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.
If you’re an independent contractor, you might be ready to take your business to the next level this year. Here are 6 great tips for doing just that.
If you’re a contractor working in the UK, you might be wondering how you can up the ante by increasing your turnover and landing the most lucrative contract positions out there. Here’s our simple but effective guide to finding Top Contracts in 2012
Chairman of the National Outsourcing Association Martyn Hart said recently that more firms and sole traders operating in the modern business environment are choosing to outsource their payroll functions to companies who specialise in these services.
IR35 legislation is once again in the spotlight after another tribunal hearing has ruled against HMRC in favour of the independent contractor, finding him to be “legitimate”.
Independent Contractors in the UK should start looking to small and medium businesses for new contract opportunities.
Are you the owner of a limited company or an independent contractor in the UK?
Using a professional accountant and accounting system for your business can hugely reduce your admin and stress, save you money and ensure you avoid any legal hassles. But how do you know if you’ve chosen the right accounting firm to deal with your particular needs?
At those times when money is tight, it’s increasingly important to maximise your earnings. With the announcement of large public sector cuts and the continued global slow-down of commerce and industry in general, it’s easy to paint a grim picture. However, many savvy individuals are turning this to their advantage and reaping the benefits of contracting.
If you’re an independent contractor or considering the switch to freelancing, an Umbrella Company might be the most sensible solution for you. Here’s a quick rundown of the benefits of working through a professional Umbrella Payroll Company.
Tax Penalties are enforced by HMRC for various reasons and are more often than not the direct result of either procrastination or a lack of information. Ensure you don’t cut into your annual take-home pay by having to fork our hundreds of Pounds for penalties which could have been avoided in the first place.
1st Contact Umbrella often receives calls from people considering becoming contractors or who are in the process of weighing up the differences between starting a Limited Company and joining an Umbrella Company.
Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions about Umbrella Companies – answered by 1st Contact Umbrella consultants.
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Independent Contractors enjoy the luxury of working for themselves and depending on their contracts, are sometimes able to set their own fees, working hours holidays and conditions. But the independent lifestyle does come with some responsibilities and risks which, if not managed properly, could lead to serious legal and financial issues. In this article, we […]
by Nikki van Coller So you feel like you’re stuck in a dead end job and you’d rather nibble the varnish off your entire dining room table than spend another year doing what you’re doing? You’re not alone! Millions feel the way you do and a percentage of them will manage to escape their dreary […]
Independent Contractor? Get your ducks in a row for the coming year and allow your business to thrive! Whether you’re new to contracting or have a long and lucrative career behind you already, it always pays to ensure you are on top of your game. Deon Smit, Payroll Manager at 1st Contact Umbrella, highlights 4 […]