Contractor billings hit 5-month high despite severe staff shortages

The overall UK employment rate hit a record high this May with 75.6% of UK residents now in employment. According to the REC/IHS Markit’s Report on Jobs, these encouraging figures were reinforced by the 71.2% of women in employment, which is the highest percentage reported since records began. Equally, it was revealed 80% of men…

Industry reactions to IR35 legislation and its complexities

Many in the contractor industry appear to be disappointed in HMRC’s response to the complications surrounding IR35 legislation. Industry feedback so far has brought to light various issues impacting contractors from the efficiency of HMRC’s customer service to their response and management of IR35 legislation. As a whole, many feel as though there is still…

Female contractors are waving goodbye to the gender pay gap

On April 4th, 2018, businesses with more than 250 employees were required to publish data on the gender pay gap between employees at their organisation. The results for the overall labour market were an unfortunate reminder that economic inequality is still prevalent in the UK. From over 10,000 businesses, 78% were revealed to pay their…

Contractor pay rates see sharp inflation

Across the UK, contractors and temporary staff are receiving notably higher pay rates. The REC disclosed that the steepest inflation in contractor pay rates recorded was in London. However, across the board, wages were continuing to rise, extending this trend to 62 months.   Contractor pay rates accelerating at an exceptional rate REC director of…

Spring Statement 2018: a summary for contractors

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond presented his Spring Statement to Parliament on Tuesday 13 March 2018. Unfortunately, the contractor sector must wait a while longer for news on any potential IR35 changes. There is a lot of frustration within the industry as many publications are being waited upon.   What are we still…

2018/19 Income Tax Rates and Allowances

Tax thresholds and rates The amount of Income Tax you deduct from your employees depends on their tax rate band and how much of their taxable income is above their Personal Allowance. There are different rates for Scotland. Income Tax Rate PAYE Dividends Employee personal allowance £11,850 per year - UK basic tax rate 20%…