Stride’s speech to ‘Put Brits First’ just one initiative to solve worker shortages

In a major speech to business leaders today [21 May 2024], work and pensions secretary Mel Stride (pictured) has hailed the “huge opportunity” to fill vacancies with unemployed Brits.

21 May 2024

REC and IES highlight employers’ needs to recruit and retain the right people

Employers suggest that any changes to public sector employment services should prioritise reform of financial support for new recruits.

16 May 2024

HMRC adds three firms to tax avoidance shame list

HM Revenue & Customs has added today three companies to the existing list of tax avoidance schemes, promoters, enablers and suppliers aiming to ply contract and self-employed workers with their products.

16 May 2024

Critical staffing suppliers to Australia warned to prepare for SOCI

Firms supplying critical infrastructure solutions across Australia need to begin preparations as the compliance date for the amended Security of Critical Infrastructure Act (SOCI) nears.

16 May 2024

Recruitment industry can be part of welfare reform discussion

The Department of Work and Pensions has this week unveiled a consultation on proposals to move away from fixed cash benefit system towards tailored support.

30 April 2024

Government update on bad umbrellas “underwhelming”

Industry commentators have dismissed yesterday’s promise to introduce a statutory due diligence requirement later this year as “a big fat nothing burger”.

19 April 2024

LEGISLATION: Employment changes bring new rights from day one

Along with April showers, this month brings the UK a number of employment law and payment rate changes.

5 April 2024

Game-changing moment as HMRC eases up on double taxation

Experts say that changes for the IR35 legislation represent “a game-changing moment” in the history of the controversial legislation as a new policy aims to prevent double taxation.

4 April 2024

Recommendations for better integration to support refugees into work

The current integration of refugees system is “broken, expensive, inefficient and damaging” for both refugees and the UK, according to the chair of the Commission on the Integration of Refugees.

26 March 2024

IPS faces £900k penalty for failing to co-operate with HMRC

A tax avoidance promoter whose schemes were used by locum doctors and nurses faces a £900k penalty for failing to co-operate with HM Revenue & Customs, the tax authority announced today [22 March 2024].

Loan Charge campaigners ‘frustrated’ as HMRC ‘airbrushes’ history

The Loan Charge Action Group (LCAG) has reinforced its calls for a parliamentary inquiry as the loan charge continues to weigh heavily on Westminster.

19 March 2024

£60m funding as Sunak goes big on apprenticeships

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has unveiled a raft of reforms aimed at increasing apprenticeship numbers and doing away with red tape for small businesses.

Retail, IT/Telecoms 19 March 2024

Spring Budget: Lukewarm response from recruitment industry

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s Spring Budget has received a lukewarm response from recruitment bodies and others with interests in the sector.

7 March 2024

Recruiters and employers want changes to help hiring in Budget

Councils in England will be told to cut spending on consultants and diversity schemes when Chancellor Jeremy Hunt delivers his Spring Budget on Wednesday, the BBC reports.

5 March 2024

Warning over new tax avoidance scheme exposed by HMRC

A complex tax avoidance scheme that moves income offshore has been exposed by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) last Thursday [29 February 2024], with anyone who has joined the arrangement warned to get out of it as soon as possible.

5 March 2024
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Business Advice: Will Labour ban zero-hours contracts?

If Labour wins the next election, will it ban zero-hour contracts and introduce day-one employment rights?

Legal, HR 4 March 2024
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Recruiters marked out by ‘name and shame’ minimum wage list

Recruiters are among the businesses named by HMRC for failing to pay workers the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

4 March 2024
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Loan charge scandal takes a new twist with s.684 notices

Highly controversial s.684 notices have added to the mire surrounding the Loan Charge.

4 March 2024

Government committee says HMRC ‘is apparently struggling to cope’

The government’s Public Accounts Committee has today [28 February 2024] launched a scathing report on HM Revenue & Customs’ 2022-23 performance.

HR 28 February 2024

Loan Charge crisis rumbles on with uncovering of new notices

The Loan Charge scandal has been engulfed by further condemnation, with the uncovering of the highly controversial s.684 notices yesterday by Sky News [20 February 2024] as politicians round on the crisis and call for a full investigation on the matter.

21 February 2024

14 recruitment companies make HMRC shame list

Staffline and Randstad Solutions are among the recruitment businesses named yesterday [20 February] by HMRC for failing to pay workers the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

21 February 2024

Calls for reform of Apprenticeship Levy in National Apprentice Week

Numerous big names in British business and academia are highlighting new opportunities in their organisations for apprentices during the UK’s National Apprentice Week, as calls continue for government reform of the Apprenticeship Levy.

Loan Charge debate gets muted response from government

An impassioned debate last Thursday [18 January 2024] about the Loan Charge and Tax Fairness in the House of Commons led to little reaction from the finance secretary to the Treasury, Nigel Huddleston.

23 January 2024

MPs to debate Loan Charge in House of Commons

The House of Commons will hold a debate on Thursday [18 January 2024] on the Loan Charge.

16 January 2024
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Parliament to debate suffering caused by Loan Charge

The human cost of the controversial Loan Charge is to be discussed in Parliament.

16 January 2024