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...

The biggest myths in securing external IT talent

When it comes to securing external IT talent, there are always options to consider and it can be difficult to find the right option to suit your business and the project you are covering. In this article, we will explore the biggest myths in securing IT talent and...

Does substitution work in practice – a contractor’s perspective

In the last blog, we focused on substitution and the difficulties this causes for a business, from the client’s perspective. We also explored the reasons why contractors don’t really think this works for the client. This blog will now look at the contractor’s ability...

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...