Tax changes for locums – April 2017 changes afoot

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Following an initial “tease” of information in the Government’s Budget Announcement in March this year, HMRC has released information on reforming the tax legislation affecting locum workers engaged with public sector bodies, including the NHS. What is affected? The changes …

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Brookson’s Top 10 Start-up Tips for Young Entrepreneurs

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Do your research Before starting up your own business it is vital to do your research. Get to know the industry you are thinking about, who are your customers going to be, what do they want and how do they …

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Will the future see more freelancers?

In the past, people often believed that being part of a company as an employee was the key to having a good career. According to The Economist this belief has already started to change in the current climate. There are …

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Will freelancers change the nature of companies?

Freelancers could be set to change the way that companies work with people and the way that careers are structured according to The Economist and the latest figures from the Office For National Statistics, which show self-employment already makes up around 15 per …

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How can the NHS save money through Direct Engagement?

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In the midst of public sector spending cuts and the expectation of greater accountability and transparency, The NHS faces an ongoing challenge of the balancing the books whilst ensuring there isn’t a detrimental impact on patient care. It’s not surprising …

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Do recruitment agencies offer the best option for contractors?

It is Brookson policy to actively encourage our members to use agencies for the placement of assignments. Agencies deliver a raft of benefits that individual contractors would find hard to achieve operating alone. For example, agencies carry the risk of non-payment by …

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What’s keeping IT contractors and freelancers up at night?

I recently read the London Business Survey from the Confederation of British Industry and KPMG, which showed London’s growth over the next five years is expected to be driven by technology and creative industries. In my opinion, this will put …

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Why do recruiters need preferred supplier lists?

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As a recruiter, you’re surrounded by rules and regulations to ensure that the service you offer both clients and candidates adheres to certain standards. The rights of the employers and individuals with whom you work are protected, so it’s important …

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Dispensations demystified

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Many contractors are “sold” an umbrella company based on dispensations.  So, what is a dispensation, what benefits can they bring and why is selling based on a dispensation potentially problematic? What Is a Dispensation? A dispensation means that an employer does …

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