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Government Targets Loophole Allowing Agencies to Pay Contractors Less

Posted 27th November 2018 in News For Businesses For Workers

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she will be continuing with plans aimed at increasing the legal rights of contractors and agency workers as part of a general overhaul on employment laws, focusing on how agencies pay contractors.   The prime minister intends to end a legal loophole that has historically allowed companies and agencies… Read more

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HMRC Plans 2019 Loan Charge Webinar

Posted 20th November 2018 in News For Workers

With HMRC seeking to recover unpaid taxes from people who have used disguised remuneration schemes, a webinar has been announced to explain the changes.   Scheduled for Wednesday, November 21st at midday, the webinar will feature explanations of how the 2019 Loan Charge is expected to affect contractors who have used disguised remuneration schemes.  … Read more

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Recruitment Agency Found Guilty of Illegally Opting Workers Out of Pension Scheme

Posted 13th November 2018 in News For Workers

Derby-based recruitment agency Workchain’s directors and senior staff have been ordered to pay over £280k after being found guilty of plotting to illegally opt temporary workers out of the company’s pension scheme.   Directors Phil Tong and Adam Hinkley were found to have encouraged five senior staff at the recruitment agency to opt temporary workers… Read more

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“Fraudsters” Impersonate HMRC in Telephone Scam, Police Warn

Posted 7th November 2018 in News For Workers

Police and fraud experts have warned of a telephone scam targeting members of the public, including temporary workers and third-party contractors.   Growing complaints posted on social media by victim have described being contacted by a phone number which appears to belong to the official income tax helpline for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC),… Read more

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IR35 Changes Coming in 2020, 2018’s Budget Reveals – But Are Agencies Ready?

Posted 1st November 2018 in News For Businesses For Workers

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s 2018 Budget introduced its biggest revenue raiser this month – a rule change on how self-employed workers in the private sector pay taxes.   The intermediaries regulation, better known as IR35, determines a worker’s tax contributions according to whether that worker is counted as an employee or a contractor. Contractors who are… Read more

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YouTuber writes a millennial’s guide to freelancing

Posted 27th July 2018 in For Workers

A popular influencer from the world of social media has written a book designed to act as a guide for anyone hoping to emulate her success and make a career for themselves via portals such as YouTube. Patricia Bright has one of the UK’s fastest-growing YouTube channels, with almost three million followers and a host… Read more

Brits ‘happy to stay in work post-65’

Posted 26th July 2018 in For Businesses For Workers

More Britons would be happy to stay in work past the traditional retirement age now than was the case three years ago, according to new research. A survey of 1,004 UK employees by Canada Life found that 36 per cent want to work beyond 65, more than double the 17 per cent recorded in 2015…. Read more

Self-employed 'unconcerned about AI'

Government ‘should tackle shortage of cyber security workers’

Posted 24th July 2018 in For Workers

The government is not doing enough to recruit specialist cyber security staff and ensure hacks and leaks are being battled, according to a new report. A document was released by the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy in parliament that criticised the government for having “no real sense of the scale of the problem”…. Read more

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Office workers ‘may be spending less time outdoors than prisoners’

Posted 21st July 2018 in For Businesses For Workers

If ever there was a motivator to ditch the nine to five and go freelance, then the fact that some office workers spend less time outdoors than prisoners could be it. According to research from interior landscaping company Ambius on 1,000 people, 35 per cent spend a maximum of 15 minutes outdoors on any given… Read more

UK ranks poorly for stress at work

Posted 20th July 2018 in For Businesses For Workers

Many people in the UK may be thinking about ditching their job and pursuing an ambition of going it alone, if new figures concerning stress in the workplace are anything to go by. According to the 2018 Cigna 360° Wellbeing Survey, which includes data from 23 countries and more than 14,000 people, the UK ranks… Read more

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