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Our registered Buyers and Sellers receive a monthly e-newsletter. You can read our previous issues or subscribe.

October 2010

National Minimum Wage rise

From today that national minimum wage rises to £5.93 per hour for workers aged 21 or over.

Please bear in mind that Sellers working through an umbrella company need to set an hourly rate that allows for employer's national insurance and holiday pay, so we recommend that their hourly rate is no lower than £7.50, making the minimum rate to our Buyers around £8.33.

Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act comes into force today.

May 2010

Sign in gets easier!

20.05 – Great news for all of those who’ve told us that signing in is a bit too cumbersome. Today we’ve removed the ID numbers from sign-in, so all you’ll need from now on is your email address and password. If you find that you’ve got duplicate registrations, just contact us and we’ll tidy them up for you.

Buyers – contact us | Sellers – contact us

P.S. You may have noticed that we’ve been a little slack about updating the news page recently. That's because our copywriter is now doubling up as Senior Customer Service Advisor, so has got behind (sorry about that)… But that doesn’t mean that we’re not making some great changes to the websites all the time!

April 2010

Buyer usability project

This month we have focused development efforts on looking at usability of the website for Buyers and have started to implement the changes that we identified as key to improving the experience of using our websites.

You can find out more here – Buyer usability page

March 2010

Welcome to the start of Spring!

The recession is officially over, so we’re enjoying the first green shoots of economic recovery.

Please let us know if you want to post a job with our Quick Post facility.

February 2010

Starting to recover from the snow-bound start to the year, we saw a significant increase in traffic and volume of assignments booked.

January 2010

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our first international franchise.

The people4 marketplace model is now serving businesses – and freelance professionals – in Canada and North America.

Please check out Canadians For Fair Market Value at

Sellers – if you know any freelance professionals working in Canada and North America, please direct them to the 4fmv site, which is currently in the process of building up the Seller database.

Buyers – register now to be kept up to date as new Sellers register and the site develops.

November 2009

We’re happy to support the Professional Contractors Group’s initiative to celebrate the work of Freelancers, contractors and consultants on «National Freelancers Day», Monday 23 November.

A number of networking events are being held in the evening around the UK to discuss the theme of the day — ‘The future of work: role of the freelancer’ — looking at the socio-economic impact of freelancing, the growing significance of the enterprise network and collaborative working and how the role of the freelance consultant/contractor is becoming more important.

You can «pre-register for a special webcast» on the same subject. The webcast will be launched on National Freelancers Day. Registration is FREE. Once you have registered you can watch the whole programme on 23rd November 2009 anytime from 9am.

October 2009

22 October – DPA Award winner!

DPA Award Winners logo

Tonight people4business won the Newcomer of the Year award at the Data Publishers Association 2009 Awards.

DPA Newcomer Award photo

From left to right: Trevor Fenwick, Chairman of the Data Publishers Association; Duncan Taylor, Managing Director of people4business Limited; Dr Phil Hammond, comedian, Private Eye contributor and host of the Awards ceremony.

‘The winning case study should form a benchmark for the rest of the industry’

‘The winning case study should form a benchmark for the rest of the industry,’ according to the judges, who noted this team’s ‘ability to take a great business idea, combine it with the technology available to create a business model and then craft it into a potentially groundbreaking product. The team had the right expertise and the “member to member/friend to friend” style of recommendation to establish rapid growth to their already impressive early adopter client list.’

The DPA Awards recognise and promote excellence in directory and data publishing and celebrate the best directory and data companies, both small and large…

The Newcomer of the Year award was open to those companies who have been trading for less than three years, but who have already made their mark with a data service, directory, vertical search or web classified site.

Judges were looking for ‘excellence, perhaps exemplified by a rounded performance coming from a combination of market management, product development and leadership; or a single outstanding achievement.’

August 2009

people4 goes global!

Kronality Inc. of Toronto have been so impressed by the concept and functionality of people4, they have acquired the franchise to operate the people4 model in Canada and North America and expect to launch in October this year.

