Weekend Reading - 23/03/18

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Ross Pounds
22nd Jun 2020 @ 07:46 am
in category: Contracting Life

We'll be rounding up a selection of interesting stories we've found once a week for your reading pleasure. Click on the links below to read the full article.

Ikea rolls out nationwide assembly services with TaskRabbit

"The Swedish furniture retailer announced plans on Tuesday to roll out a program with labor marketplace TaskRabbit nationwide. Customers can book a "tasker" through TaskRabbit to assemble their Ikea furniture for a flat price depending on the size of the item.

The service is currently available in New York City and San Francisco locations and will be released in more major cities throughout the year. Customers also may signup for the service online in locations where TaskRabbit is already available."

Asian and European cities compete for the title of most expensive city

"Singapore remains the most expensive city in the world for the fifth year running, according to the latest findings of the Worldwide Cost of Living Survey from The Economist Intelligence Unit. The survey, which compares the price of over 150 items in 133 cities around the world, found that Singapore was 16% more expensive than the benchmark city of New York. "

BBC presenter tried to kill herself over pay deal stress, MPs told

"A BBC presenter has told MPs she tried to kill herself because of stress over the controversial arrangements under which she was employed.

The anonymous presenter was among TV and radio personalities who gave evidence to a parliamentary inquiry that they were pressured into setting up personal service companies (PSCs) which later fell foul of the taxman, leading to massive bills for unpaid taxes.

Damian Collins, the chair of the House of Commons culture committee, said the BBC had fallen “well below” the standards expected in its treatment of staff and said he would be demanding answers from the director general, Lord Hall."

The BBC is driving its presenters to despair

"A few years ago many of us freelancers were instructed by the BBC to set up personal services companies (PSCs), limited companies through which we would contract our services to the corporation. Last year we were informed that HMRC had decided that we were in fact employed – or to use the BBC's phrase “employed for tax purposes” – after it applied a test that many in the sector regard as useless."

Cambridge Analytica: how to delete your Facebook account

"Claims that Cambridge Analytica used illegally harvested Facebook data in a bid to influence the 2016 US presidential election has sparked fear among social media users that their personal information may be at risk.

The hashtag #deletefacebook has been shared by more than 15,000 people on Twitter, amid growing calls for Facebook users to ditch the platform following reports that data was taken from more than 50 million accounts."

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