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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Contractor clinic: how to create the perfect CV

The humble curriculum vitae (CV) has long been the bedrock of the jobs market, giving potential employers a way to sort the wheat from the chaff before conducting interviews. Unlike “traditional” workers, contractors face the arduous task of constantly updating … Continue reading


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‘Fear culture’ hampers recruiters’ payment chase

A fear of rocking the boat is preventing many recruitment firms from chasing overdue payments, forcing them to look for ‘inadequate’ alternative solutions. Figures released by contract finance provider Sonovate reveal that UK staffing companies are owed £6 billion in … Continue reading


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Resurgent recruiters expect bumper year

The fireworks and festivities that heralded the start of 2015 may seem like a distant memory for some, but the party still appears to be in full swing for the recruitment industry. Almost a month into the New Year, several … Continue reading


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Recruiters fear admin avalanche

Staffing firms are worried about being snowed under with administration, claiming it could seriously harm their chances of growth. Research from recruitment software developer Mercury xRM reveals that over half (53%) of businesses surveyed said an increased workload would be … Continue reading


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