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Read the latest industry news about contractors, expenses, AWR, TAX and lots of other interesting topical areas. We have also included polls around the site to help us understand what you think is important and how you feel about the latest hot topics.


Why it’s wrong to tar all umbrellas with the same brush

The march of hundreds of construction workers today risks damaging the reputation of compliant employment providers and could cause shockwaves through a vital industry. As part of a co-ordinated campaign, the disgruntled workers will descend on Westminster in a demonstration … Continue reading

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How can I use LinkedIn to secure my next contracting assignment?

LinkedIn is widely regarded as a powerful tool to help jobseekers source their next role. It allows recruiters to find matches for different vacancies, while giving applicants the chance to show off their skills in the hope of attracting their … Continue reading

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Will pay squeeze encourage more people to become contractors?

Businesses are still struggling with a recession hangover, causing wages to grow at their slowest pace for four years. New figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that the median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees now … Continue reading

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Olé! Contractors to bask in overseas opportunities

Contractors are set benefit from a wealth of new assignments if they choose to abandon Blighty in search of foreign adventures. Figures released in October’s Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) JobsOutlook survey reveal that around one in six contractor clients … Continue reading

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The open workforce: contractors take centre stage

Contractors are set to play an integral role as businesses look to streamline their operations, according to a new study. Research by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) reveal that firms will … Continue reading

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