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Strengthening economy sparks change in hiring intentions

The economic recovery has triggered a shift in why clients are hiring contractors, according to a new study. Research from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) shows that the majority of businesses are taking on freelancers to benefit from “short-term … Continue reading

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Parasol voted UK’s best umbrella company

Here at Parasol we’re always keen to receive feedback, whether good or bad, from contractors and freelancers. It’s particularly pleasing when we get positive reviews from current or past contractor employees. That’s why we’re delighted to have been voted the … Continue reading

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Help close zero-hours loopholes, recruiters urged

Unscrupulous employers that abuse zero-hours contracts have been warned that the government is onto them. Business secretary Vince Cable has launched a new consultation aimed at identifying and closing potential loopholes that would allow firms to get around the proposed … Continue reading

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Should the government IT watchdog be given more bite?

The latest government IT debacle has prompted much soul searching over how to reform Whitehall’s procurement strategy. Last week, a tribunal blasted ministers for their “flawed” handling of a multi-million pound border control system, conceived in the wake of the … Continue reading

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Contractors ‘vital’ to UK recovery

The value of the UK’s contingent workforce has once again been highlighted, as employers continue to call upon contractors and temporary workers to help them achieve their goals. Figures contained within the latest Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) JobsOutlook survey … Continue reading

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