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REC says Tier 2 ICT route must be properly policed and Implemented

The Head of Public Policy at the REC, Gillian Econopouly, said that “Fundamentally, the immigration system needs to be flexible to business and this includes the ability to bring senior internal people across from other countries in order to lead projects and create more jobs. The exemption for ICTs is a sensible step in this regard, which the REC has long supported. However, if the exemption is not properly policed and implemented there is the potential for abuse. The minimum salary of £40,000 must be rigorously enforced by the UK Border Agency to ensure employers do not use allowances to create an artificial salary that allows them to bring in an overseas worker to do a job for less money.”

“The REC appreciates that the UKBA has the hugely difficult task of designing and operating an immigration system which enables the UK to access the skills it needs, while at the same time protecting the interests of workers already resident in this country. However, with recruiters on the ‘front line’ we firmly believe that our members can help the government identify the evolving needs of the UK labour market and we will continue to work with the government to identify and address skills shortages.\”

Margaret Hodge, the Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee, said that \”Most workers enter through this route and, for instance, tens of thousands of IT workers have been brought in through intra-company transfers at a time when UK residents with IT skills are struggling to find work. Some two-thirds of the migrants using this route work in IT, and are potentially displacing resident workers with IT skills. The Home Office has now set a minimum salary requirement for this route of £40,000 (and £24,000 for those in the UK for less than a year), to better protect the interests of resident workers. The UKBA has not doing enough to protect resident workers and ensure that migrant workers and sponsoring employers comply with immigration rules\”.

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At Commonwealth Contractors we partner with OISC Registered Private Immigration Firms and Tier 2 Licensed Healthcare and IT Consultancies who may be prepared, where required, to sponsor an individual on a Tier 2 Visa (formerly UK Work Permit). If you are a highly skilled International professional and you would like to work in the UK Commonwealth Contractors can help. Our OISC Registered Partners specialise in Tier 1 General (formerly Highly Skilled Migrant Programme) visa applications and can assist those highly skilled individuals that either wish to apply or extend a Tier 1 General Visa.

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34% of City finance professionals are considering working overseas

The Managing Director EMEA and APAC at eFinancialCareers.com, James Bennett, said that “The fight to retain good people is on. And while the majority may wish to stay in the UK, significant numbers are now looking towards Asia, drawn by the prospect of lower taxes, better work-life balance, and better economic opportunities. Indeed, the City of London cannot afford to be complacent given the significant increase of job opportunities now being advertised in the Far East.”

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At Commonwealth Contractors we partner with OISC Registered Private Immigration Firms and Tier 2 Licensed Healthcare and IT Consultancies who may be prepared, where required, to sponsor an individual on a Tier 2 Visa (formerly UK Work Permit). If you are a highly skilled International professional and you would like to work in the UK Commonwealth Contractors can help. Our OISC Registered Partners specialise in Tier 1 General (formerly Highly Skilled Migrant Programme) visa applications and can assist those highly skilled individuals that either wish to apply or extend a Tier 1 General Visa.

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Demand for IT Contractors twice as strong as demand for Permanent Workers in Q1 2011

Key figures from the survey:

  • Total IT hiring still down 70% from its peak in 2007
  • Quarter 1 of 2011 saw a 11% increase in job postings for highly skilled contractors
  • Quarter 1 of 2011 saw a 5% increase in job postings for highly skilled permanent professionals
  • Alongside Oracle and .NET, C now accounts for 10% of all IT contracts
  • C++ Contractors have seen a 12% slump in demand since the fourth quarter of 2010

The report said that ‘the growth in the number of job ads should mean better job prospects for those IT professionals who suffered during the financial crisis. Contract rates started to improve in the first quarter of 2010 and have continued to rise since, with median rates in the latest quarter up by 2.1% compared with twelve months ago.”

Recently the President of the IT Recruitment Agency Volt said that functional roles such as Business Analysts and Project Managers were currently in great demand pointing to many companies kicking on with new projects. In terms of skills technologies such as Java / J2EE, .Net, Android and Silverlight were reported to be hot skills to have as companies push forward with mobile application projects.

Tom Daley of Volt said that “The demand for highly-skilled IT professionals has picked up quite a bit, albeit somewhat unevenly across our geographic markets. We’re seeing clients applying a careful and methodical approach to requesting IT talent in that they are looking for very specialised skill sets related to emerging technologies. Mobile application developers, so Java/J2EE specialists, .Net developers and Android and Silverlight techies are cited as the ‘hottest’ IT candidates, as were VMware virtual app developers. We’re also seeing a higher demand for functional roles such as business analysts and project managers. This usually indicates an increase in the amount of projects being scoped out and we anticipate this will lead to further increases in demand for IT talent as these projects are implemented.”

