Contractors defy predictions of post-Brexit jobs Armageddon

Flying in the face of endemic speculation that the Brexit vote of June would cause a jobs meltdown in the City, new evidence suggests that precisely the opposite has happened; at least as far as Umbrella Company Employees and other contracting professionals specialising in change and transformation are concerned. A new market analysis from specialist recruiter Venquis revealed that contractors [...]

ARC launches campaign to amend Apprenticeship Levy

The failure of HMRC to respond to a letter from lawyers representing the Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC) concerning the Apprenticeship Levy has prompted the trade body to launch a campaign to amend the proposed charge on recruitment agencies’ payrolls. ARC Chair Adrian Marlowe described the inclusion of recruitment agencies as entirely unfair. As with other employment [...]

Apprenticeship Levy will harm recruitment supply agencies

A prominent trade association has joined Umbrella Company trade body the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) in highlighting the disproportionately harmful impact that the Apprenticeship Levy will have on employment intermediaries. The Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC) called on the Government to urgently review the basis for charging the levy. ARC Chairman Adrian [...]

Brexit uncertainties dampen permanent and contractor hiring

Agencies specialising in professional recruitment have reported zero year-on-year growth in the number of vacancies for permanent roles in October, new survey data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) reveals. The finding corroborates data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which last month revealed that the employment rate for the three months to September [...]

Chancellor’s IR35 obstinacy draws more ire

More voices have joined the chorus of condemnation arising from the Chancellor’s decision to press ahead with controversial reforms to IR35 legislation and abolish the five per cent tax-free allowance for contracting professionals working in the public sector via personal service companies (PSCs). Both decisions are widely perceived by industry experts as needless attacks on hardworking [...]