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,…

Autumn Budget 2017: Highlights and Key Announcements

Chancellor Philip Hammond presented his Autumn Budget 2017 to the House of Commons on Wednesday, 22nd November 2017. It outlines the government’s plans for spending, borrowing, taxes and other fiscal measures. Please find below a summary of highlights and key announcements we think are most relevant to contractors and freelancers in the UK. Please note…

The latest industry updates – Contractor demand on a high

It has been a turbulent few months in economic, political and social landscapes. For contractors, there have been huge variables from Brexit, to IR35 concerns that have influenced the state of the job market. Nonetheless, various sources including the IHS Markit/REC Report on Jobs indicate a soar in contractor demand. As a result of this,…

Contracting and Freelancing your way to a happier work life

With the number of self-employed workers increasing by 103,000 to 4.80 million (in the three months to April), we delve in to explore IPSE’s recent study to understand why contracting and freelancing are becoming so popular. At K&B Accountancy Group and Cloud9 Umbrella, we’ve always known that contracting is the best route for the many…

Latest APSCo research confirms increase in contractor opportunities

We recently posted a market update article in which we reported on contract and temporary placements increasing, according to REC’s report. APSCo’s May IT report also stated that contractor and freelancer opportunities were set to increase in the next 12 months. Now, APSCo has released even more positive findings from its ‘Growing Together’ survey in…