job market wage inflation

Wage inflation persists in the job market

Staff placements and temp billings continue to rise in the job market as unemployment rates fall to 4.0%. Reported by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) the UK unemployment rate is now at it’s lowest since 1975. Naturally, the reduction in unemployment levels corresponds with strong hiring growth. Though the ongoing decline in candidate shortages…

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…

limited company to umbrella company - reasons to switch

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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Making wellbeing a priority for contractors

The UK’s self-employed population has grown rapidly over the last ten years. According to the Centre for Research on Self-Employment (CRSE), almost five million people, equating to fifteen percent of the UK workforce are now self-employed. Thus, as contracting becomes increasingly important to the UK economy, it is vital that individual wellbeing is taken into…

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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…