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Boost For IT Contractors

Research Offers Boost For IT Contractors

Two recent news stories highlight the growing importance of IT contractors and the increasing number of opportunities the market offers them.   Research conducted by SJD Accountancy and reported in Computing magazine has shown that the number of IT contractors has grown almost twice as fast as the number of full-time employees in the sector.

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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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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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How recruiters can benefit from targeting contractors in the technology sector

How recruiters can benefit from targeting contractors in the technology sector

We’ve previously described how specialising in niche industries can help recruiters attract candidates when they’re in short supply. Specialist agencies have the expertise to place the right candidates in the right roles, which strengthens their relationships with both parties and generates future business. However, not all sectors are equal. When deciding which sector to develop

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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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write job ads to find the best contractors.

How recruiters can write job ads to find the best contractors.

Getting job ads wrong can be expensive. If the wrong people apply it can waste your time and if the wrong people are successfully placed in roles, it can damage your relationship with temps and clients alike. While the outcome of the recruitment process isn’t solely reliant on the strength of the initial job ad,

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Job-Seeking Frustrations

How Recruiters Can Succeed By Addressing Candidate Frustrations

Recent research from CV-Library has identified the main frustrations candidates face when job hunting. At first glance, the results don’t make pleasant reading for recruiters. Not only was a ‘lack of response from recruiters’ named the number 1 frustration by job hunters, chosen by 57% of respondents, but ‘vague updates from the recruiter’ also made

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benefits of contracting

Thinking of making the switch to contract work?

Let’s explore the benefits of moving away from permanent employment   Be your own boss. Being at the helm and taking decisions relating to your work life can be an extremely liberating. You no longer have to work around colleagues, have a boss watching your every move or concern yourself with HR appraisals and workplace politics.

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IR35 problems

IR35 Continues To Cause Problems For Contractors – It’s Important To Be Prepared

Unfortunately, as we head into the new tax year, recent news has done little to change our view that IR35 could cause significant problems for contractors. Instead, the latest reports on IR35 have largely confirmed our belief that these reforms have been poorly conceived, will limit opportunities for contractors and could lead to many being

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