Contracting sector joins forces to defend contractors in treasury consultation
At a meeting hosted by Lawspeed, with the ContractorCalculator team in attendance, companies that support contractors agreed to offer a combined response to the Treasury’s consultation on umbrella company travel expenses.
Capping contractors’ travel expenses benefits no one
Studies conducted by ContractorCalculator show that should the government legislate against contractors claiming expenses, no one would benefit, least of all the Exchequer.
Contractor industry body moves to mitigate impact of treasury consultation
In the wake of the Treasury’s proposed consultation on contractor’s expenses, umbrella company industry body the Association of Employment Management Companies and Lawspeed announce a meeting to discuss the implications.
Treasury opens consultation on contractor expenses
HM Treasury have launched a consultation designed to investigate contractor umbrella companies that abuse travel expenses allowances.
Contractors’ group slams government with call for tax revamp
Calling for a major overhaul of UK taxation, the Professional Contractors Group (PCG) has heavily criticised government, HMRC and HM Treasury in its treatment of contractors.
Should contractors fear dip in online recruitment?
With June’s Monster Employment Index signalling a continued downturn in online recruitment, should contractors be concerned? Or does this present an opportunity for the low risk, highly skilled and flexible contractors
Contractor umbrella Crystal gains AEMC accreditation
Payment solutions provider Crystal Umbrella has become a full member of the Association of Employment Management Companies.
Contractorcalculator market report July 2008
Despite evidence of a slowdown in some contracting sectors, such as IT, there are still no crystal clear indicators about the direction of the UK economy and the overall market for contractors.
Contractors to benefit from more accountable HMRC?
The Professional Contractor’s Group (PCG) is backing a Law Commission report calling for the greater accountability of bodies like HMRC.
Conference reveals troubled times ahead for contractors
Speakers at Lawspeed’s ‘Knowledge is Power’ event this week announced that the newly adopted Agency Workers Directive could have far reaching effects on the UK’s contracting industry.
Contractors could benefit from new small business act for europe
Contractors could benefit from a new Small Business Act published this week by the European Commission. A range of initiatives have been proposed that, should the UK adopt the Act into law, could cut red tape for contractors.
Inflexible clients driving contractors into IR35?
As a new survey by a major online job board highlights the IT sector’s poor record on flexible working, ContractorCalculator asks if this has contributed to contractors falling within IR35?
Contractors with home offices to benefit from new HMRC expenses guidelines
Contractors who spend time working in their home office are set to benefit from new guidelines published by HMRC this week.
Will your mobile phone get you your next contract?
The mobile phone has impacted on virtually every aspect of the way we live today. According to a recent survey, our humble handsets could be the gateway to new contracts.
New rules for contractors using company cars
Authorised Mileage Allowance Payments have remained unchanged since 2002, yet the price of fuel has almost doubled in that period. HMRC have announced that new rules will apply to company car drivers from 1 July 2008.
Cutting IT contractors’ rates may backfire on the banks, costing them more
ContractorCalculator asks if the widely reported IT contractor rate cuts by major players in the financial sector are premature and will ultimately leave banks with lower quality development teams.
"Don’t panic" – agency workers directive won’t be UK law for at least 18 months
Despite the decision by EU employment ministers to adopt the Agency Workers Directive, it could be years before it becomes law in the UK.
Labour signs EU agency workers directive with no opt-out for contractors
In a deal that extends working hours beyond the restrictive 48 hour week, Labour has signed-up to the EU’s Agency Workers Directive.
Facebook could lead to your next contract
In a recent white paper, digital communications agency AI Digital demonstrates that social networking sites can be a source of new work for contractors.
Firms to use more temps and contractors “to weather the economic storm”
The results of two surveys conducted by the REC suggest that firms are turning to contractors and flexible labour markets to cut costs.
Dragonfly IR35 appeal at the high court – decision unlikely “for at least weeks"
The appeal of Dragonfly Consulting Ltd has now been heard at the High Court. Dragonfly lost its original case and faces back taxes of £99,000.
Contractors see labour government as a major threat to their livelihoods
The overwhelming majority of contractors – 93% – see the Labour Government as a threat to their livelihoods, according to Contractor Calculator’s latest survey of contractors and freelance professionals.
Contractor loses IR35 appeal - substitution clause viewed as “window dressing”
Contractor loses IR35 appeal as the hypothetical contract says his relationship with the client was one of employment.
Contractor calculator market report – June 2008
Mixed messages from the marketplace suggest a period of economic and labour market uncertainty.
PCG commissions university to research freelance market
The Professional Contractors Group (PCG) has commissioned Kingston University to conduct research to define and estimate the size of the freelance workforce.
Agency workers rights: how could contractors be affected?
The newly proposed measures to give agency workers employment rights after 12 weeks are not welcome by contractors. However, there's been no sign that they won't be caught up in the legislation.
Agency workers to enjoy rights after 12 weeks
Agency staff will enjoy the same employment rights as permanent staff under new legislation to be introduced this autumn.
Brown signals intention to give rights for agency workers
The prime minister gives his support to legislation to give agency workers employment rights after six months, but we don't yet know for sure how this will affect freelancers.
Contractors should get their finances in shape to survive the credit crunch
With household budgets tighter and prospects for lower contract rates what should contractors be thinking about to prepare themselves for any period of slower economic growth?
Demand for contractors highest since January
An REC/KPMG report shows that demand for contractors is at the highest level since January, due to the decline in permanent hires.
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