Remote working to boost hybrid workforce, gig economy in 2021: Study


The success of work-from-home in 2020 following lockdown due to COVID-19 will boost the gig economy and hybrid workforce this year, according to a study.

In 2020, job losses across the experience level and the influx of fresh entrants (graduates) in the job market boosted the gig economy. This will promote diversity, inclusion and business pressure for cost optimisation and will give gig economy a major push, even though external hiring will be limited this year, according to the 2021 Talent Technology Outlook study by job site SCIKEY.

Gig economy is a free market system in which temporary positions are common and organisations hire independent workers for short-term commitments.

Tailoring one’s own working hours will also lure more women in the industry and it might even see more women in the leadership roles in the future, it added.

The study is an analysis of inputs from 100 plus C-suite and human capital leaders representing over 100 organisations through surveys, social media inputs, interviews and panel discussions.

As per the survey, 20 per cent leaders said the recruitment will be done through external vendors and HR

AGR case: Some payments to DoT not factored in, says Vodafone Idea


has, in its petition, brought to the notice of the Supreme Court some matters of dispute as regards its payment of (AGR) dues.

It has said the payments it has made have not been accounted for by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). Also there has been double counting of some revenue items in the AGR demand and deduction has not been made by the department on account of roaming charges paid by the operator.

This comes days after Bharti Airtel petitioned the court on reconsidering the DoT’s calculation of AGR dues.

Vodafone Idea, in its plea, has pointed out certain anomalies in the DoT’s counting of the AGR dues, leading to excess demand of Rs 5,932 crore.

estimates its dues to be Rs 21,533 crore, as against the DoT’s calculation of Rs 58,254 crore. According to the DoT’s notice, Vodafone Idea’s dues stand at about Rs 50,400 crore, which has to be paid in 10 equal instalments by March 31, 2031. The company has so far paid Rs 7,854 crore.

Earlier this week, Bharti Airtel moved the Supreme

The most common Self Assessment questions answered by experts


Ahead of the Self Assessment tax return deadline on 31st January, experts answer some of the most searched for questions on the topic.

With 110,0001 searches for ‘Self Assessment’ in the UK every month, specialists from Chartered Accountancy practice, Sheards Accountancy has compiled a list of eight of the most common Self Assessment related queries and answered them for those preparing their tax returns for the end of January.

How to pay Self Assessment tax? – 1,000 monthly searches

The deadlines for paying your tax bill are usually 31st January for any tax you owe for the previous tax year and your first payment on account and then 31 July for your second payment on account. Payments need to be made to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) by the deadline. If you fail to pay on time, you’ll be charged interest and may have to pay a penalty.

The time you need to allow depends on how you pay. If you want to pay the same or next working day you can pay online or telephone banking , CHAPS, by debit or credit card online or at a bank or building society. To pay at a bank or

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