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Does using ‘Open to Work’ on LinkedIn make me look desperate?

Nobody likes to appear desperate, even when we are. Contractor UK helpfully gets experts to answer this question in this in depth article;

“Like many contractors on the bench, I’ve inserted the ‘open to work’ badge into my LinkedIn profile picture. Just a thought though – does it make me look desperate to be hired and therefore, could it actually deter offers?”

There are some great insights here, worth a read.

IPSE slams reforming IR35 amid a pandemic as ‘slightly perverse’

In Contractor UK this week… 

“Introducing IR35 reform into the private sector at a time when the economy needs a flexible workforce to help it recover from coronavirus is “slightly perverse,” Derek Cribb, CEO of IPSE said yesterday.

Giving evidence to the Treasury Select Committee, Mr Cribb said the 2021 rules were already “disincentivising” contractors — flexible workers that the government ought to “want to encourage…to help the UK economy out of the crisis.” ” 

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Former Financial Secretary Mel Stride calls for IR35 abolition

Staffing Industry Analysts write that the Former Financial Secretary to the Treasury Mel Stride called for the abolition of IR35 during a Treasury Committee meeting about tax after coronavirus.

“Making his closing remarks, Stride, who helped usher in the extension of the Off-Payroll legislation to the private sector, singled out “the dreaded IR35”, stating, “I think we all agree that it is best abolished as soon as possible.”

The comment rounded off a meeting in which MPs, industry experts and stakeholders all voiced strong opposition to the legislation in both its traditional and modern format, and in which alternate measures for addressing inadequacies in the tax system were also posed.”

HMRC urged to correct clause in off-payroll rules that could ‘kill off’ umbrella firms

Article in Computer Weekly highlighting the ongoing saga of the errant clause. 

Including this quote from HMRC…

“HMRC will be working swiftly to address the issues and share our view that primary legislation via the Finance Bill is almost certainly the route to doing so,” the FCSA statement said.

“HMRC are treating this matter with urgency and we have come away with a very real sense of confidence that the matter will be resolved in advance of the IR35 changes next year.”

New HMRC IR35 Factsheet

HMRC has published an ‘IR35 factsheet’ for businesses preparing for reform this April.

This document sets out the comprehensive package of support that is available.