IR35 and substitution – Does it really work?

IR35 is the bugbear of most contractors lives and with the regulations set to become tighter next year, there is even more concern about ensuring outside IR35 status. One of the ways to avoid being inside IR35 is to show you can be substituted. If you cannot be...

What’s good about HMRC’s off payroll regulations

The off-payroll regulations are set to be extended to the private sector in 2020 and these rules are designed to ensure that contractors are not working as employees within a business. A recent Government consultation on the off-payroll regulations in the private...

What is the purpose of a non-disclosure agreement (NDA)

An NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) is a signed agreement used by businesses to protect confidential information. It is a legally binding document and it can help protect against loss of business, revenue or reputation. It might be used as a formal agreement between two...

How to Deal with your IT Programme Staffing

When looking for staff for your IT programmes, it can be difficult to know which avenue to choose, in terms of resourcing for these roles. There is the option of using your in-house team, an outsourced consultancy or contingent labour (also more generally called...

Contractors Guide to Retaining Your Outside IR35 Status

As it stands, employers in the public sector are responsible for determining the IR35 status of their contractors, and this is set to extend to the private sector in 2020. As a contractor, it is vital that you pay attention to these new rules, as otherwise, it could...

How to handle IR35 regulations: A guide for businesses

Contractors working under limited companies will often ask if a contract sits outside or inside IR35. In the public sector, there is already legislation in place to ensure the responsibility of being inside or outside IR35 is down to the client and this is set to...

Contractor’s guide to securing your next contract

The prospect of starting your search for the next contract is never a particularly appealing one. Every un-billed day hits you hard. For someone at £500 a day, a two week gap between contracts has the same impact as dropping your day rate by a whopping £25 for a year!...

Active vs Passive Recruitment – Are You Paying the Same?

There is a lot of confusion among businesses about the real value of recruitment agencies.  Recruitment agencies notoriously charge high fees to secure candidates, often 15-20% and sometimes even as high as 50%. Most businesses have little knowledge of the level of...

Are Internal Departments Slowing Down Your Recruitment Processes?

When IT transformation programmes are launched by an organisation, time is usually of the essence and a quick turnaround is necessary. One of the early requirements is staff up a whole team comprising of a wide variety of skills. This usually means a requirement to...