Articles and advice on the use and management of contractors by UK SMEs. Contractors are often hired for their expertise and efficiency in completing projects that require specialised skills, whilst offering flexibility without the long-term commitment of hiring full-time employees.


IR35: Contractor tax adviser issues caution over NHS U-turn

Comment from Qdos Contractor highlights the need for caution regarding The NHS's U-turn over making blanket IR35 determinations for its locum and contractor workers.


Most UK freelancers and contractors feel unsupported by government

Most freelancers and contractors in the UK feel unsupported by the current government but are likely to vote conservative in the 2017 General Election.


IR35: NHS U-turn over blanket IR35 decisions for contractors

The NHS has decided to revise its decision to place all contractors inside IR35, a great sign for all UK contractors.


Contractors urged to seek IR35 status to resolve public sector confusion

Organisations in the public sector must now ensure IR35 status rather than the contractor, as businesses are urged to get clued up on new changes.


Is HMRC promoting tax avoidance for contractors who use its IR35 status tool?

Contracting expert suggests HMRC is promoting tax avoidance as 29 per cent of contractors should fail the IR35 test.


Subcontractors stung to the tune of £16,000 each, per year

UK subcontractors are losing out on up to £3 billion due to unpaid work from other businesses, a new study reveals.


Contractors shying away from taking sick days

The majority of contractors have not taken a sick day in the past two years, research finds.


Contractors to shun public sector following Autumn Statement IR35 ruling

The Autumn Statement's confirmation of IR35 is set to have a huge impact on public sector contractors.

Setting up a company

The contractor who started a business for contractors

IT contractor Dave Chaplin started a website to help others when IR35 tax legislation arrived in 1999. Here, he talks about setting up and growing the company.


Going it alone proves to be lucrative business option

A burgeoning self-employed sector has 'opened up a bright future of greater pay and flexibility' according to a study.

Business Technology

How to grow a global creative agency in record time

Find out how creative agency, Myth Studio, used technology to grow their business and quadruple their staff count in 18 months

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Attracting and keeping top talent through Total Reward

Employment benefits specialist, Drewberry, explain why you should base your benefits around a Total Reward Strategy

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5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers