Indiscriminate IR35 strategy worsens NHS staffing crisis

A leading tax consultancy for contracting professionals has said that the NHS is compounding an already-critical staffing crisis by implementing IR35 indiscriminately. Qdos Contractor cites statistics from the Nuffield Trust which reveal the following: More nurses are leaving the NHS than entering, resulting in a shortfall of 40,000 nurses The vacancy rate for paramedics in England stands at a [...]

A devastating year under IR35

A new study by global professional recruitment consultancy Harvey Nash has revealed the painful truth of public sector IR35 reforms, with 80% of the 500-plus contracting professionals polled reporting they believe the impact of the rules on the public sector has been “very negative.” Business leaders and line managers were also polled in the survey. The impact of the regulation is described by [...]

ONS latest: contracting and freelancing are “here to stay”

Contractor groups have been responding to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures for the quarter to February 2018, which reveal that unemployment has fallen again to reach a forty-three year low. During the quarter, unemployment fell by 16,000 to reach 1.42 million – the lowest measure since May 1975, the year when Microsoft was founded and Monty Python and the Holy Grail [...]

Will government make training more affordable for contractors?

Responding to a government announcement of a consultation on how training for the self-employed is taxed, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) has set out four positive consequences for contractors if tax relief is extended to this area. Skilled Umbrella Company employees and other high-end contracting professionals command the pay rates they do because end [...]

Report on Jobs: demand and pay for contractors grows

The latest Report on Jobs survey from IHS Markit and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) reveals that both permanent staff placements and temporary/contracting placements grew again in March, although the pace of expansion for the latter was the softest in 13 months. Permanent placements rose sharply across the UK at a rate that slightly outpaced the vigorous rise seen in the [...]