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Contractors need real certainty on Brexit, says IPSE
Sophie Lewis
By: Sophie Lewis

Contractors need real certainty on Brexit, says IPSE

Following the recent Parliamentary vote opposing a no-deal Brexit, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) welcomes this decision. However, the self-employed body warns that contractors and businesses need a clear exit plan and more certainty from the government. Andy Chamberlain, IPSE’s Deputy Director of Policy, explained, “Last night’s commitment not to leave the

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Contract billings expand despite hiring uncertainty
Sophie Lewis
By: Sophie Lewis

Contract billings expand despite hiring uncertainty

A recent report has revealed that contract/temp billings are on the rise, despite uncertainty regarding hiring and staff availability. The latest REC and KPMG UK Report on Jobs, compiled by IHS Markit from responses of around 400 UK recruitment and employment consultancies, found that the number of people placed into permanent job roles remained unchanged

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REC respond to government’s IR35 consultation
Jessica Vella-Bone
By: Jessica Vella-Bone

REC respond to government’s IR35 consultation

The government has released an open consultation, seeking views on how the off-payroll working rules will work from April 2020. With the reform being extended to the private sector, the government says that the consultation ‘seeks to ensure the proposed processes are suitable for the large and diverse private sector as well as engagers in

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Majority of Brits would choose an apprenticeship over a degree
Sophie Lewis
By: Sophie Lewis

Majority of Brits would choose an apprenticeship over a degree

Recent research has revealed that nearly three quarters of Brits would choose the apprenticeship route rather than studying for a degree. The CV-Library study surveyed 1,200 workers and found that just over half (53.4%) believe that an apprenticeship is better for a person’s career. Interestingly, 94.6% of professionals think that apprenticeships might even be helpful

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HMRC warns of landline scams
Jessica Vella-Bone
By: Jessica Vella-Bone

HMRC warns of landline scams

Those with a landline phone are being urged to be cautious, as a latest scam involves criminals pretending to be the tax authority. Although efforts to crack down on both email and SMS phishing scams is improving, HMRC has said that fraudsters are now turning to more traditional methods of cold-calling publicly available phone numbers

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Many job adverts using sexist language
Amelia Bowlzer
By: Amelia Bowlzer

Many job adverts using sexist language

Latest research has found a high level of sexist gender-coded language present in many job adverts. The data, compiled by Adzuna, revealed that consultancy, property, sales, maintenance and travel industries were the most discouraging towards female jobseekers. Each industry used 50% or more male-biased words in their job ads. The sectors with the most female-biased

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Many Brits would rather reject a dream job than face biggest fear
Charlie Brooks
By: Charlie Brooks

Many Brits would rather reject a dream job than face biggest fear

A recent survey has revealed that over a third of Brits would refuse their dream job if it meant facing their biggest fear. UK jobs board Jobsite surveyed more than 2,000 workers, presenting them with twelve of the most common phobias, asking them to rate their fear from ‘very afraid’ to ‘not at all’. Interestingly,

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Self-employed driving record employment levels
Amelia Bowlzer
By: Amelia Bowlzer

Self-employed driving record employment levels

Latest Office for National Statistics data revealed that the number of self-employed people rose by 63,000 to 4.84 million in the last quarter of 2018. The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) welcome these recent figures and believe that the UK’s strong labour market is being driven by the self-employed. The ONS data

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