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What are you worth? LinkedIn tool pinpoints high paying sectors

What are you worth? LinkedIn tool pinpoints high paying sectors

The candidate-driven market continues in 2019, offering contractors a good opportunity to seek out projects that offer the best rewards. When it comes to searching for a new role, earning potential is often one of the main considerations. Although LinkedIn’s recent recruitment study shows that work/life balance and career satisfaction are increasingly important factors, contractors

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Mortgage Legal Fees: What do you pay for and when do you pay legal fees?

Mortgage Legal Fees: What do you pay for and when do you pay legal fees?

Whether you’re a first-time buyer, a landlord, or a prospective buyer, there are several fees that you will need to consider when buying a new property, including your legal fees. Legal fees typically range between £800 and £1500 plus VAT, so before you begin the purchasing process it’s important to ensure that you’ve budgeted for

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2019 Spring Statement Summary

2019 Spring Statement Summary

Until the Brexit issue is resolved the country’s financial position remains up in the air, making it difficult for Chancellor Hammond to outline a strategic vision for the future in his spring statement. There was, however, some suggestion that there would be another statement before the summer break, which could contain more definitive proposals. With

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Government publish consultation on off-payroll working rules

Government publish consultation on off-payroll working rules

During last October’s Autumn Budget, Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced that the current public sector off-payroll working rules will be extended into the private sector in April 2020. This week, HMRC published their long awaited consultation document for off-payroll working rules, highlighting a number of key points for consideration. The consultation, open until Tuesday 28th May,

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The recruitment revolution gets underway

The recruitment revolution gets underway!

In the coming years, the introduction of new technology will see many changes in the recruitment sector. In order to keep themselves competitive, contractors will need to understand these changes and adapt for success. In time, many of the tools used by recruiters to improve their selection processes will also be utilised by contractors to

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Oscar Worthy: Our ‘A’ list apps for contractors

Oscar Worthy: Our ‘A’ list apps for contractors

As the film stars get ready to walk the red carpet for the annual Oscars this February 24th, here at Contracting Scout we’re turning our attention to a different kind of ‘A’ list – Apps. These handy inventions can enhance our day-to-day schedules in a hundred different ways. Here are 6 of the best for

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AI, Blockchain and The 4th Industrial Revolution: What’s in store for contracting?

AI, Blockchain and The 4th Industrial Revolution: What’s in store for contracting?

Tech experts are predicting that by 2020 the impact of new technologies, such as AI and blockchain, will be felt like never before. Although these so-called ‘disruptive technologies’ have been around for a few years now, their combined capabilities are beginning to be felt across all industries. In this article, Contracting Scout takes a look

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How contractors can get ahead in the New Year

How contractors can get ahead in the New Year

A successful contractor understands that contracting is all about keeping yourself competitive. The contracting sector grew from the need for businesses to access specialist skills or extra manpower as and when needed. This meant that they could quickly respond to the demands of their market, keeping them agile and enabling growth. It’s this agility in

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Registering your Limited Company for VAT & Making Tax Digital

Registering your Limited Company for VAT & Making Tax Digital

For contractors operating through their own limited company whose turnover exceeds the upper tax threshold, registering for VAT is a legal requirement. The upper tax threshold is also the point at which you need to register for the government’s new digital tax scheme that has been introduced to make the VAT system more efficient. If

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How to keep developing your skills as a contractor

How to keep developing your skills as a contractor

Unlike full-time employment where an employee can reasonably expect to receive training that will progress their career and increases their salary, contractors don’t have the same opportunities to develop their skills on the job. Contractors are hired on the basis of their tried and tested skills, rather than their potential, and are only paid for

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