Commonwealth Contractors

At Commonwealth Contractors we partner with OISC Registered Private Immigration Firms and Tier 2 Licensed Healthcare and IT Consultancies who may be prepared, where required, to sponsor an individual on a Tier 2 Visa (formerly UK Work Permit). If you are a highly skilled International professional and you would like to work in the UK Commonwealth Contractors can help. Our OISC Registered Partners specialise in Tier 1 General (formerly Highly Skilled Migrant Programme) visa applications and can assist those highly skilled individuals that either wish to apply or extend a Tier 1 General Visa.

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Social Media second least popular recruitment tool

Jim Albert, the Managing Director of Modis International, said that “Given that IT recruitment and social media would seem destined to be close allies, the results of this survey are certainly surprising. It should be remembered that social media is best used as part of a wider, multi-media recruitment drive, and this could account for the low figure that has emerged from our research. Previous polling showed that IT leaders had a growing appetite for using this medium, so there is still a gap between interest and actual usage. For many, I think this is a question of how best to use social media. Time constraints can often be a factor, and for this reason IT decision makers should look to share social media activity with HR teams. Updating a status on Linkedin or Twitter to say that a given organisation is hiring can often be a simple, cost effective and time-efficient way of driving social media traffic to a recruitment platform.”

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At Commonwealth Contractors we partner with OISC Registered Private Immigration Firms and Tier 2 Licensed Healthcare and IT Consultancies who may be prepared, where required, to sponsor an individual on a Tier 2 Visa (formerly UK Work Permit). If you are a highly skilled International professional and you would like to work in the UK Commonwealth Contractors can help. Our OISC Registered Partners specialise in Tier 1 General (formerly Highly Skilled Migrant Programme) visa applications and can assist those highly skilled individuals that either wish to apply or extend a Tier 1 General Visa.

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Reed.co.uk Job Index falls by 3 points in April 2011

The Managing Director of Reed.co.uk, Martin Warnes, said that “The index remains over 20 per cent higher than last year’s level following the steep increase in the first quarter of the year, mirroring falling unemployment and rising GDP figures for the same period. Clearly business growth has been sustained at a higher level than the last quarter of 2010, but continued recovery remains difficult to predict.”

In terms of Information Technology things are increasingly positive with many big projects now back on. Recently the President of the IT Recruitment Agency Volt said that functional roles such as Business Analysts and Project Managers were currently in great demand pointing to many companies kicking on with new projects. In terms of skills technologies such as Java / J2EE, .Net, Android and Silverlight were reported to be hot skills to have as companies push forward with mobile application projects.

Tom Daley of Volt said that “In some of our markets, we’re actually seeing higher demand for full-time direct placement vs. contract workers as a percentage of our IT recruitment activity, particularly when a client has requirements for hard-to-source talent. But for the balance of our clients, contract workers are essential to their project-based activities since it’s easier to ramp up teams for new initiatives with contract workers. This is particularly advantageous when time-to-market is important for new projects/products.”

“The demand for highly-skilled IT professionals has picked up quite a bit, albeit somewhat unevenly across our geographic markets. We’re seeing clients applying a careful and methodical approach to requesting IT talent in that they are looking for very specialised skill sets related to emerging technologies. Mobile application developers, so Java/J2EE specialists, .Net developers and Android and Silverlight techies are cited as the ‘hottest’ IT candidates, as were VMware virtual app developers. We’re also seeing a higher demand for functional roles such as business analysts and project managers. This usually indicates an increase in the amount of projects being scoped out and we anticipate this will lead to further increases in demand for IT talent as these projects are implemented.”

Commonwealth Contractors

At Commonwealth Contractors we partner with OISC Registered Private Immigration Firms and Tier 2 Licensed Healthcare and IT Consultancies who may be prepared, where required, to sponsor an individual on a Tier 2 Visa (formerly UK Work Permit). If you are a highly skilled International professional and you would like to work in the UK Commonwealth Contractors can help. Our OISC Registered Partners specialise in Tier 1 General (formerly Highly Skilled Migrant Programme) visa applications and can assist those highly skilled individuals that either wish to apply or extend a Tier 1 General Visa.

For more Information call Commonwealth Contractors now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you. Please see other areas of the Commonwealth Contractors site for interesting articles on tax, immigration and contracting.

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Nokia set to cut 4,000 from its global workforce

The majority of the job cuts will come in Finland, Denmark and the UK, where about 700 of the 2,400 employees will be affected. The move will see the itsresearch and development site in Farnborough close. Nokia currently employs 131,000 people around the world, including those working at its joint venture Nokia Siemens Networks and mapping unit Navteq.

