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Is Britain’s housing boom benefiting contractors?

Contractors and freelancers within the construction industry should benefit from an increase in assignment opportunities, as a sharp rise in house-building fuels a recruitment boom. June saw the sharpest rate of recruitment ever as firms battled to keep up with … Continue reading

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Manufacturing boom good news for contractors and recruiters

Britain’s manufacturing sector continued its impressive return to form last month, thanks to a surge in orders and increased production. The latest Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) found that the industry expanded for the sixteenth consecutive month in June, while … Continue reading

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Contractors set to benefit from IT talent drought

Almost three quarters (74%) of UK businesses are experiencing a shortage of IT talent – a state of affairs that represents an ‘open goal’ for savvy contractors and freelancers. A survey by open source and cloud service provider Reconnix has … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Surrey Police IT debacle

Surrey Police’s flagship IT project has been widely criticised by its auditors. The Surrey Integrated Reporting Enterprise Network (Siren) had been commissioned by the Force in 2009 but was abandoned last year after a series of failings. It was specifically … Continue reading

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Zero-hours contracts: Government scraps exclusivity clauses

Exclusivity clauses that tie casual workers to a single company are to be scrapped. Business secretary Vince Cable claimed the measures would tackle “unscrupulous employers” that place unfair restrictions on temporary employees. It is expected the plans will benefit up … Continue reading

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