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‘Fear culture’ hampers recruiters’ payment chase

A fear of rocking the boat is preventing many recruitment firms from chasing overdue payments, forcing them to look for ‘inadequate’ alternative solutions. Figures released by contract finance provider Sonovate reveal that UK staffing companies are owed £6 billion in … Continue reading

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Could contractors steady employers’ election jitters?

With May’s election fast approaching, the main political parties still have everything to play for. As pollsters and commentators agree that the outcome is too close to call, concerns are growing that the uncertainty could destabilise the labour market. Negotiations … Continue reading

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Resurgent recruiters expect bumper year

The fireworks and festivities that heralded the start of 2015 may seem like a distant memory for some, but the party still appears to be in full swing for the recruitment industry. Almost a month into the New Year, several … Continue reading

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Government investment drives engineering boom

A slew of government investment has transformed the UK’s engineering sector into the driving force of the nation’s economic recovery, according to a new study. Data published by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) reveals that high-profile projects such … Continue reading

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Dispatches targets umbrella companies: our response

Our chief executive and managing director have responded to last night’s episode of Dispatches, which featured an investigation into umbrella companies. Parasol founder and chief executive Rob Crossland said: “Any umbrella company that flouts minimum wage legislation cannot call itself compliant. “Failure … Continue reading

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