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DfE releases school absence data

27/03/2015 11:47
Persistent school absentee numbers have fallen to a new low in England. Department of Education (DfE) figures released this week show 200,000 fewer pupils were persistently absent in 2013/14, compared to five years previously. Persistent absence means...   more

Official stats show 33,000 more self employed

26/03/2015 11:51
An additional 33,000 people in the UK were self employed in November 2014 to January 2015, compared to the same period twelve months earlier. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has estimated, in its most recent UK Labour Market report, that this...   more

Employment rate hits 73.3 per cent

24/03/2015 11:50
Last week, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released new UK Labour Market stats, showing a 73.3 per cent employment rate. This is a higher rate than has been recorded since 1971 - the year comparable records go back to. Some 30,94 million people...   more

People with STEM A Levels earn more, report shows

23/03/2015 11:27
When they have at least two A levels in so-called STEM subjects, men earn 7.8 per cent more and women 33.1 per cent more, a new report commissioned by the Department for Education shows. The earnings difference is in comparison to if someone didn't...   more

BIS gives word of Minimum Wage rises

18/03/2015 14:44
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has just given word of the latest rises for National Minimum Wage. Adults earning Minimum Wage will get £6.70 per hour after the changes (currently they get £6.50). Apprentices will...   more

Danny Alexander launches business rates review

17/03/2015 11:54
Speaking in Cambridge, Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury, has launched a new review of business rates. The Treasury reports that the review will focus on things like: lessons from business taxes in other parts of the world, the ways...   more

New help for returning science and maths teachers

12/03/2015 11:56
People who have had teaching jobs in science and maths subjects in the past, but don't any more, are being given special help to get them into teaching again. They will soon have the chance to register for special support, like application advice...   more

New Budget speech on March 18th

11/03/2015 11:58
In a few days, George Osborne is set to announce a new Budget. In advance of the announcement, planned for March 18th, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) has highlighted several things it wants the Budget to cover. more

Tech sector comes top in list of inspirational SMEs

10/03/2015 17:00
SMEs in the tech sector have seen top performance between 2010 and 2014, with an annual growth revenue of 350 per cent over the four-year period.  The London Stock Exchange Group’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain report - which named the...   more

22% of small businesses 'boosted staff numbers in past year'

09/03/2015 14:04
Close to one in four SMEs (22 per cent) have brought in more staff during the past year, the latest Small Business Survey shows. This Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) research questioned over 4,250 small businesses which have one employee...   more

Self employed Twitter chat announced

24/02/2015 15:14
Why did you decide to be a freelancer? And what would you tell someone who wanted to do the same? These are two of nine interesting questions that the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) wants people to engage with as...   more

IPSE chief exec talks election

23/02/2015 15:38
With the General Election approaching, political parties need to improve the commitments they're making to support for independent professionals, according to the chief executive of the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed...   more

ONS stats show 30.9m in work

20/02/2015 14:39
New Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows 30.9 million people in the UK were classed as being in work for October to December last year - a record level. The unemployment rate was 5.7 per cent, down year-on-year and quarter-on-quarter, and...   more

PAYE penalty changes from HMRC

18/02/2015 11:54
HMRC has reminded small employers who have under 50 people working for them as employees that penalties for being late with Pay As You Earn (PAYE) filing are set to apply to them beginning in early March. More generally, it has also given word that no...   more

IPSE likes PM's train WI-Fi announcement

17/02/2015 15:17
David Cameron recently gave word of a boost for free in-train Wi-Fi. Having called for such a move in a recent manifesto, the Association for Independent Professionals and the Self Employed reacted positively to the news. Its director of policy and...   more

IPSE hosts General Election panel talk

13/02/2015 11:45
Experts have been chewing over the General Election, as part of a special panel event from The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE). Self employed people will be just one of the groups hitting the polling stations on...   more

UK Superfast broadband rollout continues

10/02/2015 11:27
A decent internet connection can be anything from a nice bonus to an essential if you're self employed. The government is currently working to get superfast broadband into places commercial networks aren't covering. It wants to give 95 per cent...   more

Freelancing tops second jobs chart

04/02/2015 12:11
Freelancing has topped a chart of the things Brits most commonly do as a second job. survey research discovered that 17 per cent of people in the UK have an additional job. Among this proportion, 16.8 per cent said this extra work takes...   more

HMRC: Some 4.3 million saved their tax return until January

03/02/2015 12:04
In the wake of the tax return deadline over the weekend (January 31st), HMRC says that some 4.3 million people waited until January to send their form in. Overall, the tax authority was sent 10.24 million returns by the deadline, close to nine in ten...   more

New Homes Bonus allocations published

02/02/2015 11:54
Construction workers have been making and converting homes, which in turn have earned councils extra cash, thanks to the New Homes Bonus scheme. Brandon Lewis, housing minister, has just released the final allocations for these payments, which go to...   more

ONS Labour stats: growth for self employment

23/01/2015 11:39
There's been annual growth in self employment, according to new Labour Market figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In September to November last year there were 3,220,000 full-time self employed people, which is up 1.7 per cent...   more