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What is PHP?

Created in 1994 by Rasmus Lerdorf (a dutch programmer) PHP originally stood for ‘Personal Home Page’. PHP was developed to replace a small set of Perl scripts that Lerdorf was using to maintain his personal homepage. Since the...

Top Tips to becoming a better PHP developer.

With at least 20 million domains using it, including some of the busiest such as Wikipedia and Facebook, PHP is probably the world’s most popular web development language. To help you get to grips with this demanding language...

How to get started as an IT contractor

If you've decided your brain is wired to run your own business, then the next question is how to trade? For some, an umbrella company might be an ideal way to test the contracting waters. Essentially an umbrella company handles...

Contracting vs permanent

Most it contractors start out as their permanent counterparts and, having notched up several years' worth of client contacts, training and expertise in their area, decide to move into the more flexible terrain of contracting....

Guide to Umbrella Companies

When starting out as a contractor or freelancer, the main two different ways of trading are setting up a limited company and using the services of an Umbrella company. Umbrella companies offer a headache-free and convenient way...

IR35: What are the implications for contractors?

IR35 is a piece of UK tax legislation, introduced in 2000, and designed to tackle "disguised employment". The legislation affects freelancers working through an 'intermediary' such as a limited company. Since trading via a...

Agency Workers Regulations – which contractors are affected?

The Agency Workers Regulations ("AWR") become legislation on 1 October 2011. The legislation will give temporary agency workers the same basic rights, after 12 weeks in the same assignment, as those on a comparable permanent...