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Lynne Gowers
19th May, 2017

APSCo survey shows recruiters are confident of growth

Data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies, APSCo, has indicated that professional recruitment leaders remain assured that their businesses will grow over the next year. Such was the conclusion of a survey carried out as part of APSCo’s Growing Together campaign, an initiative to support growth and drive success across the professional recruitment sector over the next 12 months....

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Lynne Gowers
10th May, 2017

Recruiter Awards 2017...and the winners are

The great and the good of UK recruitment turned out last week for the iconic Recruiter Awards, honouring the best the industry has to offer. The glamorous bash was held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane and featured a gala dinner and top class entertainment hosted by German comic Henning Wehn....

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Lynne Gowers
28th April, 2017

What a snap election might mean for contractors

Following the announcement that a snap General Election is to be held on 8th June, one of the UK’s leading voices for independent professionals has been asking what contractors can expect if Mrs. May succeeds in obtaining a stronger mandate from the electorate....

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Lynne Gowers
25th April, 2017

A cautionary tale - what happened when we Googled "best umbrella companies"

In our industry you have to be fairly thick skinned. The sector has come under fire from tabloids and unions with Umbrella companies being maligned as everything from “pirates” making money out of contractors’ hard work (BBC Yorkshire), to simply a “con-trick” (UCATT)...

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Lynne Gowers
19th April, 2017

Understanding your Tax Code 2017-18

If you are a Liquid Friday umbrella employee, we use your tax code to work out how much tax to deduct from the payments we make to you. Your tax code determines how much you can earn in a financial year (April - March) before you have to start paying income tax. This is known as your personal allowance. This changes every year and is set by the Chancellor in the budget....

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Lynne Gowers
12th April, 2017

Meet the Team - Michael Burton, Payroll Manager

As our very own Prince of Payroll, Michael is at the helm of the Liquid Friday payroll team, who manage the whole Liquid Friday payroll process from receiving hours and time sheets through to raising invoices and processing payments and deductions. We managed to take 5 with Mike to chat about his role and Liquid life....

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Lynne Gowers
6th April, 2017

IR35 reforms are here: FCSA urges agencies and umbrellas to work together

Despite little coverage in the mainstream press, the changes to public sector IR35 rules apply from today. The changes undoubtedly will see an increase in umbrella contracting, as agencies and public sector bodies attempt to head off the responsibilities of assessing IR35 status and calculating and operating deemed payments....

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Lynne Gowers
31st March, 2017

Contractor Loan Schemes rear their ugly heads

Despite extensive warnings from HMRC and the legitimate umbrella industry, contractor loan schemes are once again being heavily touted. Beware! Promoters of such schemes clearly see contractors as a soft target. ...

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Lynne Gowers
23rd March, 2017

Fears for construction industry as PM gets ready to fire the Brexit starting pistol

With the Prime Minister primed to invoke Article 50, triggering the official start of the process to divorce the UK from the EU, a leading chartered body has warned that Britain could lose 8% of its construction workers in the wake of Brexit....

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Lynne Gowers
15th March, 2017

Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) - best practice tips for subcontractors

If you are self-employed in the UK construction industry and are working for a contractor, you must register for the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS). The scheme covers practically all aspects of construction works, from site preparation and repairs through to decoration and demolition....

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