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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

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

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Charlie Brooks
By: Charlie Brooks

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,

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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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