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Construction pay rates more than double over four years

Posted on 21st September 2018

Professionals working within the construction sector will be pleased to learn that latest findings have shown a rise in rates of pay due to skills shortages.

Data from software and service supplier, Engage Technology Partners has revealed that some roles have seen hourly rates more than double in the last four years.

Crawler Crane Operators have noted the greatest increase in rates (82%) between 2015 – 2018, with much of this demand thought to have come from the Crossrail project.

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Steep rise in contractor vacancies and rates of pay

Posted on 17th September 2018

Contractors will be pleased to learn that latest findings have revealed positive news for the self-employed sector. 

The IHS Markit/REC Report on Jobs for August shows that temp billings increased at a sharp rate, however, it was the softest recorded since October 2016.

A steep rise in demand was also recorded, as well as rates of pay – despite the rate of inflation softening from the previous month.

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FCSA propose new IR35 plans following 2017 reform ‘shambles’

Posted on 14th September 2018

With the government’s recent Off-Payroll private sector consultation, the FCSA has proposed a new innovative solution designed to increase IR35 compliance in a fair and transparent way.

The Enhanced Reporting and Enforcement solution will allow Personal Service Companies (PSCs) to retain responsibility for their IR35 status, as they currently do, albeit with an obligation of reasonable care.  

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HMRC loses tribunal after getting football referees’ employment status wrong

Posted on 12th September 2018

A recent case has found HMRC to have mistakenly treated a group of professional football referees as employees, instead of contractors.

As a result of this, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) have called on the government to write into statute, a positive definition of self-employment.

The Employment tribunal had the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) successfully argue that a group of referees – some of whom officiated in the Premier League, Championship and FA Cup – should’ve been classed as self-employed.

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National Freelancers Day nominated for top award

Posted on 10th September 2018

The IPSE’s flagship annual event celebrating the UK’s self-employed sector has been shortlisted for the best all-round event experience at the 2018 EventLAB Awards.

With over 400 attendees, 40 speakers, five streams and 11 sponsors, this year’s 10thNational Freelancers Day was the biggest and best to date.

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Employers’ hiring up despite economy confidence dipping

Posted on 7th September 2018

Latest data has revealed that employers’ confidence in the prospects for the UK economy turned negative this month for the first time since April.

However, despite these findings from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) latest JobsOutlook report, employers’ confidence in making hiring and investment decisions remained positive.

The proportion of hirers who use contract/temp agency workers highlighting plans to increase their numbers in the short-term (35%) and medium term (35%) at least doubled year-on-year.

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Top 10 CV buzzwords revealed

Posted on 3rd September 2018

A new report has revealed the top 10 CV buzzwords that are commonly used to highlight the most frequent job-hunting clichés seen by prospective employers.

The data, compiled by job search engine Adzuna, analysed over 1.1 million UK CV’s looking at the most common buzzwords used and the number of times these words or phrases have been used in total.

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FCSA welcomes official HMRC umbrella guidance, but argues it needs more work

Posted on 31st August 2018

Although the FCSA very much welcomes the government’s latest guidance on engaging with umbrella firms, there are still concerns that it does not go far enough with regards to explaining what a compliant umbrella looks like.

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Gender specific rules in the workplace revealed

Posted on 29th August 2018

A new survey has shown interesting results regarding gender specific rules in UK workplaces – with men being the most likely to be scrutinised for their appearance in an office environment.

The recent data, compiled by CV-Library, found that one in four (22.5%) employees have to adhere to gender specific rules at work – this is despite over half (56.2%) agreeing that these rules are sexist.

Surprisingly, many of the rules discussed by respondents were aimed at the appearance of male employees.

The most common gender specific rules included:

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Construction sector sees boost in job creation

Posted on 27th August 2018

Recent findings have shown a robust and accelerated rise in construction activity during the last month.

The latest IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index revealed that UK construction companies achieved a stronger expansion of business activity levels during July, underpinned by the fastest increase in residential work for just over two-and-a-half years. 

It also indicated that new business growth gained momentum, which contributed to the largest rise in employment numbers since December 2015. 

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