Outside IR35 banned
Agent advertised the role as Inside IR35, then when client made me an offer, said there was a PSC ban in place, the client will only engage via Umbrella.
No SDS as not required when engagement is via Umbrella.
Recruitment consultant could not answer the simple question of who in the supply chain will be paying the Employer NIC's and Apprentice Levy. When I pointed out that the Umbrella would be my employer, and therefore they can only deduct employee NICs and PAYE Tax, I again asked would the end client, the agency or Umbrella pay the NIC's - pretty much stunned silence.
Requested a Key Information document from the agency, again - tried fobbing my off.
Freshfields, as a law company, are probably blissfully unaware of just how poor their engaged agency are acting - and thus will be loosing talented candidates.
Honestly, what are Freshfields gaining by paying an agency and forcing the contractor to use a brolly? No value whatsoever. Really don't understand why they don't just put the hired candidate on their own payroll, and just advertise directly.