What insurance do you need as a contractor?

As a contractor, insurance is important to protect yourself from any issues that may arise from your business activities. With the huge variation of packages available, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by what to get. The right coverage depends on each contractor and the type of business they have. We’ve rounded up a few suggestions…

The Government’s new ‘Good Work Plan’ has been revealed

In response to Matthew Taylor’s Independent Review of Employment Practices in the Modern Economy in 2017, the government have revealed this week their new Good Work Plan that recommends new rights for the UK’s flexible workforce. Alongside further consultations on the future of the UK workforce, the government will also be looking to tighten penalties against…

Contracting in the Public Sector: Limited Company, Umbrella or Agency Payroll?

Since the public sector reform in April 2017, we are still asked frequently by public sector contractors if they should continue using their own limited company or switch to an umbrella. The answer very much depends on each individual’s circumstances thus we would strongly encourage contractors to speak to us for tailored advice. Nonetheless, we…

What is the outlook for contractors in the UK job market in 2018?

The outlook of the UK job market in 2018 continues to look promising for contractors. Vacancies, billings and pay rates remain encouraging, persistently growing throughout December and into the New Year. According to recruitment agencies surveyed for the REC/IHS Markit Report on Jobs, the introduction of new projects and a greater demand for short-term workers…

The weird, wonderful and downright bizarre excuses for missed tax return deadlines

During your school days, you likely heard excuses along the lines of ‘the dog ate my homework’ or ‘my printer broke’ from a classmate who was attempting to avoid detention. But did you think the silly excuses ended at childhood? Well, think again. The HMRC recently revealed some peculiar explanations made by taxpayers for why…

What NOT to name your limited company

Thinking of setting up your own limited company? It can be an exciting yet daunting process. There are many benefits to running a limited company, from flexible working hours and being your own boss to having complete control over your finances. But what about when it comes down to naming your company? There are more…