UK’s biggest airport operator ramps up recruitment efforts

The Manchester Airports Group (MAG), the UK’s largest airport operator, has launched a major new recruitment drive known as MAG Connect. The campaign was announced yesterday as London Stansted Airport – one of the group’s holdings along with Manchester, Bournemouth and East Midland Airports – held a jobs fair in Tottenham. The initiative is in response to expected growth over the coming years. [...]

Work-life balance makes contractors satisfied with their annual leave

A new survey by the leading tax advisory service for contracting professionals, Qdos Contractor, has found that, while contractors tend on average to take less time off annually than full-time employees in the UK, over half of them are satisfied with the amount that they do take. The study found that 54 per cent of umbrella company employees and other contracting professionals are satisfied with [...]

UK Data Protection Bill mirrors EU regulations with a few “vital” exceptions

Yesterday saw the full publication of the UK’s Data Protection Bill, confirming that UK laws will largely mirror the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), irrespective of Brexit. While UK businesses and Umbrella Companies will have to adapt to the new standards going forward, the publication of the Bill does at least remove any uncertainty regarding the compatibility of data protection [...]

New “Dostoyevsky-esque” Finance Bill will complicate contractor tax issues

The new Finance Bill may well become one of the strongest reasons why independent contracting professionals may choose to switch from working through their own personal service companies (PSCs) to compliant, well-run Umbrella Companies. At 674 pages, it is one of the longest pieces of financial legislation in history, and while it will predominantly apply to larger organisations, it will also [...]

Demand for permanent and contract staff climbs strongly again

UK employers sought new staff in August 2017 at the briskest pace since April 2015, the latest IHS Markit/REC Report on Jobs reveals. Despite Brexit uncertainties and the impact of controversial new IR35 rules in the public sector, demand for both permanent and temporary/contracting staff in both the private and public sectors climbed. Pay rates also rose for both categories of workers as [...]