childcare vouchers

Childcare Vouchers due to close to new applicants

From the 4th October 2018, Childcare Vouchers will no longer be accepting new submissions. For Cloud9 Umbrella employees this is also known as the ‘KiddiVouchers’ scheme. What does this mean for existing members and those thinking of signing up? Find out below…   New members If you would like to begin receiving Childcare Vouchers you…

IT contractors in more demand than ever

A summer of opportunity: IT contractors in more demand than ever

The latest REC/IHS Markit’s Report on Jobs revealed some very promising news for contractors, particularly for those in the IT and computing sector. Research revealed that the slight softening of demand for contractors in June was an anomaly, as a surge in demand was spotted once again in July.   Demand for IT contractors In…

contract IR35 status review

IR35 – what should contractors look out for in their contract?

So you’ve secured a contract…great! But before you agree to take on any project, there are some points you should consider before signing on the dotted line. Particularly with the clampdown on IR35, every contract you are given should be read carefully to evaluate your IR35 status. Since IR35 is such a complex legislation, the…

successful contractor

Do you have what it takes to be a successful contractor?

As a PAYE payroll service dedicated to supporting you as a contractor, we’re always discussing current trends in the market, providing general updates and advice. But what we haven’t really touched on is what it actually takes in you, as a person, to be a successful contractor. Below we’ve rounded up some top characteristics commonly…

female IT contractors

The number of female IT contractors has hit a record-high

Following on from our article in April where we discussed female contractors and how they are paving the way towards closing the gender pay gap, once again it appears that female contractors are flourishing within the self-employment industry. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that last year a record number of…