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Unfair IR35 assessment
IR35 Blanket Coverage, SCS claimed they have done a fair assessment using the HMRC CEST tool. They sent a copy of what they filled in, their answers to the CEST questions looked pre-determined and not related to what I actually do to make myself fall inside IR35. They offered a chance of an appeal without providing what evidence they were looking for. This leads to a conclusion they knowingly and willingly falsified their answers to place me inside IR35. One of SCS Railways's core values is Act with integrity and respect - what a joke! PSCs are now banned. No real meaningful uplift to counter ir35 given. Contractors are leaving and looking for other work. Team morale has plummeted
Posted anonymously
1 year ago
Permanent roles only
Division: Design Managent
Was permanent roles only until the mismanagement led to freelances being necessary as part of recovery programme. Blanket inside IR35 determinations may be seeing them leave.
Posted anonymously
1 year ago
Unfair IR35 assessment
Division: Design / civil
The cest tool was used, I did a self assessment based on my companys operation, and I was deemed outside based on how I conduct the role. An individual assessment wasn’t made it was a blanket approach based on the DAC role, it was based on the “role”. There are contractors leaving, Our appeal got rejected without explaining why our appeal was rejected. The atmosphere is stressful I am counting every hour getting close to leaving because I don’t know what other strategic plans scs railways have in place to cut our pay even more. I feel stressed and under pressure, everynignt im thinking about it especially now that I have had my second child and a mortgage to pay with these cuts I won’t be saving up for their future but rather working to live. Please help us get back to outside of IR35
Posted anonymously
1 year ago
Unfair IR35 assessment
Division: SCS railways / Design
They used HMRC assesment tool but use wrong answers that fit their purpose of putting everyone inside IR35. The individual assesment was not done but the position was assessed based on the company considerations. They are offering a Fixed term contract but all contractors are very unhappy on how the situation has been managed.
Posted anonymously
1 year ago

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