Contractors Could Benefit from Government’s Weakened Stance

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The government’s weakened state since the snap election stripped the Conservatives of their majority may have made Brexit negotiations more difficult, but there are some benefits. Namely, for UK contractors.

CEO of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE), Chris Bryce, anticipates that the tories weakened stance will result in softer legislation concerning contractors, with some of the more controversial policies being put on the backburner for the time being.…

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A contractor’s guide to the April 6th legislation changes

Contractors React to Hung Parliament

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Representatives of the UK’s professional contracting community and staffing industry have been giving their assessments of the implications of last week’s surprise “hung Parliament” General Election result.

Julia Kermode, CEO of the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA), an Umbrella Company trade association, said that the UK has already been plunged into uncertainty following last year’s Brexit vote, and the General Election result will now add to that insecurity.…

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General Election Result could see Major Change for UK Contractors

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With little over a month to go until the shock Snap General Election, contractors may have to brace themselves for major changes, regardless of the outcome.

This is according to Andy Chamberlain, deputy director of policy at the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE), who points towards the threat of a private sector rollout of the public sector IR35 reforms and a radical response to issues surrounding employment status as potential outcomes whatever happens during the General Election.…

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Spring Budget 2017

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Chancellor Philip Hammond’s eagerly anticipated first and last Spring Budget has already come and gone and whilst we were expecting most of the changes, there were a few announcements which will be affecting the self employed. A rise in National Insurance Contributions was announced, which controversially breaks a key pledge made in the Conservative manifesto.…

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Exclusive Locum Social Worker Events to Update on IR35 Reform in the Public Sector

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HMRC has finally unveiled the online tool that assesses the IR35 status of contractors working through their Personal Service Company on government contracts. The Employment Status Service (ESS) tool was released late on 2nd March 2017 and is designed to help contractors, and the public sector organisations and agencies who hire them determine whether or not the worker is inside or outside IR35.…

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Government Workers IR35 Changes: Is it as bad as it looks?

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In the 2016 Budget, the former Chancellor George Osborne announced that public sector bodies will be responsible for establishing whether any government contractor should be treated – and taxed – as employees, or if they are actually self-employed.

If you’re a government contractor using a Limited Company, the impact on the way you work and perhaps more importantly, your earnings could be dramatic.…

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Becoming a contractor: when should you give notice

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Giving notice to your employer is the moment when you fire the starting gun on your contracting career. So it’s important to consider both your preparation to become a contractor and when the best contract opportunities will come up.

Preparing to give notice

Preparation means exploring the market, assessing your skills and marketability, and polishing your offering until you have the best chance of success on your own.…

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A contractor’s guide to the April 6th legislation changes

Could Brexit lead to de-regulation?

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During the EU referendum campaign, some small business representatives argued that by leaving the European Union they would be able to disentangle themselves from Brussels’ red tape.

So after the vote to leave the EU, what sort of business de-regulation might happen, and how could it affect contractors?…

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