Protect vulnerable contractors, value the skilled

Technological platform-based companies in the gig economy are bulldozing low-paid workers into self-employment and evading employment case law, a prominent expert on professional contracting has warned the Taylor Review. Dave Chaplin, founder and CEO of Contractor Calculator addressed the Government-appointed “Jobs Tsar” Matthew Taylor and a panel of inquiry members at the first forum of the [...]

FCSA takes issue with “Jobs Tsar” over self-employment

Umbrella Company trade association the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) has firmly endorsed the value of the UK’s professional contracting workforce following remarks made by Britain’s “Jobs Tsar,” Matthew Taylor, which implied that UK businesses are exploiting self-employment laws to avoid tax. In an interview with the BBC, Mr Taylor, who was appointed last year by Prime [...]

Employment intermediaries must “speak as one voice” regarding Apprenticeship Levy

The chair of the Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC), Adrian Marlowe, has called for recruiters to unite in presenting a “single voice” for the industry following the roll-out of the Apprenticeship Levy. Mr Marlowe, who is also the director of Standards in Recruitment (SiR), was speaking at the ARC’s “Public Sector IR35 and the Apprenticeship Levy: panic, penalty or progress” [...]

Public sector should adopt emergency IR35 plan

The CEO of a prominent online guide for contractors and freelancers has advised public sector hirers to temporarily transfer all their personal service company (PSC) contractors to Umbrella Companies ahead of April’s IR35 changes if they are to avoid a calamitous exodus of vital skills. Dave Chaplin, an experienced IT contractor and CEO of online resource ContractorCalculator, warned that the [...]

Flexible freelance work most popular with baby boomers

A new analysis by the online jobs board Indeed has found that “gig” jobs are more popular among people born in the years following the Second World War (the “baby boomer” generation) than any other age group. Almost five million people in the UK have taken up work in the “gig economy,” an exceptionally broad term that encompasses Uber-style cab drivers and food delivery couriers at one end of [...]