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Contractors a vital part of UK recovery, agree tax experts at PCG-sponsored event
The Reform think-tank and PCG yesterday discussed contractors’ input to UK economic recovery with a select band of leading experts and influencers.

Contractors welcome U-turn that delays implementation of the Agency Workers Directive
Lord Mandelson is expected to announce later today that the implementation of the Agency Workers Directive will be delayed.

ContractorCalculator Market Report October 2009
Data from the wider economy and the contractor marketplace is cautiously optimistic, but contractors are not out of the woods yet.

Contractor guide to Companies Act changes coming into force on 1 October 2009
The Companies Act 2006 has made sweeping changes affecting every UK limited company, with the final changes coming into force on 1 October 2009.

Contractors face escalated IR35 threat as HMRC starts flexing new Schedule 36 powers
Contractors will face a renewed threat when HMRC start applying powers available under Schedule 36 in IR35 cases, says Matt Boddington of Accountax.

Tough IR35 crackdown by HMRC is imminent, warns former tax inspector
IR35 is here to stay and HMRC is ready for a tough new campaign targeting contractors, warns former HMRC manager Kate Cottrell, of Bauer & Cottrell.

Agency Workers Directive will be law ‘in the coming few months’, confirms PM Brown
In his speech to the Trades Union Congress, Prime Minister Gordon Brown confirmed that the AWD will become law in the next session of Parliament.

Contractor Calculator Market Report September 2009
In many contracting sectors, the decline in market conditions is slowing down, with upturns in others. But are we at the bottom, or is worse to come?

IR35: HMRC’s reliance on client evidence is failing, saving one contractor over £50k
Accountax’s IR35 victory on behalf of a PCG client shows that HMRC’s reliance on client evidence is failing, as did its previous focus on contracts.

IT & telecoms contracts down a third since last year, but key skills still in demand
The latest e-skills bulletin confirms what we’ve all known for a while – the contract market has shrunk massively, but key skills are still in demand.

Wartime IT contractors to receive comedy tribute to raise funds for Bletchley Park
The original IT contractors of ‘code-breaking-central’, Bletchley Park, are to be celebrated in a fundraising comedy tribute in London on 3 November.

Contractor umbrella companies and their contractors sent fresh warning from HMRC
HMRC has launched another warning shot across the bows of umbrella companies, announcing renewed investigations into umbrellas and their contractors.

Contractor Calculator Market Report August 2009
Some of the UK’s major economic barometers are saying that the outlook is ‘less worse’. Will this lead to improved fortunes for contractors?

Contractors holiday pay ruling should make clients more supportive on IR35 status
Contractors could find clients much more helpful on IR35 status following a recent House of Lords ruling on holiday pay for ‘worker’ contractors.

Treasury targets construction contractors with false self-employment consultation
In a new consultation on ‘false self-employment’ released by HM Treasury, construction contractors face scrutiny that could impact on all contractors.

Contractor events are keeping contractors’ fingers on the pulse during tough times
Employment benefits company Tarpon’s contractor events are now well into their second year and proving to be a valuable resource for contractors.

Mixed news for contractors as the final BIS consultation on the AWD is held in London
Ltd company contractors probably excluded but umbrella contractors most likely included following the final consultation on the AWD at BIS in London.

Contractor termination disputes increase as the recession bottoms out
Contractors are increasingly facing termination disputes, which can get very complex and messy if not correctly approached and quickly dealt with.

Contractor Calculator Market Report July 2009
Contractors in some sectors can be cautiously optimistic after another month of mixed messages from the economy. But the pain continues for others.

Contractors inside IR35 may be able to claim employment rights after landmark ruling
Having been judged an Alstom employee despite years of contracting, Andrew Tilson has paved the way to some IR35 contractors claiming employee rights.

When an agent can be a contractor’s guardian angel
Ashley Cooper of agency Parc Ellis tells ContractorCalculator how they’ve been guardian angel to a contractor who faced being unpaid and out of work.

Exclusive: Conservatives pledge to support contractors and flexible workforce
Shadow corporate governance minister Jonathan Djanogly confirms Tory support for flexible workers in this exclusive ContractorCalculator interview.

Agency Workers Directive seminar reveals government threat to contractor livelihoods
The threat to contractors’ livelihoods from the AWD come from UK government, and not the EC, according to legal specialists, Lawspeed, and others.

Momentum builds to exclude contractors from ‘harmful’ Agency Workers Directive
The Association of Professional Staffing Companies adds its voice to the rising number of bodies calling for contractors to be outside the AWD.

Contractor market segmentation is the key to understanding the real impact of IR35
Deeper market insights reveal the real effect of IR35 on contractors, Parasol Group’s Rob Crossland told ContractorCalculator.

Contractor policy agenda advanced by key stakeholders at PCG seminar
Contractors’ priorities were debated by stakeholders at a PCG event in London yesterday attended by ContractorCalculator CEO Dave Chaplin.

Contractor Calculator Market Report June 2009
Some good news at last: while the recession is by no means over, several surveys point to a decelerating rate of decline. Are we near the bottom?

Contractor pensions – contributions cap blow to higher earners
Contractors at the top end of the earnings scale are penalised by a retrospective contributions cap seriously limiting their future pension income.

Contractors can qualify for government funded training support
Research from the FSB has revealed that huge numbers of microbusineses, including contractors, are missing out on training funded by the government.

Recruiter body defends contractors’ rights in new Agency Workers Directive proposals
The Association of Recruitment Consultancies proposes a two-tier system for the Agency Workers Directive that won’t impact on contractor livelihoods.

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