Category: public sector

Government appoints ambassador for contractors

The government has made the announcement of appointing the UK’s first ever self-employed ambassador. The announcement was made during National Freelancers Week, with the news that David Morris MP will be representing the UK’s ever-growing contracting community. David Morris began his career in hairdressing, building up a business of five salons. He then went on Read More…

Female contractors being awarded more work than men

A new survey has revealed that female contractors are bridging the pay gaps within gender, as more self-employed women are chosen for contracts than men. Latest research, carried by online market for freelancers – PeoplePerHour, has found that women are winning 58% of online work advertised, with an average hourly contractor rate of £22.43. In Read More…

Autumn Statement 2014

In the Autumn Statement today, George Osborne talked about a return to prosperity and cited statistics which show a growth in the economy, increased employment and a reduction in borrowing. He announced that tax receipts were down but so was Public Spending. After a very positive start Osborne talked brought up the omnipresent subject of Read More…

David Cameron meets with the nation’s ‘top contractors’

During the celebrations of National Freelancers Week, David Cameron met with the winner and finalists of the 15 for 2015 competition – a nationwide search for the best self-employed professionals Simon McVicker, Director of Policy and External Affairs at IPSE (The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-employed), said, “It is an honour that the Read More…

IT contractors predict higher rates of pay over following year

Recent findings have revealed that IT contractors are expecting not only higher rates of pay over the next year, but an increase in job opportunities too. The latest research has found that 96% of IT contractors predict a rise in pay over the next 12 months – an increase of four per cent year-on-year. IT Read More…

Contractors in demand as more UK businesses look to hire over the few months

The latest JobsOutlook survey has revealed great news for umbrella company contractors and freelancers across the UK. According to the latest JobsOutlook survey, carried out by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), many UK employers are looking to expand their workforce by taking on additional temporary workers. The REC’s JobsOutlook tracking survey reports the responses Read More…

Manufacturing sector sees significant growth

Umbrella company contractors working in the manufacturing industry will be pleased to hear that the sector is experiencing significant growth in Q4. The latest Markit/CIPS UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), revealed that growth is at a three month high within the sector. Manufacturing production rose for the nineteenth successive month in October – although Read More…

Economic growth remains solid

Latest research from the Confederation of British Industry has shown that economic growth remains solid, despite slightly slowing. Findings from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) reveal that the economy has slowed a little during the three months to October; however, umbrella company contractors needn’t be concerned, as growth still remains ‘relatively solid’. The Growth Read More…

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