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Read about industry trends, market analyses and key observations of the contingent workforce industry

Avoiding Permanent Establishment Risk in the Remote Era

Permanent establishment (PE) is a tax concept that’s generally understood to mean a company has a stable and ongoing presence in a country. In this blog we look at the risks of permanent establishment for businesses engaging remote workers.

What the Netherlands’ New Work From Home Law Means for Dutch Businesses

In this article, we’ll explore what this new law will mean for employers in the Netherlands, including the circumstances in which they’ll be able to refuse a WFH request, and the benefits that the new legislation could bring to Dutch businesses.

Difference Between RPO & Recruitment Agency

As one of the principal functions of human resource management, talent recruitment involves the systematic process of attracting, identifying, screening,…

Avoiding Misclassification of Employees: What You Need to Know

Independent contractor misclassification is not just bad for misclassified employees themselves — it can hurt companies too. Here are some of the biggest consequences that employers could face for misclassifying their workers:

The State of the HR Tech Industry in 2022

In this post, we’ll discuss some of the key trends shaping this growing industry in 2022, and how they’ll affect the market going forward. According to HR industry expert and analyst Josh Bersin, the average large company now uses 9.1 core talent applications — up from 7 in 2018. Spending on these tools now averages $310 per year for each employee.  Companies are throwing money at HR tech, trying to find ways of transforming their workforces, increasing employee productivity, and improving quality of hire, employee engagement and retention.  And more and more of these tools are entering the market every day: the HR tech market reached a total value of $28.65 billion in 2021.

What Is An Umbrella Company? A Guide for Contractors

An umbrella company is an organisation that employs independent contractors who work on temporary contracts. The umbrella company invoices the client (the company that the contractor actually works for) and then pays the contractor after making deductions for things like tax and National Insurance contributions. Read more:

Sole Trader and Limited Company: How can Foreigners Set Up A Business in the UK

The right legal business structure in the UK is important because it gives the business its own legal identity. It…

The Impact of Talent Management on Organisational Performance

Human resource management has multiple roles and crucial functions to support organisations in achieving their business goals. Every decision that…

The Benefits and Challenges of Globalisation in 2022

Globalisation is the process of interaction, integration and connection between people, organisations and governments across the world. In business, the term generally refers to the flow of goods, services, capital, people, technology and ideas across international borders. Read here for the 7 benefits and 5 challenges to globalisation:

DIRECT SOURCING 2.0 – Webinar

Event: Direct Sourcing 2.0 Webinar. Join Connor Heaney (CXC) Matthew Rodger (AMS), Steve Carter and Saleem Khaja (WorkLlama) as they answer all of your direct sourcing questions.

8 Key Trends Shaping the Workforce in 2022 and Beyond

The move towards decentralisation and more flexible ways of working that we’re currently seeing was already well underway before 2020.
Several recent studies have analysed the most significant trends affecting the workplace in 2022, giving us an idea of what the world of work will look like over the years to come. In this article, we’ll discuss eight key insights from the EY Future Workplace Index and other research into the trends shaping the future of work.

How to Pay International Employees: The Ultimate Guide

These days, an employee doesn’t have to be physically in your office to work for your company — or even in the same country.

Opening your eyes to working with employees who aren’t located in your country can bring great results to your company — but there are a few administrative hoops you’ll need to jump through.

What is Direct Sourcing? (And Why You Should Be Doing It)

Direct sourcing is a talent acquisition strategy that involves a business leveraging its own brand to source high-quality candidates for contingent or freelance roles. The idea is to build up an internal, private pool of talent that you’ll be able to tap into as your needs as a company evolve, or when you have a short-term project that you need extra hands on. Considering using direct sourcing to source candidates for contingent or freelance positions? Here are some of the benefits

Labour Arbitrage in the Post-COVID World

When most people think of labour arbitrage, they picture companies in developed nations like the UK or the US outsourcing certain business operations, such as production or call centres, to less-developed nations where wages are cheaper. However, broader definitions of the term include various corporate policies that result in lower labour costs. Read more about Labour Arbitrage:

MSP Report for Belgium & Netherlands

CXC is thrilled to be included in the MSP research report edition 2022/23 curated by ZiPconomy, together with its Belgian counterpart NextConomy. This MSP research report helps organisations to make a well-founded choice for a possible MSP partner with knowledge and insight.

SIA CWS Summit – What we learned!

Our CXC team recently attended SIA’s CWS Summit in London. The event, attended by over 500 people was the first chance for many post-covid. Over the course of the two-day conference, our team had the opportunity to attend many informative panel discussions hosted by expert speakers from across the contingent workforce industry

Great Resignation Is It Real?

The Great Resignation has been a phrase that many people have been talking about for nearly two years. But what is it and is it real? By January 2022, the US had seen quit rates above pre-pandemic levels for eight straight months. In fact, the quit rate, which had never previously surpassed 2.4% since the Department of Labor started measuring it in 2000, hasn’t been below that level since late 2020.

