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What is mutuality of obligation and why do contractors need to know about it?

What is mutuality of obligation and why do contractors need to know about it?

Mutuality of Obligation or ‘MoO’ is one of the key tests of employment status. Alongside the concepts of ‘control’ and ‘right of substitution’, it is used to determine whether or not IR35 should be applied to a contract. Recent changes to the off-payroll rules have resulted in tighter IR35 legislation, with MoO and the other

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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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Make the most of your downtime this Christmas

Make the most of your downtime this Christmas

As many businesses wind down for the Christmas break, contracts can be thin on the ground. This gives contractors the perfect opportunity to get their affairs in order and prepare for the year ahead. It’s easy for contractors to get stuck in the same pattern of searching for work, completing a project and getting paid,

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An overview of Brexit for UK contractors

An overview of Brexit for UK contractors

The effects of Brexit on UK business is one of the key areas of debate, but the impact of changing employment laws, immigration rules and Britain’s single market status will have particular significance for contractors, who are always more exposed to market fluctuations. Here at Contracting Scout, we consider the long and short-term implications of

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Four gifts for the contractor’s Christmas wish list

Four gifts for the contractor’s Christmas wish list

It’s often said that contracting isn’t just a job, it’s also a lifestyle. With this in mind, there are some Christmas gifts that’ll make every contractor’s life run that little bit smoother in 2019 – here at Contracting Scout, we look at four strong contenders for the contractor’s Christmas wishlist. 1. Time Tracking Apps When

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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 land contracts with high value clients

How to land contracts with high value clients

How to land contracts with high value clients For contractors, the primary benefit of working with high-value clients is obvious – high-value clients will have bigger budgets to spend on projects. This not only offers the contractor the chance to negotiating higher rates of pay, it increases the likelihood of securing longer or repeat projects,

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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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How contractors can market their personal brand

How contractors can market their personal brand

Last week, Contracting Scout looked at the benefits of creating a personal brand for contractors. This week we look at promoting your brand. Once you’ve created your brand, you need to make it visible, and this is where the real work begins. Start by thinking about your target audience and the best ways to advertise

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