October

Quarter of workers look to change jobs

The UK’s employment market is continuing to pick up steam, figures show, as a new study from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) ...

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Cloud, security and project management skills boost IT careers

IT contractors know their skills are in high demand as technology develops and businesses learn to adapt to change. But a new study from recruitment specialist ...

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HMRC blasted over Swiss tax deal forecasts

MPs have criticised HMRC over its “completely unrealistic” predictions of revenues to be earned from a tax evasion deal with Switzerland. The ...

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Financial services to hike IT spend

IT contractors could see considerable benefits from rising technology investment in the global financial services sector, according to a fresh batch of reports ...

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OFT looks into public sector IT contracts

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is now two weeks into a market study of public sector IT procurement, including the outsourcing of projects to contractors and ...

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PCG calls for late payment ‘witness protection’ line

Professional Contractors’ Group (PCG) has called on the government to open a “witness protection” telephone hotline which can be used to ...

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Self employment continues to grow as economy recovers

Labour market statistics are looking positive this month, according to PCG’s in-house economist Georgios Nikolaidis, meaning that contractors are likely ...

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​Contractor demand on the rise and could lead to skills shortages in Scotland

​According to the September 2013 publication of the Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs, contractor demand in Scotland is on the rise - particularly in industries ...

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Contractors retain value even as permanent jobs rise

Highly skilled self-employed professionals often see growth in the opportunities available to them when permanent hiring is down. Where businesses are not able ...

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More women turn to contractor lifestyle

Contractors have always known that the flexibility offered by their way of working is one of its greatest perks. It seems that growing numbers of women are ...

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​​Skills shortage in IT sector means employers may have to look abroad for talent

​​ According to a recent survey by City & Guilds, the British education system is failing to meet the needs of business - this means that many firms must ...

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New penalties boost HMRC’s VAT evasion revenue

HMRC’s investigations into VAT evasion by large companies pulled in record revenues last year as new powers to enforce tougher penalties began to bite, ...

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Online tax system baffles some contractors

As the government seeks to transfer more of its administrative services online and do away with paper when possible, it seems that these moves to improve ...

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​Financial advisers see benefit in outsourcing specialist services

Outsourcing can be an excellent way for businesses to save money and provide the best service possible. For one thing, it provides an opportunity to bring in ...

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​Outlook positive for UK construction industry

As the economy continues to strengthen, businesses are beginning to feel confident once again about the possibility of growth. In the UK construction industry, ...

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Consultation on late payments to help small businesses

For many small and medium​-​sized businesses, getting paid on time for the products they supply and the services they provide is a major part of keeping ...

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