We are pleased to announce that specialist umbrella employment, payroll and accountancy provider Liberty Bishop is now a fully Accredited Member. Founded in 1995, Liberty
HMRC have today finally issued their long-awaited consultation on IR35 reforms in the private sector, and it isn’t quite as expected.
Figures released today by the Office of National Statistics show temporary employment has risen by 54k (+3.5%) quarter on quarter with growth in non-traditional employment set to continue.
FCSA welcomes the publication of the government’s first-ever Labour Market Enforcement Strategy with Julia Kermode expressing her delight that the Directorate has listened to proposals put forward by FCSA.
As payroll firms come under attack from the media once again Julia Kermode steps in to defend the role compliant umbrella firms play.
We conducted a survey of intermediaries who support 33,500 workers in public sector roles. Alarmingly, 50% of FCSA survey responses stated that no IR35 compliance tests had been carried out.
Recruitready has joined FCSA as a new business partner, affording members and agencies access to a wealth of recruitment specific services that will help them in their day-to-day business.
FCSA has heard that HMRC are pursuing unpaid tax on incentive payments – recruitment agencies please beware! Last week some recruitment consultants started receiving bills
Julia Kermode stands up for umbrellas and responds to Scottish Labour Leader calls to halt exploitative working practices
Julia Kermode has responded to calls by Scottish Labour party leader Richard Leonard MSP to halt exploitative working practices in the construction sector outlined in
The Chancellor delivered his Spring Statement at lunchtime today. Reacting to what Mr Hammond said, Julia Kermode said: “The Chancellor told us that today’s Spring
Julia Kermode reiterates the importance of engaging a fully compliant umbrella company as Unite celebrates a win for one of its members on workers’ rights.
David Greene, MD of Nasa Group on what it means to the company to become an FCSA Accredited Member.
EY hosts two workshops to explain FCSA’s accreditation process.
Julia Kermode outlines the rationale behind changes to our membership structure.
John Whelan explains why he is delighted to be joining up with us and how his firm will be able to help our members.
We Contract founder Richard Baxendale shares his delight on becoming a member and what it means for his company
Julia Kermode reflects on what the Chancellor did and didn’t say in the Autumn Budget.
Larsen Howie’s MD and founder Peter Willcocks on why he is delighted to be joining up with us.
NumberMill’s CEO and founder Louise Rayner explains why becoming an Accredited Member is important to her and the company she founded in 2013.
Paul Gough explains what he will bring to his new role as our Chairman.
Mark Williams, Head of SME Business Solutions at Octopus explains how the company will help freelancers and contractors.
Julia Kermode comes to the defence of compliant umbrellas and expresses her bitter disappointment that Unite is urging the NHS to ban umbrellas.
MD John Lyon shares his delight on joining FCSA and what it means for the company.
Research out today has revealed that umbrella working is being adopted by more and more high-end professionals in a diverse range of occupations. The research
Julia Kermode, chief executive of the Freelancer & Contractor Services Association, the UK’s largest independent trade association whose members provide professional support services to some
Written by former FCSA Business Partner, Perkbox As we know, working with freelancers and contractors can be challenging to umbrella companies. In the UK there is
The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA), the UK’s largest independent trade association for professional employment services, has formed a partnership with contractor solutions provider
New research reveals that UK freelancers and micro-business owners say that sick pay is the most valuable statutory pay benefit they could receive. Survey also
As umbrella firms come under fire once again, this time from representatives of the teaching profession, the Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA), the UK’s
The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA), the UK’s largest trade association for professional employment services, is firing a word of caution to recruiters before
Today, more than ever, we want to see the political parties co-operating and working together to bring economic security. Brexit has left the UK facing
The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA), the UK’s largest trade association for professional employment services, has formed a partnership with Perkbox, which provides over
Schools Week have recently published an article with the headline “a leading umbrella company denies it is passing on the costs of the government’s new
FCSA urges Labour not punish genuine self-employed workers and to review its blanket ban on umbrella companies if elected
FCSA has learned that Labour will clamp down on bogus self-employment by shifting the burden of proof of worker status so that the law assumes
The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA), the UK’s largest trade association for professional employment services, has agreed a partnership with APS financial, a leading
Updated on 6 November 2018: Further to the article below, on 6 November 2018, we were pleased to announce that Parasol and ClearSky, part of
Download the FCSA’s guide to IR35 in the public sector to understand the changes that came into effect on 6 April 2017.
