Month: March 2017

Public sector facing pain – but there are still opportunities for contractors

March 21, 2017 @ 10:28 am by Sarah Cullingworth

By Ben Pindar, PR

 

The public sector has been under the cosh of Draconian government cuts for several years now and many have turned to freelance expertise from contractors to continue to deliver their services in an age of austerity.

By drawing on the UK’s flexible workforce as and when they need it, the public sector has been able to access the skills and insights it needs in an affordable way.

But the public sector now faces even greater challenges; new IR35 rules for contractors next month,  and a potential ‘hard’ Brexit threaten …Read More

NICs U-turn – Good news for the Self-Employed

March 16, 2017 @ 4:07 pm by Sarah Cullingworth

There was no doubt a huge sigh of relief from the UK’s 4.8 million self-employed workers yesterday as it was announced that the government has halted plans for proposed Class 4 National Insurance hikes, which were set out in the Spring Budget. This is good news for the freelance workforce in the UK, who’ve been hit by numerous legislation changes in recent years.

The planned increase would have seen NICs increase from 9% to 10% from April 2018, and then to 11% from April 2019. Not only was this a blow …Read More

And The Winner Isn’t….

March 2, 2017 @ 4:57 pm by Sarah Cullingworth

So, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few days, you’ll have seen the excruciating moment that La La Land was incorrectly named as the winner of this year’s Best Picture award at The Oscars, leaving the cast and crew of the musical number to graciously hand over the gong to the actual winners, Moonlight.

Since the embarrassing gaffe on Sunday, it has transpired that the reason the presenters read the wrong film title was due to the error of one accountant, namely Brian Cullinan. Matt Damon doppelgänger …Read More