FCSA: private sector IR35 will unfairly penalise UK businesses

Julia Kermode, CEO of Umbrella Company trade association the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA), has warned in The Telegraph that reformulated public sector IR35 rules introduced in April last year are likely coming to the private sector shortly and will “unfairly penalise businesses.” Observing that many millions of businesses in the UK draw on a pool of flexible, skilled, [...]

Contractor service urges government to rethink IR35 in 2018

Qdos Contractor, the tax advisory and support service for contracting professionals, has urged the government to rethink its approach to IR35 and the negative effect it is having on the country’s two million independent workers, if it is to stand any chance of recouping their fast-dwindling support in 2018. Previous research from Qdos revealed that independent workers currently have little trust [...]

Contracting solo a sustainable career choice, new study suggests

New research from a leading provider of insurance, tax and IR35 advice for contracting professionals has found that most freelancers and contractors plan to continue “flying solo” as one-person enterprises in 2018, and do not intend to expand their operations to include additional staff. The study by Qdos Contractor found that 70% of the freelancing and contracting professionals polled plan to [...]

IPSE: Government should support contractors in boosting UK productivity

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) has praised the UK’s contracting and freelancing workforce for their contribution to a major hike in productivity recorded in new Office for National Statistics data. Britain’s economic productivity accelerated at its fastest rate in over six years in the three months leading to the end of September last year, the ONS [...]

Recruiters must inform candidates of social media surveillance

Legal experts have warned that permanent candidates, Umbrella Company Employees and other contracting professionals in search of new work should be clearly told by recruiters that applicants’ social media usage may be examined in the screening process they undertake for end clients. Failure to notify candidates that their social media history may be included in the screening process may risk [...]