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The government’s flagship Shared Parental Leave (SPL) came into force this week, offering mothers and fathers an equal opportunity to look after their newborn children. SPL has caused an element of confusion among contractors, with many seemingly unsure whether they … Continue reading
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
Contractors working within the UK’s manufacturing sector could see a wealth of opportunities as the industry enjoys a spike in activity. The latest Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)/Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) reveals that manufacturers experienced the strongest … Continue reading
Employers within the UK energy and utilities sector are finding it increasingly tough to find workers with the right skills, potentially paving the way for contractors to step in and save the day. The UK Commission for Employment and Skills … Continue reading
Labour’s proposed clampdown on zero-hours contracts could increase demand for the services of compliant umbrella companies, our founder and chief executive has claimed. Ed Miliband announced in a speech on Wednesday that a Labour government would legislate to give people … Continue reading