Unfair IR35 assessment
It started off well, with individual role-based assessments being carried out towards the end of last year; I believe in conjunction with Qdos. Mine and other roles were deemed Outside IR35.
However, it seems like a blanket assessment has now been made (confirmed this week although rumours were spreading weeks ago). Some contracts are being extended beyond March but are being converted to Inside IR35.
From what I hear most contractors are leaving so I am sure projects will grind to a halt (the project my team is working on is a regulatory remediation project).
This is still relatively new news to most so the atmosphere is a little 'unsure' while people figure out the implications. But for those who are informed they are staying clear of continuing in the same role but converting to Inside IR35.
I saw the risk a while ago so I personally made escape plans in advance of this news.
I did hear that some roles were being continued Outside IR35 but I don't know if this is true or false.
Although I am not surprised this is the end result I do feel disappointed that Equifax seemed to start off well with their individual assessments but then went down the same route as so many other companies by seemingly applying blanket assessments.