Last week, George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement. Here we consider how the Chancellor's 'mini-Budget' will affect the typical IT contractor. Following a recent run of upbeat economic reports, the UK's growth forecasts for the next few … [more]
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Surge in number of IR35 investigations since April 2012 The House of Lords Select Committee on Personal Service Companies met on 25th November, and revealed some interesting facts related to the use of limited companies, and the effectiveness of … [more]
National Freelancers Day NFD is taking place today (21st November) - a celebration of all things relating to freelancing, and recognising the contribution contractors and freelancers make to the economy. Earlier this week, The Prime Minister … [more]
BBC clampdown on contractors The Daily Mail reports that the BBC is set to implement a new 'employment test' within weeks, in an attempt to reduce the number of individuals who work for the Corporation via their own limited companies. Although … [more]
Umbrella group calls for industry compliance Self-regulatory industry group, All Umbrella Companies Are Equal, says that it has made further progress in its drive to make the umbrella company industry more compliant, and to provide contractors … [more]
Offshore umbrella clampdown - new rules from April 2014 Following an initial announcement in Budget 2013 and subsequent consultation period, HMRC has announced that all workers employed by offshore intermediaries will be subject to UK taxation … [more]
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]
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]