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…

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…

Market update – a very merry Christmas for contractors

In the latest Report on Jobs released by the REC/IHS Markit, the past month has been favourable for contractors. Data gathered from consultants and employers revealed that temp billings and pay rates saw a healthy increase for temporary staff. The growth of temp billings was, in fact, the sharpest rise reported in 2 years. Around…

How to claim tax relief from charity donations and Gift Aid

While it’s exciting to prepare for holiday celebrations with your friends and family, the festive season is also a time to stop and reflect on the joys and blessings of our lives and share this with those in need. If you are planning to make a donation to a registered charity there are some opportunities…

Demand for IT contractor skills hits a dramatic high

The overall demand for skilled candidates was revealed to still be significantly increasing, as of November, according to the monthly Report on Jobs by IHS Markit/REC. Consultants were asked to report on the availability of contractors and the latest index result was 39.6. Index readings below 50 indicate a lower availability than the month before,…