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 the Apple operating system.
Last week, the California-based company announced the release of the 5S and 5C models – the former is an update to the main iPhone, and comes complete with a fingerprint scanner and faster processor. The 5C comes in multiple colours, and is meant to be more affordable to appeal to the emerging markets. Interestingly, initial reports suggest that this model will be barely cheaper than the main model in the UK, which may raise a few eyebrows.
Recruitment firm, IntaPeople, says that this latest release will only maintain the growth trend for iOs and Android developers, and increasing numbers of people use their mobile devices to surf the web.
Victoria Wood, from the firm, said: “With the announcement of the new iPhones it’s clear that demand for these skilled developers is only going to rise as Apple and Google battle it out and more businesses start to discover the value of apps and mobile commerce.”
National Freelancers Day 2013
The annual event to celebrate the contribution freelancers make to the UK economy takes place on 21st November.
The headline event will be held at the LSO St Luke’s in London, with Karen Brady delivering the keynote speach.
The theme for the day will be ‘Ability, Aptitude and Agility’, and Brady’s speech will be beamed live over the web, followed by a Q&A session on freelancing.
A number of other events, hosted by service providers and organisations, will also be held on the day. We’ll post further details here on ITContracting.com nearer the time.
Why 50% of the UK workforce is not on the payroll
This is the topic of an event which looks at how to go it alone as an independent director – as an interim, contractor, freelancer, etc.
The one day conference will look at what the Government is doing about the changing face of employment, as well as four debates covering all aspects of going it alone – from finding work, to optimising your ‘rewards’ from this work.
The event will take place in London on 16th October. You can find out more here.
HMRC advice moving to GOV.UK
Over 100,000 of HMRC advice and guidance is to be moved onto the new giant Government content hub, GOV.UK, over the next year.
In fact, every page of content on the taxman’s portal will be re-housed on GOV.UK, but online service (such as submitting your VAT returns or completing your self assessment) will remain on the HMRC domain.
You can find out more about the move here.
SJD Accountancy shortlisted for award
The UK’s largest contractor accountancy firm has been shortlisted in the ‘Mid Tier Firm of the Year’ category of the forthcoming British Accountancy Awards.
The firm, which was founded 21 years ago, has grown its client base from 6,000 in 2007 to 12,500 this year – and expects to have 13,500 clients by 2014.
SJD has a money back guarantee for all clients, and has adopted a ‘home grown’ policy so that its managers are almost all former accountants with the firm, having dealt with contractor clients in the past.
Find out more about the firm here.
Contractor confidence on the up
According to the latest survey results carried out by service provider, giant group, IT contractors are growing with confidence about the outlook for the market.
The length between contract assignments of respondents has halved since 2011, and almost two thirds expect their contract rates to increase over the coming year.
Commenting on the findings, Matthew Brown, MD of the firm, said that contract demand was cyclical – and things are on the up:
“During times of budget and staff cuts, the demand for contractors has a tendency to spike. However, as positivity returns to the economy it is encouraging to note that the IT contracting community is reporting an increase in opportunities.”