Many expats find umbrella companies appealing because they offer a fixed-fee service that’s payable only when used. But employment like this is not without contention. 1st Contact dispels five myths surrounding umbrella companies.
Over the past twelve months, half a million new businesses were established in the UK alone. If you’re thinking of setting up a limited company, the following list of dos and don’ts will help you avoid the common mistakes that many startups make.
It’s easy to get caught up in your work-from-home world. If you’re a freelancer falling prey to cabin fever, strip off that onesie, comb your hair and get out there! There are plenty of coffee shops and collaborative spaces in London that will see you getting your work done in no time.
So you’re bored with your job, tired of working for someone else, and thinking about riding solo as a full-time contractor? Here are three questions to ask before taking the plunge and choosing a freelance lifestyle.
Small businesses often regard marketing as an unnecessary expense, but there are dozens of cost-effective techniques that startups and SMEs can use to promote themselves. Here are eight smart ways to market your business on a shoestring budget.
The UK is lacking a number of skilled people in various industries. Could your skill set be in demand without you even knowing it?
Today is the fifth National Freelancers Day, celebrating the great role that freelancers play within the economy. The day aims to bring together “business leaders, political heavyweights and independent professionals to reflect on the power of the freelance model.”
Considering giving up permanent employment to become a contractor? Before you hand in your resignation letter and print those business cards, it’s vital that you have looked at every aspect of your decision.
In an attempt to boost job creation, George Osborne announced in the most recent budget speech that every UK employer will receive a £2,000 cut from their National Insurance Contributions (NICs).
The 2014 Commonwealth Games are fast approaching, with just more than a year to go. There are a number of employment opportunities currently available for various positions.
If you’re an independent contractor or the owner of a limited company in the UK, you already have an accountant, right?
If you’re a contractor in the UK, and you are not ready to start a limited company, you should seriously consider joining a reputable umbrella company.
If you are serious about landing that dream job – the one you actually enjoy going to day after day – the first step is getting your CV to survive the “NO” pile. No easy feat when you consider that recruiters can end up with hundreds, even thousands of CVs for a single job.
Once upon a time not so long ago, our forefathers would leave school or college, find a job and then stick with it until retirement time came around.
Take our quick quiz to see whether you have what it takes to make it in the demanding and high-pressure world of contracting.
If you’re a contractor in the UK (or thinking about becoming one), one of the biggest decisions you’ll face is whether to trade as a sole trader or run your own limited company.
Over the last few years, the use of umbrella companies has become more and more popular within the UK contracting market, especially since the complicated IR35 rules were introduced.
With the RTI pilot already underway, and all employers and agencies required to have implemented the system by October 2013, it’s a good idea to become familiar with what will be required from you, the recruitment consultancy, and what you can do to make your life easier before, during and after the transition. What is […]
On the 1st of October this year, the Government’s new Pension Auto Enrolment law will start to take effect, with the first group of employers automatically enrolling their qualifying employees into a work pension scheme.
IT contractors should have no trouble finding work, as there are many skills currently listed as being in short supply in the IT sector.