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IR35 Forum – Part 4: ‘In-business’ tests are great idea in theory, not in practice
Contractors in all their variety simply can’t be reduced to tick boxes. In-business tests are great in theory, but will fail contractors in practice.

IT contractors see public sector contracts cut in government U-turn on using SMEs
IT contractor contracts via SME recruiters have been cancelled as Cabinet Office tells government departments to use Capita, reveals Computer Weekly.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 24/Jun/2011
News this week includes growing contractor numbers; Scottish contract market buoyant; rates drop; gender pay gap widens; and social media screening.

IR35 Forum – Part 2: Targeting strategies to segment contractors into IR35 risk bands
In this second of a series of articles analysing options open to the IR35 Forum, ContractorCalculator looks at HMRC’s contractor targeting strategies.

Cloudtracting: the next dotcom-style boom for IT contractors turned cloudtractors?
Demand for cloudtractors – IT contractors with cloud computing skills – has rocketed by 221% in the last year. Is cloudtracting the next dotcom boom?

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 17/Jun/2011
News this week includes IT & engineering ‘boom’; FSCA joins IR35 Forum; PCG launches 2011 freelancers’ day; and contract growth from SMEs.

Online accountants will play a key role as the Agency Workers Regulations take effect
Online contractor accountants will play a key role & ensure contractors choose the right trading option as the Agency Workers Regulations take effect.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 10/Jun/2011
News this week includes IR35 Forum progress; full ECR IR35 ruling; jobs growth slows but not in IT & engineering; HMRC compliance centres; & SME tax.

ECR Consulting IR35 ruling reveals the many factors that kept contractor outside IR35
Contractor Elaine Richardson was found by Judge David Porter to be outside IR35, according to all key employment status tests.

Contractors face ongoing uncertainty as HMRC proposes broad risk bands to IR35 Forum
Contractors face ongoing uncertainty as the minutes of the first IR35 Forum reveal that HMRC is proposing to segment them in broad bands of IR35 risk.

ContractorCalculator Market Report June 2011
Contractors are best placed to take advantage of the UK’s fragile economic recovery, particularly those with engineering and IT skills to offer.

IR35 Forum – Part 1: Analysing the objectives for IR35’s better administration
In the first of a series of articles analysing options open to the IR35 Forum, ContractorCalculator looks at why IR35 deserves better administration.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 03/Jun/2011
News this week includes AWR guidance changes; HMRC on tax avoidance schemes; interims see demand surge from overseas clients; & VAT debate reopens.

AWR guide revised: Swedish Derogation no ‘miracle solution’ for contractor umbrellas
Contractor umbrellas may find the Swedish Derogation is no ‘miracle solution’ to AWR, warns REC following changes to the official BIS guidance.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 27/May/2011
News this week includes new iPhone app for contractors; PCG business training; HMRC crackdowns; and IT and engineering contractors needed by UK Plc.

IR35 Forum: Expect "real improvements" for contractors, says recruiter body APSCo
Contractors can expect the IR35 Forum to deliver real improvements, according to Ann Swain of APSCo, the recruiter body that is now part of the forum.

ContractorCalculator releases new iPhone app for contractors
ContractorCalculator has become the first leading contracting website in the UK to launch an iPhone app for contractors.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 20/May/2011
News this week includes IR35 win for IT contractor; IR35 net catches actors; contract opportunities polarise across sectors; & offshore flight tax.

Contracting business ECR Consulting wins IR35 case after five-year battle with HMRC
IT contractor Elaine Richardson has won her IR35 case against HMRC, with the tribunal finding that her company ECR Consulting ‘is a genuine business’.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 13/May/2011
News this week includes growing contractor demand; IR35 Forum launch; more AWR guidance; oil & gas contracts could go aboard; & increased rates in IT.

IT and engineering contractor demand bucks labour market trends, jobs surveys confirm
IT and engineering contractor demand growth is sustained against a backdrop of falling public sector demand & slowing growth, reports two key surveys.

Contractors in a ‘profession or business undertaking’ excluded from AWR, confirms BIS
Contractors in a ‘profession or business undertaking’ aren’t in the scope of the Agency Workers Regulations, confirms the final guidance from BIS.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 06/May/2011
News this week includes PCG post-budget; REC joins IR35 Forum; growth slows in key sectors; new rate-based income protection; & marine energy report.

Contractors warned not to be pressured by recruiters into incorporating to avoid AWR
Contractors shouldn’t be pressured by recruiters into incorporating to avoid AWR, as it may not be necessary and could mean more HMRC investigations.

ContractorCalculator’s ABC audit for March confirms 130,682 unique users
ContractorCalculator has received its seventh ABC certificate, confirming we had over 130,000 unique visitors/browsers in March.

ContractorCalculator Market Report May 2011
Contractor demand is being sustained across all core contracting sectors, except oil and gas, as the economy bounces back into positive territory.

PCG remains committed to removing any barriers in contractors’ way
PCG’s John Brazier reaffirms that contractors’ interests are at the core of PCG’s approach to removing barriers to freelancing.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 28/Apr/2011
News this week includes the royal wedding hitting contractors; oil/gas sector may lose billions; & HMRC’s mass mailout to engineers.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 21/Apr/2011
News this week includes modest IT contracting market growth; PCG magazine goes online; oil and gas tax talks falter; and key tax dates from HMRC.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 15/Apr/2011
News this week includes City IT contract growth; HMRC gets tough; AWR will benefit few contractors; oil & gas uncertainty; & former PCG man hits out.

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