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National Freelancers Day nominated for top award

Posted on 10th September 2018

The IPSE’s flagship annual event celebrating the UK’s self-employed sector has been shortlisted for the best all-round event experience at the 2018 EventLAB Awards.

With over 400 attendees, 40 speakers, five streams and 11 sponsors, this year’s 10thNational Freelancers Day was the biggest and best to date.

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Employers’ hiring up despite economy confidence dipping

Posted on 7th September 2018

Latest data has revealed that employers’ confidence in the prospects for the UK economy turned negative this month for the first time since April.

However, despite these findings from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) latest JobsOutlook report, employers’ confidence in making hiring and investment decisions remained positive.

The proportion of hirers who use contract/temp agency workers highlighting plans to increase their numbers in the short-term (35%) and medium term (35%) at least doubled year-on-year.

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Top 10 CV buzzwords revealed

Posted on 3rd September 2018

A new report has revealed the top 10 CV buzzwords that are commonly used to highlight the most frequent job-hunting clichés seen by prospective employers.

The data, compiled by job search engine Adzuna, analysed over 1.1 million UK CV’s looking at the most common buzzwords used and the number of times these words or phrases have been used in total.

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FCSA welcomes official HMRC umbrella guidance, but argues it needs more work

Posted on 31st August 2018

Although the FCSA very much welcomes the government’s latest guidance on engaging with umbrella firms, there are still concerns that it does not go far enough with regards to explaining what a compliant umbrella looks like.

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Gender specific rules in the workplace revealed

Posted on 29th August 2018

A new survey has shown interesting results regarding gender specific rules in UK workplaces – with men being the most likely to be scrutinised for their appearance in an office environment.

The recent data, compiled by CV-Library, found that one in four (22.5%) employees have to adhere to gender specific rules at work – this is despite over half (56.2%) agreeing that these rules are sexist.

Surprisingly, many of the rules discussed by respondents were aimed at the appearance of male employees.

The most common gender specific rules included:

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Construction sector sees boost in job creation

Posted on 27th August 2018

Recent findings have shown a robust and accelerated rise in construction activity during the last month.

The latest IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index revealed that UK construction companies achieved a stronger expansion of business activity levels during July, underpinned by the fastest increase in residential work for just over two-and-a-half years. 

It also indicated that new business growth gained momentum, which contributed to the largest rise in employment numbers since December 2015. 

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Self-employment remains stable, but IPSE warns of pressures

Posted on 24th August 2018

Latest findings have revealed that although self-employment has slightly fallen, the sector still remains broadly stable.

With labour statistics showing that the total number of self-employed workers in the UK has seen a slight decrease – by 38,000 to 4.77 million – the headline figure of 4.8 million remains steady.

However, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) is warning of downward pressure and threats facing the sector.

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FCSA responds to Unite’s attack on umbrella employers

Posted on 20th August 2018

The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA) has said that it is disappointed with Unite’s latest attack on both the government and umbrella employers.

Unite’s assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail has called for umbrella companies to be outlawed, accusing the government of washing its hands of workers who it believes are ‘experiencing the misery of being paid by an umbrella company’.

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IPSE warns government against IR35 changes

Posted on 17th August 2018

The IPSE has warned against IR35 changes in response to the government’s ‘Off-payroll working in the private sector’ consultation.

In the aforementioned consultation, the government considered the extension of the reform to IR35 tax law from the public sector to the private sector.

In its response, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) warned that pushing the change out into the private sector would:

- Heap a greater administrative burden onto UK businesses

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HMRC launch new tax info videos for students

Posted on 15th August 2018

In order to help prepare teenagers for working life, two new educational videos have been released as part of HMRC’s Tax Facts programme.

The new videos include: ‘Your National Insurance Number and Personal Tax Account’ and ‘Introduction to the Construction Industry Scheme’, with the programme being used to support teachers in helping their students to both learn and understand tax.

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