July

Three-quarters of firms to hire in 2015

The majority of UK employers intend to take on new staff in the coming months as business continues to pick up, new figures indicate. Data published in the new ...

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Govt to crack down on “hidden economy”

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have launched a consultation that it says is aimed at tackling the so-called “hidden economy”, and ...

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Study suggests that MPs need to know more about business-friendly policies

A new report by YouGov and the Entrepreneur’s Network has revealed that MPs often lack the necessary information to decide on the best policies for the ...

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Freelancer confidence hits record high

The latest quarterly Freelancer Confidence Index from the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) has revealed that freelancers ...

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Govt launches startup voucher scheme for cyber security

A scheme that provides small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with up to £5,000 in vouchers to improve their cyber security has been launched by ...

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OTS announces possible combination of NI and income tax

The Office for Tax Simplification (OTS) has put forward new plans to combine National Insurance Contributions (NICs) and income tax into a single payment, in a ...

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Record numbers seek self-employment advice in Scotland

It has been revealed that the highest number of prospective and existing self-employed workers have contacted the Business Gateway since it began to be managed ...

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New group of Labour MPs prioritise self-employment

With the Labour leadership campaign entering uncertain waters, many contractors will be wondering about what the party will be able to offer them when it has ...

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First details of IR35 consultation published

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has released the initial documents relating to its planned reforms of intermediaries taxation, such as ...

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Self-employment could solve retirement savings problems

Moving away from traditional employee roles could help workers build up savings for their retirement, according to a new survey by Aegon. Overall, 61 per cent ...

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Long-term demand for contractors set to rise

The latest results from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)/Pearson Education and Skills Survey 2015 have suggested that contractors are likely to ...

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Government proposes tighter protection for designers

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has outlined new proposals that would offer designers greater protection from copyright infringement of ...

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Self employed 'crucial to the economy'

Ministers in government have been urged to do more to support the self-employment sector, which has been hailed as being crucial to the economy in the UK. It ...

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'Future proofing' leads to an increase in technology contractors

As more companies are looking to create future-proof systems within their business, an increase in demand for contractors working in the technology sector has ...

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Number of self-employed women on the rise

The number of women across the UK who are working as contractors or are self-employed is on the rise, a new report has stated. According to the study carried ...

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Changes outlined in the Budget that affect contractors

The chancellor George Osborne announced his Summer Budget yesterday (July 8th), unveiling a number of changes that will affect contractors. The first thing to ...

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