UK ‘needs to boost confidence of self-employed’

Posted 18th July 2018 in For Businesses For Workers

The UK needs to be doing more to boost the confidence of self-employed people after a new report showed a downturn in optimism among those who work for themselves. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) found in its Small Business Index that confidence levels were at +2.8 for the second quarter of 2018, down significantly… Read more

Study shows employers’ difficulty in hiring

Posted 16th July 2018 in For Businesses For Workers

Employers are finding it difficult to attract the talent they require, something that may increase demand for freelancers, according to a new study. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) Report on Jobs found that growth in hiring slowed significantly during June, while salaries continued to rise. Although both permanent and temporary placements had increased, this… Read more

Benefits may help companies attract freelancers, expert suggests

Posted 13th July 2018 in For Businesses

Offering benefits to freelancers to make them feel engaged and valued could be a key way of attracting talent and boosting business productivity in future, an expert has suggested. Writing for Personnel Today, Personal Group’s David Walker explained that organisations are bringing in contractors to do short-term jobs at a faster rate than ever before…. Read more

Government ‘should help prevent self-employed pensions crisis’

Posted 9th July 2018 in For Businesses For Workers

The government should step in to provide guidance if the UK’s self-employed population is to avoid a pensions crisis, an organisation has insisted. New research from the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) shows that only 31 per cent of people who work for themselves are putting money aside for retirement. It has… Read more

UK slips down global rankings for broadband

Posted 6th July 2018 in For Businesses For Workers

The UK has slipped several places down in the league table for global broadband ratings, according to new analysis. Data collected by M-Lab and compiled by UK broadband comparison site Cable included speed tests for 200 countries worldwide and found that the UK went from 31st place last year to 35th this year. Although average… Read more

HMRC 'ignoring self-employed callers'

HMRC ‘should delay Making Tax Digital’

Posted 5th July 2018 in For Businesses For Workers

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) should delay the introduction of Making Tax Digital (MTD) in order to help businesses including to better prepare, according to one organisation. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) carried out a survey of over 1,100 business owners and found that almost a quarter of people are completely unaware of the… Read more

Lack of self-employment growth 'highlights need for better support'

Put more focus on self-employed wellbeing, CRSE urges

Posted 4th July 2018 in For Workers

More focus should be placed on the wellbeing of self-employed people as opposed to solely examining their financial rewards, a new report has said. The Centre for Research on Self-Employment (CRSE) released a document in time for National Freelancers Day entitled The Way to Wellbeing, which looked at subjective assessments of jobs, income, health, leisure… Read more

Freelancers ‘less likely to lose productivity in World Cup’

Posted 29th June 2018 in For Businesses For Workers

With the FIFA World Cup in full swing in Russia, people stuck in offices during games may be finding it hard to concentrate on their work. However, freelancers are less likely to be having this problem and experiencing the same dip in productivity, it has been suggested. Recent research by Ipsos MORI found that almost… Read more

Workplace noise may be pushing employees out

Posted 28th June 2018 in For Businesses For Workers

Noisy offices and a lack of places in which to concentrate could be driving employees to leave their jobs and perhaps even work for themselves, according to new research. The survey was carried out by Oxford Economics and Plantronics to examine the impact on concentration levels and wellbeing among workers across the globe, Workplace Insight… Read more

Stress and pessimism ‘on the rise’ among UK employees

Posted 27th June 2018 in For Businesses For Workers

People working in traditional employment in the UK are more stressed and less optimistic about their future than they were three years ago, something that might prompt a rise in the number of people opting to become self-employed. ADP surveyed around 1,500 British employees each year since 2015 as part of its Workforce View in… Read more

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