The  President and Chief Executive at Nokia, Stephen Elop, said that \”We have new clarity around our path forward, which is focused on our leadership across smart devices, mobile phones and future disruptions. However, with this new focus, we also will face reductions in our workforce. This is a difficult reality, and we are working closely with our employees and partners to identify long-term re-employment programs for the talented people of Nokia.\”

Ben Woof, analyst at CCS Insight said that “The key question is whether these cuts go deep enough. Nokia has stated that it has no further cuts planned for the foreseeable future, but I can\’t help wondering whether this is just the start of a long and painful journey as Nokia reshapes itself for life in the post-iPhone world. Running internal development teams concurrently for Symbian and Windows Phone was always going to be a challenge. There would be little incentive for the Symbian teams to put their hearts and souls into their work. Nokia\’s management team has made it clear the future lies with Windows Phone and it clearly wants this to be the primary focus internally.\”

Commonwealth Contractors

At Commonwealth Contractors we partner with OISC Registered Private Immigration Firms and Tier 2 Licensed Healthcare and IT Consultancies who may be prepared, where required, to sponsor an individual on a Tier 2 Visa (formerly UK Work Permit). If you are a highly skilled International professional and you would like to work in the UK Commonwealth Contractors can help. Our OISC Registered Partners specialise in Tier 1 General (formerly Highly Skilled Migrant Programme) visa applications and can assist those highly skilled individuals that either wish to apply or extend a Tier 1 General Visa.

For more Information call Commonwealth Contractors now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you. Please see other areas of the Commonwealth Contractors site for interesting articles on tax, immigration and contracting.

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Final AWR Guidance to be published this week by BIS

The Head of Public Policy at the REC, Gillian Econopouly, said that \”The REC has been working with BIS over the past few months by attending the guidance workshop sessions and holding one-on-one meetings. Our priority has been to provide substantive feedback from our members and alert BIS officials to the issues which remain a source of concern for those who supply and engage temporary workers.”

“We have lately met with BIS to discuss the draft guidance in detail, and we expect to see some of the issues we raised addressed more fully in the final document. The guidance will never be a magic wand or an instant solution for dealing with AWR, but we continue to urge government to make the document as business-friendly as possible to facilitate smooth implementation and minimal disruption to the UK\’s model of flexible work.\”

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At Commonwealth Contractors we partner with OISC Registered Private Immigration Firms and Tier 2 Licensed Healthcare and IT Consultancies who may be prepared, where required, to sponsor an individual on a Tier 2 Visa (formerly UK Work Permit). If you are a highly skilled International professional and you would like to work in the UK Commonwealth Contractors can help. Our OISC Registered Partners specialise in Tier 1 General (formerly Highly Skilled Migrant Programme) visa applications and can assist those highly skilled individuals that either wish to apply or extend a Tier 1 General Visa.

For more Information call Commonwealth Contractors now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you. Please see other areas of the Commonwealth Contractors site for interesting articles on tax, immigration and contracting.

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Mobile Developers, Business Analysts & Project Managers in demand says Volt Recruitment

The President of IT Recruitment firm Volt, Tom Daley, said that “In some of our markets, we’re actually seeing higher demand for full-time direct placement vs. contract workers as a percentage of our IT recruitment activity, particularly when a client has requirements for hard-to-source talent. But for the balance of our clients, contract workers are essential to their project-based activities since it’s easier to ramp up teams for new initiatives with contract workers. This is particularly advantageous when time-to-market is important for new projects/products.”

“The demand for highly-skilled IT professionals has picked up quite a bit, albeit somewhat unevenly across our geographic markets. We’re seeing clients applying a careful and methodical approach to requesting IT talent in that they are looking for very specialised skill sets related to emerging technologies. Mobile application developers, so Java/J2EE specialists, .Net developers and Android and Silverlight techies are cited as the ‘hottest’ IT candidates, as were VMware virtual app developers. We’re also seeing a higher demand for functional roles such as business analysts and project managers. This usually indicates an increase in the amount of projects being scoped out and we anticipate this will lead to further increases in demand for IT talent as these projects are implemented.”

