January

There must be good tax avoidance, MP claims

At a time when the government is cracking down on tax avoidance in the UK, one MP has come out claiming that it is important to still have good tax-planning ...

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UKCES: One in five vacancies linked to skills shortage

Vacancies as a result of the skills shortage now account for one in five of all jobs posted, up from one in six in 2009. The UK Commission for Employment and ...

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Oil and gas jobs boost as govt opens 28th licensing round

Now is a good time to be a UK limited company in the oil and gas sector and things will only get better as the government opens the 28th licensing round. Firms ...

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Rec: It's going to be a positive year for contractors

The year ahead is going to be a positive one for self-employed professionals and contractors, according to new figures. Following the release of its latest ...

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Tech sector job creation remains solid

Job creation in the tech sector has continued to be strong, maintaining a solid rate through to the end of 2013, according to the latest KPMG/Markit Tech ...

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David Cameron aims to save small businesses £10,000

David Cameron is continuing to work to support small businesses and has pledged to save companies up to £10,000 each year. Speaking at a Federation of ...

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Govt opens up IT contracts to small businesses

For those in the IT sector considering becoming a limited company or starting a small business, the good news is that it will soon be easier to tender for ...

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More upfront tax payments for avoiders

Those that try to avoid paying contractor tax could soon be forced to settle upfront if new government proposals are accepted. A consultation has been launched ...

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PAC: SME lending schemes aren't coherent

There is a lack of coherence among lending schemes designed to improve access to finance for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), making life difficult ...

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Skills shortage preventing businesses from taking on work

The skills shortage is continuing to take its toll in the UK, according to new research from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). Its latest ...

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BBC stars forced out of freelancing, face pay cut

Stars at the BBC could be forced to take pay cuts and are facing an end to their freelancing careers. Following criticism that the broadcasting giant employs ...

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Are job opportunities really increasing?

Contractor umbrella companies have noticed demand for workers increase in recent years, as the skills shortage and recovering economy have ramped up the hiring ...

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HMRC: Londoners most likely to be late with self-assessment

The self-assessment deadline is looming but according to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), contractors living in London are likely to file theirs late. Research ...

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Tribunal ruling to protect up to £400mn in tax

Up to £400 million in tax has been protected by a tribunal ruling that deemed an income tax avoidance scheme marketed to contractors as illegal. A first-tier ...

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Businesses ramp up IT spend, Syscap reveals

Businesses are focusing on their IT infrastructure, new figures suggest, indicating that technology will be a greater priority for firms going forward. ...

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CEOs focus on people in uncertain economy

The uncertainty of the global economy is causing chief executive officers (CEOs) from across the globe to focus on their human capital. Research from The ...

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