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Contractors need real certainty on Brexit, says IPSE

Posted on 22nd March 2019

Following the recent Parliamentary vote opposing a no-deal Brexit, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) welcomes this decision.

However, the self-employed body warns that contractors and businesses need a clear exit plan and more certainty from the government.

Andy Chamberlain, IPSE’s Deputy Director of Policy, explained, “Last night’s commitment not to leave the European Union without a deal is welcome news for the self-employed – especially with our research showing 81 per cent of the sector oppose a no-deal Brexit.

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Contract billings expand despite hiring uncertainty

Posted on 18th March 2019

A recent report has revealed that contract/temp billings are on the rise, despite uncertainty regarding hiring and staff availability. 

The latest REC and KPMG UK Report on Jobs, compiled by IHS Markit from responses of around 400 UK recruitment and employment consultancies, found that the number of people placed into permanent job roles remained unchanged in February, following a slight fall at the start of the year.

However, in contrast, contract/temp billings increased at a much faster pace.

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REC respond to government’s IR35 consultation

Posted on 15th March 2019

The government has released an open consultation, seeking views on how the off-payroll working rules will work from April 2020.

With the reform being extended to the private sector, the government says that the consultation ‘seeks to ensure the proposed processes are suitable for the large and diverse private sector as well as engagers in the public sector already applying the rules’.

Views and information being gathered includes:

- The scope of the reform and the impact on non-corporate engagers

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Majority of Brits would choose an apprenticeship over a degree

Posted on 13th March 2019

Recent research has revealed that nearly three quarters of Brits would choose the apprenticeship route rather than studying for a degree.

The CV-Library study surveyed 1,200 workers and found that just over half (53.4%) believe that an apprenticeship is better for a person’s career.

Interestingly, 94.6% of professionals think that apprenticeships might even be helpful for fixing the current skills gap crises.

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HMRC warns of landline scams

Posted on 11th March 2019

Those with a landline phone are being urged to be cautious, as a latest scam involves criminals pretending to be the tax authority.

Although efforts to crack down on both email and SMS phishing scams is improving, HMRC has said that fraudsters are now turning to more traditional methods of cold-calling publicly available phone numbers to steal money from taxpayers. 

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Many job adverts using sexist language

Posted on 8th March 2019

Latest research has found a high level of sexist gender-coded language present in many job adverts.

The data, compiled by Adzuna, revealed that consultancy, property, sales, maintenance and travel industries were the most discouraging towards female jobseekers. Each industry used 50% or more male-biased words in their job ads.

The sectors with the most female-biased language were found to be domestic help and cleaning, teaching, social work, charity and voluntary and healthcare and nursing.

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Many Brits would rather reject a dream job than face biggest fear

Posted on 4th March 2019

A recent survey has revealed that over a third of Brits would refuse their dream job if it meant facing their biggest fear.

UK jobs board Jobsite surveyed more than 2,000 workers, presenting them with twelve of the most common phobias, asking them to rate their fear from ‘very afraid’ to ‘not at all’.

Interestingly, public speaking hit the top spot and was rated above both heights and social situations. This is unfortunate when most employers consider public speaking to be a necessary skill in the workplace.

The other top fears include:

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Self-employed driving record employment levels

Posted on 1st March 2019

Latest Office for National Statistics data revealed that the number of self-employed people rose by 63,000 to 4.84 million in the last quarter of 2018.

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) welcome these recent figures and believe that the UK’s strong labour market is being driven by the self-employed.

The ONS data showed that the number of people in work has risen to another record high of 32.6 million, with the IPSE saying that a large proportion of this is down to the self-employed.

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Many UK businesses look to marketing contractors

Posted on 27th February 2019

Latest findings have revealed that more businesses are turning to external agencies or freelancers for their marketing tasks.

Marketing agency surveyed 1,021 UK professionals and found that more than 42% of businesses outsource their marketing jobs instead of running it themselves in-house.

According to the report, 32% said that they preferred outsourcing so as to benefit from the expertise of external marketers and another 22% said that it saves them in costs in the long term.

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Many contractors have no confidence in private sector IR35 reforms

Posted on 25th February 2019

A recent survey has revealed that the majority of contractors fear that the private sector won’t be ready for the IR35 reform due to be put into place next year.

Qdos questioned 1,400 UK contractors on the subject and found that:

- 30% have no confidence in private sector engagers to be ready for the IR35 changes.

- 47% have little confidence

- 11% are undecided

- 12% believe that they will be prepared and ready for the changes.

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