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Upcoming Autumn Budget

Industry Leaders Urge Government To Support Contractors Ahead Of Upcoming Autumn Budget

The upcoming Autumn Budget will be announced on Wednesday 22 November 2017 and word is starting to spread that the chancellor is looking to announce some “bold” ideas, suggesting that extending the public sector’s off-payroll rules to the private sector can’t be entirely ruled out. From their review of the IR35 Forum minutes, from July

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Contractors want fairer tax system

Vast Majority Of Contractors Want Fairer Tax System

The majority of contractors believe the government should engage with them better and build a fairer tax system, according to new research from the contractor insurance company Qdos Contractor.   Some 63% of contractors and freelancers surveyed said they believe the government should prioritise building a fair tax system that works for contractors and not

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Contractors: Are You Considering A Move Back To Permanent?

Contractors: Are You Considering A Move Back To Permanent?

As we mentioned in a recent blog, a third of contractors surveyed said they would move back to permanent employment if the recent IR35 reforms were extended to the private sector.   All ways of working have their downsides and on top of poorly conceived legislation, some contractors worry about unpredictable workflow and income. However,

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IR35 Reforms are number 1 concern

IR35 Reform Tops List Of Contractor Concerns

Recent research has found that contractors’ main work worry is the possibility of the recent reforms to IR35 regulation being extended to the private sector.   The study, conducted by the contractor insurance company Qdos Contractor, found 48% of contractors consider the prospect of IR35 reforms being applied to the private sector their main concern,

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Verdict on Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices

IPSE Delivers Verdict On the Taylor Review

Last month marked the publication of ‘Good Work: The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices’. This analysed the challenges facing the UK’s labour market and set out seven principles to address these, in the hope of providing ‘good work for all’.   Now Chris Bryce, chief executive of the Association of Independent Professionals and the

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Google’s new initiative on changing nature of work

Google’s New Initiative Should Include Contractors, Urges IPSE

Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org, recently announced a £38.3m initiative “to help people prepare for the changing nature of work.”   In a blog post, the tech giant explained that it will support nonprofits and other organisations that “train people with the skills they need, connect job-seekers with positions that match their skills and talents, and

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Umbrella market boosted by high-end contractors

Umbrella Market Boosted by High-End Contractors

Research has shown that there has been a significant increase in the number of high-end professionals contracting via umbrella companies. The research, conducted by the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) and reported in Recruitment International, compared umbrella working in 2015 with 2017.   Key findings in the report include: The average assignment rate has

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problems with IR35

IR35 is causing new problems for contractors – seeking clarity is vital

We thought we’d already documented the problems the latest IR35 regulation changes are causing contractors. Unfortunately, however, a recent story in Contractor UK demonstrates the ability of the reforms to hinder the attractiveness of contracting in new and surprising ways. The article reports that a recruitment agency has covertly inserted a clause into a consultant’s

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contractor skills

How Contractors Can Make The Most Of Their Skills

We recently noted findings from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) showing the four weeks to June enjoyed the highest demand for IT contractors this year – with demand higher than any month in 2017. The REC attributed this demand in part to a shortage of cyber-security skills, as well as the Brexit vote and

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impact of hung parliament contractor market

Despite hung parliament, contractors shouldn’t be unduly concerned about uncertainty

With the recent election producing a hung parliament, many contractors will be nervous that the uncertainty the result has generated will damage the economy. However, contractors can also be relieved that recent news suggests there is strong demand for their services. At the end of last month, the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) published its

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