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5 simple ways to motivate your contract workers

Keeping employee motivation high is a difficult job in itself, but if the person in your team is on a temporary contract, raising their motivation levels can sometimes be more difficult than with a permanent member of staff. So what can employers do to improve motivation levels among their contract staff?

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Diversity in contracting

For the first time the proportion of women on FTSE 100 boards has topped 20%. Finally, reaching the government’s target of 25% female membership is looking more and more likely.

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3-point checklist to find the right Umbrella Company

Choosing which Umbrella company to partner with is no different to purchasing a car. You go to a reputable dealer (Umbrella provider), you find the car (product) that meets your exact requirements, and you check the vehicle’s full service history (experience and proven track-record) before handing over your hard-earned cash. So why do so many recruiters continue to invest – as yes it is an investment – in Umbrella companies who would fail their own industry MOT? 

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OTS review employment and self-employment status

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) recently announced plans to hold a series of meetings this autumn that will review the ‘boundary between employment and self-employment.’ But what are the possible implications of this review for recruiters, and what has prompted the review in the first place?

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The benefits of the economic downturn

The UK contractor market has been growing at such a pace that the number of contractors has increased by 550,000 since the recession and forecasts suggest that by 2018, the number of contract workers and freelancers will surpass the number of people employed in the public sector.

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Surge in Demand for Interim Managers

The continued drive for corporate growth in the UK’s recovering economy has seen demand for interim managers grow three-fold increase over the last 12 months; 70% of those work within the private sector. Companies are now focusing on growth and are looking to Umbrella companies to contract experienced interim managers to manage that process and related change management.

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The HMRC Tax-dodge Clampdown

During 2013/14 the HMRC clampdown on tax dodging marked a new high hitting an unparalleled £23.9bn in additional tax revenue – up £3.2bn year on year. This was a result of increased activity to make sure organisations, contractors and individuals pay the taxes they owe. HMRC collected more than £8 billion from large business, over £1billion from criminals and £2.7billion from tackling avoidance schemes in the courts.

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Treasury Tax Changes – Just Say No!

During his Budget announcement in March, the Chancellor released the Treasury’s plans to allow HMRC to debit cash from taxpayers’ bank accounts in the name of curbing tax avoidance; however what implications do these plans have for contractors?

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Number of home workers hits new high

The Office for National Statistics has revealed that out of a workforce of 30 million, more than 4 million employees in the UK work primarily from home – a high percentage of whom being contractors. This is an increase of over 62,000 since this time last year and a 10% increase since 2007.

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Employment Intermediaries Legislation Explained

At the end of 2013, Chancellor George Osborne announced plans to pursue tax avoidance through so-called ‘disguised’ or ‘false’ employment. But whilst some months have passed since these changes were first communicated, much confusion remains as to what ’employment intermediaries legislation’ means to recruiters and the implications of this – and other legislation – which comes into force as early as April this year.

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