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Contractors benefiting from NHS “talent crisis”

Contractors are taking advantage of a growing talent shortage within the NHS, according to a new study. Recruitment firm Venn Group found that the health service was the driving force behind a surge in contractor and interim hiring in the … Continue reading

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Upbeat freelancers set to turbo-charge UK growth

Britain’s growing army of freelancers and contractors will “propel” economic growth in the coming months, an analyst has predicted. Georgios Nikolaidis, economic policy advisor at the Professional Contractors’ Group (PCG), said the ability of freelancers to offer businesses “the operational … Continue reading

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Pensions auto-enrolment: 25 recruitment firms breach rules

A total of 25 UK-based recruitment firms are known to have breached pensions auto-enrolment rules since the legislation came into force. Data we have obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveals that, between 1st October 2012 and 30th April … Continue reading

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Contractors could benefit from £154m aerospace investment

Contractors working in aerospace and high-end manufacturing could see demand for their services soar, following the announcement of a multi-million pound investment. Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is announcing today that the government will pledge £154 million in research projects, … Continue reading

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Taking a holiday as a contractor

With the peak holiday season upon us, millions of Brits are escaping the workplace and either visiting their favourite UK destination or jetting off for a week or two of sun, sea and sangria. The ability to take a break … Continue reading

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