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85% of Contractors Think HMRC Underestimates Impact of IR35

Posted 15th August 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

85% of contractors say they feel that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is underestimating the negative impact that April 2020’s planned IR35 reforms to the private sector will have on the contracting community, a new survey suggests.   The survey of 1,200 contractors was conducted by QAccounting and Contractor Weekly.   91% of respondents said… Read more

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Scottish Businesses Take On More Temporary Staff

Posted 13th August 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

Scottish businesses are appointing more short-term and temporary workers, according to new research from the Royal Bank of Scotland.   RBS’s Report on Jobs said that while the number of permanent staff appointments in Scotland had fallen for the first time in two and a half years, demand for temporary workers saw a sharp rise… Read more

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Firms Still Struggle to Hit 60 Day Payment Targets

Posted 8th August 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

Many businesses are still struggling to meet government-set targets to pay temporary contractors within 60 days, according to the latest official data.   The government has threatened to freeze businesses from winning new public sector contracts unless they have paid 95% of all invoices within 60 days in their two previous six month reporting periods…. Read more

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Employment Rates Rise Despite Brexit Concerns

Posted 6th August 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

Growing uncertainty over Brexit and the future of the UK’s economy has not stopped national employment rates from rising in the last three months, according to new figures from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).   According to the BCC, 60% of UK businesses recruited new staff in the second quarter of 2019, compared to… Read more

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Recruitment Professionals Are Some of the UK’s Happiest

Posted 1st August 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

Professionals working in the recruitment industry are some of the happiest in the UK, according to a new survey by independent job board CV-Library.   The study polled 2,000 working professionals across various industries in the UK.   70% of recruitment professionals said they felt happy at work every day – coming third below sales… Read more

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Self-Employed Brits Anxious Over Brexit

Posted 30th July 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

44% of self-employed Brits believe that Brexit will have a negative impact on them and their business, according to a new survey by the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FSCA) and FreeAgent.   The survey polled 500 self-employed freelancers and contractors working in the UK.   The outlook on Brexit was most bleak for respondents… Read more

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Contractor Confidence Continues to Fall

Posted 25th July 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

Contractor confidence has continued to fall, according to a new study by Turner & Townsend.   The firm’s latest UK Market Intelligence Report discovered that businesses were operating at only 85.8% of maximum capacity during the last quarter, with Brexit uncertainty contributing to the contraction.   Turner & Townsend commented that rising input costs and… Read more

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UK Construction Industry Sees Worst Month in a Decade

Posted 23rd July 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

Britain’s construction industry suffered its worst monthly performance in over ten years last month, according to the IHS Markit/Cips construction purchasing managers’ index (PMI).   The index dropped to a reading of 43.1, the lowest since April 2009 – during the global financial crisis.    Analysts expect the downturn to continue following the largest drop… Read more

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UK Firms Reduce Investment Due to Brexit Fears

Posted 17th July 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

A survey of chief financial officers has revealed that British companies plan to reduce investment due to fears over Brexit. The survey, conducted by Deloitte, discovered that 93% of CFOs believed that leaving the EU would be detrimental to Britain’s long-term business environment. The survey surveyed 79 CFOs overall, including 48 from FTSE 350 companies…. Read more

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Recruitment Businesses Shine in Startups 100

Posted 15th July 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

With the recruitment industry seeing an annual growth of approximately 10% according to the Online Recruitment Resource’s Recruitment Industry Trends report, the future looks bright for recruitment.   Recruitment start-ups also made a strong showing in 2019’s Startups 100 – which profiles the UK’s most promising new businesses.   “Recruitment is a bustling industry, with… Read more

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