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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Does the government understand NHS agency contractors?

, 04 June 2015

Jeremy Hunt's comments about agencies supplying NHS staff at 'rip-off' prices have ruffled feathers. Kevin Green of REC

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Disturbing report finds self-employed pension pots shrinking

, 02 June 2015

The Resolution Foundation report into self-employed pensions is plain scary. Those contributing have dropped by half since 2001/2. Is this why?

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Silver lining of skills gap burns bright for lucky few

, 26 May 2015

An NSCC study projects stalling in the construction sector without investment in skills. For those already qualified, opportunity knocks.

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High earnings tax threshold raised, but does it do enough?

, 24 May 2015

We have an idea of how Chancellor Osborne will raise the higher tax rate threshold following the budget. But does it go far enough soon enough?

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Small business focus: we know what we want; now, deliver it!

, 21 May 2015

The FSB's #IBackSmallBusiness video implores the new government to focus on the right areas for UK Small Biz growth. Here's what we REALLY want:

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Are you this year’s best UK independent professional?

, 18 May 2015

IPSE is running a competition to find this year's top independent professionals: Freelancer Awards 2015. Here's why now's the best time to enter!

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Professional vacancies grow, but are placements sustainable?

, 12 May 2015

APSCo, REC, KMPG and HM (new) Govt all foresee economic growth. Plus, new job posts are increasing. BUT, skilled labour is in decline. What to do?

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