Wage inflation persists in the job market

Staff placements and temp billings continue to rise in the job market as unemployment rates fall to 4.0%. Reported by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) the UK unemployment rate is now at it’s lowest since 1975. Naturally, the reduction in unemployment levels corresponds with strong hiring growth. Though the ongoing decline in candidate shortages…

Fuss-free finances with FreeAgent

FreeAgent was designed specifically with small businesses and the self-employed in mind, with a wide range of features formulated to simplify the administration of contracting. For the second year running FreeAgent was awarded Small Business Accounting Software of the Year, at the Accounting Excellence awards. It is an excellent cloud-based accounting software that makes updating…

Contractor wellbeing series: studies show self-employed have higher job satisfaction

A recent study published in the journal Work, Employment and Society, revealed that self-employed people are much happier and have more job satisfaction than employees. The research carried out by business experts from the Universities of Exeter and Sheffield showed that contractors are more engaged with their projects and find work to be more rewarding…

Contractor wellbeing series: making wellbeing a priority for contractors

The UK’s self-employed population has grown rapidly over the last ten years. According to the Centre for Research on Self-Employment (CRSE), almost five million people, equating to fifteen percent of the UK workforce are now self-employed. Thus, as contracting becomes increasingly important to the UK economy, it is vital that individual wellbeing is taken into…

A summer of opportunity: IT contractors in more demand than ever

The latest REC/IHS Markit’s Report on Jobs revealed some very promising news for contractors, particularly for those in the IT and computing sector. Research revealed that the slight softening of demand for contractors in June was an anomaly, as a surge in demand was spotted once again in July.   Demand for IT contractors In…

The benefits of using an accounting software

An accounting software can compliment the service provided to you by your contractor accountant as it allows you keep on top of your day-to-day bookkeeping alongside receiving support, advice and guidance from your accountant. It can really help to make your contracting life a lot easier, giving you more time to concentrate on the important…