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IR35 Reform – Your CV is More Important Than Ever

With the draft IR35 legislation for off-payroll working in the private sector being published on Thursday, and not providing much glimmer of good news, being able to sell yourself and maintain a level of control over the assignments you cho...

Contractor Advice: Considerations During Public Works

Like many contractors, Painting and Decorating company Bagnalls often encounters challenges posed by working near the public. Commercial businesses and public institutions need to be able to run successfully without any impediments, so it i...

Ultimatums in response to IR35 reform must be avoided

Private sector companies that fail to offer contractors the opportunity to continue operating outside the IR35 legislation when reform is introduced next April will lose out on the skills and flexibility of these workers, exclusive research...

The History of IR35

Prior to the inception of IR35 back in 2000, workers who owned their own limited companies were able to receive payments from their clients to use as revenue, like any other small business would. The profits could then be paid as dividend...

Contribute to the Contractor Attitude Survey

If there’s one thing you’ll know all too well as a contractor, it’s how quickly the state of the market can change. But do you know what has changed in the industry over the past year? How do you think the marketplace is looking? And ...

Contractor market urged to prepare for IR35

More than two thirds (67 per cent) of freelancers in the UK are unaware of the impending changes to IR35, according to new research released today.

  • New research reveals more than two thirds of freelancers are unaware of impen...

Have you been affected by subbie bashing?

‘Subbie bashing’ is where larger firms financially bully smaller subcontractors they’re working with. Often, the larger firms know they can get away with it because the smaller subcontractors do not have the resources to fight back. A...

Help Contractor Weekly champion independent working

As contractors, recruiters and medium and large private sector businesses gear up for the arrival of IR35 reform next year, independent workers have not been slow to voice their concerns about the incoming changes. But as media coverage of ...

The 8 Funniest CV Bloopers

Over the years, as a Hiring Manager, Recruiter and the Founder of The CV & Interview Advisors, I’ve seen a lot of CVs. I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly… and some plain hilarious. To add a bit of light-heartedness to the se...

Direct Client Negotiation

Whilst most contractors would probably like to work direct for their clients rather than through an agency, the fact remains that even in spite of Contract Spy’s success in giving contractors another viable option, most of you reading w...

Preparing for IR35 Changes in April 2020

These firms are essentially a legal hub with a minimal bricks and mortar presence supporting a central admin and IT staff and they operate using a bank of consultant lawyers operating through their own individual personal service compan...

Travel expenses for a secondary office?

Planning for my next contract which will likely run beyond April 2020. I understand that IR35 treats travel expenses to your contracted office location as a commute and therefore unpayable by my Ltd company. But how does it treat regular tr...

IR35 – Clients and Recruiters Must Act

New research released by QAccounting partner, Qdos Contractor, strengthens the argument that the private sector must begin preparing for next April’s IR35 reform now if it is to be capable of successfully managing incoming changes to th...

Contract Violation?

Question: Can the contractor work for the new Agency without violating the original contract bearing in mind he is not “providing services or products directly to the Client or End Client” since he is working for the new agency. Back...

Going Freelance If You ‘Want To Make It’

Self-employment has grown dramatically in recent years. The number of self-employed workers was as many as 4.8 million in 2017, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In fact, it’s now predicted that they make up at leas...

The Myth of the 24 Month Rule

The “24 month rule” is often a cause of confusion within the contracting industry. Many contractors can misinterpret this as a restriction upon the length of an engagement, however this is simply not the case. The 24 month rule relat...