Contracting Ends in the UK
According to feverish speculation in the national and contractor press, IT Contracting ends, as we know it, from next April.
The Chancellor, George Osborne, he with the £4.5m offshore family trust, has always seen British contractors as tax avoiders.
He had already signalled, in his Budget, that he intended to take away the right of umbrella company contractors and personal service company contractors to be able to offset travel and subsistence allowances against tax.
This takes away any tax advantage for contractors to pay monthy fees to umbrella companies just for paying them..
Now, it seems, he is going to go further.
Contractors on Company Payrolls
According to national newspapers (who must have been briefed by Treasury Officials), the Chancellor is going to force contractors, who stay more than a motnh at a company, i.e. all of them, to go on the payroll of the company.
So, it seems that the the Chancellor no longer wants contractors to be able to use intermediaries to pay them. The include umbrella companies and personal service companies.
Contractors would have to go on the payroll of either the client company after a month, or on the payroll of the agency.
Contract Rates Will Plunge
This is a nightmare scenario. That’s not only for the UK’s almost 5m contractors, but for the client companies and/or the agency as well.
The payrolls of the client companies aren’t set up to deal with contractors who would receive no benefits like sick pay, maternity pay or pensions.
Client companies would be far less likely to use contractors if they had to take them onto the payroll. That would mean fewer contracts which would send contract rates plummeting.
Contractors Working for Agencies
As client companies wouldn’t want to have contractors on their payrolls, who does that leave?
Yes, it looks like IT contractors would have to become employees of their agencies.
With contractors normally getting their contracts through different agencies that would cause mayhem – with contractors jumping agency every few months.
It seems that the Chancellor is doing this because he had been losing national insurance contributions from contractors and clients alike.
Contracting Ends Soon
However, in trying to fix this, it looks like he will be bringing an end to IT Contracting as we know it in the UK.
IT Contracting ends next April if the national newspapers are right.
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