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What not to do when starting your contracting career

The world of contracting can sometimes be tricky to navigate. For those new to the field, the experience of breaking free from traditional employment can be quite daunting. It is therefore important that you consider all your options before taking … Continue reading

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Will contractors benefit from the £52m science skills boost?

The importance of Britain’s life sciences, chemicals and industrial science sectors has been underlined by news of a £52m investment in new and emerging talent. Speaking earlier this week, science minister David Willetts said the new Science Industry Partnership (SIP) … Continue reading

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Holiday pay: reprieve for recruiters?

Recruitment firms fearing the possibility of huge tribunal costs as a result of the EU’s holiday pay ruling could be granted a reprieve. This is following a statement from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, which argued that large … Continue reading

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Recruiters report double-digit growth in contractor placements

Placements of contractors have increased 10% year-on-year across all professional sectors, according to a survey of recruitment firms. The latest monthly data from Staffing Industry Analysts and the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) confirms that the UK’s temporary and … Continue reading

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Is Britain’s housing boom benefiting contractors?

Contractors and freelancers within the construction industry should benefit from an increase in assignment opportunities, as a sharp rise in house-building fuels a recruitment boom. June saw the sharpest rate of recruitment ever as firms battled to keep up with … Continue reading

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