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ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 12/Mar/2010
News this week includes a challenge to the Agency Workers Regulations and upswings in IT contractor demand plus mixed news about the UK’s recovery.

IT contractor demand soars by 26% but there are still more contractors than contracts
‘Green shoots’ are showing in the UK’s ICT labour market, as spending rises and IT contractors see demand soar by 26%, according to e-skills.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 05/Mar/2010
News this week shows a more promising contractor landscape as several economic surveys strongly indicate the UK is surging out of recession.

ContractorCalculator Market Report March 2010
Contractors once again face uncertainty as the positive messages from some key contracting sectors are contradicted by market reports from another.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 26/Feb/2010
News this week includes the promise of future contracts in space (the sector!), mixed messages for IT contractors; and a back-tax threat to expats.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 19/Feb/2010
News this week highlights employers’ plans to use more contractors; a warning over retrospective tax; and improving prospects across several sectors.

Contractors to become UK’s competitive advantage, insists PCG’s ‘Brain Gain’ campaign
Contractors are the key to UK PLC’s competitive strategy, PCG’s Simon McVicker tells ContractorCalculator on launch of Brain Gain campaign.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 12/Feb/2010
News this week includes online recruitment dip; City bouncing back; Tory threat to reassess AWD; 15-year peak for manufacturing; and more.

‘Pro Contractor’ status proposed by Professional Passport could remove IR35 threat
Professional Passport’s Crawford Temple tells ContractorCalculator how contractors will benefit from the proposed new Professional Contractor status.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 05/Feb/2010
News this week confirms contractors don’t qualify for employment rights; demand for IT contractors will soar; property prices improve; and more.

Contractor ‘employment’ status clarified as Tilson ruling is overturned on appeal
Last year’s ruling granting contractor Andrew Tilson employment rights has been overturned, but with little impact on contractors’ IR35 cases.

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, an expert IFA 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.

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