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House of Lords PSC / IR35 Inquiry Recommendations

The House of Lords inquiry into the use of personal service companies (‘PSCs’), those limited companies used by freelance contractor and consulting businesses, has given its verdict. In summary, it has not recommended any tightening of the […]

UK Economy back to pre-recession levels by the summer?

 The British Chambers of Commerce has recognised the gathering pace of the recovery by stating that it believes UK PLC will be back to pre-2008 levels by the summer of this year. The BCC has […]

Self-employed contractor demand round-up

A raft of recent reports and comments by recruitment agencies and contractor bodies continues to suggest that self-employment will remain a growing force in the UK labour market, across many disciplines, including IT, engineering, oil […]

One Direction get involved in budget lobbying

The band One Direction are taking part in a scheme to encourage fans to lobby the Chancellor on issues such as maintaining the UK’s international development budget and cracking down on corporate tax avoidance. Fans […]

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Highlights from latest ICAEW business confidence survey

The latest Business Confidence Monitor survey, for Q1 of 2014, showed another increase in confidence to a new record high, making it the sixth consecutive quarter of growing confidence. The report, from the Institute of […]

Economic Round-Up

Following on from the recent increase in forecast growth for UK economic output in 2014, to 2.5%, the BDO Business Optimism report has just recorded its highest result for 22 years. The report measures business […]

Good news for engineering contractors

The latest Recruitment and Employment Confederation / KPMG report saw engineering contractors leap to the top of the charts for demand in January 2014, up from sixth position in December. The growth was attributed to […]

Growth for UK IT firms

A recent report from KPMG showed that IT-sector businesses in the UK grew by their fastest rate since February 2004 in the last three months of 2013. The IT sector remains among the most confident […]