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Number of UK self-employed workers is ‘soaring’, says experts

Posted on 16th November 2016

Umbrella company contractors will be interested to learn that latest research has shown that the number of self-employed workers has increased significantly over the last few months.

Reports have shown the number of self-employed individuals in the UK rose by 224,000 to 4.76 million in the three months to July 2016, compared to the previous year.

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) have responded to the news.

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More women choosing engineering careers

Posted on 15th November 2016

A recent survey carried out by ICS has revealed that there has been a significant rise in the number of women making a career for themselves within the engineering sector.

Amanda Green, one of the firm's business partnership managers, has predicted that the number of women in the industry is set to grow even more, with recent campaigns and engineering groups focussed towards women creating even more awareness about career paths within the sector. 

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IPSE in partnership with university to advise future self-employed workers

Posted on 11th November 2016

The IPSE have partnered up with Nottingham Trent University School of Art and Design and Middlesex University to deliver workshops, provide expert resources and enhance existing enterprise initiatives for future self-employed workers.

According to the IPSE, there are more and more young people joining the self-employed sector, however, only 2% of independent professionals found out about this way working while at university.

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Increased government spending on cyber security could benefit IT professionals

Posted on 10th November 2016

IT contractors might be interested to learn that the government is planning to spend more on cyber security, which in turn could very well benefit IT professionals with the right skills.

The new National Cyber Security Strategy, announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond, is thought to invest an extra £1.9 billion to prevent cyber attacks.

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UK’s most in demand skills revealed

Posted on 9th November 2016

Umbrella company contractors might be interested to learn that the UK’s most in demand skills have been revealed by the world’s largest professional network, LinkedIn.

 

The ‘Top Skills of 2016’ report shows that the most in demand skills are as follows:

 

1.     Statistical Analysis and Data Mining

2.     Middleware and Integration Software

3.     HR Benefits and Compensation

4.     Wed Architecture and Development Framework

5.     Mobile Development

6.     Perl / Python / Ruby

7.     SEO / SEM Marketing

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Many millennial mothers choosing self-employment for a better work-life balance

Posted on 7th November 2016

A recent survey has revealed that many millennial mothers are planning to join the world of self-employment within the next 12 months.

The research, compiled by the .uk domain, found that 17% of millennial mothers plan to work for themselves within the year and 21% in the next five years – with the main factor being that they want find a better work-life balance.

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Majority of contractors don’t want additional benefits

Posted on 4th November 2016

Umbrella company contractors might be interested to learn that a recent survey has revealed that the majority of self-employed workers are not bothered about having any additional benefits.

Of the 250 contractors surveyed by ContractorCalculator, it was revealed that:

 

·       88% said that they don’t want maternity or paternity rights

·       82% don’t want sickness pay, as 25% have insurance and 80% use savings to make up for time off due to illness

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Majority of self-employed professionals are happier working for themselves

Posted on 2nd November 2016

The majority of self-employed professionals are much happier being their own boss compared to when they were in ‘traditional’ permanent employment, finds recent research.

These latest findings, carried out by Markel, revealed that the top three factors for contractors enjoying being self-employed included:

 

·       Having more freedom in their working life

·       Having increased flexibility by being able to fit their work around other commitments

·       Being their own boss

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Working from home gives people a better work-life balance

Posted on 1st November 2016

Umbrella company contractors might be interested to hear that recent research has revealed that working from home can increase happiness.

Although the survey looked exclusively at the difference in working from home compared to the office from a permanent worker’s perspective, the results clearly show that the majority of people feel much happier when carrying out work from their own home, with 60% of the 1,000+ people surveyed agreeing.

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IT professionals see year-on-year rise in demand

Posted on 28th October 2016

IT contractors will be pleased to hear that demand for professionals with the right technology skills continues to see a year-on-year rise.

According to the latest APSCo IT Trends Report, IT demand for those in the technology sector make up a larger proportion of the professional vacancy market, exceeding 16% in August.

