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Still blanket banning in 2024

Outside IR35 banned
As described to me by a recruiter UCB only offer Inside contracts and a ‘Status Determination Statement’ (SDS) would not be provided......
Posted anonymously
16 days ago
Unfair IR35 assessment
Sham of a process. No reasons given for initial determination or following failed appeal. No discussion or assessment of actual working practices and ignored contractual obligations. extremely poor. In effect a decrease in rates as employers NIC and apprenticeship levy being deducted from agreed outside rates. Extremely demoralized. Contractors leaving.
Posted anonymously
3 years ago
Unfair IR35 assessment
Same SDS issued to all U.K. contractors despite varying contracts and working practices. Information (answers to CEST) in the SDS was patently false compared to the engagement with my company. Clear lack of reasonable care. My appeal was rejected, it included: - Evidence their original SDS contained false information and could only have been arrived at with a reasonable lack of care - 3rd parties assessment of working practices (outside) - evidence of lack of SDC and direct comparisons with case law Their response to the appeal included no further reasoning or justification. So the only SDS is the original one with false information. Interestingly, I know they contacted the hirer within the company as part of the appeal, who the work is being delivered for. They were asked to do CEST and it was outside. Yet still UCB returned an inside determination with no rationale beyond the original SDS. So somehow UCB ir35 team know the situation better than those close to the engagement. Completely contrived determination to suit their agenda.
Posted anonymously
3 years ago
Outside IR35 banned
Division: Pharmaceutical
Late decision, despite multiple requests. No engagement re working practices. Blanket inside IR35, seems to be based on CEST. Resigned contract same day.
Posted anonymously
4 years ago
Outside IR35 banned
UCB assessed via CEST tool and put everyone inside.
Posted anonymously
4 years ago
UCB are using CEST tool to determine contractor status.
Posted anonymously
4 years ago

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