Category: umbrella

Umbrella contractors are the new ‘cloud’

We were amused this week to see a new REC Working Paper has found that umbrella contractors working in the IT arena do seem to have their heads ‘in the cloud’ – but I guess we always knew that! According to the findings of the study, which is called ‘Talent Acquisition in Turbulent Times’, employers Read More…

Government spending announcement good news for umbrella contractors

We were really pleased to see the announcement this week about what’s been described as a ‘significant’ new government investment which is apparently designed to boost the UK’s e-infrastructure. Details of the £145 million cash injection were delivered by David Willetts, Universities and Science Minister, who stated that it is intended to ‘catalyse growth and Read More…

Confusion rumbles on in the world of IR35

HMRC has recently indicated four key areas where it is allegedly promising to make changes to IR35 processes, but of course we’ll believe it when we see it! It is currently seeking ‘specific detailed comments’ on how to make improvements to its IR35 helpline, contractor guidance, status review and investigation processes and has also said Read More…

Technology is ‘key to future growth’ according to Barclays survey

The findings of the recent Barclays Corporate’s Politics and Economy 2011 survey were great news for us here at Contractor Umbrella, and for all of our IT specialist umbrella contractors! According to the survey, as if we didn’t know it already, the UK’s economic growth will be ‘fuelled by technology’ over the next few years, Read More…

IT spend in finance sector gets special treatment

We all know it’s tough out there at the moment, but according to the latest analysis from Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) and the CBI, organisations in Britain’s financial services sector will cut all types of capital spending over the next three months except IT, because IT helps to increase efficiency in other areas. Which is Read More…

Time to get into the cloud – and fast

Everywhere you look someone is talking about ‘cloud computing’. It;’ the latest buzz phrase in the IT industry, but we have to say, it does look like a potentially excellent opportunity for IT specialists working as umbrella contractors. According to a new report from the prominent cloud computing recruiter Resource on Demand (ROD), contractors with Read More…

Umbrella contractors in the manufacturing sector have reason to celebrate

We’ve been looking at KPMG’s ‘2011 Global Manufacturing Outlook’ and it’s all good news for umbrella contractors in this sector!  According to the report, the UK is going to become one of the world’s top five manufacturing suppliers within the next 12 to 24 months. So if you’re an umbrella contractor looking for your next Read More…

AWR now in force, but what does the REC really think?

It can’t have escaped many umbrella contractors’ notice that Agency Workers Regulations became a reality this week. It’s also no secret that the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and the PCG have had their concerns. But even so, the REC remains positive about how AWR will affect highly skilled non-permanent workers such as umbrella contractors. Read More…

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