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IT contractor rates continue to grow

Posted on 26th October 2016

Umbrella company contractors working within the technology sector will be interested to learn that IT contractor day rates have seen a 9.11% rise over the last year.

The latest Tech Cities Job Watch Survey, carried out by Experis revealed that an average IT contractor day rate is now £431, which is almost double the year-on-year growth in permanent salaries.

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IPSE respond to Labour leader’s self-employment comments

Posted on 24th October 2016

Umbrella company contractors may be interested to hear that the IPSE have responded after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn commented on the self-employed.

During the Labour Party Conference, he stated that tax and social security for the self-employed must be re-evaluated.

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Contractors in high demand within hospitality sector

Posted on 12th October 2016

Contractors working within the hospitality sector might be interested to learn that their skills are currently in high demand.

As the government aims to attract 40 million tourists within the next four years, contracting specialist Nova welcomes the news as many hospitality contractors will benefit.

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Rise in construction hiring as sector finally moves closer to stabilisation

Posted on 5th October 2016

With the UK construction sector seeing a downturn in recent months, umbrella company contractors will be pleased to learn that the industry is moving closer to stabilisation.

According to the latest Markit / CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index, UK construction companies indicated a sustained reduction in business activity during August, however, the pace of decline was only marginal and much softer than the seven-year record seen during July.

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Majority of recruiters reveal business is the same or better post-Brexit

Posted on 3rd October 2016

Umbrella company contractors might be interested to learn that the professional jobs market has not been materially affected by the UK’s decision to leave the EU according recent data.

According to findings from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), as many as 74% of recruiters reported that business was the same or better than before the vote in the weeks following Brexit. 

This is great news for contractors and freelancers, who are more likely to find job opportunities with companies that are reporting a positive outlook within their business.

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Looming public sector contractor changes are met with resistance

Posted on 30th September 2016

With the proposal to put contractors onto the payroll in the public sector as part of HMRC’s new intermediaries legislation for April 2017, many agencies, end-hirers and contractors are fighting against these changes.

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FCSA defends umbrella companies, saying unions’ criticisms are ‘peppered with a number of inaccuracies’

Posted on 28th September 2016

Umbrella company contractors might be interested to learn that the trade association for professional employment, the FCSA has responded to a motion tabled at the recent TUC Congress in Brighton opposing umbrella companies, pointing out that the debate is peppered with a number of inaccuracies. 

Debating employment and trade union rights, Congress aired its concerns about the growing number of umbrella companies, noting that Treasury reforms introduced in April this year have led to greater financial disadvantages for workers “forced” to operate through umbrella companies.

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Rise in demand for UK contractors

Posted on 26th September 2016

Umbrella company contractors will be interested to learn that there has been a considerable increase in demand for the UK’s highly skilled contractors.

The findings, carried out by Juice Recruitment, revealed that they have seen a 27% rise in demand for contractors since the Referendum result.

Juice’s managing director, Emma Summers, said, “The team at Juice have not seen a decrease in demand but have noticed a significant increase in the number of temporary, contract and interim opportunities that have been registered.

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Rising demand for UK manufacturing sees increased hiring

Posted on 23rd September 2016

Umbrella company contractors working within the manufacturing industry will be pleased to learn that the sector climbed to a ten-month high during last month.

Findings from the recent Markit / CIPS UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index revealed that companies within the sector reported solid inflows of new work from both domestic and export sources.

As a result of this, employment rose for the first time in the year-to-date.

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Engineering roles in high demand

Posted on 21st September 2016

Umbrella company contractors working within the engineering sector will be pleased to hear that demand for professionals grew year-on-year to July.

Recent findings from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies’ (APSCo) Professional Recruitment Trends report revealed that engineering roles are in high demand in London and the South East, however, a number of regional hubs are also emerging.

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Self-employment figures continue to rise

Posted on 19th September 2016

There are now more people than ever deciding to choose the role of a contractor as their chosen career path and with the many benefits associated with the lifestyle, this news comes as no surprise.

