Month: February 2016

Self-Employment Review shows power of contractor sector

February 23, 2016 @ 12:09 pm by Damian Broughton MBE

The recent Self-Employment Review commissioned by Prime Minister David Cameron and carried out by Cambridge Satchel Company entrepreneur Julie Dean should be welcomed. It is a vital document for demonstrating the importance of the UK’s 4.6 million contractors, freelancers, temporary workers and self-employed people and includes a series of valuable recommendations that should be acted upon by Government immediately.

However, the document also raises some serious questions and misses some key points. The most disappointing aspect of the report is that taxation was beyond the review’s scope. Despite this, it did …Read More

What does the UK skills shortage mean for recruitment agencies?

February 16, 2016 @ 5:12 pm by Damian Broughton MBE

The biggest concern I hear from recruitment agencies is the growing skills crisis facing UK Plc today. Agency heads tell me the number of job opportunities continues to increase, but the skills shortage means there isn’t enough talented people to go around.

These experiences have now been supported by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) whose eagerly-anticipated Employer Skills Survey has revealed that almost 1 in 4 jobs now goes unfilled due to a lack of skilled workers.

Worringly, the survey also shows that the skills shortage has more than …Read More

What does the UK skills shortage mean for contractors?

February 9, 2016 @ 1:10 pm by Damian Broughton MBE

It’s no secret that UK PLC is at crisis point when it comes to skilled workers. Our key industries are on red alert with more than 200,000 unfilled skilled vacancies. We don’t have the expertise we need and there are now swathes of initiatives battling to reverse the decline in our skilled workforce. However, for contractors, freelancers, self-employed people and temporary workers this presents a major opportunity.

A new survey by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has painted a bleak picture. The major survey, which polls more than …Read More