Parasol Announces first ever ‘Young Contractor of the Year’
Sep09

Parasol Announces first ever ‘Young Contractor of the Year’

Shining a spotlight on young contractors around the UK, Parasol announced IT professional Lauren Farmer as the winner of its inaugural Young Contractor of the Year Awards on Wednesday 18th August. The YoCo (an abbreviation of ‘Young Contractor’) Awards are a national competition recently created for millennials between the ages of 16-34. It celebrates those who have opted to pursue contracting and freelancing in search of greater...

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TUC Slams 21% increase in zero hour contracts
Sep09

TUC Slams 21% increase in zero hour contracts

Office for National Statistics figures released this week show a 21% increase over the past year, taking the number of people on zero hour contracts to 903,000.  On average, staff on a zero-hours contract work 25 hours a week, but the ONS found that 31% on the contracts said they wanted to work more hours compared with 10% of those in other forms of employment. Trade unions have slammed the news, and have today released analysis...

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FCSA: Planned changes to public sector intermediaries legislation not a ‘silver bullet’
Aug18

FCSA: Planned changes to public sector intermediaries legislation not a ‘silver bullet’

  The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA) has submitted its official response to HMRC outlining its concerns if IR35 proposals for the public sector go ahead.  The association has included some alternative solutions for HMRC to consider. The planned new rules will apply to all businesses that supply individuals to the public sector if they are not paid via RTI payroll, i.e. freelancers, interims and...

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Work has changed. How can your business keep up?
Aug11

Work has changed. How can your business keep up?

Guest blog by Sally Barringer, HR Manager at Unify We tend to view work and the workplace as a constant. It is like the air: vital to survival, but ubiquitous. This is hardly surprising considering that the average person spends 92,120 hours of their lives at work. Alongside this, our education system focuses on preparing us for world of work, society relies on tax from the working population, and our lifestyle depends on what we earn...

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Contractor survey: IR35 reforms will ‘decimate public sector’ & won’t increase revenue
Aug11

Contractor survey: IR35 reforms will ‘decimate public sector’ & won’t increase revenue

ContractorCalculator, an online resource that provides expert advice and information to contractors every month, has released the results of a survey which found that Government services will be decimated if proposed reforms to IR35 in the public sector go ahead. They learned that 80% of contractors plan on abandoning the sector rather than accepting a contract inside IR35. The Government will also lose out on £115m in taxes and could...

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