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Newsletter 438: The future looks good for contractors | OTS reviews
by Newsletter Editor at 10:15 21/08/14 ( Shout99 Newsletter)
There are good times ahead for contractors if several recent reports are indicative of the future. They show that the contractor market has returned to the pre-recession levels, while the UK is fast becoming the 'self-employment capital' of Western Europe.
As IT skills are gaining more prominence in the school curriculum, there is also increasing demand for contractors with the right skills to meet the growing need in the classroom. At the other age of the age spectrum, the one-time baby-boomers, who are now deemed the super-boomers are leading the way in starting new - and successful - businesses.

Contractor market has returned to pre-recession levels

UK is becoming the 'self-employment capital' of Western Europe

'Superboomers' set to reshape 21st century Britain

Demand for contractors in the classroom

The latest report from the Office of Tax Simplification on employee benefits and expenses claims the present system for claiming accommodation expenses is 'arbitrary, inconsistent and difficult to apply'.

OTS: Accommodation expenses are arbitrary, inconsistent and difficult

OTS: Final report on benefits and expenses

Meanwhile the OTS has started work on its next report, the vexed issue of employment status checks - but key contentious areas such as IR35, CIS and expenses will not form part of it.

OTS begins review of employment status - but omits IR35

Call for clarity about consultation on employment status checks

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Debt collection safeguards and rule of law vital

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Post A-level students urged to start their own business

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