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: 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…

What insurance do you need as a contractor?

As a contractor, insurance is important to protect yourself from any issues that may arise from your business activities. With the huge variation of packages available, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by what to get. The right coverage depends on each contractor and the type of business they have. We’ve rounded up a few suggestions…

New research reveals more reasons to become self-employed

Following on from our ‘Happy Contractors’ article, new research now reveals further evidence to support the point that contractors are happier in the workplace than their permanent counterparts. Entering the world of contracting may seem like a big step to take but the benefits it offers often outweigh any challenges. New research, conducted by a…