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Contractor wellbeing series: studies show self-employed have higher job satisfaction

A recent study published in the journal Work, Employment and Society, revealed that self-employed people are much happier and have more job satisfaction than employees. The research carried out by business experts from the Universities of Exeter and Sheffield showed that contractors are more engaged with their projects and find work to be more rewarding…

IR35 myths

Busting IR35 myths: sorting the fact from the fiction

Have you heard a variety of claims about IR35 that seem to make sense but you’re just not sure if they’re true? We’ve rounded up a few common IR35 myths we’ve heard and want to debunk them for you. The legislation is complex as it is without these IR35 myths and assumptions being added to…

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5 reasons to switch from a limited company to an umbrella solution

More often than not, you’ll find discussions and reasons as to why you should move from an umbrella to a limited company. But we thought we’d discuss the reverse, because sometimes, the arrangements of working through a limited company, no longer make sense for the position you are in. So why might you consider switching…

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Contractor wellbeing series: top tips to integrate self-care into life as a contractor

There are big advantages to going self-employed such as having more control over your time and work. But with the fast-paced lifestyle, most of us have today, experiencing stress from time-to-time is a normal part of life. So it doesn’t hurt to incorporate some self-care habits into your day-to-day routine to help you avoid unnecessary…

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Who topped the league table for IR35 blanket decision-making?

Data obtained by ContractorUK uncovered that HMRC has topped the leaderboard for IR35 blanket decision-making, since April 2017’s changes to the legislation. A blanket-decision is when contractors are assessed collectively rather than individually for their IR35 status. From the 38% of PSCs working at public bodies to have suffered a blanket decision, nearly 19% of these…