IR35 – Is it now Slam-Dunk for policy makers?

IR35 Review The policy paper issued in Budget 2020 had words most contractors were dreading. The government has recently concluded a review of the reform, and is making a number of changes to support its smooth and successful implementation. The government believes it...

IR35: Key questions contractors are grappling with

We recently spoke to a group of contractors in Croydon. Most were from the financial services sector. The common factor amongst all of them were how they were being treated as a herd by their hirers, with blanket decisions announced. Most contractors were not engaged...

Four understated IR35 resources

The information around IR35 appears mainly biased; either people selling IR35 testing or insurance products, or those who are completely averse to the prospect of the IR35 reform. It is not surprising that everything around the subject is alarmist and highly critical...

Decoding the CEST tool – Part 2 (Substitution)

One of the most important ways to ensure a contractor stays outside IR35, is the right to substitution. A substitute is someone the contractor can send in their place to undertake their role, if, for some reason, they are unwilling (but oddly, not unable) to perform...

CEST new questionnaire – what we think

A few weeks back HMRC released the new version of the CEST tool. If the general commentary on the tool is to be believed, the tool is still deficient (of things such as mutuality of obligations) and there are still inconsistencies between how this tool determines...

Decoding the CEST tool – Part 1 (Office bearer)

HMRC recently released an updated version if its CEST tool. This tool is used extensively in the public sector by clients in determining the status of the contractors their hire. There is general outcry against the CEST tool – with reports suggesting that the tribunal...

Why Increasing Number of Banks are Avoiding Engagement with IR35

There has been a lot in the news about the upcoming changes to the IR35, with many banks choosing not to engage with the process at all. Tesco Bank, Barclays, HSBC and Lloyds have all been reviewing their use of contractors, and rather than dealing with the IR35...

Five Ingredients for a Successful Job Application

Although working as a contractor can offer a lot of benefits, it can be difficult to maintain continuity with your work, as there is often a lot of competition. The first hurdle to get over is to impress the recruiter enough to ensure they feel confident enough to...

The short-sighted Barclays and HSBC IR35 decision

If you are working as a contractor, you probably haven’t escaped the news that Barclays and HSBC are no longer prepared to engage with contractors following the IR35 changes set for the private sector in April 2020. This includes contractors who provide their services...

What does it take to work as a contractor

If you are working in a permanent role and considering making a move to contract work, you may be apprehensive about whether it will be right for you. There is a big difference between contract and permanent work and you need to understand the realities of it, before...