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PCG making progress securing greater contractor and freelancer recognition
PCG’s John Brazier details the latest progress by PCG on securing greater recognition for the economic contribution made by contractors & freelancers.

ContractorCalculator sees 20% rise to 133,141 unique visitors, shows latest ABC audit
ContractorCalculator’s eighth ABC audit shows that readership increased by 20% over the last 12 months and Google’s April Panda update had no impact.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 21/Oct/2011
News this week includes upbeat prospects for engineers; IT demand falls; HMRC errors and cover-ups; AWR debt transfer risk; & workshops for interims.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 14/Oct/2011
News this week includes IT contractor rate cuts; PCG on security vetting; HMRC tax error; oil & gas investment; economy falters; & 4m self-employed.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 07/Oct/2011
News this week includes IR35 Forum progress; IT & engineering contractors in demand; games sector upbeat; financial sector slows; & low UK tax burden.

IR35 Forum: HMRC outlines four areas that could offer real IR35 process improvements
Contractors may see real progress at last from the IR35 Forum, as HMRC outlines four key areas for IR35 improvements.

Contracting and wealth management: low-risk investment strategies in volatile markets
Contractors seeking low risk investments offering a greater return than bank deposits have a range of options says an expert IFA.

ContractorCalculator Market Report October 2011
Contractors are receiving very mixed messages from the UK’s labour market, with demand becoming increasingly stratified in specific sectors.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 30/Sep/2011
News this week includes new AWR guidance; PCG survey results; AWR won’t hurt contractor demand; creative skills shortage; and manufacturing upbeat.

Agency Workers Regulations: careful preparation will mitigate impact, says expert
Contractors may experience little change once the Agency Workers Regulations come into force, explains Professional Passport’s Crawford Temple.

Agency Workers Regulations: new contractor resource to help determine AWR status
Contractors can download a free new resource to help determine their AWR status and turn the new regs into a source of competitive advantage.

HMRC’s IR35 tax yield data reveals only £219,180 was paid by contractors in 2010/11
Calm before the storm? Contractors only paid £219,180 in IR35 tax with just 23 reviews last year, HMRC admits. But that could all be about to change.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 23/Sep/2011
News this week includes Scottish contractor demand; PCG survey results; demand data for interims; plus HMRC reveals ‘tax gap’ and increases fines.

Contractors are bolstering their IR35 defences with lessons from new online IR35 Test
Contractors taking ContractorCalculator’s free online IR35 Test are successfully overcoming everyday IR35 challenges, explains Seb Maley of Qdos.

Contractor demand sustained in Scotland, outperforming the rest of the UK
Contractor demand in Scotland rose “markedly” in August, with a small increase in rates, according to the Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs for August.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 16/Sep/2011
News this week includes HMRC IR35 helpline fail; tax & banking reform; short-term pain for IT contractors; confidence yo-yos; & flat-rate VAT update.

Contractors shun HMRC’s IR35 helpline in favour of employment law and tax experts
Contractors clearly don’t trust HMRC’s IR35 advice, judging by the low number of calls to its IR35 helpline revealed by our freedom of info’ request.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 09/Sep/2011
News this week includes No10 AWR ‘review’ and survey; contract market stats; HMRC exempt from red tape ban; and new tool to find high-growth clients.

Agency Workers Regulations: 51% of contractors have never heard of them – new survey
With less than a month to go before AWR takes effect, a ContractorCalculator survey reveals that 51% of contractors have never heard of the new regs.

UK jobs market “incredibly resilient”: contract hiring growth led by IT & engineering
Contracting continues to grow, driven by new client projects and a preference for ‘temp to perm’ recruitment, says the new REC/KPMG Report on Jobs.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 02/Sep/2011
News this week includes clients to keep hiring despite AWR; interim role opportunities; HMRC mileage rates; oil & gas output; & IT investment grows.

ContractorCalculator Market Report September 2011
Contracting maintains its lead over the mainstream labour market, & contractors may find an unexpected market close to home – other micro businesses.

ContractorCalculator Whitepaper: IR35 - Better administration or enforcement?
The “better administration” of IR35 promised to contractors by Chancellor George Osborne can in practice only mean "better enforcement".

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 26/Aug/2011
News this week includes new HMRC warning on disguised remuneration; LibDem call to suspend IR35; Hays reveals contractors’ pay; and investing in gold.

HMRC signals new direct attack on contractors, citing disguised remuneration
HMRC has promised to challenge schemes that are being marketed to contractors as a way of getting around new disguised remuneration rules.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 19/Aug/2011
News this week includes financial sector downbeat; IT workers top 1 million; business confidence falls; HMRC prosecutions: & Time to Pay stats cease.

UK’s 1 million+ IT contractors and permies make up 4% of workforce, an all-time high
The UK’s IT workforce has reached an all-time high of 1.093m workers, accounting for 4% of the total, says e-skills UK.

Umbrella company contractors to reap multiple benefits from Agency Workers Regs (AWR)
Contractor umbrella solutions providers will enter a new era that should benefit contractors once the Agency Workers Regulations come into force.

IT contractors lead demand leagues in Scotland, where contract rates continue to rise
IT contractors, and their permanent counterparts, lead the demand tables in Scotland, according to July’s Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 12/Aug/2011
News this week includes ongoing IT & engineering contractor demand; a potential new member of the FCSA; & US contractors to dominate workforce.

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