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Read the latest industry news about contractors, expenses, AWR, TAX and lots of other interesting topical areas. We have also included polls around the site to help us understand what you think is important and how you feel about the latest hot topics.


Make the most out of your bank holiday weekend

As most of you are probably aware, this weekend is a bank holiday and will be the last one until Christmas! As a contractor, the ability to have more flexibility in your working life means that you’ll be free to … Continue reading

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Compliance headache creates goldmine for contractors

Libor, PPI, the global financial crisis. These scandals go some way to show why the reputation of the banking industry has been dragged through the mud in recent years. To help clear things up, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has … Continue reading

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Continuous development: The key to contracting success?

It seems like hardly a day goes by without some mention of the lack of access to niche skills that continues to plague employers. Companies have become riddled with skill gaps and don’t have the properly equipped people to eradicate … Continue reading

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How to deal with difficult clients

As you progress through your contracting career, the vast majority of clients you work with will be cooperative and supportive. However, there may come a time when you have to deal with somebody completely different. Although maintaining a professional working … Continue reading

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Parasol features on BBC Radio 4’s “The New Workplace” programme

If you tuned in to BBC Radio 4 on Saturday evening, you may have heard a familiar name pop up. Our founder and chief executive Rob Crossland appeared on “The New Workplace” programme as part of journalist Michael Robinson’s investigation … Continue reading

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