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    Chorus of opposition to new HMRC powers grows

    August 1st, 2014

    More experts have joined the growing chorus of alarm over proposals to permit HMRC to retrieve outstanding tax directly from the bank accounts of small businesses. On Wednesday, the Federation of Private Businesses (FPB) called for the new powers to be scrapped as they would unfairly target small firms; now, the Chartered Institute of Taxation […]

    EC warns of 900,000-strong shortfall in ICT professionals by 2020

    July 31st, 2014

    Umbrella company employees with an up-to-date repertoire of coding skills are likely to find themselves looking at a slew of contracting opportunities across Europe in light of data from the European Commission (EC), which predicts a 900,000-strong shortfall in ICT professionals by 2020. The EC estimates that 90% of professional occupations in today’s hyper-connected world […]

    Contractors specialising in internal communications to see soaring demand

    July 30th, 2014

    Umbrella Company Employees and other independent professionals contracting as internal communications specialists are poised to see demand for their talents soaring. This is according to new research from VMA Executive, the global search wing of the corporate communications recruiter VMA Group. With the economic recovery driving increasing levels of employee movement and rising competition for […]

    HMRC offers contractors who used “particularly aggressive” tax avoidance scheme a chance to pay up

    July 29th, 2014

    Freelancers from the UK’s professional contracting community who have used a contractor loans scheme identified by HMRC as a “particularly aggressive” form of tax avoidance are to be given a chance to repay the tax they owe or risk heftier tax bills and severe legal costs. The Revenue estimates that around 16,000 contractors have used […]

    Tech employers should hunt for contractors and permies in August, says new study

    July 28th, 2014

    New research by specialist IT recruiter Randstad Technologies suggests that the conventional wisdom about August being the worst month of the year to recruit new tech talent is wrong. August is traditionally seen as the time of year when the talent pool dwindles as people take off for sunnier climes for their summer holidays. Why […]

    HMRC ups the ante on tax debt recovery as winding-up petitions soar

    July 24th, 2014

    HMRC is adopting an “increasingly aggressive stance” over tax debt recovery, according to a prominent tax expert. The latest manifestation of the Revenue’s progressively more hard-line efforts to collect every penny of tax owed comes in the form of a sharp rise in the number of winding-up petitions it filed during the last tax year. […]

    Employers change their use of contractors but fear a skills shortage

    July 24th, 2014

    The majority of employers polled in the REC’s JobsOutlook report say that they have changed their use of skilled Umbrella Company Employees and other temporary/contracting staff to provide “short-term access to key strategic skills. 64% cited this reason and for the first time in the survey’s history it came ahead of more traditional answers such […]

    Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs reveals demand for contractors is in rude health

    July 22nd, 2014

    The latest Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs reveals that vacancies for temporary/contracting staff north of the border reached their highest point since February, while vacancies for permanent staff hit their highest point in the survey’s 11-year history. There has been no shortage of opportunities for Umbrella Company Employees and other contractors in Scotland, with […]

    IT contractors to contribute to new House of Lords digital skills committee?

    July 21st, 2014

    Umbrella Company Employees and other independent professionals specialising in IT contracting may wish to consider contributing to a new House of Lords committee, which has just issued its call for evidence. The new House of Lords committee on digital skills follows last September’s disquieting report from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, which strongly […]

    Nick Clegg announces major aerospace investment for new-generation aircraft

    July 18th, 2014

    Umbrella Company Employees and other independent professionals specialising in aerospace engineering are about to find a slew of new contracting opportunities opening up after the announcement a £154m government investment to develop a new generation of faster, cleaner, quieter aeroplanes. The deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, made the announcement at the Farnborough Air Show yesterday. […]