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 workers by public sector organisations rose at the “sharpest rate” since the surveys began.
Contract / Temporary staff rate inflation during September was marginally lower than July’s 5 1/2 year high.
According to the report, the demand for contract and temp staff rose across all industry sectors, with engineering contractors in the greatest demand and IT / Computing staff the fifth most in-demand group.
You can read the news release here.
Government should do more for ‘self-drive’ workers
Charles Russam, Chairman of interim recruitment firm, Russam GMS, says that the Government has failed to recognise changes in the jobs market, and should do more to encourage so-called ‘self-drive’ workers.
Russam points out that almost half of the UK’s population are not ‘traditional workers’, whereas all EU and Government policies focus “entirely on getting workers onto payrolls, fully protected and fully taxed.”
Russam has identified five key areas where independent workers need support; recognition by the Government, easier access to bid for public sector contracts, a comprehensive review of employment legislation, create a level tax playing field for independents and traditional workers, and to make banks more flexible when it comes to credit-scoring non-traditional workers.
Freelance outsourcing site continues to grow
Australian outsourcing site, Freelancer.com, says that over 5 million projects have been posted online since the company was formed.
The site, which provides clients with the ability to find freelancers from all parts of the world, is dominated by clients from the USA (24% of all projects posted), Australia, India and the UK.
Unsurprisingly, the most in-demand category for new projects is IT (incorporating web and software development), followed by design and media, writing, and marketing.
Rachel Riley talks about the benefits freelancers offer
TV presenter, and participant on the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing, Rachel Riley, has created a short-film on the benefits independent contractors offer.
In the second film in a series to promote this year’s National Freelancers Day, Rachel looks at how both individuals and businesses are changing their approaches to the concept of work.
According to the PCG, freelancers and contractors now contribute over £80bn to the UK economy each year.
Catching up on overdue tax returns?
HMRC has reminded taxpayers that they have just a few days left (until October 15th) to take part in a campaign to complete overdue tax returns from 2011-12 or earlier, in return for ‘leniency’ when it comes to penalties.
To take part in the campaign, which is called ‘My Tax Return Catch Up’, you will need to firstly let HMRC know that you are taking part in the campaign, then complete all the overdue returns and pay the outstanding tax.
You can find out more here.