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Contractor umbrella company and agency ratings to view on
Contractors can now choose the umbrella companies and recruitment agencies that suit them best using live online ratings and agency supplier lists.

ContractorCalculator Market Report February 2010
The outlook for contractors is encouraging – the UK has emerged from recession and firms are showing improved optimism and growth.

Thousands of contractors face backdated tax bills as BN66 case is lost in High Court
Thousands of contractors face backdated tax bills as the High Court rules that retrospective impact of BN66 does not breach European human rights law.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 29/Jan/2010
News this week includes the UK emerging from recession; Agency Workers Regulations laid before parliament; a new public sector IT strategy; and more.

What does the Agency Workers Directive mean for contractors?
Fears that the AWD spells the end of contracting are unfounded as indications suggest ltd company contractors may be in the clear – but not umbrellas.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 22/Jan/2010
News this week includes green shoots for City jobs; IT spend forecast to grow in 2010; huge cost of bungled government IT projects revealed; and more.

Contractors’ cause to climb up political and economic agenda in 2010, promises PCG
MD John Brazier tells ContractorCalculator of PCG’s plans for 2010, including a focus on economic policy and ongoing political engagement.

Contractors can win work and help clients out of recession through knowledge transfer
Contractors finding it tough to win contracts might get an edge over competition by showing willing to transfer knowledge to clients’ workers.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 15/Jan/2010
News this week highlights changes in VAT accounting for contractors supplying overseas clients and good news for engineering and energy contractors.

Contractor wealth creation strategies for 2010
Against a backdrop of economic uncertainty, Tony Harris of ContractorFinancials suggests a range of contractor wealth creation strategies for 2010.

IT contractors to benefit from e-skills UK new Professional Programme
As the IT sector’s skills council launches its new Professional Programme, Helen Porter of e-skills UK explains how IT contractors can benefit.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 08/Jan/2010
This weeks round-up of news stories affecting the contracting market, including a newly appointed Chairman of the Service Providers Association (SPA).

Contractors suffering late-payment abuse by agencies & clients, reveals latest survey
ContractorCalculator’s late payment survey reveals that some agencies and clients are withholding contractors’ cash for longer than ever.

ContractorCalculator Market Report January 2010
Contractors who target the right markets could find 2010 a profitable year. January is a good time to take stock, so our market report does just that!

IT contractors urged to work smarter as top IT recruiter forecasts slow 2010 recovery
In an exclusive interview, Parity Resources MD Alan Rommel forecasts a slow recovery in 2010, urging contractors to work smarter to stay in contract.

IT contractor turns ‘contractrepreneur’, building businesses from contracting profits
When Mark Sweeny went contracting after a long and highly successful employment career, little did he know that he’d become a serial entrepreneur.

Surprise at contractor-neutral Pre-Budget Report, but pensions fallout still unclear
Contractor service providers express surprise at the low impact of the PBR, but the full story of the impact on pension plans is yet to come.

Contractor relief as Chancellor announces low-impact measures in the PBR
Contractor relief as ‘the most flexible labour force in Europe’ benefits from low-impact budget, but banking and tax avoidance schemes are targeted.

‘Accidental’ IT contractor ends up on Honours List for services to government clients
Gerardo Del Guercio, awarded an MBE for his pioneering work at the UK Border Agency, tells ContractorCalculator how he started his contracting career.

ContractorCalculator Market Report December 2009
An increasing number of economic indicators say the economy is turning a corner, but the news is taking time to reach contractors at the coalface.

Contractor VAT invoices and returns – a guide to VAT rate changes from 1 January 2010
VAT rates are set to return to 17.5% on 1 January 2010, which means contractors will have to adjust their invoices and VAT returns accordingly.

Contractors with pensions aged 49-54 should take pre-Xmas action
Pension rules changes mean contractors who want access to pension cash must act before 6 April 2010, says Tony Harris of ContractorFinancials.

Contractors celebrate National Freelancers Day as PCG launches its new brand
Contractors UK-wide celebrated the first National Freelancers Day on Monday as PCG launched its manifesto at Westminster and announced its rebrand.

ContractorCalculator CEO takes the (192m) plunge for National Freelancers Day!
Dave Chaplin makes the jump off the tallest building in the southern hemisphere to celebrate the UK’s first-ever National Freelancers Day.

Contractor manifesto from PCG calls for ‘fairness, clarity and recognition’
PCG’s Manifesto for Freelancing, launched today at the House of Commons, calls on government to recognise contractors’ key role in the UK economy.

Contractors to benefit after Service Providers Association launches code of conduct
SPA launches code of conduct for companies providing professional services to the contracting workforce, with HMRC endorsement.

Contractors and the HMRC Taxpayers’ Charter – honesty, respect & lower costs promised
What can contractors expect from the new HMRC Taxpayers’ Charter, which lays out the treatment taxpayers can expect from the taxman?

Contractors retain conduct regulations opt-out
BIS has confirmed that limited company and umbrella contractors will retain the right to opt out of the Conduct of Employment Regulations.

National Freelancers Day (NFD) celebrates contracting as a career choice
National Freelancers Day (NFD) on 23rd November will place contractors at the heart of the UK’s future economic success, says PCG’s Iain McIlwee.

Contractors can expect mixed outlook from Pre-Budget Report on 9 December
Chancellor Alistair Darling’s Pre-Budget Report on 9 December 2009 will be eagerly awaited by contractors. What surprises might it hold?

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