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What does the Autumn Statement mean for recruiters?

Posted on by Jamie Finn

Last week, Phillip Hammond delivered his first Autumn Statement to the House of Parliament which included a raft of changes that will affect contractors, freelancers and the wider recruitment industry. With incoming changes to IR35 which have not gone down well with contractors in the public sector, recruitment agencies didn’t have with much to look […]

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Autumn Statement 2016 Review

Posted on by Jamie Finn

Philip Hammond delivered his first Autumn Statement as Chancellor of the Exchequer, announcing a variety of changes to the economy that will have a significant impact on contractors, freelancers, self-employed professionals and small businesses across the country. Here’s our summary of all of the big changes that are on the way: For contractors, freelancers and […]

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Uber court ruling – are you really self-employed?

Posted on by Lesley Kenyon

Last week, a London employment tribunal ruled that Uber, a taxi app which connects drivers and customers without actually employing the former, has been told it must now treat its drivers as employees and provide them with full employment rights. The decision sparked a row of controversy between the company and the GMB Union who […]

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What contractors can learn from The Apprentice

Posted on by Jamie Finn

The BBC’s hit show has been back for three weeks now, and the process is really starting to heat up for the remaining candidates. Balancing pressure, the need to sell a product and negotiating with clients to find the best deal are just a few of the tasks which Lord Sugar’s aspiring business partners have […]

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Cumbria reaffirms its position as the UK’s nuclear powerhouse

Posted on by Stephen Baldwin

The North West has been the country’s hub of nuclear energy from quite a while now. Home to the powerful Sellafield Nuclear Power site, Cumbria has cemented its place as the UK’s most influential nuclear energy location. It’s good news then that business leaders in the area are not willing to show any complacency as […]

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PM’s employment review – good or bad for contractors?

Posted on by Jamie Finn

Prime Minister Theresa May announced this month that the Government aims to conduct a review of modern employment practices, taking a look at the employment rights of workers across the country, including contractors, freelancers and the self-employed. The announcement of the review has arrived following the Government’s realisation that the amount of people who choose […]

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5 signs that a life in contracting is right for you

Posted on by Joanne Curwen

The number of contractors, freelancers and self-employed professionals is rapidly on the rise in Britain. As of their latest quarterly report, the Association of Independent Professionals & the Self-Employed (IPSE) reported that by the end of July there was a total of 4.6 million freelancing individuals in the UK. The “gig economy” certainly requires some […]

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Autumn Statement 2016 – what contractors can expect

Posted on by Cheryl Black

Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond has set the date for this year’s Autumn Statement on Wednesday November 23rd. As always, the day will have plenty of news for contractors, SMEs and self-employed professionals, including further news on the new changes to IR35 in the public sector. We’ve got details on all the things you […]

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What the proposed Moorside power plant would mean for Cumbria

Posted on by Jamie Finn

Moorside Nuclear Power Station, with work due to begin in 2018, is one of the next big steps in the UK’s Nuclear New Build plans. The project, led by NuGen, proposes to build 3 nuclear reactors on a site near Sellafield, bringing a boost to the county’s already strong nuclear energy generation. The plans for […]

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Why innovation is the key to unlocking a client’s heart

Posted on by Lesley Kenyon

It may be Recycle Week but unless they’re clearing out the rubbish, contractors should steer well clear of the term. Once you’ve mastered the service you provide, it can be very tempting to sit back and let the work take care of itself – you know how to deliver what the client wants, so why […]

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