Holiday pay, commission and the UK staffing industry

Employers must factor in commission payments when calculating holiday pay for their staff, according to a legal ruling. An employment tribunal ruled yesterday that UK law must be brought into line with a European Court of Justice decision, which said … Continue reading


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Revealed: 4 hot IT skills for contractors

It’s no secret that Britain’s IT sector is booming. The growth of regional technology hubs means competition for talent is no longer confined to London. Recent studies have shown that IT is fast shedding its geeky image and is now … Continue reading


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Could the financial talent drought boost contractor earnings?

Financial services companies are still struggling to source the right talent, perhaps pushing contractor assignment rates up as a consequence. Research by recruitment firm Robert Walters reveals that there were 3,915 live UK jobs in the sector last month, compared … Continue reading


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Buoyant recruiters expect bumper 2015

The UK recruitment industry looks set to continue its impressive return to form, with many firms expecting a large hike in revenue this year. Research from relationship management business Bullhorn reveals that 40% of staffing firms predict their income to … Continue reading


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Will older workers boost the UK’s recovering labour market?

An increase in the state pension age will help drive the UK’s labour supply, further assisting its recovery after the financial crisis. Yesterday’s EY ITEM Club ‘special report on labour’ predicts that around 125,000 extra workers will be in circulation … Continue reading


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Staffing firms face payroll pain over Scottish tax powers

Recruitment firms that pay and employ Scottish temporary workers face fresh complexity from next year, a former staffing industry executive is warning.  Andy Gunson, our finance director, said the Scottish parliament’s proposed new tax powers represent a “ticking time-bomb” for … Continue reading


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HMRC publishes onshore reporting guidance

Our managing director has welcomed new guidance from HMRC on looming reporting and record-keeping requirements for staffing firms. The document, published yesterday, confirmed that recruiters will only need to report identity details – and not payment information – for contractors … Continue reading


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Recruiters ‘collateral damage’ in legislative tangle

The government’s ‘one size fits all’ approach to legislation is failing recruitment firms and causing reputational damage in the process. This is according to the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), which has called on ministers to overhaul the existing … Continue reading


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AWR uncertainty causes compliance headache

A large number of staffing firms have failed to grasp the Agency Worker Regulations (AWR), resulting in them being rejected by a leading industry association. Some 110 agencies were denied entry to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) after failing … Continue reading


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Onshore reporting: HMRC reveals stance on umbrella contractors

Recruitment firms will need to include information on contractors employed via umbrella companies in new quarterly returns to HMRC, we have been told. However, the tax authority says it will only require agencies to provide “identity details” for umbrella contractors. … Continue reading


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