The Spring 2017 budget was announced today and unfortunately for the self employed the national insurance taxes will rise to 10% in April 2018 then 11% the following April, the chancellor said this would raise £145m a year by 2021-2022. The living wage is increasing to £7.50p.h. next month with the amount you can earn before paying income tax will go up to £11,500. Good news for drivers as there hasn’t been a rise in fuel duty but on the other hand remember that the new vehicle excise duty (VED) bands come into play from April. Although Steve is most upset about the alcohol duty!
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The ‘17’ plate vehicles have arrived and we expect that today and for the next 30 days it will be manic in dealerships across the UK. We hope that March goes smoothly and everyone gets a very health commission. Not only has the new registrations came out but the new mobile phone law comes into power today, if you get caught on the phone whilst driving you will get 6 points on your licence as well as a £200 fine, so be careful and drive safely.
Steve has took his annual trip to the lakes for a few days but don’t panic people, Lorraine and Anna are still holding down the fort. So why not give us a call to log a vacancy with us or help you find a new job.
Today the European Commission has issued its final warning to the UK over pollution in big cities such as London. The Mayor of London is set to introduce a £10 daily ‘toxicity charge’ on diesel cars made before 2005 that travel in the central of London. New car prices have risen 5.2% since Britain voted to leave the EU, VED is going up in April 2017 and insurance premium tax is rising too. With pay increases we are seeing for productives it isn’t unimaginable that labour rates are set go up and unfortunately for us motorists it looks like it’ll be a costly year.
Cameroon have blocked the internet in English speaking parts of the country, this means that 20% of the country is affected. Steve is wondering whether to take his summer holiday there to find Technicians and productives as it seems they have no telephone or internet connection when he tries to contact them.
That’s it! January is officially over and it has been a particularly busy month for us at Ingenia as vacancies have been coming in thick and fast, so go to our website and check them out. We hope you all have hit your January targets and may it continue into February. If you didn’t know already we are still looking for someone to join our team as a Recruitment Consultant. Interested? Then call Steve on 0191 4155010.
It seems like many people made their New Year’s resolution to either find a new job or new staff, as January has been a very exceptional busy month for logging new jobs and candidates coming in for interviews. If you are looking to employ someone then call us on 0191 4155010 or if you are looking for a new job, head over to our website and take a look at the vacancies we have, www.ingeniarecruitment.co.uk
As most of you know the new rules for vehicle tax comes into force on the 1st April 2017, meaning that after the first year of ownership people will face a standard rate annual charge of £140 a year. Vehicles costing over £40,000 will incur an additional annual charge of £310 with owners facing a VED charge of £450 a year. The good news is dealers should be busy selling new cars before the new tax rules come into force. The bad news is that it will cost owners of vehicles more to tax them, even though the government encouraged us to buy low emission vehicles. Now what’s the point if all vehicle tax is going to be the same, you might as well go out and buy your dream car.
Snowmageddon is on the horizon as temperatures are set to drop in the coming days. Good news for bodyshops as the inevitable accidents but unfortunately for those who have rear wheel drives and no winter tyres, well… Good Luck! Who knows someone might see Steve at the side of a road pulling out hair he hasn’t got.
Happy New Year everyone, 2017 is finally here and we hope you all had an amazing Christmas and New Year. Over the past few weeks we’ve had unprecedented demand for Technician, Sales Executive and Bodyshop Productives with 49 vacancies across these 3 areas alone. If your New Years resolution is to change jobs, then you couldn’t have picked a better time to do so! Call us today on 0191 4155010 to see what job could be yours.