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Fooled by bogus badges: Tips for spotting fake accreditation schemes

Contractors are being urged to start double-checking the badges that umbrella companies display on their websites, after a spate of recent scandals. The advice comes from experts, who say that too many contractors are being caught out by bogus firms ...


Mortgages and Inflation: How do they affect you as a Contractor?

The Bank of England has set a target inflation rate of 2%. However, this may prove to be challenging to achieve given the current state of inflation. In February, inflation stood at 6.2%, whereas in March, it grew to 7% (highest in 30 years). In ...


Umbrella Company Cloning: How to spot this big fraud?

It is an unfortunate reality that where there is money to be made, there will always be those who try to illegitimately capitalise on the situation. This is especially true when it comes to the transfer of money, whether it is in the form of physical...


The importance of maintaining mental well-being as a contractor

Your mental health is important for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it impacts your ability to think clearly, make sound decisions, and cope with stress. When you're mentally healthy, you're able to function at your best mentally and emotion...


Managed Service Company legislation

Contractors, beware! It seems that HMRC has been sending letters out to contractors claiming they should be classified as MSCs instead of PSCs. Contractors' use of a managed service company will be treated like any other employment relationship....


Cyber security risks for businesses in the UK

If you're a contractor running a limited company in the UK, it's important to be aware of the cyber security risks that come with the territory. Despite your best efforts to keep your data safe, there are always threats out there that could put your ...


Top 10 tech contractor roles for 2022

There is a skills shortage in the country for certain types of tech jobs. This means that employers are willing to pay a good amount for qualified contractors who can fill these roles. Additionally, many tech companies are based in the UK, so there i...


What does higher National Insurance mean for contractors?

National insurance is a compulsory contributory system of social security in the United Kingdom. The NICs system is used to pay for a number of different benefits, including unemployment benefits, sickness and incapacity benefits, maternity all...


Holiday Pay Entitlement for Umbrella Workers

An umbrella company is a company that contracts its employees to other companies, often as freelancers or consultants. Because the umbrella company is the employer, it can offer its workers certain benefits, such as holiday pay and sick pay. Umbrella...


What contractor marketing strategies are most useful in 2022?

AnIn 2022, contractors can benefit from using marketing strategies that focus on building trust and credibility. Some effective strategies include developing case studies of successful projects, creating helpful resources such as contractor tips...