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View from the top: will election result affect umbrella contractors?

With tomorrow’s election threatening to be the closest and most unpredictable vote for a generation, the result could have serious implications for umbrella company employees. Our managing director, Derek Kelly, told news site Contractor UK that contractors will be waiting … Continue reading

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Is 2015 the year of the IT contractor?

Computing and technology contractors have had plenty to celebrate so far this year, with advancements in big data and mobile development sending demand through the roof. Research from recruiter Robert Half UK suggests that corks could be popping right the … Continue reading

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Revealed: the UK’s contracting hotspots

It’s no secret that contracting is booming in the UK. A winning combination of skills shortages and improving business confidence has sent demand soaring. A recent survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) revealed that more than a third … Continue reading

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Could contractors cash in on IoT windfall?

A “tremendous” global shortfall in Internet of Things (IoT) professionals could grant contractors access to a multi trillion pound goldmine. IT company Cisco predicts that 300,000 extra workers will be needed to keep up with increasing demand for ‘smart’ cities … Continue reading

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Contracting careers: some mothers do ‘ave ‘em

UK mums are increasingly turning to contracting as a way to achieve a healthy work/life balance, new research has revealed. A study by Kingston University and the association for Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) finds that the number of … Continue reading

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