If you work in contracting recruitment, for an umbrella firm, or operate as a contractor yourself, IR35 will not have been far from your mind over the last couple of years. From HRMC’s diktats and public pronouncements, the changes to this controversial piece of legislation forms a part of a wider movement to deter tax avoidance.
Despite HMRC's intentions, there has been kickback, with many claiming that the changes have limited the activities of commercial business with workers receiving less take-home pay and institutions having to stop project work as a result of contractors leaving. Whilst the changes are currently only applicable to the public sector, it is largely expected that they will hit the private sector soon. With a current consultation as to whether IR35 should be changed in the private sector running until 10th August, Recruitment Grapevine caught up with Seb Maley, CEO of Qdos Contractor, to get the rundown on where things stand.