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Free workshops will help employers deal with looming contractor law changes…

Submitted by on December 4, 2019 – 7:30 am |

Russell Tuck, Director at Consilium RecruitSweeping changes to rules on using contractors within the private sector are coming
into force in 2020 – and businesses are being offered advice on how to prepare and
overcome widespread confusion.

Recruitment specialists Consilium Recruit are working with government advisers
Brookson Legal to provide free workshops on the changes to IR35, which means that
responsibility for determining whether a contractor is “inside” or “outside” will fall on
the employer.

IR35 rules currently apply to public sector staff and were introduced by HMRC to
crack down on people avoiding national insurance and income tax by being
employed through personal service companies. The rules are now being expanded to
the private sector to make sure contractors pay the same tax as employees where

Russell Tuck, Director at Consilium Recruit, said: “Employers are going to have to
make these assessments and take reasonable care when they do. The problem is,
many do not have a strong understanding of the employment and tax status of their
contractors and are not well-prepared for this significant legal change.

“We are therefore running these workshops on IR35 to ensure much more clarity
around the topic, help minimise any financial and reputational risk, and take the worry
away from employers.

“They are aimed specifically at businesses who engage contract workers. Anyone
involved in the direct recruitment or onboarding of contractors, especially HR,
Finance, and Purchasing professionals would benefit.”

The free two-hour workshops will take place at the company’s Stratford-upon-Avon
offices with the next sessions on Thursday 16 January and Wednesday 29 January.
The interactive sessions include refreshments and free parking. To sign up readers
can email

Employers including Barclays and pharmaceutical manufacturer GSK have already
reportedly clamped down on contractors, telling them they will only be engaged as
“on-payroll” workers from next year.

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