Tax tribunal sheds light on false self-employment guidelines

HMRC’s failed attempt to take action over an alleged breach of the false self-employment legislation should shed some light on how the rules will be interpreted by a tribunal, according to the Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC). The case centred … Continue reading


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Pensions auto-enrolment: 25 recruitment firms breach rules

A total of 25 UK-based recruitment firms are known to have breached pensions auto-enrolment rules since the legislation came into force. Data we have obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveals that, between 1st October 2012 and 30th April … 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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Manufacturing boom good news for contractors and recruiters

Britain’s manufacturing sector continued its impressive return to form last month, thanks to a surge in orders and increased production. The latest Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) found that the industry expanded for the sixteenth consecutive month in June, while … Continue reading


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Zero-hours contracts: Government scraps exclusivity clauses

Exclusivity clauses that tie casual workers to a single company are to be scrapped. Business secretary Vince Cable claimed the measures would tackle “unscrupulous employers” that place unfair restrictions on temporary employees. It is expected the plans will benefit up … Continue reading


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Construction industry ‘will create the most interim managers’

The UK’s construction sector is expected to create the most opportunities for senior business executives this year. A study by Interim Partners found that 34% of respondents believed the industry would hire the most interim managers. technology, media and telecommunications … Continue reading


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Holiday pay ruling ‘a disaster for recruiters’

A European court’s landmark ruling on commission and holiday pay could prove disastrous for recruitment firms. That’s the view of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), which has warned the decision could have a serious impact on agencies – … Continue reading


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Why are more recruitment firms implementing PSLs?

Gone are the days when most recruitment firms saw a preferred supplier list (PSL) of umbrella companies and contractor accountants as a ‘nice to have’.


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