Duncan Taylor, managing director people4business, said:

“We are absolutely delighted that the quality of our business model, the site and its functionality have been recognised in this way.

“After the implementation in Canada we will be seeking further partners to take on country-wide franchises outside of the UK – bringing the benefits of our unique and completely price transparent contract recruitment model to a new and wider audience.”

May 2009

We’ve moved!

From 11 May, we’re at 58A High Street, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 8JB. We’ve moved to bigger offices and we’d love to see any of you there! Our telephone and fax numbers remain unchanged: t 0845 371 0722 | f 0845 371 0723

Sellers 49,495 | Buyers 3,004

As the number of Buyers tops 3,000, the number of Sellers nearly hits the 50,000 mark. Keep checking the home pages for latest Buyer and Seller numbers.

April 2009

building freelance logo

Another new site launches. We’re really pleased to announce the launch of, in partnership with Building magazine, the UK’s best-read paid-for weekly with more than 25,000 subscribers. targets the building and construction sectors and is the first in a series of new people4 sites to launch in partnership with United Business Media magazine titles in the building, architecture and construction sectors.

March 2009

guardian marketplace logo

The people4 site in partnership with the Guardian is rebranded, and a new marketing campaign by the Guardian starts to take effect.

February 2009

hilton baird logo

Another white-label launch, in partnership with Hilton-Baird Financial Solutions. Hilton-Baird Financial Solutions was established in 1997 to provide funding solutions to SMEs across the UK, helping more than 2,000 to ease any cash flow concerns and to raise extra capital to realise their dreams.

January 2009

people4business in partnership with Guardian jobs

We’re thrilled to announce a really exciting new partnership – with Guardian Jobs – which will see a major increase in traffic to people4. The Guardian is a major media partner for people4; their website regularly attracts over 25m users per month and it is the 27th most popular site in the UK on the Alexa ranking.

December 2008

Earnings calculator

For our Sellers, we have added a new earnings calculator to the sites – powered by «ContractorCalculator». You can now see your likely earnings at different hourly and daily rates – and depending on whether you are working through a limited company or an umbrella company.

November 2008


people4healthcare has launched, in partnership with Binley’s, to cover the non-clinical healthcare sector.

Contractor showcase

Now the people4business home page features our new contractor showcase, profiling our top Sellers. For more information on how to appear on the contractor showcase «click here»

Easier Seller descriptions

You'll see that Sellers are now listed by their latest job title – or one they have chosen themselves – rather than by ID number. We hope this will make it even easier for Buyers to select appropriate Sellers.


October 2008

New white-label sites

We launched white-label sites for PrimeMploy and Local Recruit – providing their freelance and contracting marketplace.


September 2008

buyers and sellers31,650 Sellers | 2,430 Buyers

We attended the «CIPD conference» in Harrogate, 16–18 September.


July 2008

buyers and sellers24,000 Sellers | 2,200 Buyers


June 2008

buyers and sellers23,000 Sellers | 2,100 Buyers

people4engineering logo

This month we're thrilled to announce the launch of people4engineering – from peoplebusiness in partnership with Adecco – our latest people4 site. We’re thrilled to be in partnership with Adecco, the global leader in Human Resource services, to power their engineering contract marketplace.

May 2008

buyers and sellers10,750 Sellers | 1,900 Buyers

April 2008

buyers and sellers10,750 Sellers | 1,900 Buyers


March 2008

buyers and sellers10,750 Sellers | 1,900 Buyers

February 2008

buyers and sellers10,000 Sellers | 1,550 Buyers

Agency Workers

The issue of agency work was headline news, with the government in dispute with unions over rights for agency workers.

You can read impartial coverage of the issue from the BBC «here»

Other sources of information are the TUC, which is in favour of increasing rights for agency workers – «see here» — and the CBI, which argues that increased rights for agency workers would threaten the UK economy – «see here»

January 2008

The highest number of contracts so far was awarded this month.

