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Dave Chaplin

Would government help for contractors improve contracting’s economic contribution?

If there was more government help for contractors, would contracting’s already impressive economic contribution be improved, or would it backfire?

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ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief – 21/Aug/2014

News this week covers: contractor demand in Scotland; skills development; self-employment high; African oil & gas contracts; EBTs; and tax credits.

Contractors must develop in-demand niche skills to avoid damaging their prospects

Contractors who have not invested in developing niche, in-demand skills risk being dropped by their contracting agencies, shows a new Parasol survey.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief – 21/Aug/2014

News this week covers: contractor demand in Scotland; skills development; self-employment high; African oil & gas contracts; EBTs; and tax credits.

Contractors must develop in-demand niche skills to avoid damaging their prospects

Contractors who have not invested in developing niche, in-demand skills risk being dropped by their contracting agencies, shows a new Parasol survey.

Contractor Doctor: How can I stay under the VAT threshold when using subcontractors?

Contractors working on one-off major projects that require sub-contracting may be able to avoid registering for VAT, says Abbott Moore’s James Abbott.

Contractor Doctor: Can I withdraw personal cash from my limited company bank account?

Contractors can use cash from their limited company bank account but must maintain a paper trail of expenditure, explains Abbott Moore’s James Abbott.

Contractor Doctor: Do I have rights if my contract’s terminated because I’m pregnant?

Contractor Doctor: My client is offering employee-style perks – should I accept them?

Contractor Doctor: Contract says ‘in IR35’, working practices are out: what’s right?

Contractor Doctor: I have paid IR35 taxes for seven years. What are my options?

Contractor Doctor: Can I use a doctor’s sick note to defend against contract breach?

Contractor Doctor: Should I opt out of the Conduct Regs or AWR after a contract win?

Contractor Doctor: Can I claim expenses for building an office in my garden?

Contractor Doctor: My spouse has a short-term contract. Should it go via my ltd co?

Contractor Doctor: How do I handle hostility from my client’s permanent employees?

Contractor Doctor: Do I owe my agency damages after it terminated me for being ill?

Contractor Doctor: Is my agency’s restrictive covenant valid after losing PSL status?

Barriers to starting contracting and how to overcome them

Would-be contractors often believe that there are too many barriers to going contracting, but most can be overcome, or are simply contracting myths.

Use trial closes at interviews to help secure the contract

Contractors can use trial closing sales techniques to help identify where they are in the sales process and when they should ask for the contract.

  
  

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