What the snap election might mean for self-employed contractors

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) has raised some key questions about the implications for contractors and the self-employed of the Prime Minister’s surprise announcement of a snap General Election in June. Commenting that no one outside Mrs May’s cabinet foresaw this decision, IPSE’s Director of Policy, Simon McVicker, asks what contractors can expect if [...]

Employment rules opposition could force joined-up policymaking

Across-the-board disgruntlement with the Government’s employment rules may force Ministers to rewrite their disputed legislation when the Taylor Review reports in the summer, Umbrella Company trade association PRISM predicts. PRISM believes that the high noon of disjointed policymaking has now been reached and has aggravated the competing interests of unions, workers, gig economy platforms, [...]

IR35 changes drive Hays’ quarterly fees down

International recruitment organisation Hays has reported a four per cent contraction in quarterly net fee growth for Ireland and the UK. It has largely attributed the decrease to challenging market conditions in the public sector caused by new IR35 rules. The overall picture for the company is nonetheless positive. Despite the weak performance of the UK and Ireland markets, Hays reported record [...]

BCC study finds that talent shortages threaten UK growth

New research from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has found that British companies wish to recruit more staff but are unable to find the right talent. The BCC consulted 7,300 UK businesses for its survey and discovered that the number of employers seeking new staff rose by nine per cent on the previous quarter. However, most hirers are encountering “high levels of recruitment [...]

PSB contractors urged to check IR35 status

Personal service company freelancers contracting in the public sector have been urged to check their IR35 status to counter the confusion sweeping through public sector bodies (PSBs) following the implementation of reformed IR35 legislation on 6th April. The controversial changes met with widespread opposition from professional bodies representing contractors and recruiters during the [...]