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Demand for IT Contractors Strong in May

If you thought IT contracting was hitting a rough patch due to Brexit or IBM firing contractors, then think again, as demand was strong during May.

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Contractor Plans Legal Fight Against IR35 Reforms

An IT contractor has taken the bold step of planning to take on the government and their IR35 reforms in a legal battle.

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Freelance Friendly Parties? The General Election Explained

It’s only 2 days until the UK General Election, and from what I’m hearing many freelancers and contractors are still undecided about who to vote for.

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IBM Tells Contractors “Take Pay Cut or Go”

It’s a harsh environment out there in the contracting world, and there is none as harsh as the IT industry, as proven by a recent IBM memo.

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New Figures Suggest 176,000 Self Employed People in Wales

Wales is quickly becoming the UK hub of self employment, with 176,000 now working for themselves. That is 32% of new jobs in the country.

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Working From Home – 40% Are Lonely According to Report

Many people are choosing to become their own boss and work from home, but a report suggests that many have to deal with loneliness.

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Over 15% of Workers in Harlow are Self Employed

According to a new survey, one in six workers from the town of Harlow in Essex are classed as self employed, with many of those classed as contractors.

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Sky News Sued by Freelance Photographer

A freelance photographer by the name of Eddie Mitchell isn’t afraid to take on the Sky Broadcasting Corporation, after it was announced he was suing them.

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Contractors to Finally Get Paid on Time…Maybe

I reported right here on this blog about how contractors spend an average of 20 days a year chasing clients for late payments. Sometimes they never get paid.

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UK “The Worst” for Self Employed Pensions

A panel of pension experts recently took to the streets of 15 countries around the world and their findings were not exactly surprising.

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27% Leave School With No Career Advice According to Study

Just over a quarter of Brits leave Secondary school without any kind of career advice…that is according to a new study of over 2000 adults.

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Boss of Twitter Launches Payment System in the UK

We all know how frustrating it can be for small businesses, freelancers, contractors and gig workers to get paid by clients, but there could be a solution.

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Bank of Ireland to Introduce Mortgages for Contractors

I’ve said it before and I will say it again…getting a mortgage if you are a contractor is tough. Most people who apply are declined, that is the reality.

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Hammond Does U-Turn on Tax Grab

Just like I reported about last week, the Chancellor Philip Hammond went after the self employed in his budget with a tax grab, and many were outraged!

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Tories Say No to Tax Grab on Self Employed

It’s that time of the year again…The Budget with Chancellor Philip Hammond, but some experts are predicting there could be a tax grab on the self employed.

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Public Sector Contractors Walk Out – “had enough” They Say

As you might be aware, changes are about to happen in the public sector with thousands of contractors facing disruption to their tax situation.

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