for any time that you have already paid for in advance. Then, if you have found our service useful, please subscribe again when you are at that stage of your contracting cycle.