Contractor News

Contractor bosses criticise Stride over IR35 reform comments

Three experts on contracting have criticised the Treasury for flirting with the idea that the public sector’s ‘shambolic’ off-payroll rules will be extended to the private sector at Autumn Budget 2017. The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed, The Association of Professional Staffing Companies and Qdos, an IR35 advisory, yesterday attacked the reported comments […]

Posted under General on Thu 9th November 2017

Seven in ten self-employed contractors said they are stressed out by doing their own financial accounts

  The self-employed are the fastest growing section of the UK workforce, and the survey of 359 self-employed contractors found almost three quarters  do all their own accounting, with just 28 per cent getting some help. Only 7 per cent employ a specialist accountant to do their accounts, while 18 per cent employ a general […]

Posted under General on Tue 7th November 2017

Treasury takes over ‘extend off-payroll rules’ rhetoric

Her Majesty’s Treasury appears to have taken over from the taxman in making the case for the public sector’s off-payroll rules to be extended to the private sector. Mel Stride, the financial secretary to the Treasury, used a newspaper interview to say there was “an issue of fairness” in deciding whether both sectors should have […]

Posted under General on Wed 1st November 2017

Brexit uncertainty prompts IT contractor ‘lock-ins’

  Conditions for IT contractors appear to be improving despite the uncertainty of Brexit — or perhaps because of it, shows an analysis of 600 freelance techies by SJD Accountancy. The accountancy firm found that 8.7% of outfits hired more IT contractors over the last six months, compared with just 3.4% who were hiring more […]

Posted under I.T/Software on Fri 27th October 2017

NHS regulator faces IR35 legal challenge

    A legal challenge against the implementation of April’s IR35 changes by NHS Improvement has reportedly been launched by medical professionals. On behalf of two of its member unions, the Independent Health Professionals Association was yesterday said to be taking the NHS regulator to court over ‘unfair treatment’ and ‘financial damage.’ The IHPA also […]

Posted under Medical on Tue 24th October 2017

TfL blames IR35 changes for project delay

Transport for London has reportedly revealed “a significant number” of vital contractors to have deserted its operations as a result of changes to IR35 in the public sector. The capital’s transport body is said to believe that the losses mean a London Underground repair programme will now no longer be finished in time for November […]

Posted under General on Wed 18th October 2017

Will poor credit history stop my Security Clearance?

Contractor’s Question: I’ve just landed my first contract and heard I can start on BPSS Clearance (which has come through). But next, I must go through Security Clearance and I’m worried because although I don’t have a criminal record, I have six defaults on my credit file. All dating from the same month of 2013, […]

Posted under I.T/Software on Mon 16th October 2017

IT contractor demand grows despite no September bounce

September met its forecast of being buoyant for IT contractors, albeit not because it played its traditional role of being the ‘bounce back’ month after the summer holidays. In fact, although demand for IT contractors still grew in the four weeks since August, the growth in new temporary opportunities for technologists relaxed, from 62.1 to […]

Posted under I.T/Software on Wed 11th October 2017

Public sector bearing brunt of new tax rules

  – 70% of recruiters say contract placements in the public sector have dropped – 45% report charge rates for contractors working in the public sector are increasing – 78% believe extending rules to the private sector will impact UK economy’s ability to source flexible labour Public sector organisations are shouldering the costs of recent […]

Posted under General on Mon 9th October 2017

IR35 advisers back Cottrell’s HMRC critique

Two advisers to contractors have raised serious concerns about July’s IR35 Forum after a member broke cover with ContractorUK to exclusively criticise the meeting’s minutes. Status expert Kate Cottrell, who attended, was first to reveal that rather than being a straight record of the meeting, the minutes were “just a one-sided view” — HMRC’s, of […]

Posted under General on Wed 4th October 2017