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BT
Unfair IR35 assessment
Division: Making Finance Brilliant Transformation Programme
There are supposedly some contractors coming on in a SOW through an agency . Shambles BT let so many good contractors go yet keep the under delivering / over charging Deloitte and some contractors doing not much on fat day rates bluffing the Transformation Director
Posted anonymously
6 months ago
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NTT
IR35 fairly assessed
Division: NTT Data
SDS Externally assessed with contractor input. Internal HR teams try to push the contractor onto their HR systems thus potentially creating an inside contract, but resistance was not futile!
Posted anonymously
6 months ago
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Neos Networks
Outside IR35 banned
Division: Project Management
Blanket Ban!
Posted anonymously
7 months ago
End client
BT
Unfair IR35 assessment
Division: BT Design Studio
Below is a timeline of events: • All determinations carried out using CEST by line manager. • Assessment based on role and how BT want contractors to work (like employees) not actually on previous and existing working practices. • Inside SDS supplied not including any individual practices or information • Strong evidence supplied to official dispute process • HR team feedback... same party line, inside SDS upheld • New contract offered via umbrella, contractor has to pay 13.8% employers NI from existing day rate. (Elephant in the room) • Contractor decides to leave • Projects delayed, Product Owner frustrated and annoyed.
Posted anonymously
8 months ago
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Telefonica O2
Outside IR35 banned
Division: IT
Forced down the PSC route without an option for discussion, won't be sticking around to do the same job but for significantly less per month.
Posted anonymously
9 months ago
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Nokia
IR35 fairly assessed
Detailed work packages still in place
Posted anonymously
9 months ago
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Vodafone Group
Outside IR35 banned
No SDS, complete blanket ban. Hope Vodafone were a bit more reasonable in their approach and engaged in a fair assessment and set an example for other companies.
Posted anonymously
9 months ago
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Vodafone Group
Other
Still nothing from either Vodafone or agency. When asked, the response is "nothing has been heard or we don't know". To date, no assessments have taken place or none which the contractors have been aware of or involved with. No sign of any SDS either. No one is sure what will happen come end of the month. This is all happening while projects are being offshored to India.
Posted anonymously
9 months ago
End client
Vodafone Group
Outside IR35 banned
Division: Vodafone Group
No PSCs, total blanket ban, agency won't engage in any discussion at all.
Posted anonymously
9 months ago
End client
Vodafone Group
Unfair IR35 assessment
Division: Vodafone Group
Blanket decision, no discussion. Complete stonewall.
Posted anonymously
9 months ago
End client
Vodafone Group
Other
Communication blackout from Vodafone and agency. Some contractors are being notified but significant number have received zero information with regards to impending IR35 changes. Uncertain what will happen in the near future.
Posted anonymously
10 months ago
End client
BT
Unfair IR35 assessment
Division: MFB Programme
BT is verbally providing (v late) confirmation that roles have been assessed and it looks like all contractors on this programme are being found inside. Experis had asked all clients to provide an SDS to their contractors by 15 Jan to allow 45 days for appeals, however most contractors have contracts that end on 28 Feb and are only just having their discussions now. No SDS have yet been provided or information about how to appeal - unclear currently who did the assessment or what it was based upon. I believe it to be flawed, based on the verbal commentary given to me - commentary was role based. It was also stated that BT cannot afford for contractors to be working outside IR35, in case they have to pay the tax later - which sounds like a blanket decision. At least one contractor has been also told they're liable for back tax and will be lucky to find other roles (client v far off script here - absolutely none of their business). Various programme go-lives will be impacted, although the client currently seems unconcerned (apparently they're just the messenger on the ground). Many contractors terminated last week - atmosphere is pretty down.
Posted anonymously
10 months ago
End client
Vodafone Group
Other
Agency quiet and not saying anything. No comms but hearing PSC ban from contractors working through different agencies. Local Vodafone management quiet too. Frustrating.
Posted anonymously
10 months ago
End client
Vodafone Group
Other
Division: All
With exception of a few roles, all recruitment now offshore by default through VOIS locations in Romania, India and Egypt. Some contractors and agencies still in the dark over IR35 changes but writing on the wall with push to offshore work as quickly as possible whilst contractors are being rolled off. Expect an exodus come April 2021.
Posted anonymously
10 months ago
End client
Vodafone Group
Other
With exception of senior roles, all recruitment now offshore by default through VOIS locations in Romania, India and Egypt. Some contractors still int
Posted anonymously
10 months ago
End client
Vodafone Group
Outside IR35 banned
Division: Group Business IoT
Blanket Ban - no assessments made! Vodafone have confirmed that from 6 April 2021 they will no longer engage with individuals providing their services via Personal or LTD companies.
Posted anonymously
10 months ago
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Three UK
Outside IR35 banned
Division: Tech and operations
Everyone deemed inside with no assessment at all. Either go via project people's umbrella co. that is owned by them and is a joke or potential to go permanent. No opportunity for a fair assessment! I can see lots of people departing in the coming weeks.
Posted anonymously
10 months ago
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Vodafone Group
Outside IR35 banned
Division: Group Technology
Vodafone taking a “cost neutral” stance - for them. So employers NIC will be removed from the previous rate. Can’t see many staying. This will leave huge gaps in the workforce.
Posted anonymously
11 months ago
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Vodafone UK
Outside IR35 banned
Blanket Ban on all PSC / LTD Co Contractors - NO assessments made ! Due to the reform, Vodafone have confirmed that from 6 April 2021 they will no longer engage with individuals providing their services via Personal Services Companies; Vodafone will only engage with PAYE or Umbrella workers. Very difficult decision to be made by any interim headcount, given the current contract market & impact of covid within the professional services arena.......
Posted anonymously
11 months ago
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BT
Unfair IR35 assessment
Division: Technology
Pontoon recently ammended contracts to make them 'IR35 friendly' however BT have decided already that Project Managers are all inside from 1st March 2021 regardless. Their statement 'From the 1st March the role that you will be performing has been assessed as in line with the HMRC CEST tool and is determined to be inside the scope of IR35’.
Posted anonymously
11 months ago
End client
Vodafone UK
Outside IR35 banned
Division: Group wide in UK
Blanket PSC ban from April 2021 - all contractors to go PAYE.
Posted anonymously
12 months ago
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NTT
Outside IR35 banned
No SDS given.
Posted anonymously
12 months ago
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Telefonica O2
Outside IR35 banned
Division: Networks
No assessments - no due diligence - just the ultimatum of Umbrella/Agency PAYE or out... No uplift to rates to account for Employer's NICs... True contractors royally screwed as the legal team has opted for the most risk averse approach to the changes...
Posted anonymously
1 year ago
End client
BT
Permanent roles only
Division: Making Finance Brilliant SAP Program
Been on the MFB program since May, was offered an extension only to end of Feb. BT have issued extensions to most of the other contractors to the same effect . BT going inside is the talk from senior leadership . Time will tell. Time to move to another SAP program come Feb. Deloitte clueless at design and delivering, so many junior Deloitte staff and average managers bloating up the statement of work. Deloitte will absorb all contractors and deliver a MVP , Shame it’s not a NBA MVP but a thin ERP that will need re-engineering once again.
Posted anonymously
1 year ago
End client
Telefonica O2
Outside IR35 banned
Division: IT
Final decision that all contractors from January 1st 2021 will be permie or umbrella. No SDS and ‘a more standardised model’ given as the reason. As a contractor I’ve not renewed and others have done the same. Merger with VM is driving cost cutting and the atmosphere is terrible with seasoned permies leaving as well. Lovely building from the outside but who is running the asylum?
Posted anonymously
1 year ago

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