Recent findings have revealed that that the number of self-employed workers in the UK rose by 257,000 to 4.79 million in the three months to June 2016.

Experts in the contracting field, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) have responded to these latest findings.

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Companies found to be exploiting contractors must be investigated, says IPSE

Posted on 16th September 2016

With the recent news concerning self-employed couriers being paid below minimum wage, the IPSE has responded to the news that courier firm Hermes faces calls for an HMRC investigation into its engagement of self-employed workers.

Last month, the Prime Minister was being urged to launch an inquiry into self-employed couriers being paid below minimum wage.

In a recent carried out by The Guardian, which looked into the earnings, hours and expenses of couriers for Hermes, it was found that many self-employed workers were being paid well below the national living wage.

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Contractor billings increase at fastest rate in three months

Posted on 14th September 2016

Umbrella company contractors will be pleased to learn that billings have increased at the fastest rate since May.

The Report on Jobs, carried out by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and Markit, have revealed that having eased to a ten-month low in July, growth of contract and temp billings picked up in August.

Growth of demand was broad-based across all monitored categories of temporary/contract staff during August, with hotel & catering seeing the fastest rise, closely followed by the engineering sector.

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UK employers look to increase contractor hiring, despite drop in confidence

Posted on 12th September 2016

Umbrella company contractors will be pleased to hear that UK employers are looking to increase their contractor hiring.

The research, carried out by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation for its latest JobsOutlook survey, revealed that despite employer’s lack of confidence during the last quarter, businesses are continuing to hire.

The data found that 12% of those surveyed said they predict that contractor hiring will increase in the short term.

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Demand for contractors in financial services remains high

Posted on 7th September 2016

Umbrella company contractors might be interested to learn that recent findings have revealed that demand for interim, contractor and permanent change professionals remains high in the UK financial services sector.

The ‘Market Trends & Salaries Report’, carried out by Campion Willcocks, compiled the research by using data covering more than 2,000 interim, contract and permanent change roles at 35 financial services organisations.

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UK sees rise in number of ‘Funtrepreneurs’

Posted on 5th September 2016

Recent research has revealed that the number of people deciding to leave their permanent jobs to pursue and make money out of a hobby or passion has increased considerably in recent months.

The report, carried out by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) and YouGov, found that as many as one in ten Brits have left their jobs to become a ‘funtrepreneur’ – someone who turns their passion for a hobby into a money-making career.

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Data scientist roles grow in demand

Posted on 2nd September 2016

Umbrella company contractors might be interested to learn that demand for data scientists has increased significantly over the last few months.

The research, carried out by Procorre, revealed that during the first half of 2016, data scientist roles have grown by 45% across the Europe with the UK standing out as being the largest market by job creation with a 32% rise within the sector.

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Experts call on fair maternity and adoption pay for contractors

Posted on 31st August 2016

Umbrella company contractors might be interested to learn that experts within the self-employed sector have called on the government to introduce fair maternity and adoption pay for contractors.

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) have reacted to the recent ‘Citizen’s Advice Bureau’s Sharp Practice at work: maternity rights’ report.

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Public sector employers against IR35 changes

Posted on 30th August 2016

With so many recent changes taking place regarding the IR35 legislation, a recent survey has revealed that public sector employees do not support the latest reform proposals. 

The findings, carried out by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) found that public sector employers do not support the changes to the monitoring and reporting of skilled contractors’ tax status that the government is proposing.

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Call for priority for protecting contractors post-EU rules change

Posted on 26th August 2016

Umbrella company contractors will be interested to hear that there has been a call for priority with regards to protecting the UK's highly skilled contractors from any potential post-EU rule changes.

Marcus Green, Nova Contracting director, commented, “Anything which could reduce UK businesses’ access to the vital pool of temporary workers in the UK, or limit its attraction for workers in the UK and from Europe, would be disastrous for the sector and our economy. Contractors provide vital flexibility, particularly during times of change.

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