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CIS is not an indication of employment status, which should still be assessed The sheer number of construction companies engaging subcontractors under the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) has brought the issue of employment status into sharp focus and in turn, the potentially very costly mistake that many firms are making.  This oversight is to assume that the CIS and employment status are related or worse, that simply because a worker is paid under CIS they do not need to have
Businesses advised to consider employment status in light of a booming gig economy Research has revealed that the number of people working in the gig economy has nearly trebled in just five years, with around 15% of adults in England and Wales now paid by on-demand platforms, up from 6% in 2016 and 12% in 2019.  This study, carried out by the University of Hertfordshire and consultancy BritainThinks, focused on the rise of gig working and insecure working practices –
Coping with the national talent shortage, how to attract highly skilled flexible workers Demand for skilled workers is rising as a steady flow of contractors leave self-employment. As a result, employers are struggling to fill vacancies as reaching into the UK talent pool gets more competitive. According to research undertaken by the recruitment industry body, REC, 65% of recruiters say that their biggest concern for the remainder of 2021 is a shortage of skills. 97% of respondents to REC’s survey
Self-employed delivery drivers may be entitled to employment rights  Amazon faces a potential £140m compensation bill after a number of the digital platform’s self-employed delivery drivers launched a legal bid for employment rights. This move mirrors the action taken by gig economy workers engaged by a number of online businesses, including Uber, Hermes and Addison Lee. Leigh Day, the law firm that won employment rights for Uber drivers at the Supreme Court earlier this year, has now lodged an employment
Government’s tool for assessing IR35 status and employment status is falling dramatically short The latest usage data for HMRC’s Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool has cast a light on one of its many flaws, revealing that the technology delivered 410,083 indeterminate results between November 2019 and August 2021.  This marks a 23,531 increase when measured against previous government statistics and serves as an important reminder to businesses not to rely on CEST when assessing the IR35 status or

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