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Keep up to date with all the latest contractor news. We have written everything in plain English, so there’s no need to go to the overly complex HMRC website to learn about any tax and accountancy related updates.

Amelia Bowlzer
By: Amelia Bowlzer

Umbrella contractors in the m-commerce arena are in for a busy year

The 2012 ‘predictions’ have begun, and we found the one from The Centre for Retail Research especially interesting! According to The Centre, by 2015 at least 25% of all online purchases will be made using mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, which is great news for umbrella contractors with specialist skills in the m-commerce

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Amelia Bowlzer
By: Amelia Bowlzer

Umbrella contractors have many reasons to be cheerful over the festive season!

The end of year figures roundup was particularly good news for umbrella IT contractors this year, with peopleperhour.com, Monster and Reed Recruitment all having something positive to add! Figures from online job site peopleperhour.com, which came out in mid December, showed a 612% increase across the board in UK businesses hiring IT contractors. Breaking this

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Amelia Bowlzer
By: Amelia Bowlzer

Flexible working to gain new Government focus thanks to REC Commission

We were applauding a new initiative from the REC this week, which seeks to make those working in Government more aware of how flexible workers such as umbrella contractors can help the UK economy in 2012 and beyond! The new Flexible Work Commission which has been launched by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation has been

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Amelia Bowlzer
By: Amelia Bowlzer

Umbrella IT contractors in digital arena are set for a positive 2012

A new report from JM Digital made interesting reading this week – as it showed that umbrella IT contractors with skills in the digital arena are still extremely highly sought after, especially by the financial sector! The Q4 2011 market report, which came from the recruitment division of the JM Group, also found that day

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Amelia Bowlzer
By: Amelia Bowlzer

Core disciplines of IT and engineering continue to perform well in 2011

We were pleased to note that he most recent Monster Employment Index (MEI) has shown that online demand for both IT and engineering skills increased in November and also showed significant year on year demand. IT contractors working through umbrella companies saw an increase in demand for their skills of 25%, whilst engineering skills were

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Amelia Bowlzer
By: Amelia Bowlzer

Companies seek umbrella contractors with cloud computing skills

Companies seek umbrella contractors with cloud computing skills We read with interest this week the results of a new survey by IT recruitment firm Modis International which indicated that IT umbrella contractors in the cloud computing field will be in high demand over the coming months. The poll, which surveyed 250 IT decisionmakers, found that

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Amelia Bowlzer
By: Amelia Bowlzer

Read details on the latest IR35 case

IT contractor John Spencer is left with a tax bill for £141,000 following a four year IR35 battle with HMR&C. Read more on the case here – https://www.contractorumbrella.com/jlj_services_vs_hmrc.html

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Amelia Bowlzer
By: Amelia Bowlzer

FSB survey shows new avenue of opportunity for umbrella contractors

FSB survey shows new avenue of opportunity for umbrella contractors New figures this week from The Federation of Small Businesses made interesting reading we thought! According to the FSB, it's not just large established businesses that will be using umbrella contractors in the future, but also new start-ups as well. These findings come soon after

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