In his speech to the Labour Party conference at Manchester earlier this week, Ed Miliband promised to fund extra NHS spending via a number of crowd-pleasing measures, but a predicted pledge to part-fund this via a clampdown on umbrella company … [more]
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According to a recent survey, most City-based contractors work longer than their contracted hours, but clients are increasingly happy to embrace more 'flexible' ways of working to compensate for the extra workload. … [more]
A survey of recruitment consultants has highlighted the importance of developing niche skills in the current market, and reveals the reasons why some contractors are overlooked at renewal time. … [more]
Successive industry reports from APSCo, REC, KPMG and Morgan McKinley point to continuing strong demand for contractors in 2014, with IT recruitment showing "impressive growth", tech firms experiencing the strongest business growth since the … [more]
Various pressure groups were up in arms following a BBC Newsnight report which claims that the Government hired at least 30 consultants on day rates of £1,000 or more last year. However, an industry expert was quick to redress the balance. … [more]
As the size of the 'non-traditional worforce' increases, an expert provides ten useful tips to consider before leaving your job behind to become a 'self-drive' worker. … [more]
The demand for interim managers increased significantly during the first quarter of 2014, reflecting the general upturn in the UK economy. After years of cost-cutting, the public sector appetite for interim help also appears to be on the mend. … [more]
Individuals who used 'contractor loan' schemes to avoid tax in the past have been given six months to settle their outstanding liabilities with HMRC 'on the best possible terms'.This 'settlement opportunity' is targeted at the estimated 16,000 … [more]
In an attempt to catch up with the rapidly changing face of work in the UK - with the growth of freelancing in mind - a Government body has been tasked with investigating the boundary between 'employment' and 'self-employment'.Surge in … [more]
A contractor accountancy firm has reported a surge in demand for IR35 contract reviews from its public sector contractors following the release of a controversial report by Monitor which shows that dozens of NHS executives, working via their own … [more]