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Gig and Umbrella

November 12, 2016 @ 4:30 pm by Damian Broughton MBE

Over recent months much has been written about the ‘gig’ economy, describing its rise, its popularity for both workers and consumers, and discussing how ‘workers’ in the gig economy should operate.

Should the worker be classed as an employee or be ‘self-employed’. A direct challenge to Uber by 2 workers (out of 40,000 in the UK), culminating in the decision handed down by a tribunal which described the Uber drivers as ‘workers’. Many will be thinking that we are all workers, so what is the difference. Well, in UK law there …Read More

Fingers Crossed for the 23rd – Autumn Statement

November 11, 2016 @ 9:35 am by Dena Salthouse

Autumn Statement hopes and wishes- by John Thorburn

There has been much written already on the proposed reform of the intermediaries legislation (“IR35”) for those off payroll workers in the public sector, unsurprisingly most of which is not in favour, focussing on the impractical nature of the proposal and the inevitable fall out; skill shortages, contract rate uncertainty, lack of employment rights and potential false employment.

Whilst the tide of opinion from professional bodies, agencies, freelancers and government advisors (The Office of Tax Simplification) swells for the abandonment, or at least postponement, …Read More

Uber Ruling and the Gig Economy

November 8, 2016 @ 4:31 pm by Sarah Templeton

In my last article I discussed the meteoric rise of the gig economy, with Uber being one of its major players. But does last month’s ruling on the ride-hailing platform threaten to bring it all crashing down?

A tribunal concluded that two Uber drivers (who were representing a larger group of nineteen), rather than being self-employed, were in fact to be classed as ‘workers’, and were therefore entitled to the National Minimum Wage, rest breaks, and other protections.

It was concluded that, “it is not real to regard Uber as working ‘for’ …Read More

Gunpowder, Theresa and Plot- IR35 and Employment Legislation Changes Today

November 3, 2016 @ 4:09 pm by Dena Salthouse

The parallels between Guy Fawkes’ times and employment legislation changes today.

By Andy Charles

In 1605, thirteen young men planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament, one of whom was Guy Fawkes, one of Britain’s most notorious traitors.

This was in response to the suffering which Catholics endured under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I – the hope being that things would improve as James I took to the throne, as he himself had a Catholic Mother. Their hopes were short lived.

The plan was to ultimately kill the King and Members of …Read More

Abolishing Poverty in Employment and the Living Wage

November 2, 2016 @ 4:29 pm by Helen Broughton MBE

A wage you can live on; surely that is not too much to expect in return for full time work?

Studies have shown that once someone earns enough to pay their bills and pay for a few small pleasures their happiness peaks.  In other words happiness does not directly correlate to the size of their wage packet once that wage goes above an amount they can comfortably live off.

As an employer we made a commitment to pay the Living Wage three years ago and have witnessed first-hand the benefits.

First let me …Read More

The Rise of the Gig Economy

October 25, 2016 @ 1:40 pm by Dena Salthouse

By Sarah Cullingworth

The world of work is changing. Recent trends suggest that many of us are choosing to make a living working for ourselves doing one-off jobs, or ‘gigs’, as opposed to longer stints of employment.

Freelance work is no new phenomenon of course. Danbro, a leading national accountancy firm, has been offering its expertise to thousands of contractors and freelancers across the UK for over fifteen years. However, it is these short-term contracts, facilitated by companies such as Uber and Airbnb, which have contributed to the growth in recent years …Read More

How to make sure your Umbrella protects you from the legislative storm…

October 18, 2016 @ 3:37 pm by Katie Allen

5 ways to make sure you’re covered no matter the weather…

As anyone who’s been in the temporary worker market over the last few years will know, the constant barrage of legislation change has restricted the way contractors can work and has meant they seemingly have to jump through hoop after hoop to reduce the risk of a hefty tax bill. This has also meant an increase in the checks that Umbrella companies have to do.

The Umbrella market is huge, with hundreds of players all claiming to offer the same thing, …Read More

Mmmmm…doughnuts (what constitutes as a meal when you claim expenses)

October 13, 2016 @ 5:04 pm by Dena Salthouse

By Samantha Dolphin

It’s been a few months since the changes in legislation, affecting the travel and subsistence expenses that can be reclaimed, were implemented on 6th April. So, what do we know…

If you’re not under Supervision, Direction, or Control, you can claim for your expenses; this includes commuting but there’s still some debate around the meal allowance, and just what is ok to claim.

HMRC currently states that the cost of a ‘meal’ is allowable – a meal being defined as food and drink but what constitutes as a meal may …Read More

British jobs market survey shows opportunities are growing for temporary workers

August 9, 2016 @ 11:20 am by Damian Broughton MBE

Following the Brexit referendum, we talked about how we felt the result would lead to a boost in demand for freelancers, consultants, contractors and temporary workers, as British firms work to adapt to the changing landscape the vote to leave the EU has spurred.  A recent survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has since produced insights to support just this, evidencing a drop in permanent placements but a rise nationwide in temporary candidates taking on contracts.

This should come as no surprise – the use of contractors and consultants …Read More

What do the travel and subsistence changes mean for… Legal and Financial contractors

April 14, 2016 @ 3:15 pm by Damian Broughton MBE

Changes to travel and subsistence claims introduced by the Government in the Budget came into force on April 6 this year. These changes have been hotly debated but have serious implications for contractors and limited companies (PSCs) alike.

In a new series of blogs we will provide examples of workers in key sectors to help understand how the new rules will affect you. In this blog, we look at how temporary workers in the legal, banking and financial sectors are going to be affected by the crackdown on claiming tax relief …Read More