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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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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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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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HMRC Suspends IR35 Enquiries During Covid-19 Pandemic

HMRC Suspends IR35 Enquiries During Covid-19 Pandemic

In light of the Covid-19 crisis, HMRC has written to a number of taxpayers and businesses under investigation to say they are suspending their IR35 enquiries. The correspondence says that during the current lockdown, HMRC will not request information or press for responses to existing requests. It’s thought that HMRC are experiencing capacity issues while

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Sector Watch: Where Can UK Contractors Find Work during Covid-19?

Sector Watch: Where Can UK Contractors Find Work during Covid-19?

Last week, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced that the lockdown would be extended for ‘at least’ three weeks, while Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Jenny Harries previously warned that measures could last up to six months. With many businesses putting projects on indefinite hold, contractors may find themselves unable to work in their usual industry.

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Public Sector Contractors Will Receive Government Support

Public Sector Contractors Will Receive Government Support

A new government scheme will protect contingent workers in the public sector if they can’t work during the Covid-19 pandemic. The government announced details of the scheme, which will apply if a public sector contractor is prevented from working due to temporary office closure, sickness or isolation. The scheme seeks to safeguard critical public sector

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Government Cracks Down on Covid-19 Misinformation

Government Cracks Down on Covid-19 Misinformation

A new Counter Disinformation Cell led by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is coordinating an extensive crackdown on the rapid spread of false coronavirus information. Made up of experts from across government and the tech sector, the Cell is engaging with social media platforms and with ‘disinformation’ specialists to respond to misleading

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Scammers Piggyback on Covid-19 Crisis

Scammers Piggyback on Covid-19 Crisis

Many public organisations such as HMRC, BBC and FCA are warning of on a surge in scam emails and texts during the Covid-19 panidemic. Con-artists are using the inevitable financial anxiety, disruption and confusion in the midst of the crisis to exploit people’s vulnerability. Many of these scams have been around for a while and

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Self-Employed Not Forgotten in Coronavirus Crisis

Self-Employed Not Forgotten in Coronavirus Crisis

Following accusations that the self-employed were being left out in the cold during the Covid-19 epidemic, the government has responded with new measures to protect this sector. On March 26th, the Chancellor announced news of the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, which see the relief on offer to the self-employed achieve parity with that offered to

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