Orange & Gold Blog

Make-up of a Freelance Contractor

In January 2014 there were estimated to be 4.36m freelance contractors in the UK, growth of 18% since 2008

Growth for UK IT firms... in brief

IT sector businesses in the UK grew by their fastest rate since February 2004 in the last three months of 2013.

January Contractor Report Round-Up

Demand for IT skills on a contract basis grew in December at its fastest pace for more than 15 years

UK business confidence hits new 10-year high

The latest Institute of Chartered Accountants / Grant Thornton Business Confidence Monitor survey results show business confidence has risen to the highest point recorded in the 10 years that the survey has been running.

IT contractor pay increases fueled by demand

Pay rates for contractors, across six areas of IT work, have increased by between 7.6% and 12.5%, compared with last year, according to a report by Computer People.

Limited company versus umbrella

When contracting a key decision is whether to operate through a limited company or an umbrella arrangement.

Government urged to help plug digital skills gaps…

Temporary labour market and the IT contracting sector, the government was told (by Hays) last week that it should “promote and endorse” the use of skilled contractors in IT and other industries where the UK is experiencing a skills shortage, to help tackle what it claimed was one of the worst talent deficits in Europe

Tech firms knock Coca Cola off its perch

After 13 years in the number 1 spot on the widely respected Interbrand list of Best Global Brands, the soft drinks maker has been relegated to number 3