tax avoidance

Tax avoidance & the importance of compliant umbrella companies

Tax avoidance was once again at the forefront of the government’s agenda in this year’s Autumn Budget. A topic that has been meticulously discussed, Philip Hammond announced during his speech on Wednesday 22nd November that “the Government is committed to tackling tax evasion, avoidance and aggressive tax planning.” We’ve already seen an increased focus from…

gadgets for christmas

Work smarter not harder – 5 top gadgets for contractors this Christmas

Are you excited for the festive season but still can’t decide what to tell your friends and family to get you for Christmas? Or maybe you just fancy treating yourself! We’ve come up with a list of top gadgets for contractors that we think would be great for Christmas. In the modern business world, most…

Charity donations, Gift Aid and tax relief

This article was written in collaboration with our partner company K&B Accountancy Group.   While it’s exciting to prepare for holiday celebrations with your friends and family, the festive season is also a time to stop and reflect on the joys and blessings of our lives and share this with those in need. If you are…
IT contractors

Demand for IT contractor skills hits a dramatic high

The overall demand for skilled candidates was revealed to still be significantly increasing, as of November, according to the monthly Report on Jobs by IHS Markit/REC. Consultants were asked to report on the availability of contractors and the latest index result was 39.6. Index readings below 50 indicate a lower availability than the month before,…

temporary staff

Industry Update: Temporary staff & contractor demand on a high

It has been a turbulent few months in economic, political and social landscapes. For contractors, there have been huge variables from Brexit, to IR35 concerns that have influenced the state of the job market. Nonetheless, various sources including the IHS Markit/REC Report on Jobs indicate a soar in demand for temporary staff. As a result…

Cloud9 continues processing payroll during server blackout

Last Thursday, the Cloud9 office had a major disruption when an external issue with broken optic cables within the local BT exchange meant that we had no telephone or internet access for almost 2 working days. Although unable to access any emails or landline in our office, we were able to redirect all calls to…