UK Business Legal Structure: Sole Trader and Limited Company

In 2017, BBC presenter Christa Ackroyd made headlines when she lost an appeal with HMRC and had to fork out a huge £419,151 in uncollected Income Tax.
The reason? Christa was not an employee of the BBC, but a freelancer working through a limited liability company (LLC). Changes to the IR35 legislation, which governs how ‘off-payroll’ workers are taxed, meant that she was found to be a ‘deemed employee’ — and thus liable for taxes and National Insurance Contributions (NICs) at the same rate as an employee. Since she wasn’t aware of this, she was left with a bill for seven years’ worth of unpaid taxes. Read more to find out about IR35 and it’s effect on businesses across the UK.

What Is IR35?

In 2017, BBC presenter Christa Ackroyd made headlines when she lost an appeal with HMRC and had to fork out a huge £419,151 in uncollected Income Tax.
The reason? Christa was not an employee of the BBC, but a freelancer working through a limited liability company (LLC). Changes to the IR35 legislation, which governs how ‘off-payroll’ workers are taxed, meant that she was found to be a ‘deemed employee’ — and thus liable for taxes and National Insurance Contributions (NICs) at the same rate as an employee. Since she wasn’t aware of this, she was left with a bill for seven years’ worth of unpaid taxes. Read more to find out about IR35 and it’s effect on businesses across the UK.

IR35 for Dummies: A Guide for Companies

Becoming a contractor in the UK has its pros and cons. The flexibility and privilege of being in charge of…

7 Benefits of Hiring International Employees

These days, the top job candidates have a lot of options open to them — and many businesses are struggling to make quality hires. If you’re having trouble filling roles at your company, it’s easy to believe that the talent you need just isn’t out there. 

But what if you’re looking in the wrong place? 

Thanks to rapid improvements in communication technology over the past decade or so — and a shift in perspective brought about by the pandemic — more and more companies are no longer considering location as a key factor in their hiring decisions. 

When you open your eyes to hiring international employees, you’re no longer limited to the few hundred people with the right qualifications who happen to live within commuting distance of your office. Suddenly, you have a pool of thousands of skilled, talented professionals to target.

And hiring internationally has plenty of other benefits too.

7 Industries Experiencing Labour Shortages in 2022

There are many global factors that have led to severe labour shortages in many sectors, with Covid, Brexit, changes to economic activity, and ageing populations also having an impact. In this post, we discuss seven industries that are facing labour shortages this year. We’ll also provide our tips for combatting these challenges in 2022 and beyond.

7 Pillars of Contingent Workforce Management

If you’re considering leveraging contingent labour for your organisation, it’s important to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages this comes with. The world of work is changing. And companies that want to remain competitive need to find new, innovative ways to maximise efficiency, cut costs, and meet their staffing and business needs amid a global talent shortage.

What is an Employer of Record?

An employer of record (EOR) is a company that hires an employee on behalf of another organisation. They handle traditional employment tasks such as payroll, tax, and contracts. In this article we look at what an EoR is and why businesses chose to use one.

Global hiring solutions for organisations in Europe

Global recruiting is a valuable tool for companies and organisations that are targeting overseas talent to build international workforces. Employers…

Freelancing in Africa: A Growing Trend in an Overlooked Market

In 2020, there were more than 59 million freelancers in the US alone. More than half of the US workforce will be freelance by 2028, according to Statista research.
However, while we often think of freelancing as the preserve of professionals in Europe and North America, the freelance revolution is a global phenomenon. The global freelance platforms market, already valued at USD 3393.5 million as of 2019, is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15.3% between 2021 and 2026.

Freelancing in Poland: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re living in Poland and thinking about going freelance — or you’re a freelancer looking for a new place to call home — there are a few rules and regulations you need to understand. In this article, we’ll run through the requirements for working as a freelancer in Poland, both for Polish citizens and foreigners. We’ll also share some information on recent changes to tax laws in Poland and how these could affect freelancers.

Living and Working in Belfast

Belfast is a City that has been in the news of late with the Kenneth Branagh Film, “Belfast “nominated for seven academy awards at the Oscars. As it happens, our Managing Director for CXC Global EMEA grew up in Belfast and CXC has recently invested in Belfast to build out our EMEA Sourcing Centre. Connor, gives his take on Belfast and growing up there. Read the full piece here

Struggling to Hire In Belgium? Consider Using Freelancers Instead

In September 2021, the number of open vacancies in Belgium reached 196,277 — the highest number since Eurostat started tracking this data in 2012. As of the first quarter of 2021, Belgium has the second-highest per-capita vacancy rate in Europe. Continuing reading to find out how using freelancers can improve your business.

