In order to avoid IR35, both the terms of a contract for services, and the working practices of the individual providing those services must demonstrate that the individual is in business on their own account, and not merely a disguised employee. … [more]
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Demand for public sector contractors rises sharply The latest REC/KPMG Report on Jobs shows that both the permanent and contract jobs market are strengthening month on month. Of particular interest, during September, the demand for temporary … [more]
One of the more controversial announcements made during Budget 2012 was the radical overhaul of the current Child Benefit rules, which are no longer universal, for the first time since 1946. … [more]
If you're placed on a contract where you'll have access to sensitive information or assets, you'll need to hold valid security clearance. So, what levels of clearance are there, and how easy is it to apply for contract work? Security checks are … [more]
The Help to Buy scheme, aims to help people who do not have large deposits to purchase homes worth up to £600,000. … [more]
HMRC targets offshore payment scheme contractors HMRC is continuing its highly publicised clampdown against tax avoidance schemes; this time targeting contractors (and others) who have used offshore employment vehicles to avoid tax, while … [more]
Demand for mobile contractors to rise as new iPhones released As the two new iPhone models are released, a specialist IT recruiter expects to see an increased demand for contractors with the skills to develop new apps and software applications for … [more]
Demand for short-term workers highest for over 12 years According to the latest 'Report on Jobs' (published by industry body REC, and KPMG), shows that the growth in recruitment agency billings for contract staff during August 2013 rose at its … [more]
TUC lodges complaint over Swedish Derogation abuse in UK The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has made a complaint to the EU over the way so-called 'Swedish Derogation' contracts have been used by agency workers since the implementation of the Agency … [more]
Umbrella standards site continues to grow Just 4 months after its launch, All Umbrella Companies Are Equal - a site aimed at increasing levels of compliance throughout the contracting industry - says it now has 31 members who have committed to … [more]