PCG partnership

We are pleased to announce our partnership with the «Professional Contractors Group» (PCG) – the not-for-profit trade association made up of freelancers, governed by freelancers, for the protection and promotion of freelance contracting and consulting. They announced the partnership to their members «here»

We launched our second white-label site for the PCG «here»

Sellers registering as PCG members get a 15% discount on normal PCG subscription rates – see our Seller offers page for more information

December 2007

buyers and sellers9,400 Sellers | 1,500 Buyers

First white-label version of people4

This month we launched our first white-label version of people4business – where we provide the freelance services marketplace for other websites. Our first white-label partner is a magazine and website specialising in public sector recruitment – «» – and you can see the white-label site by clicking on the ‘temp & freelance’ tab.

Duncan Taylor, Managing Director, was interviewed in the Guardian talking about people4charity. «Read the article here»

Most generous professionals

«people4charity» research revealed that management consultants and HR professionals are the most generous, in terms of the discounts they offer to charities – «read about the research here» and read the original press release on «sourcewire»

November 2007

We attended, and sponsored, a Facebook Developers Garage event, to further promote «people4web2»; and have received coverage in the Evening Standard.

We attended the ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations) conference and exhibition, where we received a very positive response to «»

October 2007

We launched our testimonials page this month, after receiving some really positive feedback from both Buyers and Sellers.

September 2007

people4web2 logo

This month we launched — a specialist site targeting the buyers and sellers of Web 2.0 skills.

August 2007

buyers and sellers7,500 Sellers | 1,000 Buyers has been listed as one of the top five websites in the latest issue of NoLimits, the magazine from «UnLtd», a charitable organisation set up by seven leading organisations that promote social entrepreneurship. Download a copy of the magazine «here»

July 2007

buyers and sellers7,000 Sellers | 950 Buyers

Read the July e-newsletter

The launch of people4charity continued to receive a lot of coverage in the sector, such as on «can-online»

The Institute of Business Consulting, which has become a people4business partner, announces the benefits to its members of registering on people4business – «here»

June 2007

buyers and sellers6,500 Sellers | 850 Buyers

Read the June e-newsletter

Managing Director, Duncan Taylor, announces the launch of people4charity. Download a press release about the launch here

Watchdog slams UK government spending on consultants

A report published this month, from the Committee of Public Accounts, Central Government’s Use of Consultants, found that the public sector in England spent £2.8 billion on consultants in 2005–06, with central govenment accounting for £1.8 billion. Spending on consultants has risen by a third—from £2.1 billion in 2003–4 to £2.8 billion in 2005–6, largely due to increases in spending by the NHS.

The committee expressed its concern that central government is repeatedly using consultants for core skills, including project and programme management and IT, and is increasingly turning to a select list of suppliers. It concluded that better use of consultants could save central government up to £500 million a year.

Download a pdf of the report «here» [860 Kb]

The launch of people4charity was covered by the «onrec» online magazine – «here»

May 2007

buyers and sellers6,000 Sellers | 760 Buyers


people4charity logo

This month we launched our sister site, «»

people4charity is targeted at the charitable and not-for-profit sector. Using the functionality of people4business, people4charity offers high-quality professional services at a significant discount.

All Sellers registered on people4business are now able to select a ‘charity rate’ discount on their usual hourly rate, which is then available to all registered charities, via «»

discount Any Seller with this icon next to their listing on «» offers a discount to registered charities.

April 2007

buyers and sellers5,500 Sellers | 690 Sellers


March 2007

buyers and sellers5,000 Sellers

Read the March e-newsletter

February 2007

Read the February e-newsletter

This month, people4business is nominated for «The Best Technical Innovation in Online Recruitment Award» at the 2007 Onrec Awards.