Gig Economy – Year in Review

In 2021 governments and courts across the globe set their sights on gig platforms. Gig platforms engage millions of workers across the globe as independent contractors however due to concerns around worker misclassification there has been an increasing focus on how they engage workers.

EU directive on platform workers

On December 9th 2021 the European Commission released a proposal that is aimed at improving the rights of people working through digital platforms. In this blog we look at what is outlined in this directive and what it means for the industry.

Compliance problems with the gig economy

The contingent workforce is growing at a rapid rate worldwide. The fast-tracked adoption of remote work scenarios is allowing more…

EU Proposal on Gig Workers

A3 Revolution

The A3 Revolution refers to the shift in the labour rapid changes that are taking over the labour landscape, Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere. In the article we take a look at the A3 phenomenon and why it is revolutionising the staffing and hiring.

The Benefits of Direct Sourcing

Direct sourcing is becoming more and more prevalent in today’s talent sourcing world. In this article, we look at the benefits of implementing a direct sourcing solution.

SIA Executive Forum Europe

SIA is back with the European leadership staffing event of the year! Executive Forum Europe returns as a live, in-person conference on the 17 November 2021 at the Royal Lancaster London hotel. CXC will be represented at the event by EMEA Managing Director, Connor Heaney and Solutions Specialist Hannah Young. If you will be at the event make sure to drop by booth 14.

Direct Sourcing Roundtable

Join us on November 23rd at 2 pm Dublin time for an exclusive, in-depth roundtable with industry experts to learn how to overcome the most common pain points associated with a direct sourcing programme.

What companies should know about Worker Misclassification

Companies and organisations are increasingly incorporating independent contractors such as freelancers, consultants and self-employed professionals into their workforces. Consequently, worker…

The Labour Market Paradox – Can Direct Sourcing Solve It?

More people have been forced into unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic than the great recession of 2008. However, many businesses are struggling to recruit people for their open roles. Can direct sourcing help to solve this paradox?

A Changing World of Labour

The labour landscape has changed rapidly throughout the pandemic. Are these changes here to stay or will we revert to the old way of working? We take a look at the political and technological shifts that have allowed the labour landscape to shift so drastically.

Mental Health In The Workplace

In the past decade, there has been an increasing number of studies on mental health and its effects on the workplace. According to the World Health Organisation, depression and anxiety were estimated to cost the global economy $1 trillion annually in lost output. In this blog, we take a look at mental health and well-being in the workplace.

UK Government announces new worker watchdog

This watchdog is designed to protect worker’s rights, with responsibility for tackling modern slavery, enforcing minimum wage and ensuring protection for agency workers. As a business that has compliance at its core, we welcome the establishment of this watchdog. The UK government has amalgamated the responsibilities of three agencies (Gangmasters and Labour abuse authorities, the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate and the National Minimum wage enforcement) under the remit of this new watchdog.

NelsonHall – 2021 Next Gen Contingent Talent Services and MSP

We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with NelsonHall to create this comprehensive assessment of CXC Global’s offerings. NelsonHall is an analyst and advisory firm with an evidence-based approach to market and service provider assessments, an industry-leading BPO and outsourcing analyst firm with an unrivalled BPO and outsourcing knowledge covering an extensive range of business processes and industry sectors.

ClubVMSA – EXTEND event June 1-2

CXC EMEA is delighted to be a sponsor of a global talent event Extend.work, an interactive and impactful virtual event for the global talent ecosystem.

Legal challenges to the Gig Economy

The gig economy has had some large knocks over the last year. Companies such as UBER, Deliveroo and Addison Lee have all recently lost superior court cases instigated by workers. All three organisations have been accused of misclassifying their workers as self-employed. 

Diversity & Inclusion in the Contingent Workforce

Our latest blog takes a look at diversity and inclusion in the contingent workforce. There has been much talk in recent years around D&I in the workplace, however, few of those conversations have focussed on contingent labour.

On Our Radar

This page is dedicated to anything and everything that is on our radar from remote work to direct sourcing, global payroll to compliance.

The Future of Remote Work

At CXC we are constantly adapting and embracing change. We have done this in a number of ways, for example, we have been a remote-first business for several years and we are constantly adopting new technologies and processes to digitize and make it easy for our clients to work with us.

International Women’s Day at CXC EMEA

To celebrate International Women’s Day, one of our many talented female team, Sales Solution specialist Hannah Young has written the following blog to highlight some achievements by women in business in 2021

Risks of International Remote Working

The past year has opened people’s eyes to the freedom of remote working. It doesn’t necessarily have to be literally at one’s home. It can be anywhere! However, having your employees based in one country and working in another, even temporarily, has significant potential pitfalls.

Four things organisations need to consider for IR35

With the IR35 deadline fast approaching, Connor Heaney MD CXC EMEA highlights the 4 main things organisations in the UK need to consider.

