Ikea: Minimum wage scandal

Friday 31st March 2017

Ikea is usually the subject of discussion due to its (apparently) uncomplicated flat pack furniture and Swedish meatballs. But last week it hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons when it was accused of not paying workers the minimum wage. So what does this story involve and what lessons can be learnt? Lorry drivers… [continue reading]

Indian professionals hiding wealth in Dubai: the clock is ticking

Wednesday 29th March 2017

The UAE and India are two of the main contracting hotspots outside of Europe so a recent article on the UAEs plan to up its fight against tax evasion caught our eye.  The Middle Eastern nation has announced plans to share financial information with Indian authorities about anyone hiding wealth in Dubai. So what does… [continue reading]

The happiest places in the world: should you be working there?

Tuesday 28th March 2017

It’s widely known that happy and engaged employees produce better results. In fact recent research from the University of Warwick revealed that content workers are 12 per cent more productive than those who are unhappy. So where are the three happiest places in the world and what opportunities do they present? Norway Despite the economy… [continue reading]

The locations to avoid…..for now

Thursday 23rd March 2017

We’ve written many articles and blogs on the global hotspots for contractors and recruitment businesses.  Earlier this month, for example, we penned an article on the opportunities available for contractors in Ireland. But what about the countries to avoid?  Here are our top destinations you might want to give a wide berth and the reasons… [continue reading]

Government crackdown on tax evasion: the net is closing in

Tuesday 21st March 2017

The Chancellor’s budget earlier this month revealed a government crackdown on tax evasion. It has pledged to issue heavy fines to professional organisations who help devise elaborate avoidance schemes in a move which further reinforces the government’s tough stance on the subject. So what does this involve and how will it affect recruitment agencies? The… [continue reading]

Government crackdown on tax evasion in Cuba sees jail terms for the self employed

Friday 17th March 2017

When most people picture Cuba, the image of idyllic beaches and cigars may spring to mind. But for those considering working, or placing professionals, in the country, ensuring compliance should be front of mind. With recent reports suggesting that 223 cases of tax evasion by self-employed people are currently going through the courts, it’s perhaps… [continue reading]

Change afoot for China’s tax structure

Wednesday 15th March 2017

In a bid to boost its ailing economy, China has announced it is planning on further simplifying its tax structure. The government has long come under criticism for its unusually high tax burden and the pledge to move from a four-tier VAT regime to a three-tier system is an attempt to support a stabilising economy… [continue reading]

The bankers, accountants and lawyers promoting tax evasion

Monday 13th March 2017

The Panama Paper scandal was huge news when it broke in April last year, and it has been in the press once again as more information on those behind it has come to light. The European Parliament’s Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion has revealed that a wide network of… [continue reading]

EU MEPs push ahead with proposed tax reforms

Wednesday 8th March 2017

As the global crackdown on tax evasion continues, it’s perhaps no surprise to hear that MEPs within the EU parliament are attempting to push through tax reforms that will, hopefully, prevent anyone from hiding taxable revenue. European tax reforms According to reports, measures were voted through at the end of last month that would see… [continue reading]

Oman introduces jail terms for tax evaders

Monday 6th March 2017

As we’ve mentioned before, Oman is one of the safest places to operate in the Middle East. And with growing demand for specialists in the oil and gas market, as well as expertise in the utilities and construction sectors, contractors are in high demand. However, there have recently been important legislative changes that professionals and… [continue reading]