IT contractors see pay soaring

Pay rates for Umbrella Company Employees contracting in the IT sector are soaring on an unprecedented scale as the gig economy takes off, the latest Tech Cities Job Watch Survey from Experis has found. Over the last 12 months, day rates for IT contractors skyrocketed by 9.11 per cent on average – nearly twice the year-on-year growth of permanent salaries, which climbed by 4.61 per cent.  [...]

Number of job vacancies down in August

New data from job ads search engine Adzuna reveals that the total number of job vacancies in the UK in August fell by 2.3 per cent compared to the same time last year. Freelancing and contracting, components of the rising ‘gig economy’, appear to be growing in popularity, however, and those with expertise in tech and engineering are in especially high demand. Adzuna’s latest UK Job Market report [...]

Contractors speak out against public sector IR35 changes

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) has published the views of a number of public sector contracting professionals, all of whom stand opposed to forthcoming changes to IR35 rules. Describing the planned changes as enormously detrimental to the ways that these contractors can offer their services, IPSE pinpoints the issue that has drawn across-the-board [...]

New portable pre-employment screening platform for contractors

HiredByMe, a specialist provider of pre-employment screening (PES) and onboarding for contracting professionals, has announced the launch of “Portable PES,” a new platform enabling Umbrella Company Employees and other contractors to complete their checks before finding their next assignments. It will also allow these workers to carry this data from one role to another, saving huge amounts of [...]

Government must allay business uncertainties as confidence falls

The latest Recruitment and Employment Confederation JobsOutlook survey of the hiring intentions of 602 UK employers has found that business confidence has fallen in the aftermath of the EU referendum. Even so, employers also report that if their businesses are to keep up with demand, they will need to appoint more staff. Thirty-four per cent of employers polled in the three months to August 2016 [...]