Contractors helping plug skills gap

New research shows that contractors play a crucial role in the economy, helping plug a widening workforce skills gap.

The Association for Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), however, says the flexible labour market isn’t fit for purpose.

Contractors count the cost of returning to the office

After more than two years where remote work was the norm, many contractors are being recalled to client offices at a significant personal cost.

While there are benefits to working from a client’s site, many contractors are finding it difficult to swallow at a time when prices are increasing.

How to get a higher rate of pay as a freelancer

With the cost of living going up many freelancers will be looking at ways to save money or boost their income.

One of the main benefits of working as a freelancer is that it’s easier to find additional work when you need to.

How to close your limited company

Following changes to off-payroll working rules and the end of a 12-month ‘light-touch’ enforcement period, many contractors are finding it increasingly difficult to operate ‘outside IR35’ through a limited company.

Some contractors are now at risk of being permanently locked into high tax, low benefit ‘inside IR35’ arrangements.