Two-in-five Brits going freelance

New research from the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) has revealed that almost 40% of British workers have considered becoming a freelancer.

Employees working in media, marketing, PR and sales were most likely to say they wanted to go freelance (57%), with construction a close second (47%). The figures also showed that men were more likely to go self-employed than women.

When asked about the motivation for a switch, the main responses were about flexibility and better work-life balance. Interestingly, only a third of employees said they thought they would earn more if they went it alone.

MPs: HMRC responsible for Government’s IR35 non-compliance

An influential group of MPs has blamed HMRC for ‘widespread non-compliance’ with IR35 rules in Government departments.

A new Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report on IR35 in the public sector has concluded that HMRC rushed the implementation of reforms and didn’t give public bodies enough guidance through the process.

IR35 rules were changed in the Public Sector in 2017 and the rules were extended to the Private Sector in 2021.

US IT companies make gender discrimination payouts

A series of high-profile technology companies, including Google and LinkedIn, have made huge gender discrimination payouts to female employees, but could it accelerate the shift towards equal pay in the UK?

Technology giant Google has agreed a $118 million payout to female staff who were paid less than male colleagues. The payment brings a five-year lawsuit to a close in a case that included approximately 15,500 female claimants.

The Google case followed hot on the heels of a case at Microsoft-owned Lin