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Highways England announces £8.7bn of contract awards

Highways England today revealed the 13 contractors who have won a total of £8.7bn of contracts, spread across 18 work packages. The list is headed by Balfour Beatty, Costain, Galliford Try, Taylor Woodrow, Skanksa, Bam Nuttall & Kier who share the largest packages of work – Lots 4-8, where each work package exceeds £100m.

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HMRC Contractor Loan Scheme Warning

If an umbrella company scheme looks too good to be true, it probably is. Beware, if you’re working through an umbrella company that utilises a contractor loan scheme, the HMRC may be looking at you. Following the ASA ruling this year that determined an umbrella company that was offering this type of scheme misled by […]

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Delay from planning approval to construction widens and it’s not just down to land banking job

We’re well aware of the increasing time taken to get from initial planning approval to actually starting construction, despite the planning process being made easier, but the primary reason may not be ‘land banking’ as many believe. Research from Glenigan’s now shows the biggest delay is not in the housing or commercial sectors, but rather […]

Technology Resourcing are pleased to announce the acquisition of TJB Search

Technology Resourcing are pleased to announce the acquisition of TJB Search, an independent engineering recruitment business, based in Guildford. Tim Barnett, their MD, now joins Technology Resourcing to lead their growing Planning & Project Controls team. Derek Brown, Technology Resourcing’s MD said “We’ve been in dialogue with Tim for several years and are now delighted […]

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Free Guest Passes to the Project Controls Expo 2017

Not long now until this year’s Project Controls Expo on Thursday 16th November, at Arsenal’s Emirates stadium in North London.   ‘The largest international Project Controls event featuring Expert international speakers presenting MasterClass sessions, Case studies, Technical presentations, SME (Subject Matter Expert) Panels, Back to Basics sessions, Megaprojects sessions along with Partner showcase and a Project Controls […]

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Quick budget summary for Ltd Co contractors

Despite first appearances, this budget doesn’t seem as bad for Ltd Co contractors as the scaremongering press might have us believe. Sure, there are several measures targeted directly at freelancers, but the financial impact of each seems less than catastrophic, unless you’re working in the public sector of course!

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HMRC’s online IR35 assessment tool is finally here!

Whether you’re working in the public or private sector this tool will determine if your assignments fall outside of the intermediaries legislation (known as IR35). This is in beta test phase currently but HMRC has stated clearly that they will stand by the decisions given, so ensure you keep a printout! HMRC’s online IR35 assessment […]

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Raising the red flag – is your agency doctoring the Dotas rules?

“Everyone’s moral compass is different, isn’t it?” – Patrick Griffin, Premier Payco.         Tax might be an unwanted outgoing, but the fact remains, it’s a necessary obligation for most companies. So, when certain businesses (who are as obligated to pay as any other) deliberately employ underhand tactics to avoid paying out, it […]

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No, Contractors aren’t “desperate” – working short-term gigs is their choice

It’s increasingly apparent that the freelance “gig-culture” is on the rise in the UK, but contrary to the government’s view that freelancers are being taken advantage of, an important new report from McKinsey makes it clear that most Contractors are working this way out of choice – rather than out of necessity. No, Contractors aren’t […]

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Open to opportunities? Here comes “Open Candidates”

        Ever tried to job hunt on the quiet? It’s not easy. These days, everyone is connected on LinkedIn – and if you so much as tweak the “Hobbies” section of your profile, everyone you’ve ever met suddenly knows about it. People may be actively searching your profile, or statuses about your […]

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