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Skills to Secure Post-Covid Contracts

Skills to Secure Post-Covid Contracts

As the UK begins a tentative return to the workplace, the post-Covid marketplace will see some fundamental changes. Understanding how these changes will affect your sector is critical. Alongside industry-specific skills, recruiters will be looking for certain key skills across the board when it comes to marking out talent. These are the skills that will

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IR35 Tabled for 2021 as Amendment Falls Flat

IR35 Tabled for 2021 as Amendment Falls Flat

  IR35 reform is set to be extended to the private sector in 2021 after a tabled amendment to the 2019-21 Finance Bill failed to gain the support of the Labour Party. The amendment, tabled by conservative MP David Davis, proposed that the private sector rollout be postponed until the tax year 2023-24. It followed

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MPs to Vote on Kicking IR35 Reform into 2024

MPs to Vote on Kicking IR35 Reform into 2024

Tomorrow, MPs will vote on a proposed amendment to the 2019-21 Finance Bill that would delay the implementation of IR35 reform in the private sector until 2023/24. The amendment was tabled by Conservative MP David Davis, and included within the House of Commons order paper for Tuesday 19 May. It follows a twelve-month delay to

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Covid-19: Could You Work as a Contact Tracer?

Covid-19: Could You Work as a Contact Tracer?

  Health Secretary Matt Hancock recently announced a large-scale track and trace programme at a coronavirus daily briefing. The programme will involve the recruitment of some 18,000 contact tracers in an ambitious scheme that is still evolving. Of these 18,000 people, the government has proposed 15,000 call handlers, with 3,000 as trained public health staff

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Boris Announces Phased Return to Work Plan

Boris Announces Phased Return to Work Plan

Wednesday 13th May marks the start of the government’s phased Covid-19 recovery strategy as the UK moves into a new “stay alert” phase that also sees the reopening of some key industries. On Sunday, the Prime Minister sketched out a conditional plan for how the country will gradually come out of lockdown, while emphasising the

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Crushing Defeat for HMRC at PGMOL IR35 Tribunal

Crushing Defeat for HMRC at PGMOL IR35 Tribunal

  HMRC has suffered a crushing defeat with an appeal to the Upper Tribunal in its IR35 case against the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL). Back in 2018, HMRC raised tax and NIC assessments on the PGMOL totalling nearly £584K for the two years ended 5th April 2016, on the basis that they considered

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Government Gives Short Shrift to Lords Off-payroll Inquiry

Government Gives Short Shrift to Lords Off-payroll Inquiry

The government has responded to the findings of the Lords inquiry into off-payroll working, which found the IR35 reforms to be flawed, unfair and in need of a complete overhaul. The report detailed more than 29 issues with the off-payroll legislation, urging the government to consider the great burden it placed on businesses and the

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Government Boosts COVID-19 Testing Capacity

Government Boosts COVID-19 Testing Capacity

Last week the government have announced a major expansion of coronavirus testing to help those who need it the most. Anyone in England with symptoms of coronavirus who has to leave home to go to work, and all symptomatic members of the public aged 65 and over, will now be eligible to be tested. This

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House of Lords Report Calls for IR35 Reform

House of Lords Report Calls for IR35 Reform

The House of Lords Finance Bill Sub-Committee’s report on Off-payroll working was published on Monday 27th April. Launched at the beginning of February, the Lords investigation took a wider line of inquiry than the Treasury’s official IR35 review. During many hearings, the committee heard damning evidence of the widespread damage that the reforms have caused,

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