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What is my notice period?

Q. I recently worked on a contract for about 12 months where I was led to believe that the notice period was 4 weeks to me and 4 weeks from me. It was stated in the offer, written on the contract itself, and also stated several times verbally during the contract by the agency acc...

How to Get The Best From a Professional Recruiter

When looking to get the most out of working with recruiters, the best place to start is getting a clear understanding of how recruiters earn their fees. It is important to realise that a recruiter, in providing their services to you, is doing so in order to earn a fee from their ...

Umbrella Rates

Q. Can agencies list only rates as Umbrella rates if the contract is inside IR35. 
Surely they must quote the overall rate and the contractor can choose which ever umbrella provider they like???
 Most NHS jobs are listed as 'umbrella rates' ...but not sure what that entails o...

Do I have to register for VAT?

Q: I started contracting a month ago after being made redundant from my PAYE position. Things are going quite smoothly, but my agency is now badgering me for my VAT certificate. I did not register for VAT because I read that you have to be earning a certain amount (£80Kish?) for...

Up Next for the OTS

The OTS has announced its next lot of future objects within three timelines, namely:

  1. Projects for the next 12 months;
  2. Wider range of projects to consider over the next three years; and
  3. Identifying areas which should be developed over the lon...

Recruitment Industry Reveals After-Effects of Public Sector IR35 Reform

New research published by The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has revealed the after-effects of recent public sector IR35 changes.Offering fresh evidence that reform has left its mark on public sector contracting and recruitment, the research also stron...

Should I close down my LTD Company?

Q. I currently don’t have a contract. I’ve just finished a job that lasted 18 months (initially a 6 month rolling contract) and I’m unsure whether I’m going to take on another contract this year. I have £20K within the company and am looking forward to a few months off. ...

Freelance Doctor Suffers Tax Pain

A locum doctor was forced to pay over £0.5 million in tax and penalties because he operated as a self-employed individual rather than through his own PSC.The recent First Tier Tax Tribunal case of Dr Maqbool Baloch v HMRC concerned the correct tax treatment of income gener...

New Small Business Commissioner Must Tackle Tax and IR35 to Truly Champion Small Business

Earlier this week, former Conservative MP Paul Uppal was appointed the Small Business Commissioner. In a newly-established role, Mr Uppal has been tasked with transforming Britain into the ‘best place in the world for new entrepreneurs’. The clear disconnect between small bus...

Women in Digital: Kelly Molson at Rubber Cheese

We’re chatting to Kelly Molson, co-founder and managing director of Rubber Cheese, this week! After reading her thought-inspiring blogs in which she interviews female digital agency directors in order to provide others with real-life experiences of what it’s like to be a woma...

Why You’re Struggling to Fill Your Contract Roles

As demand for specialist skills continues to grow, the supply can’t keep up and technology teams especially are facing competition which might not always go their way.Contracting has for many years been a good flexible solution to the rise and fall of project demands but it...

Resurrection of the IR35 Forum

Just when we thought that the IR35 Forum was no more, the latest minutes of a meeting held on 17 July 2017, have this week been published. Although the Forum is supposed to be held every quarter, the previous forum meeting took place on 20 September 2016. This absence is likely...

Top laptops for battery life

Work on the go? Ever had that fear of a low battery notification and the realisation that you don’t have your charger? We’ve compiled some of the best laptops on the market for battery life to take you through a full day of meetings with ease.(All laptops were tested with...