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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.


What separates the best staffing firms from the rest?

Recruitment is a cut-throat industry, with rival agencies jostling to source talent from a limited pool of resources. As a result, it is imperative for staffing firms to strive to be the best and stand out from the crowd. Of … Continue reading

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Could contractors rejuvenate the engineering sector?

Contractors with experience in the engineering sector could experience a surge in demand as an ageing workforce staggers towards retirement. Recruitment expert Ian Knowlson claimed a shortfall of skilled engineers was being exacerbated by the fact that 20% of the … Continue reading

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Future’s bright for contractors, says study

Key contracting disciplines will form the ‘careers of the future’, offering excellent prospects for jobseekers and boosting the economy. Research from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) reveals that technology will play a vital role in the job … Continue reading

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Levelling the playing field over travel expenses

Our founder and chief executive has welcomed government plans to “level the playing field” over travel expenses by cracking down on rogue umbrella companies that ignore National Minimum Wage legislation. Rob Crossland was responding to HMRC’s publication of a discussion … Continue reading

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Have an early Christmas present from Parasol

With the big day just around the corner, Parasol is helping lighten Santa’s load by offering you the chance to win a shiny iPad. Simply enter our competition on Twitter or LinkedIn and this fantastic prize could be on its … Continue reading

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