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8 Great Reasons Independent Professionals Should Stay In Touch

8 Great Reasons Independent Professionals Should Stay In Touch
​Why is it we are so often continually engaged in 'Unsocial' media when there are massive benefits to be gained from building on face-to-face relationships? Establishing strong affiliations with others in your industry has many positive upsides.Support Network​1. Expanding your network can be productive for business.​If your peers are aware of your...
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Self Investment - Part II

Self Investment - Part II
​In a previous blog post, not too long ago, we spoke the importance of investing in yourself, i.e., developing YOU as an individual, personally or professionally. Investing in yourself is something which a lot of us don't take much time to consciously do, especially with increasingly busy schedules - but it certainly does pay off!Personally, the&nb...
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Self Investment - The Greatest Hidden ROI

Self Investment - The Greatest Hidden ROI
​With the long weekend looming, take this time off to reflect on your personal and professional goals, and what you can do to achieve them. Investing in yourself could produce the greatest dividend you will ever capitalise on in this lifetime.This could be as simple as learning a new skill, developing yourself personally or professionally.&nbs...
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Take Control of Your Energy and Avoid Burnout

Take Control of Your Energy and Avoid Burnout
​Burnout impacts most of us at some point in our working lives. It is a combination of the emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by working long hours. The symptoms develop, under the radar, in the form of excessive and prolonged stress. Over time our enthusiasm, passion, and energy are buried under the weight of the stress we've b...
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Common Contracting Myths

Common Contracting Myths
​Professional Contracting can seem like a foreign or confusing way of working to most. While steady 9 to 5 jobs may have been the norm in the past, today's workforce is becoming far more contingent and the gig economy is ever growing. This way of working is being used by more and more professionals.Working independently as a professional contractor...
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Contracting Tip of the Month - November

Contracting Tip of the Month - November
​Interested in Health Insurance discounts?Contractors working with Contracting PLUS can avail of a 10% discount with Laya Healthcare or VHI Healthcare! You can avail of this by logging onto the Laya Healthcare portal that is available in the homepage of your MyContractingPLUS portal. To avail of the VHI 10% discount, p...
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Tips for Relocating to Ireland

Tips for Relocating to Ireland
Relocating to a new country can be tricky at the best of times! Below we have some helpful tips to help you settle in and explain what is required.If you are coming to Ireland to take a contract role we are here to assist with registration and advise on your situation.​​1. Visa Requirements If you are a non-EU citizen you will need a Visa or W...
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Office Closure - Hurricane Ophelia

Office Closure - Hurricane Ophelia
​The Contracting PLUS Dublin and Cork offices will be closed for Monday 16th October due to adverse weather conditions with Hurricane Ophelia. We will try respond to emails as much as possible and will reopen for full business as usual on Tuesday 17th October.Stay safe if you are in affected areas.Contracting PLUS Management Teaminfo@ContractingPLU...
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Contracting Tip of the Month - October

Contracting Tip of the Month - October
Have you availed of the TAX FREE Small Benefits Exemption Scheme?With this scheme you can purchase a voucher which can then be offset for tax relief. The voucher can be to the value of €250 or €500 and one can be purchased once a year. After tax relief this means the net cost to yourself could be as low as €240 for the €500 voucher! Make ...
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Budget 2018 Guide

Budget 2018 Guide
There has been plenty of discussion surrounding yesterday's Budget delivered by Paschal Donohue. Follow the link below for our full review on the new implementations for 2018. Budget 2018 has continued with the Governments promise to ease the taxation burden for self-employed individuals. This has been done by increasing the Earned Income Cred...
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NRF Breakfast Briefing - 29th September 2017

NRF Breakfast Briefing - 29th September 2017
​Johnny Campbell (Social Talent) - Robots, Bots, Automation, & the Rise of the SuperRecruiter!​Friday morning, 29th September, Contracting PLUS hosted the first NRF Breakfast Briefing after the Summer break and who better to address the pre-caffeined recruiters than Johnny Campbell, CEO of Social Talent.Johnny focused on the rise of t...
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Contractor Open Events - Dublin City

Contractor Open Events - Dublin City
Contracting Plus are hosting the first of our Contractor Open Event series in our Merrion Square office on Thursday 5th October!We are hosting this event for contractors in the IT/Telecoms, Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices, Marketing, and Finance industries to name a few, but if you would like to come along and think t...
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Contracting PLUS End of Summer Event

Contracting PLUS End of Summer Event
Last Thursday, 21st September, Contracting PLUS hosted our annual End of Summer event for recruitment agencies from around the country to attend. We gathered in the Hilton Garden Inn for a great evening of music, photos, food, and fun! Events like these offer a great opportunity to connect with those we may only ever talk with over the phone or ema...
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Contracting Tip of the Month

Contracting Tip of the Month
​Have you registered for the Earned Income Tax Credit?Directors of a Limited Companies are entitled to an annual Earned Income Tax Credit of €950. To avail of this additional tax relief you will need to lo-call Revenue a declare your status as a Proprietary Director. You will need to give them the company VAT number. Revenue will then be ...
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Contracting PLUS Spring Gala Annual Fundraiser

Contracting PLUS Spring Gala Annual Fundraiser
On May 12th 2017, with the support of our colleagues and friends we recently held our Spring Gala Clayton Hotel, Cork. The aim of the night was to raise funds to cover the insurances for "Join Me In Helping Corks Homeless innovative Day Bus"project. The project is to convert a double decker bus that was donated to the charity into a Day Bus that w...
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Contractor CV’s – Tips and Advice on How to Draft the Most Effective Contractor CV.

Contractor CV’s – Tips and Advice on How to Draft the Most Effective Contractor CV.
It goes without saying, as a contractor seeking new opportunities in the current jobs market, having an up-to-date CV that really sells your capabilities and achievements is absolutely essential.Your CV is your own personal marketing tool and it is vital that the right information is included and presented in the most effective way. Recruiters will...
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New changes to travel and subsistence rates for Contractors as of 01 April 2017

New changes to travel and subsistence rates for Contractors as of 01 April 2017
The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform have reviewed the current mileage and subsistence expense system in the context of modern business requirements and conditions. These changes are claimable in each of our Umbrella, Managed and 365 Company solutions.  Mileage RatesNew mileage rates have been outlined that better reflect chan...
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Treatment Benefit now Available to the Self-Employed

Treatment Benefit now Available to the Self-Employed
The Department of Social Protection has released a statement to announce that the Treatment Benefit Scheme, which provides dental, optical, and aural services, is now available to those who pay S Class PRSI. This will service qualified self-employed workers as of 27th March. Previously this benefit was only available to those paying PRSI Classes A,...
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Workplace Wellbeing Day Friday 31 March: Tips to Stay Healthy During Your Working Day!

Workplace Wellbeing Day Friday 31 March: Tips to Stay Healthy During Your Working Day!
Ireland's National Workplace Wellbeing Day, 31st March 2017Ireland's third National Workplace Wellbeing Day will take place on March 31st 2017. This year we are encouraging Contractors to participate in the event, which aims to improve employee health through promoting better nutrition and physical activity. We have complied a quick guide to help i...
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Top Tips for First Time Contractors!

Top Tips for First Time Contractors!
​The contracting sector is continuing to evolve and grow as more and more professionals realise the benefits of flexible working. With the value of the contingent workforce gaining greater recognition, and many sectors expecting to increase their reliance on contingent staff over the coming years, there has never been a better time to become a cont...
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