April

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act: will it affect contractors?

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill received Royal Assent a few days ago containing some of the most dramatic changes to employment law in several years. ...

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‘Cyber Jedi’ could ‘draw footballers’ salaries’

Cybersecurity specialists are in such short supply that they could soon be treated like professional footballers, according to a leading computer security ...

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Nesta launches creative manifesto

Innovation foundation Nesta has published its manifesto of plans to encourage the UK’s burgeoning creative sector. The ten-point plan is designed to ...

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Creative industries fear copyright reform

As the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act comes into force over the next couple of years, a number of large-scale reforms are expected to make a huge impact ...

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Skills gap continues to haunt business

Businesses continue to worry about attracting staff with the right key skills, a new report says, suggesting that demand for the expertise of contractors is ...

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ADR branded a success by HMRC

A new procedure for dealing with tax disputes has been deemed largely successful by HMRC. The taxman’s assessment of the Alternative Dispute Resolution ...

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Engineering contractors see rise in demand

Contractors in engineering disciplines are still enjoying a rise in demand in spite of an unimpressive overall jobs market, according to new research. ...

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FSB and Intellect study role of business tech

Businesses are seeing strong returns on their investment in technology, but are often lacking the skills and the guidance to make the most of the opportunities ...

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Contractor demand outperforms in Scotland

Contractor demand is growing in Scotland, new figures suggest, outstripping the rest of the UK. Contract staff billings rose for the ninth consecutive month in ...

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HMRC enforcement action more visible

The past few months have seen a number of contractor services businesses being targeted by HMRC enforcement action. Most recently, an article published by ...

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Contracting on the rise - but still 'atypical' in Europe

Statistics from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) have caused controversy among the nation’s contractors and sole traders . Even though the ...

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CBI: Govt should do more to give exporting firms a boost

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has called on the government to introduce new tax breaks for small to medium-sized businesses to boost exports. Its ...

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HMRC foil Company Scheme to avoid National Insurance Contributions

A large company has withdrawn its appeal against HMRC’s decision to deduct National Insurance from dividends, however, contractors with their own limited ...

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Enforced rate cuts to harm contractor prospects?

Demand for IT contractors is undeniably high and huge numbers of businesses are turning to them for their specialist skills. Just yesterday, the Recruitment ...

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Softer demand is not a total loss for contractors

Demand for contractors may have lightened over the past few months, but self-employed professionals are still in a strong position. March saw the second month ...

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Could the General Anti-Avoidance Rule cause problems for contractors?

When the government first began looking into a General Anti-Avoidance Rule (GAAR) as a way of countering tax avoidance in 2010, very few suspected what a ...

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