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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.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 26/Mar/2010
News this week focuses on the Budget, its silver lining for some contractors, a new force in the UK’s space sector and a manifesto for recruitment.

Contractors stand to gain little and lose more from ‘political’ Budget
Contractors can expect a multitude of small tax increases with few gains, and there are no changes to IR35, income shifting or umbrella expenses.

Contractors facing more stealth taxes as ‘sensible’ pre-election Budget is forecast
Contractors should expect few Budget surprises as the Chancellor has limited options, but ClearSky’s Derek Kelly warns of more stealth taxes to come.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 19/Mar/2010
News this week includes hopes dashed of amending the Agency Workers Regulations, improved prospects in the City and new offshore opportunities.

Contractor umbrella services for free – what’s in it for Springboard Umbrella?
Marcus Glover reveals to ContractorCalculator his reasons for launching Springboard Umbrella as a (temporarily) ‘free’ service.

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.

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