Spring Statement 2018

Spring Statement 2018: a summary for contractors

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond presented his Spring Statement to Parliament on Tuesday 13 March 2018. Unfortunately, the contractor sector must wait a while longer for news on any potential IR35 changes. There is a lot of frustration within the industry as many publications are being waited upon.   What are we still…

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APSCo and Professional Passport work to bring clarity to the umbrella market

In the current labour market, with the introduction of new IR35 legislation, recruitment agencies have discovered many individuals who previously worked through PSCs, now opting to use umbrella services. However, according to Tania Bowers from the General Counsel at APSCo, “umbrella companies are largely unregulated” which is cause for concern as numerous recruiters are still…

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The Government’s new ‘Good Work Plan’ has been revealed

In response to Matthew Taylor’s Independent Review of Employment Practices in the Modern Economy in 2017, the government have revealed this week their new Good Work Plan that recommends new rights for the UK’s flexible workforce. Alongside further consultations on the future of the UK workforce, the government will also be looking to tighten penalties against…

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Contracting in the Public Sector: Limited Company, Umbrella or Agency Payroll?

Since the public sector reform in April 2017, we are still asked frequently by public sector contractors if they should continue using their own limited company or switch to an umbrella. The answer very much depends on each individual’s circumstances thus we would strongly encourage contractors to speak to us for tailored advice. Nonetheless, we…

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What is the outlook for contractors in the UK job market in 2018?

The outlook of the job market in 2018 continues to look promising for contractors. Vacancies, billings and pay rates remain encouraging, persistently growing throughout December and into the New Year. According to recruitment agencies surveyed for the REC/IHS Markit Report on Jobs, the introduction of new projects and a greater demand for short-term workers contributed…