Time for captains of industry to set sail

, 24 August 2015

Graduates can't get jobs that befit their education; businesses can't hire people with the right skill set. Is the skills gap really such an easy fix?

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Freelance confidence at record high, but can it last?

, 01 August 2015

IPSE's Q2 Freelance Confidence Index recorded an all-time high in freelancers' confidence in their business. But that was before the Emergency Budget…

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Taxman heading along an ill-advised route to implement IR35

, 22 July 2015

With SDC reforms imminent, a new IR35 discussion document launched putting the onus of vetting contractors onto the client, we ask: What IS HMRC doing?

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IR35 – Up for Discussion

, 20 July 2015

The government has fulfilled its budget promise and issued the IR35 discussion document. Should it worry contractors? Only if MPs take a huge pay cut

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The northern powerhouse is stoking up the coals

, 14 July 2015

The Q2 2015 jobs report from CV Library sees Edinburgh, Liverpool and Birmingham record higher growth than London. Is the tide changing for good?

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Reaction to the 2015 emergency budget (not good)

, 11 July 2015

Will SDC really have a huge impact on the UK economy? Can remote digital freelance sites take up the slack? Yes and no, respect-ively and -fully.

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Why this budget will only deliver conservative changes

, 08 July 2015

Today, Chancellor Osborne delivers the first Tory-only budget for almost two decades. Paul's laughing. Peter? Not so much.

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Doors are opening to self-employed opportunity in Whitehall

, 04 July 2015

The Chancellor has invited the FCSA to a post-budget chow-down. Solopreneur Julie Deane's to head up a govt. report on self-employment. Just, Wow!

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Will HMRC deprecate IR35? Has the shift to SDC already begun?

, 02 July 2015

HMRC remains silent on many of the issues affecting contractors; as such, we're left to speculate. Here's our punt, with a h/t to Lisa Keeble.

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IPSE, ITC and CBI all want a slice of the transport budget

, 27 June 2015

London takes centre stage as TfL lays out is Business Plan up to 2020/21, while IPSE gets behind ITC report for better airport connectivity.

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Govt Urged to Use Its Swede as Darby and Joan Worth £100bn to GDP

, 24 June 2015

PricewaterhouseCoopers' 'Golden Age Index' suggests that if the UK utilises workers aged 55+ the same as Sweden does, it could add £100bn to GDP.

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How bad is UK skills shortage? 72% of HM Govt vacancies go begging

, 23 June 2015

We knew the UK skills shortage was bad. But even the HSMP can't help fill ministerial jobs, 72% of which went unfilled in 2014/15 (Bullhorn)

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The changing face of recruitment: there’s an app for that

, 18 June 2015

Two articles reminded me how interviews used to be. Now, there's a mobile app for interviewing, Google Maps and websites. Where were they in 1988?

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Chancellor’s Economic Vision Blind to the Elephant in the Room

, 13 June 2015

George Osborne's vision for the UK is exciting and bold. But the skills gap is a real threat to both short and long term growth, and it's getting wider.

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Preview: Derby University’s Higher Accounting Apprenticeship

, 09 June 2015

Using contractors on an ad hoc basis has aided recovery, but it's a limited pool. Derby University higher apprenticeships seek to close the skills gap.

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Zero Hour contracts’ exclusivity clause terminated

, 06 June 2015

So, zero hours exclusivity clauses are no more. Is the flexible workforce overjoyed? Well, not as cock-a-hoop as you might expect…

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