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A quick round-up from our ‘Insider’ newsletter

Our latest SJD Insider newsletter was published at the start of June, containing a variety of interesting industry articles. We thought you might like to know more about these latest hot topics, so please read on for an overview.


Positive growth and new opportunities in the manufacturing industry

We often focus on IT contractors and related disciplines, so it’s good to see a story in the news which looks at the positive trends in the UK manufacturing industry. A new report shows clearly sustained growth momentum in the industry, and is great news for limited company contractors working in the manufacturing sector.


New APSCo research indicates an increase in contractor opportunities

The latest survey from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) was designed to gather the views of recruitment leaders in relation to current marketplace, and the challenges which are faced by professional recruitment industry when it comes to growing their businesses.


A quick round-up from our ‘Insider’ newsletter

Our latest SJD Insider newsletter was published at the start of May, containing a variety of interesting industry articles.


April REC Report on Jobs shows sharp rise in non-permanent opportunities

The latest Markit/REC Report on Jobs was published just a few days ago, and is definitely good news for those in the UK workforce that prefer the non-permanent working lifestyle – such as limited company contractors and other temporary workers.


What are your alternatives to the Flat Rate Scheme?

In the 2016 autumn statement, a major change to the Flat Rate VAT Scheme was announced – which came into effect on April 6th 2017. It’s quite a big change, and means that many people who previously used this scheme to their advantage, are now finding that it is far less beneficial. If you are one of those people, or if you are looking at VAT options at the moment, you may want to read on.


Contractors and other self-employed people are happier than employees

According to the findings of a new survey, 48% of permanentemployees are often not happy at work, and almost 20% are ‘rarely or never’ happy at work. Meanwhile, a huge 76% of self-employed people stated that they were enthusiastic about the work they do – making it clear that contractors, freelancer and other self-employed people are happier with their career choices than employees.


What’s so good about working for yourself? New report has the answers!

We were interested to read some new survey results from Newcastle-based property letting agent CityBreaks – which focused on what people love about working for themselves. Of course, we know from talking to our own clients what makes them choose to set up their own limited companies, but it’s great to find out more about what motivates others to do the same.


Two thirds of European employees are thinking of becoming self-employed

We weren’t surprised to read that new research from Human Capital Management solutions firm ADP has found that 68% of Europeans are considering setting up their own businesses. In the UK alone, that figure is 63%, making it clear that traditional employment is no longer the ‘norm’ for a wide range of people.


London is ‘the place to be’ for freelancers and the self employed

A new report has been published by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE), which shows that the number of freelancers operating within Greater London has grown significantly over the last nine years. Up by 59% in fact! In total, there are now more than two million people in the UK who are self-employed or working for themselves in some way – and 21% of those are based in the nation’s capital.

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