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Keep up to date with all the latest contractor news. We have written everything in plain English, so there’s no need to go to the overly complex HMRC website to learn about any tax and accountancy related updates.

New £8m government funding for SMEs to go digital
Jaime Thorpe
By: Jaime Thorpe

New £8m government funding for SMEs to go digital

The funding is part of the government’s Made Smarter Adoption programme and will support up to 1,000 small and medium sized businesses.

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Good recruitment is boosting UK productivity by £7.7 billion each year
Sophie Tyler
By: Sophie Tyler

Good recruitment is boosting UK productivity by £7.7 billion each year

REC: ‘From temporary work to permanent roles, at home or at a workplace, recruiters have stepped up through the pandemic to keep the wheels of our economy turning’.

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Data shows just how important government support schemes are for businesses
Sophie Lewis
By: Sophie Lewis

Data shows just how important government support schemes are for businesses

APSCo: ‘In order to provide security for firms and prevent employees, workers and the self-employed from facing a ‘cliff edge’, it’s crucial that support isn’t prematurely or suddenly withdrawn and is, instead, wound-down in a structured way’.

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Taxpayers have less than a week to submit tax return
Jaime Thorpe
By: Jaime Thorpe

Taxpayers have less than a week to submit tax return

This year, HMRC decided not to issue late filing penalties for a month in order to help taxpayers who are unable to meet the usual 31st January deadline.

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Many LGBT+ workers don’t feel accepted in the workplace
Sophie Tyler
By: Sophie Tyler

Many LGBT+ workers don’t feel accepted in the workplace

CIPD: ‘Our research suggests that many LGB+ and trans workers don’t feel safe to express themselves and be accepted at work’.

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Employees should be encouraged to have vaccine, but should not be rushed back to work, says CIPD
Sophie Lewis
By: Sophie Lewis

Employees should be encouraged to have vaccine, but should not be rushed back to work, says CIPD

CIPD: ‘The widescale vaccine rollout really is uncharted territory for employers. Many are confused as to what their role in it is, to protect their workforce, business and customers’.

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Remote working and tech innovation driving demand for IT professionals
Jaime Thorpe
By: Jaime Thorpe

Remote working and tech innovation driving demand for IT professionals

APSCo: ‘The fact that IT vacancies performed so well between the first and second half of 2020 is not only incredibly encouraging, but also a reflection of the times’.

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Permanent staff recruitment falls, while temp billings continue to rise
Sophie Tyler
By: Sophie Tyler

Permanent staff recruitment falls, while temp billings continue to rise

REC: ‘Economic uncertainty is weighing on employers’ minds even where they see potential for their own firm to grow, so it’s no surprise that temporary work is leading the jobs recovery’.

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