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Is London the number one tech destination for IT jobs in the world?

London is a hugely iconic city with a lot to offer and is often labelled as one of the most desired cities to live in. Not only does London offer culture, entertainment, energy and dynamism but recent figures show that it is...

The Year Ahead For Technology Recruitment

Towards the end of 2015 we saw demand for scarce technology talent in the UK continuing to rise, contractors stepping in to fill roles and salaries increasing. Many of our clients have gone through growth phases this year and...

London Weighting

What is London Weighting? London weighting is an allowance that is given to certain workers who work in London in order to try and encourage key workers to stay in the capital, in spite of living costs that are considerably...

Agency Workers Regulations – which contractors are affected?

The Agency Workers Regulations ("AWR") become legislation on 1 October 2011. The legislation will give temporary agency workers the same basic rights, after 12 weeks in the same assignment, as those on a comparable permanent...

IR35: What are the implications for contractors?

IR35 is a piece of UK tax legislation, introduced in 2000, and designed to tackle "disguised employment". The legislation affects freelancers working through an 'intermediary' such as a limited company. Since trading via a...

Guide to Umbrella Companies

When starting out as a contractor or freelancer, the main two different ways of trading are setting up a limited company and using the services of an Umbrella company. Umbrella companies offer a headache-free and convenient way...

Contracting vs permanent

Most it contractors start out as their permanent counterparts and, having notched up several years' worth of client contacts, training and expertise in their area, decide to move into the more flexible terrain of contracting....

How to get started as an IT contractor

If you've decided your brain is wired to run your own business, then the next question is how to trade? For some, an umbrella company might be an ideal way to test the contracting waters. Essentially an umbrella company handles...

Security salary survey: Technical skill in growing demand

<p>Acumin and SearchSecurity.co.UK together have tracked security salary trends since 2008 and have found that pay continues to rise for those with strong technical skills, due to the demand for rationalising the...

Is cloud computing bad for your networking career?

Many network managers may have an emotional resistance to cloud computing, but experts explain the economic benefits and positive career impact outsourcing data centre resources can have. Get details from SearchNetworking.co.UK...

How much can I earn as a contractor in London?

Limited or Permanent Employee? Firstly, let us say this is not SJD promoting or recommending that any contractor works through their own Limited company. You and only you can make this decision. There are pros and cons for...

London Contractor Guide to Limited or Umbrella company

PAYE Umbrella This is where you ' the contractor' essentially become an employee of the umbrella company. You submit time-sheets to the umbrella who will in turn, invoice the end client (or agency) for the work done by you....

London Contractors Guide to Expenses

What expenses can I claim as a Contractor working through my own limited company? HM Revenue and Customs have produced a heavyweight 100 page guide called: '2007 Expenses and benefits - A tax guide'. However, if you don’t have...

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Limited Company vs PAYE Umbrella - 'The ultimate (quick) guide'

PAYE Umbrella This is where you ' the contractor' essentially become an employee of the umbrella company. You submit time-sheets to the umbrella who will in turn, invoice the end client (or agency) for the work done by you....