Our Opinion On Latest Umbrella Exposé

There has been another exposé of alleged poor practices taking place at an umbrella which has been accredited by an industry body.  Our founder, Julia Kermode, has considerable experience in umbrella compliance, and as such was being repeatedly asked for her view on the situation.  She therefore recorded the below short video:    

Business Conference Advised On Umbrellas, Compliance & Tax Avoidance

Our founder Julia Kermode was delighted to be invited to give a presentation at a recent IR35 conference, attended by over 75 businesses that hire contractors.  The event was run by Business Forums International (BFI) and aimed to give a crucial update on what has happened since legislation changed in 2019. Kermode’s presentation covered the […]

“Now or Never” For Umbrella Industry, as Kermode Takes On CEO Role At PayePass

Amid the stark and unfortunate reality of non-compliant umbrella companies and undelivered promises from the government to combat tax avoidance and unsanctioned deductions from payments in the temporary working industry, umbrella company compliance expert, PayePass, has appointed former FCSA chief, Julia Kermode, as its new CEO. HMRC data suggests that between 2007/08 to 2022/21, there […]

IWORK’s Kermode Elected To CBI Council

Prestigious business group the CBI has appointed temporary labour market expert, Julia Kermode, to its North-West Council as they continue efforts to support the flexible workforce – a key component in the future of work and also crucial to solving the UK’s labour shortages.  Cheshire-based Julia Kermode holds the position of Regional Council Member for […]

SME Businesses Worried They Won’t Survive

IWORK’s founder Julia Kermode was delighted to be a panellist at a media roundtable discussing hopes for the Autumn Budget, the economy and the current landscape facing small businesses.  Latest research by FreeAgent, the cloud accounting software company, reveals that almost a quarter (23%) of SMEs believe the UK economy has been damaged irreversibly by […]

Umbrella Accused Of “Skimming” Threatens Legal Action

Orange Genie, a well established umbrella firm, has threatened legal action against campaign group Contractor Voice following an accusation that Orange Genie has been “skimming” money away from contractors.  Contractor Voice says it has analysed payslips issued by Orange Genie and found an additional £2 deduction disguised within the heading “Employment cost, including Employer National […]

Considering Using Temps To Cover For Employees On Strike?

IWORK’s founder Julia Kermode was delighted to chat to HR Grapevine about how businesses should approach engaging temporary workers to cover for their staff going on strike.  Many people are seriously affected by the current financial crisis, increasing cost of living and rising fuel prices, and meaning that increasing numbers of workers are considering strike […]

Your Feedback Presented To Recruitment Sector National Conference

IWORK founder Julia Kermode was invited to speak at Recruitment Agency Expo at the NEC in Birmingham, the leading national conference attended by over 2,500 recruitment professionals.  In her session “It’s Not Rocket Science 🚀” Julia spoke about candidate experience, how it goes wrong, and how implementing some simple strategies can ensure more profits for […]

IWORK Founder Gives Prestigious TEDx Talk

IWORK’s founder, Julia Kermode, was selected to be a speaker at the independently organised TEDxNorthwich event held on 23 April 2022.  TEDx talks are based around an “idea worth spreading”, delivered without visual aids, and should be punchy, to the point, and challenge the audience’s thinking.  All of which means that TEDx talks are world […]