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Kingsbridge Contractor Insurance - hot on the heels of their last award

Hot on the heels of their last award our chosen insurance partner Kingsbridge Contractor Insurance has now been honoured as the Affiliate Member of the Year at the 2016 APSCo Awards for Excellence.

Their specialist insurance packages aimed at contractors were part of the services that won them the nod from the APSCo judges

Thomas Wynne from Kingsbridge said the company are “working with more recruiters than ever. With non-standard terms becoming the norm, and hirers exerting more control than ever before, the days in which a recruiter could accept no responsibility for any acts, errors, or omissions committed by the worker they supplied are long gone. Kingsbridge are there to help recruiters and make them aware of the risks they face. Many recruiters run a list of preferred suppliers for accountancy and umbrella service providers in order to ensure their contractors’ affairs are managed compliantly at all times, but many do not have an insurance partner ready to help manage the risk which arises from placing contractors.”

As an APSCo affiliate member we wish to extend our congratulations once more to Kingsbridge Contractor Insurance for this richly deserved win.

British Embassy joins fight against 18 month contractor cap in Germany

The British Embassy in Germany has taken a lead role in negotiations about a controversial law change that would restrict contractors to working in 18 month stints.

It is feared that this labour market inflexibility could be echoed in Britain.

The German proposals have been opposed by companies in the international recruitment sector, with the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) labelling the proposed changes ‘damaging’.

The British Embassy in Berlin has hosted executives from a number of large international recruiters and reportedly agreed to urge the German authorities to reconsider the reforms.

Will A Conservative Government Recognise The Vital Importance Of Freelancers To The UK Economy?
marketing | 26 May 2015
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As the sun sets on the General Election, and the UK prepares for a five-year term for a Conservative majority Government, many in the contracting community are returning to a familiar debate: are the powers that be ready to treat the issues faced by the surging numbers of freelancers and contractors with greater urgency?

Recruitment Live

Umbrella will be attending The Global Recruiters Recruitment Live Event today and tomorrow (25th and 26th November 2014).

editor | 24 May 2013
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Paymatters, along with all other APSCo approved umbrella company suppliers, were contacted this week following a concern that had been raised to APSCo by an organisation expressing concern that some umbrella companies are competing or preparing to compete with recruitment agencies by providing services that recruitment agencies offer, including HR and direct placement services, to others in the supply chain". Miles Grady ACA BA Econ (Hons) , Finance Director at PayMatters, was able to confirm that PayMatters do not have any plans to compete with our agencies. Quite simply, we consider our agencies to be our business partners and we rely upon them to provide contractors to us. Competing with them would not make sense!

We Keep Good Company
marketing | 21 October 2016
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Huge congratulations to our partners Kingsbridge on their victorious win at the APSCo Awards for Excellence 2016: Affiliate Member of the Year.

This is well deserved recognition by APSCo for Kingsbridge who consistently provide our limited contractors with outstanding service and comprehensive cover at competitive prices.

Finance Contractors
marketing | 6 August 2015
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Demand for finance and accounting contractors has increased dramatically over the past year and is poised for further growth, a new report suggests.

APSCo receives clarification re Employment Intermediaries

APSCo have enquired and received clarification from HMRC in respect of the confusion that surrounded the employment intermediary reporting requirements for agencies where an agency worker is working through an Umbrella Company.

They have also confirmed that payment information will not be required when this is the case.

The confusion arose because on the face it more than one category could apply when reporting where an agency worker has been paid not through an agency’s own PAYE scheme.

Umbrella are proud to now display the APSCo Compliance Plus sign on our website as a recognition of APSCo’s best practice standard in the education and social work sectors. As an affiliate member of APSCo Umbrella are subject to an annual external compliance audit.

editor | 20 August 2012
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The Taxation of Controlling Persons Consultation document issued by HMRC and HM Treasury is now accepting comments from 16th August 2012.

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