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Autumn Statement 2015 considerations

So we watched the Chancellor deliver his Autumn Statement for over an hour, expecting some significant announcements on the future of contracting in the UK. At the very least we expected more information on the treatment of Travel and Subsistence expenses for temporary workers. Should we be disappointed or pleased that the speech made no reference to contractors?

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Offshore vs Onshore intermediaries

Any of us are easily tempted by the chance to get more, particularly when it comes to money. It is this natural temptation that attracts many contractors and freelancers to do things that if they were thinking logically, they would never dream of doing.

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Taxman’s IR35 yield drops 61%

The yearly yield from investigating contractors under IR35 regulations has fallen drastically from £1.1m to £430,000 between 2011 and 2014, with the number of enquiries also falling significantly from the year prior. On average, the total cost per enquiry has been falling year on year, with a significant drop in ROI from 2011 onwards. Why?

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5 Valentine’s Day ideas to make your contract staff love their job

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to consider how to show your greatest asset, your team, just how much you care. We all know that contract staff who feel valued and appreciated are happier in their roles and that happy staff equal better performance. After all, staff who love working for you are far more likely to go above and beyond the call of duty for your company.

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Channel 4 Dispatches’ investigation into umbrella companies: our response

An episode of the Channel 4 documentary series “Dispatches” broadcast on Monday 19th January 2015 featured what was described as an investigation into umbrella companies. Unfortunately, the documentary did not show how the vast majority of compliant umbrella companies work for the benefit of many thousands of highly skilled workers across the UK – instead it showed how some companies can take advantage of complicated mechanisms to avoid certain parts of employment law and minimum wage legislation.

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Holiday pay changes

A recent case with the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has resulted in success for workers. It was decided that overtime should be taken into account when calculating holiday pay. The finality of the decision is as yet unclear, but if the ruling sticks, then it will have serious financial implications for the companies affected.

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