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Contractor clinic: 4 signs you’re ready to go limited

Is your New Year’s resolution to take your contracting career to the next level by launching your own business? If so, you’re not alone. Figures from Companies House show that January is a popular month for company formations, with numbers … Continue reading

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2014 contractor market outlook: 7 reasons to be cheerful

The festive season may be over for another year, but there’s no reason to be struck down by the January blues if you’re a professional career contractor. Here’s our take on why 2014 looks set to be a great year … Continue reading

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Contracting brothers donate referral bonus to good cause

Saunders family marathon photo

A young boy with a rare condition is one step closer to receiving potentially life-changing treatment, thanks to Parasol’s popular refer-a-friend scheme. Three-year-old Lucas Turnbull has spastic diplegia, meaning he can’t walk or stand without help due to the rigidity … Continue reading

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2013 in review: our most-read stories of the year

As we enter the final days of 2013, we thought it would be interesting to look back on the year and see which of our blog posts and news articles captured your imagination. After some quick number crunching we have … Continue reading

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Offshore umbrella companies: what recruiters need to know

Offshore umbrella companies are in the news again, after the government published fresh details of its forthcoming legislative crackdown. The Offshore Employment Intermediaries legislation, due to come into force in April 2014, seeks to close a tax loophole whereby the … Continue reading

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