The latest news affecting umbrella companies in the UK. Featuring HMRC, the Agency Workers Directive, the 2003 Agency Regulations, and IR35.

Self Employed for 12 Months – Lessons Learned…

Many people in the UK want to become self employed but they are concerned about landing flat on their face. Nobody wants to fail.

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Factory Workers, The New Work From Home Contractors…

Working from home has typically been the domain of so called white collar workers such as IT professionals. Not for long it seems.

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“Down The Drain!” – Public Sector and IR35 Reforms

It’s no secret that many public sector contractors were planning to down tools and head towards the private sector. The reason? IR35 of course.

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IT Temporary Contractors Are Paid £700 a Day Right Here

There has never been a better time to be a temporary IT contractor. You roll in, do the work, and then take home a big bag of cash. Easy.

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I’m a Freelance Contractor and I’m Tired of Hearing This…

It a great time be a freelance contractor in the UK, no doubt about that, but sometimes it can be frustrating to hear people say the same things, over and over.

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Do You Pass The IR35 Public Sector Test? Most Do…

A well known and respected tax advisory company have recently done some research, and what they found will surprise many, especially in the public sector.

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“DON’T Show Me The Money,” Say Contractors

Working is all about that money, wouldn’t you agree? Apparently not, as a recent survey found that in the contracting world other things are more important.

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“Be Pragmatic” Says Accountant, Regarding IR35

The IR35 changes have had contractors complaining and moaning, there is no doubt about that…but should they all leave the public sector? Maybe not.

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75% of British Contractors Have NO Pension

The world of contracting in Britain is booming, and rightfully so, but not all contractors are very good at looking into the future it seems.

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New Self Employed Survey – Southampton, The Place to be

Being self employed is great as many of you will agree…but having a good quality of life is even better, don’t you think? I do.

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73% of Self Employed Called “Financial Underclass”

Many think self employment is all about living the high life. Not true. New research says that self employed are the “financial underclass.”

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NO Tax Cut for Contractors Says Chancellor

If you are a contractor in the UK then you probably want to pay less tax. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there will be a tax cut any time soon.

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Freelance Contractors Are a…”Security Risk” Says Expert

In the past you got a job and stayed with 1 company for years, but these days things are a lot different. Enter the freelance contractor.

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Research Confirms IT Contractors Leaving Public Sector

One subject I’ve talked about before is how IT contractors would be leaving the public sector once those unpopular IR35 tax changes came into force.

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Government Scrap Tax Grab, Admit Defeat

If you read this blog every week then you will no doubt remember how I reported on the cheeky tax grab the government tried to bring in at the budget.

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Only Digital Banking Please…We Are Self Employed

Do you ever get tired of cashing cheques and paying in money at your local bank? A digital banking company might just change that.

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