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

Lack of self-employment growth ‘highlights need for better support’

Posted 23rd May 2018 in News For Workers

Industry bodies representing the self-employed have called for better government support for the sector in order to stimulate growth and productivity. The latest UK labour market figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed that the number of self-employed people in the UK came to 4.75 million in the first quarter of 2018 –… Read more

Phone call scam invites recipients to 'pay taxes'

Phone call scam invites recipients to ‘pay taxes’

Posted 18th May 2018 in For Workers

Freelancers and contractors are among those who could be affected by a scam that purports to relate to investigations being carried out by HMRC into tax problems. Voicemails have been left on the phones of those targeted, claiming they are under investigation for the non-payment of taxes. According to the charity Low Incomes Tax Reform… Read more

Report reveals hottest skills freelancers might need

Report reveals hottest skills freelancers might need

Posted 18th May 2018 in For Workers

It’s always important for freelancers to stay on top of the skills they need in their particular industry, so a new report detailing the expertise businesses are currently on the lookout for could be useful for anyone working for themselves. The Upwork Skills Index has showcased the top 20 fastest-growing skills based on searches using… Read more

Self-employed 'unconcerned about AI'

Self-employed ‘unconcerned about AI’

Posted 18th May 2018 in For Workers

Self-employed people are largely unconcerned about the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on their careers, new research has found. A survey of 1,500 contractors was carried out by Qdos Contractor, a provider of insurance services, which showed that 50 per cent believe robots will have ‘little impact’ on how they work. Meanwhile, 21 per cent… Read more

Freelancers 'should be able to train tax-free'

Freelancers ‘should be able to train tax-free’

Posted 18th May 2018 in For Businesses For Workers

Freelancers should have the same access to tax-free training as paid employees, a trade body has argued. The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) said this would encourage greater equality between the different generations that carry out contract work. It was speaking after a report from the Intergenerational Commission found that young people… Read more

Many Brits ‘could do a better job than their bosses’

Posted 11th May 2018 in For Businesses For Workers

Many Britons believe they could do a better job than their own managers, something that could spur some on to becoming self-employed freelancers. This discovery was made by the international animal charity SPANA, which carried out a survey of 2,000 workers to find out their opinions on their workplace and the ways in which they… Read more

Pensions minister criticises lack of products for the self-employed

Posted 11th May 2018 in For Businesses For Workers

The pensions minister has spoken out about the lack of pensions products available for self-employed people and urged providers to do more to meet the needs of what is a growing proportion of the workforce. Guy Opperman made a speech at the recent Association of British Insurers (ABI) conference on retirement interventions and said insurance… Read more

Self-employed workers ‘are more fulfilled’

Posted 11th May 2018 in For Businesses For Workers

People who work for themselves are more likely to feel happy and fulfilled than their counterparts who work for companies, according to new research. The study was carried out by a team at the Universities of Sheffield and Exeter and involved 5,000 workers in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand. Participants came from a… Read more

Millennials seeking balance with self-employment

Posted 11th May 2018 in For Businesses For Workers

Younger people are increasingly seeking a better work-life balance by opting to work for themselves as opposed to working for a company, research suggests. A study by from financial services firm MetLife found that 57 per cent of workers are now interested in taking on a contractual role, up from 51 per cent in 2017…. Read more

More people testing waters of self-employment

Posted 11th May 2018 in For Businesses For Workers

More Britons appear to be testing the waters of being self-employed by carrying out at least some part-time contracting work, new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggest. The organisation has released its latest figures for the quarter to February 2018, which show that unemployment declined by 16,000 to 1.4 million. This is… Read more

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