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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.


Kindle win lights contractor’s fire

Oliver Thwaites

A project management expert who rejoined Parasol earlier this year after a spell away from contracting has won a Kindle Fire in our latest prize draw. Oliver Thwaites was one of 360 respondents to our recent online survey of Parasol … Continue reading

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Illegal worker fines up 50% in a year

British companies found to be employing illegal migrant workers were fined more than £14m in total last year, we can today reveal. Data that we have obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows that 1,822 civil penalty notices were … Continue reading

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Budget 2014: manufacturing and ‘big data’ boosted

George Osborne has delivered his fifth Budget, and commentators across the land are giving their verdict and analysing the winners and losers. Here we take a look at some of the main points of interest for Parasol employees, members of … Continue reading

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Pensions auto-enrolment: a guide for recruitment firms

The legislative landscape in the recruitment industry rarely stands still, and 2014 will present agencies with several fresh compliance hurdles to climb. In addition to new legislation designed to tackle offshore umbrella companies, many staffing firms are facing a race … Continue reading

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False self-employment: In defence of the UK staffing sector

Government measures designed to tackle ‘false self-employment’ in blue-collar sectors such as construction look set to become law on 6th April 2014. The onshore employment intermediaries legislation represents the latest attempt by policymakers to protect low-paid, vulnerable workers and combat … Continue reading

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