Why companies chose remote working before COVID-19

Remote working is the hot topic during the pandemic. But many companies were using a remote working policy for many years before COVID-19, including CXC. Connor Heaney highlights why that was the case and explains why organisations are now ready to hire international contingent workers.

How to save labour costs and remain profitable in the New Normal.

Companies continue to cut costs and it is still unknown how the global economy will perform in the coming years due to Covid-19. A way to save labour costs but still access skills is via talent arbitrage. Connor Heaney explains why large organisations should be looking at talent arbitrage as part of their strategy going forward.

Prepare for IR35

Join us on Tuesday, 25th August 2020 at 2 pm GMT [10 am EST/EDT], for the ultimate all-you-need-to-know free masterclass session designed to help organisations better understand the IR35 reforms.

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: How to Launch Your Workforce Programme Globally?

Why are workforce programmes important? What types of workforce programmes are there? How can businesses drive growth through their workforce…

Direct Sourcing in Poland – A Case Study

This is a case study on direct sourcing in Poland. Connor Heaney, MD of CXC EMEA describes how a large multinational made cost-savings, increased efficiencies and lowered risk using direct sourcing with CXC.

Benefits of Direct Sourcing (RPO for Contingent)

In this article Connor Heaney, MD of CXC EMEA, talks about the benefits of direct sourcing and why CXC regularly recommends the process as integral to a talent management strategy.

The Balanced Labour Market Act (WAB) – what you need to know

In this article Connor Heaney, MD of CXC EMEA, discusses the radical changes made to Dutch employment law in 2020 via the introduction of The Balanced Labour Market Act or ‘Wet Arbeidsmarkt in Balans’, also known as WAB. He also highlights what employers in the Netherlands need to consider.

SIA CWS Summit Europe 2020 – Contingent Workforce Professionals

Join us in London April 21-22 CXC are proud be the official network sponsors at the 2020 SIA CWS Europe…

Self-sourcing: The new holy grail? [NEXTconomy]

During the latest NEXTconomy- VMSA meet up, onsite with Jannssen, we discussed the ever-changing nature of the gig economy and…

Why you should engage contingent workers in Poland

There are several factors to consider for engaging contingent workers. If you are interested in strategic sourcing and more than just cost, i.e. you want intelligent, ambitious, skilled, multilingual individuals, lower than the average EU wage

The Future Workplace – 14 Principles (Infographic)

Businesses worldwide are becoming increasingly focussed on future stability. Read on to learn the global principles for future workplace success.

The Industry Hit List: How Changing Economies Impact the Top 6

Brexit has created an uncertain environment, but the outlook isn’t all bad. We look at the projected gains and losses…

The Premier League After Brexit

When you do a quick Google search of ‘Premier League Brexit’, you get a large number of posts discussing the…

HQ After Brexit: Why Ireland?

The recent result in the UK’s Brexit Referendum has created one of the greatest political shocks of recent times.  It’s…

Passionately Curious – Future of Work Podcast

Are you interested in innovation and futurology in recruitment and HR?  Do you want to hear more about the opportunities…

CXC Global and Corporate Services Creating Jobs in Dublin!

CXC Corporate Services, a CXC Global company are thrilled to be creating thirty new jobs in Dublin with the opening of…

Changes in the UK Contingent Worker Sector #CXCComply

  “The UK contingent worker sector is experiencing some of the most radical changes of its time.  It is vital…

Contractor Compliance Trends in the European Union – “Brown Bag Lunch” Webinar Series

Click here to register for Contractor Compliance Trends in the European Union   https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8860321365992231425 Today’s contingent workforce is growing and evolving…

CXC Global Future of Work Summit

Future of Work Summit presented by Brian O’ Donovan of Tv3. CXC Global Returns To Ireland To help companies reduce the…

GBP/AUD Outlook – June 2015

GBP/AUD FUNDAMENTAL OUTLOOK GBP/AUD gained ground in May, increasing +2.8% for the month overall. The increase in the cross was…

Contracting Overseas

  10 Things You Didn’t Know About Contracting Overseas As a UK contractor, there are very few places that you…

The Path To Success. Thinking Global – Here’s what you need to know!

A few weeks ago, in the article Compliant Contractor Management – Contingent Workforce Classification we discussed the importance of correctly classifying your…

Global Warning – Skills Shortages Will Be Felt In Wake of Large Projects

CXC Global believes the global economy could be facing a severe shortage of skilled contractors if some of the upcoming…

Organizations – “Don’t Run Before You Can Walk”! Be Compliant, Do Your Research.

Case Study Proof Is In The Practice There is nothing better than bringing words to life via example, and in…

CXC Recognized by SIA for Independent Contractor Payroll and Compliance

Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) has recognized CXC Global for the second year running as a leading provider of global independent…