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ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 18/Jun/2010
News this week includes a surge in online demand for workers; London’s financial centre continues to grow; and engineers are in greater demand.

Contractors see public sector contracts vanish as first government cuts are announced
The Treasury’s announcement of projects to be suspended and cancelled has removed many valuable contract opportunities.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 11/Jun/2010
News this week includes date for National Freelancers Day; stark public sector job warning; offshore optimism increase; and energy skills shortage.

Contractors could benefit from government’s value-for-money spending review
New contract opportunities could be opened up by the government’s re-evaluation of its role in providing public services.

ContractorCalculator Market Report June 2010
Contractors will benefit from the positive upward trending of most economic indicators, although experts report the recovery is still fragile.

Contractors to mark National Freelancers Day 2010 with focus on potential & lifestyle
The date for this year’s PCG National Freelancers Day is 23rd November, with themes being ‘freeing-up potential’ and ‘contractor lifestyle choices’.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 04/Jun/2010
News this week includes government plans to cut regulations; construction and manufacturing output increase; and defence spend increases in recession.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 28/May/2010
News this week includes new laws to benefit contractors; jobs for IT sector; REC acts on AWR; Scotland’s contractors do well; and new economic growth.

Government commits to replace IR35
A decade of uncertainty over contractors’ tax status may be over, with the ConLib coalition committing to review and replace IR35.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 21/May/2010
News this week includes government review of IR35; simpler business taxes and regulations; mixed news on jobs; and the UK’s promising offshore future.

Contractors cheering “staggering” Novasoft IR35 ruling are likely to be disappointed
The Novosoft IR35 ruling is inconsistent with previous IR35 status case rulings and is likely to be overturned, says Andy Vessey of Qdos.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 14/May/2010
News this week sees a new coalition government and the first steps to engage it; an IR35 victory over HMRC; new AWR resources; and IT apprenticeships.

Contractor election watch: what contractors might expect from the ConLib coalition
Both the parties committed (on paper, at least) to make positive changes for contractors are now in power. But beware, they may yet disappoint.

ContractorCalculator Market Report May 2010
Contractors will benefit from the renewed optimism in key sectors, like manufacturing and services, but the threat of a double-dip recession remains.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 07/May/2010
News this week sees HMRC release taxpayer statistics; jobs growth slows; oil & gas contractors under threat from AWR; and manufacturing output is up.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 30/Apr/2010
News this week includes growth of HMRC ‘yield’; IT contract opportunities increase; labour market statistics paint mixed picture; & PCG ups the ante.

Contractors can be sure of PCG working for best results despite political uncertainty
PCG’s John Brazier writes that policy work by PCG engaging the main political parties means whatever the election outcome, contractors can benefit.

ABCe audit shows 11% growth as ContractorCalculator readership leaps to 126k in March
The web’s official audit body, ABCe, confirms ContractorCalculator had 126,578 unique visitors in March – the 5th audit in 2.5 yrs with regular 100k+.

Larkstar leaves grim legacy for contractor IR35 status, despite HMRC closing case
HMRC has closed the Larkstar Data case, leaving contractor Alan Brill free to retire, but its legacy will live on in IR35 case law used by HMRC.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 23/Apr/2010
News this week includes ending of Larkstar saga; AWR review bid dropped; contractor opportunities abound; & more workers may be choosing contracting.

Contractor election watch: manifesto launches & first TV debate bring little clarity
Labour, Tory and LibDem manifestos are published, mostly with predictable lack of detail, while first televised leadership debate clears little up.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 16/Apr/2010
News this week includes increasing demand for contractors; a new client guide from PCG; this site’s calculators updated; and, oh, there’s an election…

Online contractor accountant services: why they aren’t simply web-based spreadsheets
Crunch MD Darren Fell explains how online accountants are innovating and adapting to meet head-on the concerns and increasing needs of contractors.

ContractorCalculator Market Report April 2010
Contractors are benefiting from improvements in the UK’s economy, with more contracts and increased rates, but continued recovery is not assured.

Online interactive contractor tax calculators now available with latest tax data
ContractorCalculator’s comprehensive range of personal and business online interactive tax calculators have been updated with the latest Budget data.

Contractor election watch: Tory spending cuts a double-edged sword for contractors
The battles lines are drawn and week one of the election campaign has the hallmarks of a phoney war. Much said, but little substantiated with facts.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 09/Apr/2010
News this week announces the election; warns that 50p tax will damage the UK economy and shows demand for IT and engineering contractors is up.

Contractor compliance drives SPA to rebrand as FCSA with new code of conduct
The former Service Providers Association is now the Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA), with a comprehensive new code of conduct.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 01/Apr/2010
News this week highlights Tory commitment to review IR35; poor customer service by HMRC; improved prospects across most contracting sectors; and more.

PCG lobbying gains contractors Tory commitment to “review” IR35
In a letter to PCG, Shadow Business Minister Mark Prisk promises the Conservative Party will “review” IR35 should the Tories win the General Election.

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