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The PRINCE2 project management methodology was developed for use on government in the late 1980s, and within ten years had become an internationally recognized framework for successful project management, used on projects in public and private organizations across the world.
PRINCE2 certification is an essential requirement for many project management jobs, and a PRINCE2 qualification of some kind is a valuable addition to any project manager’s CV. But which level of PRINCE2 certification is suitable for each individual? And how can a PRINCE2 certificate most easily be acquired?
Contractors and freelancers often face a difficult time securing mortgages for a number of different reasons. This can turn what should be a relatively simple process into a minefield of confusion, especially in today’s lending climate with most Banks and Building Societies reluctant to lend and self certification mortgages being a thing of the past.
Ben Rogers a Senior Mortgage and Protection Consultant from Power Mortgages Ltd (http://www.powermortgages.co.uk), a mortgage and protection brokerage who specialise in helping Contractors and Freelancers explains how a Contractor mortgage works.
I have recently passed my Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) – (July 2011). In this article will explain how I went about applying for the examination, how I studied, the books I used and what I believed helped me pass the PMP Certification.
What is the outlook for interest rates?
UK interest rates were held at a record low for the 25th month in a row last week, which has posed questions to contractors who currently have a mortgage or are thinking of taking one. How long can this last? Should I assume rates will go up and take a 5 year fixed rate, or gamble that they will stay low and take the risk on a variable deal? Sound familiar?
Did you know? – Self Certified Mortgages are no more
Back in 2009 the Financial Services Authority (FSA) put an end to self-certification mortgages in an attempt to ensure that all borrowers prove their ability to repay in advance.
Self-certification mortgages were originally aimed at contractors, the self-employed and freelance/contract workers who had trouble proving their income and in many cases became the mortgage of choice for contractors on irregular income who struggled to secure mortgage borrowing with their bank..
As you may or may not be aware on 6th and 9th December 2010, HMRC released Ministerial Statements advising that legislation will be introduced to tackle arrangements involving trusts or other vehicles used to reward employees and that of disguised income.
To operate as a contractor you will have to have a private limited company, or use an umbrella company or other such scheme to get paid. In this article I aim to outline how to do each and the pros and cons of each choice.