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Security Clearance Rates of Pay

The good news is, as a security cleared contractor you can earn up to 24% extra than a none SC contractor, so recruiters have told us. Becoming security cleared isn’t difficult but it can take a while, certain levels basic levels...

Security Cleared Jobs

Of course finding a job within security clearance is easier if you are already Security Cleared and have time remaining on your security clearance ticket; however this doesn’t mean that if you aren’t cleared you shouldn’t apply...

Expenses guide for Security Cleared IT Contractors

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...

How to become Security Cleared?

Find below everything you need to know about becoming security cleared and the various levels of security clearance. Firstly, what is Security Clearance? Gaining security clearance allows you to apply for positions at...

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....

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...