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Finding Your Next Contract

Finding your next contract can sometimes feel like a daunting task. Especially as you are usually committed to your current contract and often having to put in long hours to deliver on time. Or if you’re stuck in a permanent position th...

Chancellor ignores IR35 reform in Spring Statement ‘non-event’

In the run-up to last week’s Spring Statement, the Chancellor himself said it would be a “non-event”, which led contracting experts to predict that it would pass without any developments that directly impacted the UK’s independent w...

Construction Industry Compliance

If you are not fully compliant HMRC can reclassify your subcontractors as employees and go back to earlier years and calculate the PAYE tax and National Insurance you should have deducted and charge interest and penalties – even if you ...

Part and Parcel

Q. I understand under the "part and parcel" that contractors should not be subject to performance reviews, and thankfully for myself this is the case. However, I've been asked if I can give general feedback on an employee that I work alo...

Can I claim travel expenses?

Q. I am a contractor and have a Ltd, I have always claimed travel expenses to interviews, conferences etc as long as they are related to my business. I have asked my accountant, to be sure, and they said travel to an interview cannot be ...

Brexit for Software Consultants

Q. In the event of Brexit happening (both May's deal and no-deal), what will the impact be on supplying software consultancy/dev services to clients in the EU compared to now? A. Brexit has created uncertainty for contractors in the Unit...

IT professionals revealed as the most in-demand workers last year

IT professionals were the most sought after workers in 2018, with new insight showing that the demand for these individuals increased by 28% year-on-year. The recruitment body behind the research, APSCo, that partnered on the project wit...

Preparing for the unexpected

No matter how much you plan, life can take you by surprise. This year and next there are many changes coming to contractors which may be hard to prepare for. For example, though it was initially disregarded, there is a possibility we cou...

Tradespeople Take Legal Action

Court cases and high solicitor fees make legal expenses insurance a precaution worth taking for tradespeople. No self-employed tradesperson sets out in business thinking they will end up in court to defend their interests. But it happe...

The Independent Group: a breath of fresh air for contractors?

A lot can happen in a week or two, particularly when it comes to UK politics. Even with Brexit uncertainty continuing to dominate the headlines, there was still time for political mutiny on both sides of the fence, as eleven MPs in total qu...

Brexit Consequences for Tradesmen

Assessing the potential impact of Brexit for self-employed tradesmen and tradeswomen. The construction industry is in the front line of sectors directly affected by the mounting uncertainty over Brexit. And as an industry with...

#STOPtheLoanCharge – Save Lives!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, 27th February 2019, individuals and families are travelling to London to take the message to the Prime Minister that the Government’s draconian Loan Charge will destroy the lives of thousands of families unless the ...

Best Cities for Tradespeople

According to new research by bathroom hardware provider Sanctuary Bathrooms. The new ranking analysed the average wages of plumbers, electricians, joiners, and painter decorators, alongside cost of living data, university Building course ra...

HMRC Loses £100k IR35 Enquiry

With many of us looking ahead to what HMRC has in store for the roll-out of private sector IR35 reform next year, you could be forgiven for not noticing the current behaviour of the taxman. But it was again brought into sharp focus this m...

HMRC Webinar – Disguised Remuneration Loan Charge

This webinar is designed for agents who have clients who don’t settle their disguised remuneration use, and would like to know more about what will happen when the loan charge comes into effect. The webinar will cover the reporting r...

Are you paying too much for Life Insurance?

When it comes to insuring our cars or homes, we all look for the best cover at the best price. So why is it that we don’t think twice when it comes to our Life insurance policy. If you’re a director or an owner of a limited company, you...