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    Conservatives hear from IPSE at packed fringe event

    October 1st, 2014

    As conference season progresses for Westminster parties, the political profile of the UK’s professional contracting and freelancing community continues to rise, with the Conservatives being the latest to engage in an IPSE-hosted fringe event. Conservative delegates packed the room to listen to IPSE chief executive Chris Bryce, MP David Rutley, Demos contributor Duncan O’Leary, and […]

    Take-home pay will dip below pre-recession levels by 2017, says EY

    September 30th, 2014

    A new study by chief economists at EY (formerly Ernst & Young) forecasts that take-home pay will have fallen to pre-crisis levels by 2017. Based on projections from HM Treasury figures, the EY ITEM Club’s Special report on consumer spending predicts that average household income will rise very modestly by between 1.8% and 2% – […]

    Talent shortages in high-skill industries jeopardise UK growth

    September 29th, 2014

    The UK’s economic growth is being jeopardised by talent shortages in high-skill industries such as engineering and IT, the third annual Global Skills Index from professional recruiter Hays suggests. Based on employment data from 31 countries, the report is ominously entitled The Perfect Talent Storm. Each country receives a score of between one and ten, […]

    Finance contractors to see demand rising as CFOs struggle to stem skills drain

    September 26th, 2014

    Umbrella Company employees with financial expertise are set to find themselves in heavy demand for the foreseeable future as the country’s CFOs struggle to make up a growing skills shortfall caused by an exodus of baby boomer pros (people born between 1946 and 1964). So says a new survey of 200 UK CFOs and financial […]

    Recruiting and contract-hunting by social media is now mainstream, says Adecco

    September 25th, 2014

    Remember when only the most elite professionals used social media to find new contracting assignments and jobs? New research from Adecco suggests that those days are over. Social media, as the preserve of an elite few, is history: it’s going mainstream. Adecco’s global study polled 1,500 recruiters and 17,000 jobseekers from 24 countries. 70% of […]

    Are Westminster parties finally taking freelancing seriously?

    September 24th, 2014

    Behind the broad brushstrokes of Labour leader Ed Miliband’s conference speech yesterday, the profile of freelancers and the UK’s growing professional contracting community was quietly but firmly being raised, with calls from inside and outside the party to place freelancers at the heart of its policies. Just prior to the conference, freelancer campaigner and Labour […]

    Specialist IT and oil & gas recruiter Opus thrives as demand for skills booms

    September 23rd, 2014

    How can Umbrella Company employees specialising in IT or oil & gas gauge how well their fields of expertise are fairing? The answer is to look at the performance of Opus Recruitment Solutions. The conclusion to be drawn from Opus’s phenomenal success is that the jobs and contracts markets in each of these specialisms is […]

    Why contractors should mind their (social media) language

    September 22nd, 2014

    Umbrella Company employees contemplating new contracting opportunities may do well to heed a new study that found employers will turn candidates down if they discover negative social media content. 48% of the employers surveyed in’s study routinely research job candidates on social media; of these, 55% refused to hire a candidate after finding social […]

    What does the Scottish “No” vote mean for UK plc? Experts respond

    September 19th, 2014

    Umbrella Company employees have woken up today to the Scottish “No” vote, a development which is already drawing comments from a number of business groups and employers. Anticipating further significant constitutional reform in the aftermath of the vote (as promised by all three pro-Union Westminster parties), REC Chief Executive, Kevin Green, said: “In all discussions […]

    Is IT contracting about to get an influx of female talent? ‘IT’s not just for the boys!’ TARGETjobs events announced

    September 18th, 2014

    It is no secret that most IT pros, whether contracting Umbrella Company employees or permanent staff, are overwhelmingly male; however, this could be about to change, thanks to the fifth series of an annual event organised by TARGETjobs: IT’s not just for the boys! The invitation-only one-day meetings will bring highly-talented female undergraduates, who might […]