Category: public sector

Logistics contractors could be in demand as firms look to increase headcount

Umbrella company contractors working in the logistics sector will be pleased to hear that the industry has reported higher levels of optimism. Barclays and Moore Stephens have released the results from their latest UK Logistics Confidence Index. The report, which surveyed over one hundred senior decision-makers within Logistics, found higher levels of optimism in the Read More…

UK contractors are more confident than those in France and Germany

A recent survey has revealed that UK contractors and small businesses are more confident about their future prospects compared to those in both France and Germany. According to findings from the annual Sage Business Index, optimism among UK contractors and SME’s (small and medium-sized enterprises) has risen to a four year high. This perhaps points Read More…

False Self Employment: Where does the buck stop?

In the media recently there has been a great deal of comment from Trade Unions regarding the use of umbrella companies; unfortunately most of what has been said is ill-informed and misleading. For example: Steve Murphy, Ucatt general secretary said: “The umbrella tax scam is a direct attack on workers’ pay and skills. Highly skilled Read More…

Report on Jobs reveals positive results for contractors

Both rates of pay and billings are on the rise for contractors, reveals the latest Report on Jobs. Umbrella company contractors will be pleased to hear that the recent Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)/KPMG’s Report on Jobs, has shown excellent results for the contracting community. The report provides the most comprehensive guide to the UK Read More…

City job opportunities on the rise

Umbrella company contractors will be pleased to learn that the number of new jobs and contracts in the City has grown significantly over the last month.   According to findings from Astbury Marsden, 3,470 new jobs were created in the City in September, compared to 2,580 new roles created in August.    The report also Read More…

Lack of entrepreneurship education is failing students, says latest report

A recent report has said that a lack of entrepreneurship education in schools is failing those who might want to go self-employed. The report, published by accountancy and investment management group Smith & Williamson, which is based on its ‘Unleashing British Business’ forum, has argued that Britain lacks the kind of education that facilitates entrepreneurship Read More…

Financial services contractors could benefit from increased growth within the sector

Umbrella company contractors working within the financial services sector will be pleased to hear that firms saw strong growth in business volumes. Findings from a recent Confederation of British Industry (CBI) report, which is the 100th CBI/PwC survey of the sector, revealed that financial services firms’ business volumes grew at their fastest rate in seven Read More…

Confidence on the rise among IT contractors

Umbrella company contractors working in the IT sector will be pleased to hear that confidence is on the up within the industry. Findings from an umbrella company survey have revealed that IT contractors are feeling positive when it comes to both rates of pay and job opportunities. IT contractors are predicting that more opportunities will Read More…

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