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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.


70,000 contractors and freelancers employed…and counting!

Here at Parasol we were delighted to celebrate a major milestone recently. After some quick number crunching, we realised we have now employed 70,000 career contractors since we launched in 2000! A lot has changed since Parasol was founded at … Continue reading

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Freelancer and umbrella contractor prospects go under the spotlight

A major new study has lifted the lid on the state of the UK freelancing and contractor sector in 2013. The report, which can be viewed here, has been produced by Optionis group – home to Parasol and ClearSky. The … Continue reading

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Karl avoids short straw and wins Kindle Fire

Karl Straw the winner

A career contractor who joined Parasol earlier this year has spoken of his delight at winning a Kindle Fire following a company prize draw. Karl Straw, a management consultant with 16 years’ experience in interim contract roles, became a Parasol … Continue reading

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Parasol launches £100k online portal for recruiters

Employment services provider Parasol has invested £100,000 in a cutting-edge online portal designed to save its recruitment industry partners time and money. The tool, called Parasol Connect, was launched this week following months of development work by the company’s head … Continue reading

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Clarity needed over offshore umbrella company crackdown

Legislation to tackle offshore umbrella companies could inadvertently cause chaos in the contractor recruitment supply chain, a leading UK-based provider has warned. Parasol is calling for the introduction of standardised reporting criteria, in order to enable compliant employment services providers … Continue reading

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