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…

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,…

Ahead of the Autumn Budget – our take on IR35 half a year on

In the build-up to the Autumn Budget very much dominated by contractors speculating whether IR35 reforms will be extended to the private sector and seven months on from what experts have described as the change that would bring about the end of public sector contracting. We ask, “What have we learned in this time?” Recap…

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…

Contractors: You’re in demand!

Contractors and freelancers will be pleased to learn that temporary placements increased at a sharper rate than permanent placements, according to REC’s latest job report. The demand for temporary/contract workers has increased throughout the UK with the two prominent areas being Scotland and London. 36.5% of recruiters stated that their billings received from the employment…

Why April is the best time to switch your accounting software!

Our premium partners, FreeAgent, have written a guest article on Cloud Accounting. Read on to find out why April is the best time to switch your accounting software! Now that spring has officially sprung, it’s almost time for a new tax year. Whether you currently use spreadsheets, or a desktop or online accounting system, if…