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Steep decline in contractor hiring levelling out

Coronavirus saw contractor hiring severely impacted in April, with vacancies for professional contract roles falling 44% year-on-year and 41% month-on-month. However, experts say the decline is beginning to flatten, offering some hope for...

Will my umbrella company furlough me?

Q. I work via an umbrella company but, due to COVID-19, my contract has been terminated. I’ve read a few contrasting reports in the past few weeks with regards to whether my umbrella can or will place me on furlough - as my ‘employer...

Calls to delay IR35 reform again are rejected 

A tabled amendment to the Finance Bill calling for IR35 reform in the private sector to be delayed until 2023/24 has been rejected, as the Bill passed without a division. This means the controversial tax changes are still set to be rolled...

Can firms uphold blanket contractor bans?

Q. Like many contractors, in the lead up to 6th April, I was subject to a blanket IR35 determination. My client took the decision to place all contractors it engages inside IR35 even though I’m confident that my contract belonged outsid...

Tips for contractors working alone

As a freelancer or contractor, you may be familiar with working alone and from home. But if you're used to popping into your client’...

Case studies – the best marketing tool for contractors

I was sat with our Marketing Manager this week, developing a marketing strategy for targeting organisations that might require our career development and winning-work expertise, and we started putting together a series of case studies to ...

Contractors to return to outside IR35

With IR35 reform in the private sector having been delayed by one year, most contractors assessed as inside IR35 by their client will reject this decision and revert back to working outside the legislation, research put to more than 1000 ...

Three simple ways to upskill remotely

Whether you’re a freelancer, contractor or independent consultant, expanding your range of skills a surefire way to help give you a competitive edge when looking for new contracts. But needless to say, due to the COVID-19 ...

Bounce Back Loans – a solution for contractors?

The Government's Bounce Back Loan Scheme is now live, taking applications from small business owners who have been looking for a COVID-19 lifeline for over a month. While employees have been assisted through the Coronavirus Job Retention...

How much tax has IR35 reform raised?

Q. Can you please advise if IR35 reform in the public sector has resulted in a net increase in annualised tax revenue for HMRC, and if so, by what percentage? I am trying to ascertain the net cost-benefit to the Government and society gen...

How freelancers can utilise free time

The current lockdown has put the brakes on many freelancer's day-to-day activities. But that's not to say if you find yourself with free time, you can't do anything productive. In fact, there’s plenty you can still do from the comfort o...

Can contractors work when furloughed?

Q. Like many contractors, I find myself in the unenviable situation where I am considering furloughing myself in order to apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) to claim 80% of my PAYE earnings. I understand that once furlo...

How to prepare for 2021 off-payroll tax changes 

The acceleration of UK Coronavirus cases coincided with the countdown to the off-payroll tax rules roll-out to the private sector, which should have happened on 6th April 2020 in line with the new tax year.  However, the Government sa...

Lords call for complete rethink of IR35

The House of Lords has published a conclusive report into IR35, finding the legislation to be "riddled with problems, unfairnesses, and unintended consequences." As a result, the Lords have recommended that the Governme...

COVID-19 property advice for the self-employed

In the UK, 5million workers are self-employed, which is equivalent to 15% of the entire workforce. If you fall into this bracket, you may have been a...

COVID-19: Minister exploring ways to help contractors 

The Small Business Minister, Paul Scully, has announced that he wants to support the millions of freelancers, contractors and individuals “falling between the cracks” of the Government’s COVID-19 financial help and intends to “wor...