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NO MORE NICHE?

The coronavirus pandemic has hit every sector imaginable, catching companies off-guard and leaving them to deal with the fallout. Among other things, the crisis has highlighted the need for businesses to adapt, innovate, and diversify in…

QUANTUM LEAP

The UK’s job market has been significantly rocked by COVID-19 which catalysed a decline in permanent employment. The UK Government has tried to protect jobs by launching its furlough scheme in March, which will continue to be a saviour for…

Best Assess #3

In parts one and two of this series we explored how firms can prepare their existing workforce ready for the transition by April 2021. In this final part we examine how to maintain ongoing compliance in the “new normal” or…

THE TIME HAS COME

The last nine months have certainly been difficult for the recruitment sector. We’re all operating in increasingly uncertain circumstances and while Covid-19 has understandably dominated business concerns, there are a number of other…

MORE THAN WORDS

With Covid-19 still dominating the global agenda, the clock is being turned back on issues of equality. Although the pandemic has galvanised companies to make statements of solidarity with marginalised groups, action has been less…

Xmas Gig

The holiday period is often a time of intense activity for gig (part-time, flexible) workers, particularly as heightened customer demand and order volumes skyrocket. Often employed on the premise of being a seasonal worker, the retail and…

Best Assess #2

It is vital that compliance protocols are established now, well ahead of April 2021, and many companies will seek help from their accountants and advisers to help ensure a cohesive transition.  Key to this is sourcing trustworthy compliance…

Best Assess #1

Dave Chaplin is CEO of IR35 compliance solution IR35 Shield.  In a three-part guide, he will outline the challenges of the incoming Off-Payroll legislation in the private sector, offer advice on how firms can best assess a workforce and…

Plug the Gap

The relationship between this year’s COVID-19 pandemic, and technology, is no secret. The events of this year have wed a sudden rise in remote working with opportunist cybercriminals preying on vulnerabilities within networks. Meanwhile,…

When is an umbrella not an umbrella?

With no further delay to the Off-Payroll legislation, many contractors who currently work through their own limited companies will be forced to review their options.  Some may opt to work through an umbrella model but it is important that…

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