Tags: Contractors

A third of contractors have increased their day rate by 50%

The UK’s growing economy is directly affecting the UK’s contractor workforce, who today confirmed a growth in availability of work and contract rates, based on new research from Crunch Accounting. The research, conducted by Crunch Accounting last month, questioned contractors across the country, including IT consultants, writers and designers. In the past 12 months more…

Derek Kelly: Handling HR disputes with contractors and freelancers

First things first, allow me to be clear. Contractors and freelancers are, on the whole, a fantastic group. Speaking as someone who has looked after the needs of tens of thousands of them over the years, I can confirm that they are an excellent source of innovation, inspiration and expertise for businesses of varying sizes across…

45% of UK contractors are putting themselves at risk by using a PSC solution

More than 48% of UK contractors are using some form of Personal Service Company (PSC) solution to manager their affairs, whether managed by themselves or by a third party. That’s according to new research undertaken by FPS Group, the Umbrella Company administrator for Contractors, and ContractJobs.com, the jobs board for freelance professionals. Perhaps more surprisingly,…

Contractors leave it late in search for next role

More than 70% of UK contractors are using recruitment agencies and jobs board to find new employment opportunities. That’s according to new research undertaken by FPS Group, the Umbrella Company administrator for Contractors, and ContractJobs.com, the jobs board for freelance professionals. The survey found that more than 42% of contractors secured their current position through…

Contractors willing to go permanent – for the right offer

Businesses having trouble recruiting permanent members of staff for specialist roles should take a look at the packages they’re offering. Results from the 2012 Contractor Confidence survey by The Pulse Umbrella Group show that almost a third of contractors (31 per cent) would be willing to take on a permanent role if a position with…

Britain’s 1.5m contract staff “misunderstood” by bosses

New research challenges the myth that permanent workers are more loyal 360° research involving UK bosses, contractors and permanent employees reveals just how employers view contract staff in comparison with their permanent counterparts, with some of the views woefully outdated. The report – from Hudson, the recruitment consultancy – shows that although twice as many…