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Andrew Taylor
26th June, 2014

UK Mums Embrace Freelancing

The number of mothers in the UK who are working on self-employed or freelance terms has increased by 24% over the past two years, according to new research by think tank Demos, the Guardian reported this week. The study shows that one of the reasons for this growth is a desire for more flexible working hours....

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Lewis Gosling
24th June, 2014

Best Practices For Freelance Working

Good working practices are essential to freelancers, helping them to build networks, manage client relationships and develop themselves, an article on the Business Insider website says. Three freelancing experts - Elance-oDesk senior vice president Jaleh Bisharat, freelance culture writer Ann Friedman and freelance designer Margot Harrington - offer some essential tips for freelancers. ...

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Dan Blake
19th June, 2014

Queen's Speech Supports Contractors

The significant presence of small businesses and flexible working in this year's Queen's Speech is an indicator of the significant role this sector is playing in the UK's economic recovery, the PCG believes....

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Phillip Venn
17th June, 2014

Number Of Temporary Workers Grows In Q1

More and more people in the UK are taking on temporary job positions this year, according to a report by the Office for National Statistics. Between January and March the number of contractors reached 1.6 million, translating into a 2.9% rise over the same three-month period last year....

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Georgina Lofting
12th June, 2014

Women Represent Minority Of Freelancers In The UK

Only 8% of all working women in the UK are freelancers, according to a new report from international professional services consultancy Procorre. The percentage is much higher among men, with 15.5% working as self-employed contractors. The ratio is almost one million women to more than 2.5 million men in the country's freelancer market....

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Sam Agar
10th June, 2014

Further Drop In Temp & Contractor Supply Propels Pay Rates In May

KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) have published their new Report on Jobs, providing data on the UK labour market in May. Not only did temp/contractor demand rise at a robust pace but the persistent decline in candidate availability resulted in the fastest hourly pay growth since December 2007....

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Paul Harrison
9th June, 2014

UK Temp Labour Market To Sustain Momentum Throughout 2014

The number of UK workers in short-term employment increased by 13.8% between 2011 and 2014, as revealed by a new study carried out by CareerBuilder and its unit Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). This compares to growth of 2.5% for total job placements. Expectations are that the positive trend will persist through the rest of this year....

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Tracey Sutton
4th June, 2014

Freelancers Suggest Areas For Improvement To Local Authorities

According to UK freelancers, their business and working conditions would benefit most from improved communications infrastructure, greater access to public sector contracts and investment in community workspaces. These are the things they want local councillors to consider when devising their policies, a new study by the Professional Contractors Group (PCG) reveals. The association established so after a poll conducted before the elections in May....

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