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Home Office

Home Office running scared of HMRC

Outside IR35 banned
Division: Security
Despite a great deal of hard work to ensure contracts were outside IR35, halfway through the contract they were changed to inside with no real right of appeal. Roles hadn’t changed, just the threat of another fine from HMRC. The message was that so long as there is a Ltd company at the end of the payment chain then the role is inside IR35
Posted anonymously
1 month ago

Blanket Ban on Ltd Cos

Outside IR35 banned
Division: Contingent Labour
Accepted a role here during height of pandemic. Day rate was quite poor and had to use one of four "recognised" umbrellas. There was no SDS and "policy" was contractors had to use "recognised" umbrella. Only took role as I hadn't worked for months and have never worked with such a collection of poorly skilled contractors (you truly do get what you pay for). Luckily found something else once market recovered and left contract early. Umbrella also messed up my timesheets and I was underpaid for weeks.
Posted anonymously
1 month ago

Panicked and blanket

Outside IR35 banned
Division: Whole agency
Reversed decisions of 12 months previous due to incorrect guidence by a unknowledged 'expert' leading to blanket decisions justified by false, untested assumptions and unfair, ill informed appeals process. Not even following HMRC guidance. Such a shame.
Posted anonymously
1 month ago
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DEFRA
Other
Division: HR
Contractual adjustments done by HR (violating the law) for a few to keep them outside. This illegal practice will be reported to HMRC. Blanket decision as inside for rest of us when doing the same work so have declined.
Posted anonymously
2 months ago
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DEFRA
Unfair IR35 assessment
Division: HR
Assignment advertised as outside IR35 as project-based, told at interview it was definitely outside IR35, offered assignment and was provided SDS confirming outside IR35. Spent weeks being onboarded, referenced, vetted etc then told day before start date that my IR35 status had to be assessed again via CEST. Then told I was now inside but could appeal to organisation's "tax department" if I wanted to. Told agent I was declining the offer.
Posted anonymously
3 months ago
Outside IR35 banned
Division: MOJ
Blanket ban. Been informed that every contract inside IR35 after instruction from MoJ management and HMRC. Actual working practices suggest otherwise. No SDS provided even after many requests.
Posted anonymously
4 months ago
Outside IR35 banned
Division: Digital & Technology
Told roles for this area of MoJ are all inside, no exceptions. Rate uplift is its only saving grace. However, employers NI has been taken off my gross rate. AdRoc and CK are a pair of !#$%!
Posted anonymously
7 months ago
Outside IR35 banned
Division: Test & Trace
Originally PSC and Outside. Policy revised April 2021 to no PSCs - all forced via Umbrella.
Posted anonymously
7 months ago
IR35 fairly assessed
Division: Scottish Government Department
Outside IR35 contract with statement of works. True outside conditions. Extensions very rare, due to the nature of the works. Treated fairly, SoW completed successfully. Each department/agency behaves differently, so it is difficult to negotiate if the contract is deemed inside IR35, as this status cannot be changed due to the open nature of the tender portal used to broadcast bid for works.
Posted anonymously
8 months ago
Other
DfE are only recruiting contractors through PSR (public sector recruitment agency) who ensure that everyone brought in is inside IR35, unless of course you manage to be part of a Director’s pet project when whole teams will be made up from consultants.
Posted anonymously
8 months ago
IR35 fairly assessed
Division: ICT
SDS provided, great client and fair treatment of contractors.
Posted anonymously
8 months ago
IR35 fairly assessed
Great process using QDOS to do the assessment
Posted anonymously
8 months ago
Unfair IR35 assessment
Division: WiRED
This is about The Office Of Nuclear Regulation (ONR), It’s important here to note that the ONR is PUBLIC sector, and the off payroll rules have applied for a number of years. A number of developers have been working at the ONR since the 4th quarter of 2020 on an outside IR35 basis. In the first week of March 2021 the same developers out of nowhere, received a declaration that they are inside IR35 and that from April they would be forced to work on an inside IR35 basis. No warning, no discussion nothing. It also turns out that the information put into CEST (and CEST only) about working practices was inaccurate and came out as definitively inside (putting doubts on the entire duration of the contract). The process has been blanket for all of us (done individually but just copied for each contractor). When the developers put the correct details into CEST, it did come out as "inconclusive”. The ONR have no reason what so ever to change their approach at