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Engineers in high demand

24 April 2014

New figures from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) have shown that there is extremely strong demand for engineering contractors at the moment. With the skill shortage becoming more apparent as the months go by, an ever-increasing number of companies are having to seek out freelancing experts to plug vacancy gaps. This means that lucrative assignments are expected to b......


How false self-employment is affecting the labour market

24 April 2014

Earlier in 2014, a consultation period was held for proposed false self-employment regulations. Having come into effect from 6th April, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) hopes the rules will stop false self-employment from occurring across all industries. However, they have also had an impact on recruitment agencies and freelancers throughout Britain.  One of the key reasons for bringing......


Taxpayer data could be sold under new regulations

23 April 2014

It has been revealed that new legislation could result in HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) legally being allowed to share taxpayer data. Unsurprisingly, some concerns have been expressed at the idea, with politicians, the Chartered Institute of Taxation, members of the general public and privacy campaigners worried that data sharing could get out of hand. New information has come to light ......


NIC to increase with Labour

23 April 2014

It has been revealed that the Labour party are considering actually increasing national insurance contributions (NICs). Despite many experts suggesting that NICs should be scrapped in favour of a better tax system, it has been suggested that raising the contributions could better fund the National Health Service (NHS).  In the latest figures from NHS England and the Nuffield Trust, it ......


PCG urges more support for self-employed workers

22 April 2014

The PCG has said the government needs to do more to support people who are self-employed. It is the PCG’s belief that an increasing number of people have chosen to work for themselves in recent months, meaning that officials must do more to provide a network of support for freelancers, contractors and entrepreneurs. In their latest call for support, the PCG has said that many self-employed......


False self-employment laws affect agencies paying gross

22 April 2014

Experts have claimed that agencies who are paying their contractors gross could be at risk of falling in the path of new false self-employed laws. The new regulations, which came into effect on April 6th, may mean that Pay-As-You-Earn payments are required if agencies are providing hirers with contractors directly. Compliance expert Adrian Marlowe explained that it is extremely important f......


Freelancing to be defined by PCG

21 April 2014

In an effort to help policymakers create better legislation for contractors, the PCG has sat down with the DEMOS think tank to try to define freelancing. Trying to develop a focussed and clear definition of freelancers has always been difficult, but problems have worsened due to tax and employment issues. Now, with IR35, tax obligations and the latest false self-employment regulations coming ......


Overseas money to be further scrutinised by government

21 April 2014

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has had its eyes on overseas cash for many years now, attempting to crack down on the array of methods people use to avoid paying tax. In recent months, they have taken a more aggressive tact, forming agreements with many nations around the world to disclose foreign nationals with bank accounts. Now it has been revealed that individuals holding money in foreign......


PCG rebuts TUC’s organic self-employment assertions

18 April 2014

The PCG has rebutted comments by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) that self-employment has increased due to an organic and shifting trend. Instead, the organisation revealed they believe that the rise in freelance numbers is the result of a structural and systematic change and is anything but organic. In recent figures, the TUC revealed that the large gains in recent employment are largely ......


Recruitment drive begins for Statoil

18 April 2014

Freelancers working in the oil and gas industries have noted a lot of opportunities over the past few years, particularly because of the government’s high priority on ensuring Britain has enough energy for the future. Now, Statoil has embarked on a new recruitment drive that is likely to see many contractors gain a plethora of new assignments.In its latest announcement, Statoil revealed it wou......


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