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    Will your next IT contract come through your social media site?

    October 31st, 2014

    Contracting Umbrella Company techies and other IT professionals are more likely to obtain their next job or contract through social and professional media sites than ever before, a new survey from the IT Job Board has suggested. The vast majority of recruiters polled in the survey – 92 out of 105 – said that they now use social and professional media sites to locate suitable candidates for the tech-related jobs and contracts they need to fill. And well might they: of 856 IT pros also polled in the study, a resounding 74 per cent said that they too used social media sites to hunt for new work opportunities. Even more […]

    New poll reveals 71% of hirers have found lies on CV’s

    October 30th, 2014

    Umbrella Company employees and others in search of new work opportunities understandably want their CV’s to stand out from the crowd; however, if they have ever been tempted to tweak the facts, there is a fair chance that they will be found out. A new survey conducted by CareerBuilder has found that 71% of the hiring managers polled have detected a lie on a CV. Well over one-third of the respondents report that the tendency to embellish CV’s has increased in the wake of the recession. Just 6% said they would be willing to turn a blind eye if they were otherwise impressed with the candidate and 41% would automatically […]

    IT contractor business helps propel specialist recruiter into profit as IT market recovers

    October 29th, 2014

    A sign that IT contracting opportunities are on the rise has come in the form of a statement from IT recruiter Nakama Group, which reveals that increased demand in its specialist markets pushed revenue up by 29% in the first half of the financial year, taking the company safely into pre-tax profit territory. The consultancy’s chairman, Ken Ford, issued a statement declaring that demand from both agency and corporate clients reached a five-year high in 2014, indicating rising confidence in the digital recruitment market. For the six months to the end of September 2014, the Nakama Group’s pre-tax profit tipped the £222,000 point, representing a spectacular contrast with the £25,000 […]

    Professional hiring is rebounding, new Robert Half study reveals

    October 28th, 2014

    A new study by Robert Half reveals that demand for specialist professionals is far outstripping supply, with significant talent shortages arising in niche areas as a result. The 2015 Robert Half Salary Guide is widely recognised as the most authoritative source for pay and recruitment trends in professional recruitment, such as information technology, financial services, finance and accounting, and administration roles. This year’s guide reveals that although London remains the UK’s strongest economic performer, growing numbers of London-based firms are expanding their operations into other regions, narrowing the north-south pay and employment gaps in the process. In the finance and accounting sector, candidates are increasingly being required to offer a […]

    Financial services jobs and contracts grow faster in the north than in London

    October 27th, 2014

    Umbrella Company employees specialising in financial services may be tempted to move to the north of England in the light of new figures from specialist recruiter BrightPool. The figures reveal that vacancies in the sector are growing faster than in London and the southeast, which are the traditional hubs for financial services jobs and contracts. Financial institutions are moving more back- and middle-office roles out of London to the northern regions faster than ever before. The primary motivation, according to BrightPool managing director Angela Hickmore, is the drive to improve cost-to-income ratios. Liverpool, for example, saw a spectacular surge of 49% in the number of advertised financial services vacancies between […]

    Small businesses begin seeking digital experts to boost their prospects

    October 24th, 2014

    Umbrella Company employees contracting as IT pros could find themselves snapped up by a growing number of small businesses if they can offer expertise in marketing, web development or social media, a new survey suggests. The poll of 500 small business proprietors by Everline, a digital loan company for small firms, found that the top role small businesses wanted to recruit into their current business was a marketing professional. 16% placed this role first, while 12% placed a web developer in the number one spot and 7% put a social media expert there. Less than one in five of the respondents (18%) considered traditional roles such as an accountant, sales […]

    HMRC starts to claw back £250m in unpaid tax using new accelerated payments notices

    October 24th, 2014

    Participants in schemes the government believes to be tax avoidance measures have received demands for upfront settlements totalling £250 million from HMRC. Since August, the Revenue has issued 600 new ‘accelerated payments notices’ which oblige taxpayers to cough up the disputed sum prior to any legal ruling on the legitimacy of their scheme. There is no right to appeal under the new scheme, which led to settlements amounting to £25 million in the first wave of letters alone. Earlier this week, the Financial Times reported that HMRC intends to recover £7.1 billion in unpaid taxes using accelerated payment notices. Payment in full is required within 90 days, whereupon taxpayers become […]

    Outlook for contractors remains healthy but talent shortages threaten business prospects, says REC

    October 22nd, 2014

    The latest JobsOutlook report from the REC reveals that demand for temporary/contracting staff remains securely in positive territory, with 45 per cent of the 600 employers polled reporting that they plan to increase their shorter-term headcounts over the next three months and 38 per cent plan to do so in the coming year. Umbrella Company employees and other professional contractors are being used by a majority of employers: 65 per cent reported that they are turning to agency staff to gain access to key skills. The outlook for permanent role seekers was also impressive, with 89 per cent of the respondents planning to expand permanent headcounts over the next three […]

    New digital curriculum is too narrow to equip students for the tech sector

    October 21st, 2014

    Umbrella Company employees contracting as IT professionals can rest assured that demand for their talents will remain strong for the foreseeable future if they possess knowledge of Google Analytics, PhotoShop, and CMS platforms such as WordPress. This information comes from the niche digital jobs board Bubble Jobs. Bubble claims that the UK’s digital curriculum is too narrow to equip students with the full repertoire of skills most in demand in the tech industry. The UK this month became the first country to introduce computer programming as a compulsory subject in primary and secondary schools with the aim of tackling the growing digital skills shortage; however, according to Bubble, while the […]

    Lion’s share of money lost to Treasury is due to illegal tax dodging, says CIOT

    October 20th, 2014

    New figures from HMRC suggest that illegal tax dodging costs the Treasury five times more than the amount lost due to tax avoidance. The ‘tax gap’ ‒ the difference between the amount of tax due and the amount actually collected ‒ stood at 6.8% or £34bn in 2012-13, up slightly from the 6.6% of the previous year but, according to the Revenue, continuing a broadly downward trend. The tax gap was 8.5% in 2005-6. On closer inspection by the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), however, the figures reveal that the lion’s share of money lost to the Treasury comes as a result of frankly nefarious practises. £5.4bn was lost to […]