January 2007

buyers and sellers4,000 Sellers

Read the January e-newsletter

This month, records the highest traffic to date on the website.

people4business was featured in HR magazine. You can download a pdf of the article here [672 Kb]

Freelance market on the rise

More and more people are opting to live the life of a freelance worker. Latest figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that while the number of people in employment increased by 41,000 in the period August to October last year, the rise is entirely due to more people in self-employment (up 72,000).

“Businesses are increasingly opting for a short-term injection of high value skills and knowledge to gain competitive advantage,” says Duncan Taylor, Managing Director of

 “At the same time, more people are opting for self employment to maximise their income and to achieve a greater work-life balance.”

The number of full-time employees in the third quarter of 2006 actually fell by 123,000, confirming that the trend for freelance working continues to grow. This was the second quarter in three that saw self-employment outstrip ‘traditional’ employee status.

December 2006


Read the December e-newsletter

November 2006

buyers and sellers3,000 Sellers

Read the November e-newsletter

October 2006

CIPD – 21-23.10.06

The people4business team attended the CIPD’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in Harrogate. We generated a great deal of interest from both the private and public sector and look forward to increased Buyer activity as a result.

A few of the comments we received:

“Self-service recruitment – that’s fantastic”
“The next eBay”
“What a fantastic idea”

“Something like this has been needed for a long time”

“It’s a great idea, and it has to be the way this industry is going”

“This means that I don’t have to rely on agencies interpreting my needs – I can go and find them myself!”

Minimum Wage Rises – 1.10.06

The minimum wage rose on 1 October 1, 2006 to £5.35 per hour for all adult workers over the age of 22. You’ll find information from the «Direct Gov website». You can also download a pdf on the minimum wage, produced by the «Department of Trade and industry».

Please note that even though minimum wage regulations do not apply to people who are ‘genuinely self-employed’, people4business has a policy of not allowing any Seller to set their hourly rate below the minimum wage.

Age discrimination outlawed – 1.10.06

New regulations designed to combat age discrimination in the workplace are now in force. The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations outlaw any direct or indirect discrimination based on age.

At people4business, we focus entirely on skills and competencies. So recruiting your Sellers through people4business is entirely compatible with both the spirit and the letter of these Regulations – and with other anti-discrimination legislation.

The government’s «Age Positive» website has details of the Regulations as well as other ways for employers to combat age discrimination in the workplace.

Media coverage of people4business and age discrimination from:


«The Forum of Private Business (FPB)»


Read the October e-newsletter

September 2006

buyers and sellers2,000 Sellers


By the end of September we had around 2,300 Sellers. Our Sellers have a huge range of professional skills, with over 3,000 individual skills and rising all the time. Our Buyers are amazed by the quality and variety of Sellers we’re attracting.

Our 2,000th Seller to register is a grammar expert who has advised royal websites, among others, on their syntax and punctuation. He runs Future Perfect, an organisation responsible for advising on English for blue-chip multinationals, celebrities, MPs, governments and even the Queen’s English Society. He is also an expert in marketing and journalism, writing pieces for companies such as Bradford & Bingley, J D Wetherspoon, WHSmith and Xerox.

“Spelling mistakes, poor grammar and inconsistencies in marketing material can ruin even the sharpest image,” he says. “Future Perfect assesses text for grammar, spelling, syntax, consistency and meaning – and does not check it just for spelling, as would a conventional proofreader. We help companies to avoid nasty slip-ups.”

Our managing director, Duncan Taylor, says: “His skills demonstrate the diverse nature of competences available through; our database now includes experts in many industry sectors, including HR, IT, management and media. We also list speakers of 33 discrete languages.”

Press & Media

Download an article about people4business from «TechCrunch», a weblog dedicated to ‘obsessively profiling and reviewing new Internet products and companies’.


Read the September e-newsletter

August 2006

buyers and sellers1,100 Sellers

By the end of August, we had 1,660 Sellers.

Read the August e-newsletter

July 2006

buyers and sellers500 Sellers

June 2006

people4business launches

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