New contractor policies

With the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget on the horizon the Treasury has reached out and asked for input into the Chancellor’s statement. IPSE have taken the lead and proposed a number of policy changes, which would benefit 4.6 million self-employed people. Simon McVicker, IPSE’s Head of Policy and External Affairs said: “The policy proposals we are…

The rise of IT contractors

At present there is a massive demand for IT contractors in a number of sectors and at the same time a distinct lack of skilled individuals. Opportunities lie within Big Data and how it can be leveraged for an organization’s needs. There is a colossal absence of individuals with the relevant skills to manipulate Big…

Now’s the time to be a contractor

If you are not yet a contractor or freelancer and are thinking of going down the self-employed route, there has been no better time than right now. If you are already there, then you would probably already be aware of the improvements to many aspects of the self-employed world. First things first lets talk about…

IPSE on freelancer confidence

IPSE’s latest Freelancer Confidence Index indicates that the outlook for freelancers and contractors will remain optimistic over the next few months. The survey highlights include the following: Freelancers expect daily rates to increase over the next year. On average, freelancers spent under two and a half weeks between contracts. Nearly a third experienced a rise…

Business confidence drops

According to the UK Business Confidence Monitor index from ICAEW and mid-tier firm Grant Thornton, business confidence has dropped from Quarter 2’s record figure of +37.3 down to 32.3 for the current quarter.  The Business Confidence Monitor takes into consideration the opinions of a thousand ICAEW UK members who are employed in senior business roles.…

HMRC offshore warning to contractors

HMRC has issued a warning to 16,000 contractors to declare their involvement in an ‘aggressive’ offshore tax avoidance scheme. The contractors involved will have until January next year to approach HMRC and pay the tax due, or they will risk being liable to pay penalties and even legal fees on top of the owed taxes.…