Latest Contractor News

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

Campaign to support contractors across the UK

Umbrella company contractors will be interested to hear about the campaign that has been launched in order to defend the legitimacy of freelance businesses. The Professional Contractors Group (PCG), the ‘voice of freelancing, is launching a four-week advertising campaign in the national press to increase their public defence of freelance working. Freelancers, contractors, consultants and

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Amelia Bowlzer
By: Amelia Bowlzer

Contractor Umbrella is now APSCo Affiliated

Contractor Umbrella is delighted to announce that it has become an affiliate member of APSCo after exceeding their exacting standards for customer service and compliance.  

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Charlie Brooks
By: Charlie Brooks

Big Indian IT firms hiring Umbrella contractors in the UK

IT contractor’s job opportunities have increased thanks to Indian firms taking an interest in UK umbrella company contractors. Marketing experts Vanson Bourne and software manufacturers Antenna Software carried out a survey, confirming that UK businesses are likely to double their spending on mobile technology projects within the next 18 months. The encouraging news for those

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Charlie Brooks
By: Charlie Brooks

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

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Charlie Brooks
By: Charlie Brooks

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

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Charlie Brooks
By: Charlie Brooks

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

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Charlie Brooks
By: Charlie Brooks

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

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Charlie Brooks
By: Charlie Brooks

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

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