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    Deloitte confirms post-April 2021 ban on PSCs

    IR35 private sector reforms: Deloitte confirms post-April 2021 ban on PSCs

    #2
    Everyone will - it's just not worth the risk...
    merely at clientco for the entertainment

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      #3
      Yep, a ban on PSC's is legal and risk-free.

      This is because signing up to an umbrella company typically requires the contractor to cease trading as a limited company and become the umbrella’s employee. As such, a private sector firm is no longer required to determine how the contractor should be taxed, because they will already be on the umbrella company’s payroll.
      "I can put any old tat in my sig, put quotes around it and attribute to someone of whom I've heard, to make it sound true."
      - Voltaire/Benjamin Franklin/Anne Frank...

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        #4
        No-brainer relative to the other options.

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          #5
          I'm still of the view that at least some big corporates will take a different stance. They'll get their legal/risk/insurance/HR bods to work together and get contracts with clear working practices that make them safe from IR35. They'll then offer outside gigs. Everything else being equal these will be more appealing to contractors than inside gigs elsewhere. This will give those corporates first pick of the best contractors.

          Given how many IR35 cases HMRC lose even when the end client hasn't really cared (hence potentially done/said things unhelpful to the contractor from an IR35 perspective), surely it won't be too hard for corporates to be 99% confident they'd win any HMRC legal challenges?

          I think as with lots of things, there'll be an initial over-reaction, then a gradual drift back to the new normal (which will be lots of outside IR35 contracting gigs...but now no risk for the contractor).

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            #6
            Originally posted by Maslins View Post
            corporates to be 99% confident they'd win any HMRC legal challenges
            When a large corporate reads those words, they filter out everything except "HMRC legal challenges".

            It just isn't worth the faff. They will have plenty of excellent candidates to choose from, especially during a pandemic.

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              #7
              Originally posted by jamesbrown View Post
              When a large corporate reads those words, they filter out everything except "HMRC legal challenges".

              It just isn't worth the faff. They will have plenty of excellent candidates to choose from, especially during a pandemic.
              I'd agree with this. All this "some big clients will take the risk to get the best people" is cloud-cuckoo stuff - there are very few skills where there is not an active market of good quality candidates. Even those that claim they're worth £2000/day.

              There will be a handful of outside roles at bigger clients, and more at some small-to-mid-range companies (those not classed as small under IR35), but the market will be very different after April.

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                #8
                Originally posted by jamesbrown View Post
                When a large corporate reads those words, they filter out everything except "HMRC legal challenges".

                It just isn't worth the faff. They will have plenty of excellent candidates to choose from, especially during a pandemic.
                From the companies I'm talking to, they are all struggling to find good developers to employ. Everyone in the market now are the ones that didn't make the pandemic cull so they are all the juniors and staff that should have been gotten rid off before.

                Literally, every company I talk too at the moment is struggling to fill senior roles with permies as they can't find decent ones. That's been true of every company I've contracted for since the start of 2020.

                All of them have asked me to stay as a permie at the end of the contract.
                Last edited by jammer; 13 February 2021, 08:54.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Maslins View Post
                  I'm still of the view that at least some big corporates will take a different stance. They'll get their legal/risk/insurance/HR bods to work together and get contracts with clear working practices that make them safe from IR35. They'll then offer outside gigs. Everything else being equal these will be more appealing to contractors than inside gigs elsewhere. This will give those corporates first pick of the best contractors.

                  Given how many IR35 cases HMRC lose even when the end client hasn't really cared (hence potentially done/said things unhelpful to the contractor from an IR35 perspective), surely it won't be too hard for corporates to be 99% confident they'd win any HMRC legal challenges?

                  I think as with lots of things, there'll be an initial over-reaction, then a gradual drift back to the new normal (which will be lots of outside IR35 contracting gigs...but now no risk for the contractor).
                  This is sort of along the lines I'm hearing and thinking as well.

                  I honestly think there is a silver lining in all of this.

                  I've been approaching this a bit differently or at least trying to push towards the kind of arrangements we should have always had, such as using statements of work.

                  Lets face it, at the heart of IR35 is actually a sound idea. Contractors should have never been sitting at the same desk for 20 years claiming not to be employees. But just as with everything else HMRC, it's a sledgehammer to crack a nut and a broken sledgehammer at that.

                  When I contract I'm NOT an employee, I don't want to be spoken about like one, or thought about as one, as I fundamentally am not an employee. On top of that, the company paying the fee has to start appreciating that fact and the changes ushured in by IR35 can be capitalised on to formalise that a bit more I think. They haven't "found a temp member of staff", they've engaged with a company, fundamentally different.

                  I had to go three rounds of amendments on my current one to get the legals right and this was from an agency that HAD done IR35 checks on their contracts and were fairly up-to-speed on things.

                  Interesting times I think.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by jammer View Post
                    From the companies I'm talking to, they are all struggling to find good developers to employ. Everyone in the market now are the ones that didn't make the pandemic cull so they are all the juniors and staff that should have been gotten rid off before.

                    Literally, every company I talk too at the moment is struggling to fill senior roles with permies as they can't find decent ones. That's been true of every company I've contracted for since the start of 2020.

                    All of them have asked me to stay as a permie at the end of the contract.
                    Everyone will have their own personal anecdotes from the sectors in which they typically work. Remember, the reform hasn’t happened yet and many companies are only now starting to act. If you want more than a couple of anecdotes, read the CUK news or look at offpayroll.org.uk. The market is about to change fundamentally. As you say yourself, you were asked to stay as a permie.

                    Deloitte, Metro Bank, Zurich, Three UK and BoI ban limited company contractors, as IR35 reform looms

                    Find fairer IR35 & CV19 clients, agents & brollys. OffPayroll.org.uk

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