12 January 2021|

We were hoping to have received a Treasury update by now with regard to the current period of lockdown, school closures and further assistance to business.


5 January 2021|

Following Boris Johnson’s announcement of a third lockdown for England last night People Group are now awaiting clarity on what support will be available for business.

Staff swap Secret Santa for donation to charity

11 December 2020|

As December rolled around and with all staff working from home, People Group payroll director Martin Polden floated the idea of a food bank donation to replace the usual office Secret Santa this year. Staff jumped at the opportunity to provide some support to the local community.

HMRC clamping down on tax avoidance

30 November 2020|

In a recent update HMRC have stated that 98% of tax avoidance in 2018/19 was due to disguised remuneration schemes and state that there is increasing evidence showing recruitment agencies directing contractors to such schemes.

CJRS Update

16 November 2020|

People Group have chosen not to offer the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to contractors, following the government’s extension of the scheme until March 2021. For the past few days the team have carefully reviewed the updated CJRS...

National Lockdown from 05 November

2 November 2020|

As the country enters a second lockdown the government have announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) - also known as the Furlough scheme - will remain open until December, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary...

Refer a friend

22 October 2020|

People Group have just launched a new refer a friend scheme designed with simplicity in mind. The automated system allows existing customers to refer their friends and colleagues in 3 simple steps.


24 September 2020|

Following our first virtual awards ceremony post lockdown we are extremely pleased to announce that People Group has been awarded Compliance Solution of the Year at the TALiNT Partners Tech Star Awards.

CJRS payments to end

27 August 2020|

People Group have made the decision to not continue CJRS payments for contractors after the summer holidays. With the cost to People Group set to increase by an additional 10% in September and then 20% in October, it is not financially viable to continue to make CJRS payments.

Payments over summer

3 July 2020|

People Group Services (People Group) can today announce that we will continue to fund CJRS payments to eligible contractors throughout the summer holidays.

Insights from your dream board

25 June 2020|

When times are tough, experience matters and who better to listen to than some of recruitments’ greatest minds. Based on our series of ‘People Talk’ interviews, we gathered together the most insightful tips shared by our industry leaders. Calling on decades of knowledge they show how adversity can be leveraged into opportunities for your business.

Helping our pets adjust

15 June 2020|

Back at the start of the lockdown we shared our staff pet pictures on our ‘Pets at home’ post as we all enjoyed the opportunity to bond with our pets, in many cases, full-time. But as life slowly returns to normal, it’s important to help them adjust to a life at home without their owners.

COVID 19 Updates

4 June 2020|

This page is updated regularly to provide up-to-date information for contractors and agencies on issues relating to the Coronavirus outbreak which could impact them.

CJRS term-time payment update

3 June 2020|

Late in the afternoon of Friday 22nd May, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) issued treasury directive No 2, an update to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

The Impending Challenge

1 June 2020|

As you know, paying contractors is at the very heart of what we do. More than most, we have shone the light for umbrella payroll providers over the past few months

A fresh start – PEO Vs Umbrella

6 May 2020|

Simple and transparent PEO is just what the industry needs, particularly right now. It protects your business, is preferred by contractors and makes life simpler for everyone.

The Contractor Payment Crisis

29 April 2020|

Nobody foresaw the events of the past couple of months. We’ve heard the terms unprecedented and unchartered repeatedly since the start of the pandemic, and who could disagree.

Why I chose to furlough

27 April 2020|

People Group CEO Terry Hillier appeared on Radio 4’s Money Box program at the weekend to discuss the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the furloughing and paying of thousands of workers.

Furlough update –
1000s receive pay

6 April 2020|

The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association is seeking to ensure that all agency workers, including umbrella workers, receive furloughed pay calculated on average earnings.

FCSA Update – Furloughed workers

1 April 2020|

The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association is seeking to ensure that all agency workers, including umbrella workers, receive furloughed pay calculated on average earnings.

Coronavirus –
Help spread facts

25 March 2020|

There is no doubting the massive impact that COVID 19 is having on people all around the world. Everywhere we turn there is a new update or piece of information.

Getting through this

24 March 2020|

You hear the phrase unchartered territory so often that it has lost its meaning. It’s moving into a place where you’ve never been before.

Positivity Update

24 March 2020|

With the constant feed of Coronavirus information we wanted to spread some of the more positive stories that we’ve noticed over the past week.

IR35 Delayed

18 March 2020|

The government have announced a delay to IR35 in light of the Coronavirus outbreak. But what does this mean for PSC contractors? Here we answer some of your questions

Changes to holiday dates

28 February 2020|

In response to contractor feedback we’re updating our holiday policy. At present the holiday year in all contracts of employment runs from 06 April to 05 April to mirror the tax year.

Spotlight on Colin Martin

17 February 2020|

Colin Joined People Group in October 2019 to strengthen a growing business development team. With a number of years of experience in the recruitment industry he is based in the South East with particular focus on our London based clients.



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