Category: umbrella

Mobile computing a ‘fantastic career opportunity’ for IT contractors

According to a recent poll from specialist IT recruiter CWJobs.co.uk, 19% of IT specialists are planning a ‘major overhaul of their skills base’ in order to concentrate on mobile computing, which is great news for the UK’s IT umbrella contractors! The survey also found that 78% think that graduates who are just entering the industry Read More…

CBI pre-Budget proposals will benefit all types of umbrella contractor

We read with interest that the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has suggested a range of initiatives which could be implemented by the Government in the March budget, all of which will could potentially increase umbrella contractor demand. These include offering greater financial support to mid-sized businesses in the UK, accelerating a range of infrastructure Read More…

Good news for umbrella IT contractors from leading industry commentator

In a recent article, Social media and technology comment website Mashable has identified that the IT specialisms which have been highlighted by entrepreneurs as ‘likely to remain in most demand’ are communications experts, data specialists, SEO experts and application development and systems administration specialists. Following close behind are IT specialists that are familiar in working Read More…

Government changes present opportunity to simplify umbrella contractor’s working lives

We noticed with interest that the REC’s Director of Policy Tom Hadley is due to met with new Employment Minister Norman Lamb in the near future, when he plans to address the issue of the UK’s ‘near-obsession with red tape’ that negatively impacts umbrella contractors. With previous Employment Minister Ed Davey taking up Chris Huhne’s Read More…

Umbrella company contractors are not being affected by AWR

We were pleased to see this week that recently released figures from the temporary labour supplier de Poel have revealed that the number of non-permanent staff hired rose by 13% in January 2012. The biggest increase was in the manufacturing sector, with a 35% rise, followed by business services at 33%. Increases of 19% and Read More…

Purchasing Managers’ Index increases by the greatest degree in nearly four years

According to the January UK Services Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) from Markit/Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), UK Service Sector growth increased in the survey’s history, putting the Index at its highest level for 10 months. Described by the report as the ‘single largest monthly improvement in business optimism in the history of the Read More…

REC/KPMG Report indicates UK skills gap which could present umbrella contractor opportunity

According to the latest Report on Jobs from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)/KPMG, demand for contractors rose again in January 2012, with a rise that was the strongest since May 2011. Hourly rates of pay for contract staff also increased modestly, which is good news after a slight decrease in December. However, it was Read More…

Trade figures released in December are positive for manufacturing industry umbrella contractors

Umbrella contractors that have clients in export and manufacturing sectors will be pleased to see December’s UK Trade figures and the Index of Production which have been published by the Office for National Statistics. These figures show that manufacturing output increased by 2.1% in December 2011 when compared to the same month the previous year. Read More…

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