FCSA outraged that HMRC continues to hamper small businesses as software fails to cope with dividend tax changes
As the first tax returns are being filed since HMRC introduced the dividend tax allowance in 2016, FCSA has learned that HMRC’s software is preventing
On the day that IR35 reforms come into effect in the public sector Julia Kermode, chief executive of the Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA),
The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA) is urging umbrella firms and agencies to work in partnership to ensure clarity regarding contractors’ gross pay rates,
FCSA’s chief executive joins Matthew Taylor in Coventry to discuss modern employment practices as part of the Taylor Review
Julia Kermode, chief executive of the Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA) joined Matthew Taylor in Coventry on 23rd March 2017 as part of Mr
The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA) has welcomed the amendments made to the reform of IR35 in the public sector published in the Finance
As the Chancellor claimed to want to grow “a stronger, fairer and more global Britain” the Freelancer & Contractor Services Association has questioned what is
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 10am – 11am Hosted by Modulr in partnership with FCSA As we all know, IR35 is a hot topic at the
As MPs move ahead to investigate umbrella working as part of their review of “The Future World of Work” and following reports by the BBC
The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA) has welcomed an appeal by The Local Government Association (LGA), Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
FCSA urges Government to take considered approach to any new legislation for self-employed ahead of March 8th Budget
Following a BBC story out today (Feb 14th 2017) in which Matthew Taylor suggests that self-employment ‘reduces tax take to the Exchequer’ the Freelancer &
A report just out suggesting that the different rates of National Insurance Contributions (NICs) between self-employed workers and employees are unfair is fundamentally flawed argues
The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA), the UK’s leading trade association for professional employment services, has agreed a partnership with Modulr, which specialises in
ONS labour market figures out today are positive for the economy overall despite self-employment falling slightly says the Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA), the
We are pleased to announce that FCSA will be exhibiting at the Recruitment Agency Expo 2017 London. The exhibition will be held on Wednesday, 1st
FCSA research on travel & subsistence confirms umbrella employment still viable option for UK’s flexible workforce
Umbrellas are still a viable engagement mechanism for freelancers and the temporary workforce in spite of the introduction of Travel & Subsistence legislation introduced in
‘More work to be done’ is the overall message FCSA members have sent to HMRC following a preliminary demonstration of HMRC’s new online digital tool.
Responding to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement Julia Kermode, chief executive of The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association said: “As the largest representative body in our sector
A media report in The Guardian (November 15th) suggesting that temporary agencies are operating tax avoidance schemes costing taxpayers millions of pounds has prompted The
Government plans to introduce the Apprenticeship Levy have been met with mixed response by intermediaries according to research conducted by The Freelancer & Contractor Services
As we hear that Deliveroo couriers will pursue workers rights and to unionise Julia Kermode, CEO of The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA), whose
FCSA urges Government not to destabilise the flexible workforce as it launches inquiry into the future world of work
Whilst FCSA acknowledges that vulnerable workers in today’s gig economy must be protected by legislation, the UK’s largest independent trade body for accountancy providers and
Today we have learnt the outcome of the Uber tribunal – which concluded that Uber drivers should be classified as “workers” rather than self-employed. This
The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA), the UK’s largest independent trade body whose members provide professional support services to freelancers and contractors, is delighted
Following Matthew Taylor’s appointment by Theresa May to look at whether employment regulations need to change to keep pace with flexible working practices FCSA is
Plans to put contractors onto the payroll in the public sector as part of HMRC’s new intermediaries legislation due to come into force in April
FCSA has responded to a motion tabled at the TUC congress in Brighton earlier this week opposing umbrella companies, pointing out that the debate is
The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA), the largest independent trade association representing the UK’s specialist contractor accountancy services providers, has welcomed the Business Minister
FCSA has learned that UCATT is encouraging its construction workers to take direct action in protest against umbrella firms and is calling for UCATT to
The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA) and All Umbrella Companies Are Equal (AUCAE) have joined forces to speak out about the unfairness of
FCSA welcomes HMRC’s plan to penalise advisors who promote tax avoidance schemes but fires note of caution
The UK’s largest independent trade association for accountancy providers and umbrella firms, the Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA), today welcomed a consultation document issued by
HMRC’s planned reforms of the intermediaries legislation in the public sector will not provide silver bullet says FCSA in its official response to the consultation
