The Help to Buy scheme, aims to help people who do not have large deposits to purchase homes worth up to £600,000. … [more]
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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]
Interim managers confident about the future The latest poll from the Interim Management Association (IMA) shows that the vast majority of contract interims feel optimistic about the future, Just under three quarters of respondents said they felt … [more]
Leading umbrella expert praises HMRC's guide to spotting tax avoidance schemes Lisa Keeble, MD of Contractor Umbrella Limited, and founder of All Umbrella Companies Are Equal - a new site aimed at promoting best practice within the umbrella … [more]
A new survey, carried out by the UK's leading contractor accountancy firm, suggests that IT contractors are a happy bunch, with almost three quarters of respondents reporting a better work/life balance since they left the world of permanent … [more]
Firm calls on Government to clean up umbrella company market The UK's leading umbrella company, Parasol, has urged the Government to clamp down on "unethical and offshore" umbrella schemes by creating a regulatory body which is independent of the … [more]