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The Top 10 high paying IT contractor roles currently in demand
17
MAR
2015

The Top 10 High Paying IT Contractor Roles Currently in Demand

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Contracting in the IT industry has the potential to be very lucrative but it is also continuously evolving with products, skill sets and job roles quickly becoming outdated relative to other industries. Despite the demand for IT contractors, there are many who struggle to realise...
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How Much Can You Earn as a Contractor in the Digital Marketplace?
14
JAN
2015

How Much Can You Earn as a Contractor in the Digital Marketplace?

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Digital is one of the fastest growing industry sectors in the UK at the moment and this growth means more and more roles are becoming available for contracting staff. So, how much can you actually earn as a Contractor in the digital marketplace? The table below shows the average...
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Is it the End of Travel Expenses for Umbrella Companies?
05
JAN
2015

Is it the End of Travel Expenses for Umbrella Companies?

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How the 2014 Autumn Statement Will Affect Umbrella Companies A recent government announcement could have a real effect on the continued use of Umbrella Companies in the UK’s Contracting sector. George Osborne, in December’s Autumn statement commented on the government’s concern...
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Tax Avoidance Schemes & the Danger of Relying On Counsel’s Opinion
05
JAN
2015

Tax Avoidance Schemes & the Danger of Relying On Counsel’s Opinion

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With HMRC clamping down on tax avoidance, those looking at tax planning need to be more careful than ever to ensure they don’t inadvertently join an avoidance scheme.  Many schemes reference the fact that they have been signed off by a leading tax barrister, which would make you...
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11
DEC
2014

‘Avoid’ Tax Avoidance Schemes through Umbrella Companies!

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Many Umbrella companies are straying into the area of tax avoidance. You can spot them as they promise returns of 90% and more and somewhere on the website (if you look hard enough) you find mention of a leading Tax Counsel or Tax QC. These are not the traditional employee...
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How Much Can I Earn as an IT Contractor?
02
DEC
2014

How Much Can I Earn as an IT Contractor?

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You’ve probably been attracted to IT Contracting as you have heard that you can earn more than you can as a permanent employee, but how much more are we actually talking about? Pay Rates The table below shows the average daily rates for the top 10 most popular IT Contract jobs in...
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The Benefits of being a Contractor
24
OCT
2014

The Benefits of being a Contractor

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Modern working life can be tough – Long hours, low pay and not enough holidays! You find yourself at the office all hours that god sends and never seem to spend enough time with your family or on the hobbies and pastimes that really make you happy.  Office politics can be...
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Contractors: Beware of the MSC Legislation & Non-regulated Accounting firms
16
APR
2014

Contractors: Beware of the Managed Service Company (MSC) Legislation & Non-regulated Accounting firms

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For those of you that know what the MSC legislation is but thought it had gone away, think again, HMRC are due to bring a number of cases to Tribunal this year; so you’re going to be hearing lots more about it. For those of you that don’t know what it is; it’s...
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Caveat Emptor – Buyer Beware!
14
APR
2014

Caveat Emptor – Buyer Beware!

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Has anyone else noticed the influx of new unqualified accounting firms targeting contractors?  You might say, yeah, but so what?  Well, read on, it’s not as benign as it sounds. The new “pay up front” legislation Some of these firms are offering tax avoidance...
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Budget Summary 2014 - Summary for Contractors
26
MAR
2014

Budget 2014 – Summary for Contractors

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The Good News…….. The good news is that the typical contractor, who runs their own limited company or who operates through an umbrella company, undertaking “normal transactions” has been given no new measures to contend with as a result of the 2014 budget.  There were no new...
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