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Pensions auto-enrolment: 25 recruitment firms breach rules

A total of 25 UK-based recruitment firms are known to have breached pensions auto-enrolment rules since the legislation came into force. Data we have obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveals that, between 1st October 2012 and 30th April … Continue reading

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Contractors could benefit from £154m aerospace investment

Contractors working in aerospace and high-end manufacturing could see demand for their services soar, following the announcement of a multi-million pound investment. Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is announcing today that the government will pledge £154 million in research projects, … Continue reading

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Taking a holiday as a contractor

With the peak holiday season upon us, millions of Brits are escaping the workplace and either visiting their favourite UK destination or jetting off for a week or two of sun, sea and sangria. The ability to take a break … Continue reading

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5 reasons to consider contracting

For the vast majority of contractors, breaking free from the shackles of traditional employment has been the best thing they have ever done. However, the process of doing so is often extremely daunting for some people, meaning they put it … Continue reading

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Clamour for data scientists is good news for contractors

Skilled data scientists are so rare that they have been likened to unicorns in a recent study, something that will be good news to contractors ready to step into the breach. A report by innovation charity Nesta found that four … Continue reading

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