Feeds

Labour isn't working for IT contractors

Leave my heap of cash alone

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Outraged contractors have slammed Labour’s policies on freelance work in the UK and claimed that the government’s stance threatens their livelihoods.

A new survey from ContractorCalculator revealed the somewhat unsurprising findings that 88 per cent of freelancers, of which a large portion work in the lucrative IT sector, were dissatisfied with how Labour supports their contribution to the UK economy.

A staggering 93 per cent agreed that their working lives were seriously threatened by Labour’s “unfair” handling of contractors.

The survey reckoned that only seven per cent of respondents would vote for Labour at the next general election.

Contractors also pushed for a range of measures Labour could introduce that would ease the tax burden on the sector. Many called for the abolishment of the IR35 tax legislation that some have argued saddles freelancers with excessive tax pay-backs up to six years after completing a job.

They also said that the government should reduce the paperwork burden on small businesses and that it should “accept that freelance contracting is a valid ‘third way’ of working.”

The survey’s findings follow months of complaints from IT contractors who have bemoaned the embattled Labour government’s latest round of tax legislation, arguing that UK.gov plans would put a dent in their earnings and hamper Blighty’s global competitiveness.

However, the survey failed to give the current credit crunchy economic climate even so much as a cursory mention, which some will agree has a much larger impact on the freelance sector.

Just last month Barclays Capital was forced to tell its IT contractors to choose between a 10 per cent pay cut and a quick exit from the company. That decision was seen as an alternative to cutting jobs as the bank negotiates the looming financial crisis. ®

Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.