Unfair IR35 assessment
Division: Technology Services Operations - Service (Project) Delivery
BT Group use EY to manage this IR35 process. The EY tool Confirm is based on CEST. Hiring managers completed questionnaires on the tool on an individual basis - without any knowledge of the Contract between the Agency and Contractor. Their knowledge of the working practices is also distorted and based on the guidelines / how they would like us to behave. Internally there were guidelines given to Hiring Managers to complete the forms. Internal emails issued to some Contractors attempted to re-assure them and indicated that alignment was sought across business areas and role types. So the process masquerades as an individual assessment but 70+ contractors doing a variety of roles (PM, BA, SA) are all marked as "Inside IR35". If that doesn't meet a Blanket Inside Assessment then I don't know what does?! Contractors have been given limited information, apart from a flawed SDS and are now being pressured to reveal if they are staying after 30 Mar. This is only to assist BT with back-fill of resource. The appeal process is to email a BT email address managed by EY resource who are not handling it well. Many contractors have not received the original questions and answers to assist with the appeal, despite the deadline for the appeal now being over. There are plenty of projects and chains of dependent project being impacted worth £ms. The atmosphere was toxic. IR35 is all that the Contractors are thinking about, understandably. A number of contractors were cut recently and a few have started to leave as their Contracts are due for renewal. I'm in this position and while I'm out of contract I'm relieved to be out of there. I worry about what HMRC is doing to the Contracting Industry. They have attempted to bounce Outside Contractors to Inside roles by making the Client's do the dirty work. I'd like another contract asap! I hope the HoL committee will make a difference as it just showed what a complete sham this is, with real economic damage occurring right now.