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The UK Labour Market statistics released today by the Office for National Statistics show that 4.8 million people were self-employed between March and May 2017. This is 14,000 more than a year earlier.

Other headlines include the highest employment since comparable records began in 1971, with 74.9% of people aged from 16 to 64 in work.

From March to May 2017 there were 32.01 million people in work, which is 175,000 more than in December 2016.

IT contractor Mike Gibson, who intends to challenge the recent reform of IR35 in the Public Sector, now has the funds he needs to proceed. At the time of writing his Just Giving page shows a total of £11,230, comfortably over his target of £10,500. Mr. Gibson can now instruct tax barrister Michael Paulin to begin research into whether the IR35 reforms can be challenged, and on what grounds.

If you’re a recruiter dealing with Public sector contracts, the chances are you’ve recently seen some changes in how your contractors want or need to be paid. Those who have been deemed to be inside IR35 will usually be better off with umbrella employment, so you could find that you’re dealing with more umbrella companies than ever before.

The Department of Education has released their annual School Workforce Report for 2016, which provides detailed analysis of the size, demographics and deployment of teachers in England.

The report shows that 2.16 million teaching days were lost due to teacher sickness in the last academic year, while more than half of all teachers had at least one period of sickness.

According to Contractor Calculator, HMRC claim that their Employment Status Service Tool – the online tool they have designed for hirers and contractors to determine IR35 status – has been used more than 186,000 times and was able to provide an answer in 80-90% of cases.

However, in response to a freedom of information request submitted by Contractor Calculator, HMRC indicated that usage had increased to 350,000 but the tool does not record the results.