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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.

Charlie Brooks
By: Charlie Brooks

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

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Create Team
By: Create Team

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

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Create Team
By: Create Team

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

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Amelia Bowlzer
By: Amelia Bowlzer

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.

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Amelia Bowlzer
By: Amelia Bowlzer

The future’s bright, according to the PCG!

If ever there was a news story to make you feel better about being an umbrella contractor, this is it. The PCG has just carried out a survey of more than 2,000 contractors working across a variety of industry sectors – and the message is the clear. The work is there and it’s only going

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Amelia Bowlzer
By: Amelia Bowlzer

The Best Just Got Better!

Contractor Umbrella would like to extend a warm welcome to its latest addition. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Roger Westlake to our Employee Liaison and Compliance team. Roger not only brings a big personality to his new contractors, but over 40 years of experience working within the HMR&C. Also as the Secretary

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Amelia Bowlzer
By: Amelia Bowlzer

Engineering Sector Seeking More Contract Workers

A recent report by accountants KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation has determined that, despite the recession, there is still a healthy demand for contractors and freelancers. They identified a particularly high requirement for flexible workers in the Engineering Sector which will give increased opportunities for skilled umbrella company contractors who work in this

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Amelia Bowlzer
By: Amelia Bowlzer

Umbrella Contractors In Demand

ECI have recently published the results of their Growth Survey, which looked into the expansion plans of  small and medium sized businesses for the next 12 months, and it revealed that 75% are looking to increase their workforce, with half prediciting profit growth of 16% or more. It is likely that many of these additional

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