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Contracting ‘a long-term career move’

Contractors are becoming increasingly resistant to the lure of “traditional” employment, new research suggests. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s latest JobsOutlook survey reveals a sudden and dramatic fall in instances of contractors joining client organisations. In November 2013, 91% of … Continue reading

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Labour denies umbrella company crackdown

Confusion surrounds Labour leader Ed Miliband’s position on umbrella companies, after a widely-predicted crackdown failed to materialise in his party conference speech. The Guardian, Independent and Mail Online all reported on Tuesday that Mr Miliband would set out plans to … Continue reading

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Could low graduate confidence spark a rise in contracting?

Undergraduates are becoming increasingly disillusioned with the jobs market, with many worrying that they will be unable to secure a full-time role upon leaving university. This is according to the latest UK Graduate Confidence Index, which finds that students have … Continue reading

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Grow your own talent, urges IT recruiter

The UK technology sector must nurture a generation of home-grown professionals if it wants to meet future demands, a new study warns. Business and IT recruiter ReThink Recruitment claims there are “nowhere near” enough junior professionals in the digital marketplace, … Continue reading

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False self-employment: recruiters play the waiting game

Although the onshore employment intermediaries legislation has been on the statute books for a number of months, exactly how it will be enforced by HMRC is still up in the air. This was the take-home message from a recent recruitment … Continue reading

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