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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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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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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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