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Home Finance HMRC report on Off Payroll shows worrying brain drain of contractors

HMRC report on Off Payroll shows worrying brain drain of contractors

by uma

 

Responding to the results of the HMRC report on the impact of the off-payroll working rules reform in the private and voluntary sectors published recently, Tania Bowers, Global Public Policy Director for the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has warned that the information indicates a worrying impact on the contract labour market.

Tania comments:

“The estimates from HMRC that around 250,000 workers have moved from being paid through their own PSC payroll to another organisation’s payroll between October 2019 and March 2022 is a concern. While the report does suggest that just over half, rather than all, were a direct result of the reform, this number is still significant given both the on-going shortage of highly skilled UK contractors and the country’s limited appeal to international contract professionals and independent workers.

“A flexible workforce is a critical component for the UK’s economic growth and creating an environment that doesn’t recognise the differences between the needs of the highly skilled flexible labour market and those in need of protection under Agency Worker Regulations will be detrimental to the skills agenda. The fact that the report suggests that a large number of individuals across specialism that have been hit by skills shortages such as scientific and technical, means that businesses have lost access to flexible workers who will have been crucial to growth and project requirements. APSCo has long called for a review of the measures which have dramatically reduced the flexibility of the skilled independent labour market since they were introduced in 2017 and 2021.

“Off Payroll is unsatisfactory law due to the lack of legal clarity around highly skilled self-employment. Recruiters have the uncomfortable role of deemed employer, whilst not being responsible for the employment status decision or having control over the client site. Current drafting unfairly penalises recruiters on a reassessment of employment status by HMRC and this latest HMRC analysis reinforces APSCo’s view that Off Payroll needs a reform.”

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