Skilled contractors do not want employment protections

A new survey of more than 250 contracting professionals has found that 80 per cent of them reject being classified as vulnerable workers, and say that they do not want any employment protection rights. The study was conducted by ContractorCalculator and arises at a time when UK Ministers are about to launch a new employment status unit as part of an HMRC crackdown on companies that use agency [...]

HMRC under renewed fire from APSCo

Members of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) have made stinging criticisms of HMRC for what they perceive as its seemingly obstinate refusal to provide clarity and further information about its planned public sector IR35 reforms. The proposed changes will transfer responsibility for determining the tax status of personal service company (PSC) contractors in the public [...]

FCSA and IPSE welcome growth of contracting

The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA), the trade association representing Umbrella Companies and contractor accountancy providers, and the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) have added their views to the commentary on the latest Labour Market data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). ONS figures released earlier this week revealed [...]

Government should improve self-employed earning

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) has responded to a new study from the Resolution Foundation think tank, which indicates that the average pay rates for self-employed workers are lower now than in 1994-95, when such data began being collected. The research suggests that the average weekly earnings for a self-employed worker were in the region of £240 a [...]

IT vacancies hit second-highest peak in two years

Contracting IT professionals and their permanent counterparts enjoyed a bumper month for work opportunities in August, according to the latest IT Trends Report from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) and recruitment industry data provider Vacancysoft. Following a modest decline in the number of available tech jobs during July, vacancies rebounded vigorously in August to [...]