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Extension to COVID-19 support is “woefully inadequate” The Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economy Plan has been criticised for ignoring freelancers and contractors, leaving millions to face what one expert has described as a “dark winter ahead”.  In his statement to the…

Brexit: Call for vouchers to help self-employed ease transition

Government urged to support self-employed as Brexit talks resume The COVID-19 pandemic has hit contractors hard and many are still struggling to recover from it. But now, those who have clients in Europe may face another threat – Brexit. Although the…

Contractors boost productivity, generating almost £5,000 more per employee

Contractors key to boosting productivity and creating jobs Firms that have at least 11% of their workforce as contractors are more productive businesses, with each employee generating on average an extra £4,669 for their organisation, a study by Trinity Business…

Contractor hiring on the rise as firms eye COVID-19 recovery 

Businesses turn to contractors over employees to assist recovery  Firms are more likely to engage freelancers and contractors than employees to help them recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, new research has revealed. Figures published by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)…

Self-employment slumps by a record 238,000

Self-employed numbers and earnings fall at record rates in Q2  The number of self-employed workers in the UK fell by a record 238,000 in the second quarter of 2020, latest figures released by the ONS have revealed. This is a “disproportionate…

COVID-19 help for contractors ruled out for “practical reasons”

Contractors will not receive further COVID-19 support, Chancellor says The Chancellor has said after having “carefully considered” the case for creating a new COVID-19 support system for limited company contractors, "for practical reasons” individuals who pay themselves salary and dividends…

How to find the perfect client in a pandemic

Three ways contractors can land the right client in a ‘new normal’ There is no doubt that the crisis from which we are slowly emerging has been devastating - for the people who were tragically infected by it, and their…

Government told it “must” support 710,000 contractors during COVID-19

Report calls on Government to help limited company contractors The Treasury Select Committee has told the Government that it “must” improve the COVID-19 support available to nearly three-quarters of a million limited company contractors and hundreds of thousands of other…

Contractor hiring falls, but “worst may be behind us” 

Contractor hiring decreases again, but things are "looking up" While COVID-19 saw contractor hiring and permanent placements in May fall at the second sharpest rate on record, experts believe that the "worst may be behind us."  This is the latest…

How to futureproof your freelance business 

Futureproof your business, ready for life after lockdown There’s no denying that the way all of us work has changed drastically in the last few months. And whilst there’s concern among many freelancers and contractors about opportunities drying up due…

Self-employment support extended but contractors ‘forgotten’

SEISS extended, but Chancellor "ignores" contractors  The welcome news that the COVID-19 support for the self-employed has been extended until August doesn’t make up for the fact that hundreds of thousands of freelancers and contractors have been “forgotten", experts say. …

Steep decline in contractor hiring levelling out

Contractor hiring suffering, but decline is "flattening" 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…

Case studies – the best marketing tool for contractors

How to win work through case studies 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…

Three simple ways to upskill remotely

How to improve your skillset during lockdown 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…

Bounce Back Loans – a solution for contractors?

Are Bounce Back Loans the support contractors need? 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…

How freelancers can utilise free time

What to do with your free time in lockdown 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,…