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    Most contractors would consider living and working abroad, new survey reveals

    September 1st, 2014

    A new survey of 1,355 professional contracting specialists has found that over three-quarters (77%) would consider working overseas – but only if the conditions were right. The poll, which was conducted by international professional services consultancy Procorre, found that the majority of those willing to make the move (55%) were attracted by the prospect of […]

    Data analytics contractors to see demand rising in the insurance industry?

    August 29th, 2014

    A survey by the business intelligence organisation FCBI suggests that the insurance industry is substantially increasing its application of data analytics expertise. The study found that 72% of the insurers polled agreed with the statement: ‘Analytics is the biggest game changer for the industry in 2014-15.’ The statistic suggests that the industry is yet to […]

    Flexible working cuts costs, improves employee happiness and boosts productivity, says new study

    August 28th, 2014

    New research from workspace provider Regus reveals that flexible working is the key to long-term happiness at work. The poll of just under 2,200 senior managers and business owners found that 90% were now offering flexible options, including flexi-location and flexitime. These respondents considered flexibility to be an effective means of enhancing staff morale and […]

    Manufacturing output set to rise robustly ‒ more jobs and contracts in the offing?

    August 27th, 2014

    The latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey suggests that the UK’s manufacturing sector is poised to generate plenty of new jobs and contracting opportunities over the coming quarter as expectations of renewed growth rise vigorously amongst firms, despite an easing of the pace over the last three months. Although nine of the sectors sampled in the […]

    Under one-fifth of financial services contractors are women, new study reveals

    August 26th, 2014

    Just 19% of the UK’s financial services contractors are women, new figures from the international professional services consultancy Procorre reveal. The average for Western Europe is 23%. The UK performs less favourably on this measure than struggling European economies such as Spain and Italy, where the figures stand at 33% and 25% respectively. Procorre’s relationship […]

    Facing a video interview for the first time? How to get the best out of it

    August 25th, 2014

    With more employers turning to video interviewing methods for candidate selection, Umbrella Company Employees and other candidates who are filled with horror at the prospect have been given some sound advice on how to manage them from leading e-recruitment software provider WCN. The company’s CEO, Charles Hipps, recommends the following measures to excel during video […]

    Buoyant automotive industry faces talent war – contractors to the rescue?

    August 22nd, 2014

    Umbrella Company Employees and others in the professional contracting community may find themselves facing multiple offers from the UK’s automotive industry, as rising demand for cars and components brings a looming skills shortage to light. Provided they can offer industry-specific experience and automotive-based skill-sets, contractors are poised to be snapped up by car manufacturers who […]

    Employers see culture and team fit as most prized candidate attribute

    August 21st, 2014

    A survey of Oxfordshire employers by the Oxford-based recruitment consultancy Allen Associates has found that the largest proportion (47%) consider a good fit with their firm’s existing culture and teams ranks more highly in their estimations of candidate suitability than experience, skills and qualifications. The findings may be particularly interesting to Umbrella Company Employees and […]

    Do your homework on RTI or face huge cumulative fines, expert warns

    August 20th, 2014

    A contractor accounting firm has warned that businesses may unwittingly accrue cumulative HMRC fines as a result of the way in which late submission penalties for real time information (RTI) are being applied. RTI came into effect in April this year and it was always part of HMRC’s strategy to begin issuing in-year fines for […]

    Engineering jobs and contracts hit record high in July

    August 19th, 2014

    Umbrella company employees earning their daily bread as engineering contractors enjoyed a bumper month in July, as did candidates for permanent engineering roles, according to new figures from the recruitment software provider, Recruitive. Recruitive provides a multiple job posting platform, which recorded a striking surge of 37% in the number of engineering vacancies posted in […]