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The UK’s new cyber security body


Following the government’s proposals outlined in the 2016-2021 National Cyber Security Strategy, published in 2016, a consultation has been opened to gain professional perspective on the proposals and how they will impact UK businesses...

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UK construction is expanding


The UK’s construction industry grew at its fastest rate in over a year in July, in a surprise for economists who had predicted a growth slowdown for the sector. Growth and decline in the industry are identified through the Purchasin...

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Switching umbrella company to Sterling


Ensuring that your recruitment agency is working with a compliant, customer focused and reliable umbrella company is vital to maintaining positive relationships with the contractors you work with. You need to be confident in the fact t...

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Female IT contractor numbers have risen by 25%


Recent research has revealed that the proportion of female IT contractors has increased by 25% in the period between 2016 and 2017. In total women accounted for just 16.5% of the IT contractor workforce in 2017, an increase from 13.8% ...

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The benefits of the Sterling app for contractors


For contractors using our CIS and Umbrella services, we are committed to making their lives easier, both at home and at work. To make contractor requirements simpler and more accessible to complete, we have built the Sterling app which...

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Sterling’s view on IR35


IR35 has been a significant topic of discussion within the contracting community over the past year, following changes to IR35 regulations for the public sector back in April 2017. Below we will explore the history behind IR35, how cha...

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Government boost of £22 million fund for Construction Skills


Over 158,000 new jobs in the construction industry are expected to be created within the UK over the coming five years. In order to help ensure this goal is achieved, the government has introduced a £22 million Construction Skills Fund...

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Cyber security issues increase demand for IT contractors


Demand for IT contractors has continued to rise substantially, with May hitting new heights, marking the highest level of demand so far in 2018. Following a dip in April’s data this has now been deemed as a ‘blip’ in the ever-increasin...

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The five signs of a good umbrella company


For recruitment agencies, ensuring that contractors you work with are registered with the best umbrella company is vital. Poor recommendations will not only reflect badly on the umbrella company itself but also for your agency, ther...

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Make the most of your summer with Sterling Rewards


With the warmer days now upon us, many contractors will be busy planning how they’ll spend their summer. Here at Sterling, all contractors registered will benefit from something that is proven to greatly improve their summer experience...

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