The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA) today submitted its official response to HMRC outlining its concerns if IR35 proposals for the public sector go
Following a Telegraph report (22nd July 2016) that suggested the BBC has acted inappropriately by allowing key personnel to work through personal service companies FCSA
FCSA is calling for agencies and intermediaries to help gather evidence and market sentiment on the recent legislative changes that could impact their businesses and
The Government released a report yesterday outlining the findings of a research study they conducted amongst hirers about the possibility of them becoming responsible for
On leaving the EU, Julia Kermode, CEO of The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association, the UK’s largest independent trade body for contractor accountants and umbrella
FCSA is disappointed that Lawspeed’s recently updated umbrella contract includes an unreasonable clause and has advised umbrella firms not to sign or accept the new
We are proud to sponsor TREC 2016 – the Talent, Recruitment and Employment Conference hosted by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC). The conference will
The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA), the UK’s largest leading trade association for professional employment services working to support the flexible workforce has agreed
Despite unveiling research reported by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) earlier this month that implied that 90% temporary workers in the public sector are tax
ONS Labour market figures out today show that the UK workforce has increased due to an upsurge in self-employment and temporary workers. 20,000 more
Treasury Minister David Gauke MP meets FCSA in roundtable discussion on the Government’s PSC reforms
FCSA members have held a roundtable with David Gauke MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, as part of the trade association’s mission to build relations
The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA), the UK’s leading independent trade body whose members provide professional support services to freelancers and contractors, is delighted
We are pleased to announce that the FCSA is a sponsor of the Recruitment Leaders Connect Conference in Manchester. This conference, which will take
FCSA calls for HMRC to abandon its consultation on public sector use of off-payroll staff as evidence suggests 90% compliance
FCSA has called into question HMRC’s plans to consult on public sector contractors to be taxed as employees and put onto the payroll. The challenge
Following a media story that appeared in the Guardian on Friday April 15th (recruiter advises construction firms how to overcome tax loophole clampdown) suggesting that
Mark Ellis is right to report in The Mirror (6th April 2016 “New stealth tax to hit pockets of hundreds of thousands of workers) that
FCSA to host seminar to prepare the professional employment services sector for the raft of legislation changes
Following our successful recruiters’ seminar roadshow, we are pleased to announce an exclusive seminar for FCSA Associate Members, Associates and other firms in the professional
FCSA has welcomed the extra measures included in last weeks 2016 Finance Bill which clarified long awaited details on restricting travel and subsistence tax relief
The “sugar tax” featured heavily in today’s budget, but apart from the scrapping of Class 2 NICS for the self-employed there were few sweeteners for
Transport for London furore gives all freelancers and contractors a bad name and that’s unfair says FCSA
Media reports (Daily Mail, March 10th) suggesting that Transport for London has encouraged some staff to be paid “off the books” needs to be addressed
FCSA urges Osborne to get his facts right before tarnishing all contractors with the same brush ahead of Wednesday’s Budget
Media reports over the last few days suggesting that Transport for London has encouraged some staff to be paid “off the books” along with other
Whilst FCSA welcomes any move to raise standards and stamp out bad practice it is disappointing that in signing the Minimum Standards Charter Wakefield Council
Research out today has revealed that only 35% of UK hirers are fully conversant with the pending Travel & Subsistence (T&S) regulations with 38%
The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA), the UK’s leading independent professional employment services trade association, is holding a series of free seminars up and
Following its contribution to the BIS consultation process last year, FCSA is pleased that Julie Deane’s report just out has recognised that a range of
FCSA to hold free seminars on travel & subsistence changes to help recruiters minimise their supply chain risk
We are pleased to announce a free seminar roadshow on ‘Travel & Subsistence Changes – How to Minimise Your Risk’ to be held at venues
A report out over the weekend suggesting that workers are forced to use ‘umbrella firms’ and are losing out on pensions and pay is completely
SmartWork has been awarded Accredited Membership of The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) demonstrating that it fully complies with the trade body’s strict code
The CBI, CIPD, REC and FCSA are appealing for businesses to help them gather evidence on the impact that the removal of Travel & Subsistence
The FCSA will kick-start its 2016 events programme by exhibiting at the Recruitment Agency Expo 2016 London. Now in its 5th year, the exhibition will
The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA) has welcomed Scotland’s decision to keep tax rates aligned with the rest of the UK. The trade body,
The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA) – the UK’s leading independent trade body for umbrella employers and accountancy service providers supporting the flexible workforce
Innovative cloud accounting company FreeAgent has become the latest business partner of the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA), the UK’s leading trade association for