Unfair IR35 assessment
Division: IT & Architecture
Failed to involve the consultant in the initial determination process (missing crucial factors in making obvious "outside" determinations); appeals process is a paper exercise with no deviation - even though numerous points of the actual contract & working conditions demonstrate it, their CEST-based assessments are unchangable.
Spent time working through examples and highlighting specifics but to no avail.
Lip service paid to assessment, but essentually a blanket assessment process. As with much of the financial services sector, senior leaders in the organisation seem to suggest that the approach will help drive the it towards an offshoring model.
Very subdued atmosphere, most consultants looking elsewhere. Real shame as nice bunch of people to work with.