Contractor Travel and Subsistence Expenses – Tax Review

Following the Office of Tax Simplification’s (OTS) ‘Review of employee benefits and expenses: second report’, the government has just launched the first part of their review, which runs from July – Oct ’14, to better understand the commercial realities of travel and subsistence payments to our current workforce, taking particular account of the increased number […]

Current ONS employment stats report record high employment levels

The Office of National Statistics report that last quarters employment levels continue to rise and unemployment continues to fall across Great Britain, continuing the trend of the past two years. ONS headline figures are now: EMPLOYMENT: UNEMPLOYMENT: ECONOMICALLY INATIVE: There are 8.78m people aged 16 – 64 who are out of work but not seeking […]

Our Director is interviewed by the REC

Check out our Directors recent interview for the Institute of Recruitment Professional’s ‘Recruitment Matters’ magazine. The full article can be found on page 7 of their online magazine.  

REC’s Compliance Test – we scored 100%!

      Earlier this week we completed the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s Compliance Test and achieved a staggering 100%, well beyond the 75% pass mark. REC Members must pass this test every 2 years, to prove their knowledge of current legislation and the REC’s Code of Conduct. It cover topics such as Contracts, Advertising, […]

Festive opening hours


During the forthcoming festive period our opening hours are as follows: Mon 23 Dec – usual hours Tues 24 Dec – open only until 12 noon Wed 25 & Thurs 26 Dec – closed Fri 27 Dec – usual hours Mon 30 & Tues 31 Dec – usual hours Wed 1 Jan – closed Thurs […]

Christmas contractor payroll deadlines


Please see below for our payroll timetable, which accommodates for the Christmas and New Year period.     For week ending 15th December 2013: payroll as normal For week ending 22nd December 2013: timesheets have to be in and authorised by 9am on Friday 20th December 2013 for payment on Monday 30th December 2013

IP EXPO 2013

Next week the doors will open on this year’s IP EXPO at London’s Earls Court. You can plan your visit in advance at MyVisit but here are some of the headlines: 1.    Q&A session with the world’s most notorious hacker,  Kevin Mitnick – Keynote Day 1 …

HMRC crackdown could affect Contractors using Offshore Limited and Umbrella Companies

HM Revenue and Customs is now mid-way through their consultation on ‘Offshore Employment Intermediaries’ which may dramatically impact those freelance technology and engineering contractors that currently use offshore arrangements to reduce their tax liabilities. “The existing legislation has been exploited, particularly in certain sectors, allowing companies who are willing to set up offshore arrangements to […]

Changes to family-friendly rights

Good news for working parents! A proposed family-friendly bill has been announced, which is likely to be in effect from 2014/2015. XpertHR have produced a video explaining the bill and what it means for employers and employees.     Highlights include:

Quarterly Recruitment Review


Evanbase have released their latest Quarterly Recruitment Review publication, which is available to read online. Interestingly, it shows the mix of vacancies has had a sharp change with temporary and contract roles now accounting for 58% of all advertised roles, up from 35%.