Contractors key to fixing SMEs’ cash leak

UK small businesses could save thousands of pounds by taking on contractors, a new study reveals. Freelance jobs site PeoplePerHour claims that SMEs are losing out on £6,297 every year as a result of wastage and spare capacity. The report … Continue reading


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90,000 contractors not out

At Parasol, we’re always happy to celebrate a major milestone – and this time is no exception. We’re thrilled to announce that we have now employed 90,000 career contractors since we launched – an impressive achievement we think you’ll agree! … Continue reading


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Recruiters face compliance calamity

A quarter of UK recruitment firms have no idea whether recent legislative changes will affect their day-to-day operations, despite sustained warnings. Research from software company Mercury xRM shows that a large proportion of temporary and permanent staffing firms are risking … Continue reading


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UK firms plan IT hiring spree

British firms are planning to splash the cash on IT talent in a bid to boost innovation and customer service. More than a quarter (28%) of the 1,500 IT executives questioned by technology skills and training body CompTIA said they … Continue reading


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‘Collaborate to build the world’s best jobs market’

The new Conservative government has been urged to work closely with the recruitment industry in order to ensure the UK has the best jobs market in the world. Following David Cameron’s election victory, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has … Continue reading


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Election result ‘good news for contractors and recruiters’

Parasol founder and chief executive Rob Crossland has hailed the general election result as a positive outcome for the UK’s contractor workforce and staffing industry. Rob, who also heads up our sister firm ClearSky Contractor Accounting, welcomed the prospect of a Conservative … 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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Recruiters stand tough against late payments

UK recruitment firms are adopting a “no-nonsense” approach to tackling delinquent payments, new research has shown. Data from Hilton-Baird Collection Services reveals that staffing companies have had much more success in dealing with outstanding invoices than firms in other industries. … Continue reading


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Confusion reigns over onshore reporting requirements

UK recruiters risk falling foul of changes to the onshore intermediaries legislation, resulting in a compliance headache and significant financial penalties. Under the new rules, which came into force on Monday, recruiters will have to record the details of every … Continue reading


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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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