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Nearly half of UK employees would consider becoming self-employed
Sophie Lewis
By: Sophie Lewis

Nearly half of UK employees would consider becoming self-employed

Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that 4.97 million people in the UK are now working in the self-employed sector.

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Contractor Umbrella News: Many workers don’t realise they are eligible for an apprenticeship
Jaime Thorpe
By: Jaime Thorpe

Contractor Umbrella News: Many workers don’t realise they are eligible for an apprenticeship

The research was conducted amongst 1,444 employees who work across different industry sectors including sales, marketing, engineering, transportation, construction and technology.

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First ever contractor fuel savings card launched
Charlie Brooks
By: Charlie Brooks

First ever contractor fuel savings card launched

The BP Plus Fuel Card guarantees low prices by giving contractors access to the wholesale price for unleaded and diesel fuel at all BP service stations across the UK.

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Number of female IT professionals has halved in last 20 years
Amelia Bowlzer
By: Amelia Bowlzer

Number of female IT professionals has halved in last 20 years

The percentage of women working in IT has declined over the past 20 years despite efforts to encourage more women into STEM careers.

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HMRC letters to GSK contractors – confusion only set to get worse, says IPSE
Sophie Lewis
By: Sophie Lewis

HMRC letters to GSK contractors – confusion only set to get worse, says IPSE

IPSE: “These letters are yet another example of the chaos caused by IR35. And this confusion is only set to get worse when the changes to IR35 are extended to the private sector next April.”

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Employers continue to hire despite low business confidence
Jaime Thorpe
By: Jaime Thorpe

Employers continue to hire despite low business confidence

Employers’ confidence in the UK economy remains low, with confidence levels now at net: -26 – a fall of 1 percentage point from the previous rolling quarter.

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Taking time off improves contractor’s performance
Charlie Brooks
By: Charlie Brooks

Taking time off improves contractor’s performance

IPSE: “Freelancers must be encouraged to take more time off not only for their businesses’ sake, but also for the sake of their wellbeing and personal lives.”

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Urgent need for more specialist engineering skills
Amelia Bowlzer
By: Amelia Bowlzer

Urgent need for more specialist engineering skills

The latest power outage across the UK has highlighted the growing sense of urgency to address the skills gap across electrical engineering and remote outage.

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