News in brief: high-risk destinations, Brexit, contractors

News in brief
News in brief

More UK business travellers visiting high-risk destinations

There was a 52% increase in the number of visits by UK business travellers to high-risk destinations overseas in the first half of 2015 compared to the same period a year earlier, according to the Collinson Group. In the first half of 2015, business travellers made 2,477,105 visits to destinations that experienced level three security incidents (including attempted coups and terrorist attacks) as identified by Collinson Group, compared to 1,634,840 a year earlier.

High-risk countries that have experienced level three security incidents include Nigeria, Tunisia, Pakistan, Ukraine, Turkey, Egypt and India.

According to the analysis of ONS Travelpac data, Tunisia saw the largest increase in business travel visits – up 362% in the first half of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. At the same time Tunisia has also seen a steep rise in security risks, where terrorist activity gave rise to three level three alerts in the period January to June 2015, compared with zero for the same period in 2014.

Potential Brexit causes concern among UK contractor workforce

The possibility of a British exit from the European Union is causing widespread concern among the UK’s contractor workforce, according to research findings from online accountancy firm Pulse Accounting.

The Contractor Confidence survey revealed that around one in five contractors feel that a Brexit would have a negative impact on their contracting opportunities in the future. The report also revealed that currently over half of the contractors surveyed would prefer to stay in the EU.

Pulse Accounting CEO Chris Futcher said: “To date, the focus of concern surrounding an exit from the EU has been on what impact such a move would have on large corporations and SMEs. But we have to widen the debate and ask what effect such a decision will have on the army of skilled self-starters who pump billions of pounds into the UK economy each year and have been a significant driving force behind the country’s economic recovery.”