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FCSA responds to employment status victory

Posted on 16th March 2018

With Unite celebrating a victory on behalf of one of its members, the Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA) has said that this example shines a spotlight on the complex issues of employment status.

The case involved Unite’s member, pipe fitter Russ Blakely and the dispute of his employment status with employment agency On-Site Recruitment Solutions Limited and payroll company Heritage Solutions City.

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Self-employed construction workers play a crucial role in the economy

Posted on 14th March 2018

Contractors working within the construction sector will be pleased to hear that self-employed workers in this field are recognised as being a 'crucial and unrivalled role in boosting economic efficiency and productivity in the industry'.

This news comes from a new report by the Centre for Research on Self-Employment (CRSE) and Hudson Contract.

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Number of self-employed mothers has doubled in the last 10 years

Posted on 12th March 2018

With the increased flexibility and positive work-life balance that contracting offers, it's no surprise to learn that a recent survey has revealed that the number of self-employed mothers has doubled since 2008.

The report 'Exploring the rise of self-employment in the modern economy', compiled by Kingston University and IPSE, shows that more mothers than ever before are choosing the contracting life, putting the current figure at 594,000 and accounting for one in seven of all self-employed people in the UK.

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Women-led businesses make a huge contribution to UK economy

Posted on 9th March 2018

After celebrating International Women’s Day this week, a recent report has revealed just how important women are with regards to their role in driving economic growth across the UK.

The report, compiled by Founder4Schools (F4S) in partnership with Mortimer Spinks, stated that at the heart of these ‘robust, dynamic and scalable’ businesses across the UK, these findings shine a light on the hidden figures strengthening economic growth:

- 1,283 growing women-led businesses with £1-250m annual turnover, grew at a median rate of 17% in the past year.

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Job creation on the up in manufacturing sector

Posted on 7th March 2018

Umbrella company contractors working within the manufacturing sector will be pleased to learn that UK job creation in the industry is growing.

The latest IHS Markit/CIPS UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), revealed that despite the upturn in the UK manufacturing sector slowing further during February, employment rose for the 19th consecutive month, with the rate of expansion the second-fastest since mid-2014.

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'Changing attitudes' to professional support are driving contractor demand

Posted on 5th March 2018

Latest findings have revealed that a growing ‘professional gig economy’ of highly skilled, independent workers is flourishing in both the UK and Europe.

According to the data compiled by Source Global Research, published by Odgers Connect, this is being driven by organisations cutting back on core staff and instead relying on outsourced professionals working for themselves.

Senior executives across 250 UK and European organisations were surveyed, with the results showing that changing attitudes to professional support are driving demand for independent workers.

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Self-employed numbers up on last month but down compared to last year

Posted on 2nd March 2018

Despite latest data showing that the number of self-employed workers in the UK has seen slight growth in the last month, this figure is less compared to the previous year.

Recent Office of National Statistics (ONS) data shows that there are currently 4.78 million self-employed people in the UK. This is up from 4.77 million last month, but down from 4.8 million 12 months ago.

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) have responded with concerns surrounding these findings.

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Oversharing online could be harming your future job prospects

Posted on 28th February 2018

Whether you’re an umbrella contractor, freelancer or ‘permie’, oversharing the wrong content on social media could very well be harming your future job prospects.

A survey of 1,500 UK parents carried out by AgeChecked, looked at their concerns with regards to their children and how their social media content could have an impact on their career prospects.

Of those surveyed, 58% are worried their children may share content that would embarrass them in the future, such as when they apply for jobs.

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Contractor Umbrella pass APSCo Intermediary Compliance Review

Posted on 27th February 2018

ContractorUmbrella Compliance Audit 2018

Auditors have undertaken a very thorough audit of ContractorUmbrella which aims to provide you the contractor, agency or end client with the security that the service you will receive and the processes that are undertaken on your behalf are compliant with HMRC.

The assessment included a review of detailed documentation, discussions with management and on site testing covering compliance in the following areas:

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UK businesses continue to struggle to find talent

Posted on 26th February 2018

UK recruiters are reporting that one of the biggest challenges for businesses at the moment is being able to find the right workers for their advertised vacancies. 

Latest labour market statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), show that interestingly both the number of unemployed people and the number of vacancies has increased between October-December last year. 

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