Recently a new report by CWJobs.co.uk and JobsAdWatch revealed that there has been a surge in IT Contract vacancies during the first quarter of 2011. The report showed an 11.1% increase in the number of IT Contract vacancies advertised and also recorded a five quarter increase in contract rates. The report found that:

  • 5.7% increase in demand for permanent IT professionals
  • 11.1% increase in the number of IT contract vacancies advertised
  • Contract rates have increased for five quarters in a row
  • 80% of all contract vacancies are being advertised in the south of the country
  • London and the Midlands saw a rise in demand for contractors of over 10% during the last quarter
  • 46.4% of demand came from Software houses
  • 35.8% of demand came from financial institutions

Commonwealth Contractors

At Commonwealth Contractors we partner with OISC Registered Private Immigration Firms and Tier 2 Licensed Healthcare and IT Consultancies who may be prepared, where required, to sponsor an individual on a Tier 2 Visa (formerly UK Work Permit). If you are a highly skilled International professional and you would like to work in the UK Commonwealth Contractors can help. Our OISC Registered Partners specialise in Tier 1 General (formerly Highly Skilled Migrant Programme) visa applications and can assist those highly skilled individuals that either wish to apply or extend a Tier 1 General Visa.

For more Information call Commonwealth Contractors now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you. Please see other areas of the Commonwealth Contractors site for interesting articles on tax, immigration and contracting.

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Employers planning to grow Permanent Workforce says REC

The REC’s Director of Research, Roger Tweedy, said that “The current figures really do show we have a transitional jobs market borne out last week by the slight decrease in the unemployment figures. Confidence among employers about their hiring intentions has stayed the same level as last month. At the same time, their reliance on temporary and contract staff is still strong but it is starting to ease slightly. The long-term prospects for the jobs market ties in with forecasts that private sector investment and trade will start accelerating in the second half of the year. However, until then, our jobs market will show signs of volatility until the infrastructure for private sector growth is in place to enable more jobs to be created within it.”

Recently a new report by CWJobs.co.uk and JobsAdWatch revealed that there has been a surge in IT Contract vacancies during the first quarter of 2011. The report showed an 11.1% increase in the number of IT Contract vacancies advertised and also recorded a five quarter increase in contract rates. The report found that:

  • 5.7% increase in demand for permanent IT professionals
  • 11.1% increase in the number of IT contract vacancies advertised
  • Contract rates have increased for five quarters in a row
  • 80% of all contract vacancies are being advertised in the south of the country
  • London and the Midlands saw a rise in demand for contractors of over 10% during the last quarter
  • 46.4% of demand came from Software houses
  • 35.8% of demand came from financial institutions

Commonwealth Contractors

At Commonwealth Contractors we partner with OISC Registered Private Immigration Firms and Tier 2 Licensed Healthcare and IT Consultancies who may be prepared, where required, to sponsor an individual on a Tier 2 Visa (formerly UK Work Permit). If you are a highly skilled International professional and you would like to work in the UK Commonwealth Contractors can help. Our OISC Registered Partners specialise in Tier 1 General (formerly Highly Skilled Migrant Programme) visa applications and can assist those highly skilled individuals that either wish to apply or extend a Tier 1 General Visa.

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REC joins Governments IR35 Forum

The Chair of the REC Technology Sector Group, Jeff Brooks, said that \”Taking part in this forum will allow the REC to push for real, substantive change in how IR35 works. We have to find a way to focus the system on the rare cases of actual disguised employment, and make sure that the vast majority of contractors who have done nothing wrong don’t have to worry about being subjected to a HMRC investigation or tribunal that could last years.”

\”It has always been the complexity of the rules, and the uncertainty they create, that has made the system unacceptable for contractors and the recruiters that find them work. This has also wasted countless hours of tax officials’ time, and it is in the interests of all sides to find a quicker, more efficient way to crack down on the few real instances of false self-employment.\”

The Managing Director of the Professional Contractors Group (PCG), John Brazier, said earlier in the month that \”It is vital that freelancers are properly represented at this juncture. We have been assured that far from being a \’talking shop\’ the new Forum will be a positive force for change. PCG has already put forward initial thoughts on how the Forum should work to revamp IR35. We will continue to develop these ideas in conjunction with our membership.\”

As well as setting up the IR35 Forum the Government has opened a dedicated telephone helpline staffed by IR35 tax specialists and has also said that it will publish new guidance on the types of cases the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) considers to be outside the scope of IR35. It now looks as though IR35 will largely remain in place until such time as it is abolished following the possible merging of the Income Tax and National Insurance systems, although that could be some way off.

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At Commonwealth Contractors we partner with OISC Registered Private Immigration Firms and Tier 2 Licensed Healthcare and IT Consultancies who may be prepared, where required, to sponsor an individual on a Tier 2 Visa (formerly UK Work Permit). If you are a highly skilled International professional and you would like to work in the UK Commonwealth Contractors can help. Our OISC Registered Partners specialise in Tier 1 General (formerly Highly Skilled Migrant Programme) visa applications and can assist those highly skilled individuals that either wish to apply or extend a Tier 1 General Visa.

For more Information call Commonwealth Contractors now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you. Please see other areas of the Commonwealth Contractors site for interesting articles on tax, immigration and contracting.

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