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Many contractors have no confidence in private sector IR35 reforms

 

A recent survey has revealed that the majority of contractors fear that the private sector won’t be ready for the IR35 reform due to be put into place next year.

Qdos questioned 1,400 UK contractors on the subject and found that:

- 30% have no confidence in private sector engagers to be ready for the IR35 changes.

- 47% have little confidence

- 11% are undecided

- 12% believe that they will be prepared and ready for the changes.

Qdos CEO, Seb Maley, commented, “Thousands of contractors have been wrongly placed inside IR35 by public sector engagers as a direct result of reform in 2017. Understandably, this has led many independent workers to question whether the private sector will be in a position to administer IR35 accurately next year.

“Private sector clients and recruitment agencies would be wise to pay attention to what are justified concerns of contractors. Businesses rely on the flexible of the independent workforce, while the recruitment industry, that now finds itself caught up in IR35 reform, depends on contractor placements for most of its turnover.

“The good news is that these companies do have time to prepare, and reform is manageable. But this time does need to be used wisely, and private sector businesses - whether a direct engager or a recruitment agency - should take the initiative and equip themselves with the skills needed to contribute to well-informed IR35 decisions on what will be a huge scale.”

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