Unfair IR35 assessment
Promised individual assessments. Sent out identical SDS to everyone determining everyone inside the regulations. SDS referred to "working practices" that didn't reflect reality and contradicted contracts - e.g. they would refuse substitutes, they line manage contractors, can allocate contractors to any project they wish. Used CEST to assess, but based on made up working practice. When contractors appealed with evidence to the contrary (i.e. that the stated working practices didn't reflect reality), evidence was ignored, decisions stood, and these false working practices were reiterated. A completely sham individual process which was clearly a blanket decision. PSC allowed as an option inside IR35, but there is a huge pressure for everyone to go umbrella (e.g. they won't share a sample contract for Inside via PSC). Still no clear picture on who is leaving or staying, but it will certainly impact some projects. I feel very disappointed on being treated unfairly, when I had thought I was a valued partner. Morale is low, and there is a complete lack of trust between the contractors and management. Many will stay due to a lack of other options, but few will be wanting to stay on longer term, and will be looking for other companies to work with.