this time. The whole process has been driving by one person (who works inside IR35 – correctly in his case) and has fed back to senior management that this is the correct course of action. No transparency, no clarity, no fairness towards the developers caught up in this. We speculate as to whether this individual was driven by jealousy or ignorance of how the rules apply – specific ignorance about not understanding that the April changes apply to the private sector and that the ONR are already under these rules. A new developer joined the team at the start of March - after being told the contract would be outside IR35 for the duration. He had a week working before becoming involved in this mess. According to him, he turned down other outside IR35 roles to take up this contract. The politest way of putting it is that he has “strong feelings” about the way he has been treated. The remaining developers are also pretty angry about this. The ONR have stonewalled any possible way to resolve this and are treating the contractors as disposable despite those of us who have been there for a while having so much knowledge of the project it would delay things by months if we left. We do not feel like we’ve been treated as human beings let alone valued for our knowledge of the system and work provided so far. As yet, no new financial terms have been offered, and as of March 21st we have no idea how things will work going forward, using existing rates, being offered new rates, which umbrella to use, are we going through PAYE etc…. It also appears that the ONR have been advertising the still occupied developer roles as vacant. Developers have become aware of this, and are either leaving for new roles, or walking out without a new role.
Posted anonymously
8 months ago
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BSI
IR35 fairly assessed
Fair Assessment and Individual determination statements.
Posted anonymously
9 months ago
IR35 fairly assessed
Division: DIS
Quick assessment based for those working on defined project delivery requirements.
Posted anonymously
9 months ago
Outside IR35 banned
Division: Scottish courts and Tribunal
No IR35 assessment. Only via umbrella company. Half of wages gone on umbrella company fees. It don’t make sense no more.
Posted anonymously
9 months ago
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Home Office
Unfair IR35 assessment
Division: SADI
Home Office SADI team are recruiting for contractor service architects inside IR35 to work alongside existing contractor service architects who are on outside ir35 contracts. SADI are ramping down outside contracts at point of renewal whist bringing in new contractors inside IR35. This seems to completely contradict ‘the ruleset’ i.e. how can the same work / same resource pool be both inside and outside at the same time? This seems to be NOT “about fairness you see?” Agencies are also stating existing SC as a hard requirement - which I thought was not allowed.
Posted anonymously
9 months ago
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DAERA
IR35 fairly assessed
Division: DSD
Thoroughly and fairly assessed.
Posted anonymously
9 months ago
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Home Office
Unfair IR35 assessment
Division: Policing
Blanket assessment of all contractors not from the big consultancies as inside using the flawed CEST tool. Directly Informing HMRC of results for all contractors. Teams running the assessment are not even the hiring managers and just making up the assessments, then ignoring corrections from hiring managers. Appeal process also flawed. Very poor feedback on status from very unprofessional people. Refusing to explain why larger consultancies are not being found 'inside' despite identical hiring contracts (such as BLOOM and DOS). Projects going south. Mayhem and chaos.
Posted anonymously
10 months ago
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Home Office
Unfair IR35 assessment
Division: Contractor
Blanket role based assessment to Inside IR35. Completed in the middle of the contract with no information or appeal channel done with 10 working days notice. Take it or leave it offer - no uplift in rate.
Posted anonymously
10 months ago
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Fscs
Outside IR35 banned
Division: Complex Pensipns
Blanket assessment using CEST has put us all inside.
Posted anonymously
10 months ago
IR35 fairly assessed
Clear cut and quickly delivered assessment.
Posted anonymously
1 year ago
Permanent roles only
Division: Technology
Was never given the opportunity to see the assessment.
Posted anonymously
1 year ago
IR35 fairly assessed
Division: Dfe
Contract for 1 year started March 2020. Statement of work issued. LA International doing all they can to keep contractors outside IR35
Posted anonymously
1 year ago
IR35 fairly assessed
Division: Whole agency
My role was rightly determined outside. I've been provided an SDS and I'm valued in the role I'm undertaking.
Posted anonymously
1 year ago

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