What skills shortage? ONS says unemployment is down

, 23 September 2014

While much has been said about the so-called 'skills shortage' strangling the employment sector, data from the Office for National Statistics says otherwise.

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Contractors remain in demand north of the border

, 20 September 2014

Whilst the issue of Scottish independence has thankfully been bottled for this generation, the country still needs plenty of umbrella company contractors.

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REC finds contractor demand increasing at record rate

, 16 September 2014

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation has some big news: last month saw the rate of demand for umbrella contractors hit highs unseen in decades.

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Contractors: the Treasury wants your opinion this autumn!

, 13 September 2014

I never thought this day would come but it's here: the Treasury wants the input of freelancers and umbrella company contractors ahead of the Autumn Statement.

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Younger contractors will save us all, trade body declares

, 09 September 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, rejoice for our prayers have been answered: a major trade industry body says we can just dump our problems on the younger generation.

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FSB urges more local help be given to contractors

, 06 September 2014

The Federation of Small Businesses recently called for more attention to be paid to contract workers by Local Enterprise Partnerships in the UK.

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British contractors have become the low-cost option

, 02 September 2014

Hold on to your hats, contract workers: new research has shown that it costs less to hire a Brit than many other European workers.

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Contractor pay gap widens along gender lines

, 30 August 2014

While the economy, aided by freelancers and umbrella company contractors, has recovered, not everyone's reaping the full rewards of the new financial stability.

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British self-employment hits 40 year high

, 26 August 2014

Brace yourselves for some good news: never in 40 years have self-employment figures been this high, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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STEM contractors look out: you’ll be fought over soon

, 23 August 2014

If it feels like there's blood in the water, you wouldn't be wrong, especially if you're a STEM contractor: employers are hungering for your expertise.

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Financial risk management is a booming business

, 19 August 2014

The financial risk management sector is booming right now - and it needs skilled umbrella company contractors and freelancers in a major way.

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Contractor demand spikes sharply year-on-year, survey says

, 16 August 2014

Year-on-year demand for freelancers and umbrella company contractors has risen by a significant margin, according to the results of a new ASPCo survey.

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Demand begins to outstrip contractor availability in the UK

, 12 August 2014

Looks like that slippery slope is steeper than we thought: more research findings are indicating that the demand for contractors is outstripping availability.

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Contractor vacancies grow whilst availability shrinks

, 09 August 2014

While vacancies for freelancers and umbrella company contractors might be growing by leaps and bounds, contractor availability is starting to dwindle.

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Confidence of IT sector soars, brings new opportunity

, 05 August 2014

Industry experts are predicting a banner year for any freelancers or umbrella company contractors involved in the IT sector after the results of one report.

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20,000 startup loans and counting: how contractors benefit

, 02 August 2014

It's finally happened: the 20,000th Start Up Loan has been handed out by the Government, and all this funding in the hands of SMEs is good news for contractors.

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