Contractor Survey

SThree recently delivered its response to the House of Lords Sub-Committee review of the Off Payroll Working rules (IR35) reform in the private sector.

This is a huge issue for employers and contractors alike and as the only global pure-play STEM staffing specialist, with our Public Sector experience and PLC status, we believe our voice will be a valuable addition to the discussion.

We have left the survey open to gather additional feedback from you on the impact of the proposed reform and would love to hear from you.  

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* 1. How many years have you been contracting?

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* 2. Which sector(s) are you currently working in?

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* 3. Which skills category do you operate within?

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* 4. Which age bracket are you in?

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* 5. Are you

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* 6. Do you understand how the reform to the Off Payroll Working rules (IR35) will affect you?

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* 7. Are you more likely to seek full time / permanent work rather than contract as a result of the proposed changes?

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* 8. Have you provided services in the Public Sector since the IR35 reforms in 2017?

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* 9. If you worked in the Public Sector since 2017, what did you see happen?

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* 10. Which region(s) are you currently working in?

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* 11. Do you believe that the lessons learnt from the Public Sector IR35 reforms have been considered as part of the draft Finance Bill proposal?

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* 12. What sector are you currently working in?

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* 13. Have you moved from the Public to the Private Sector due to the Public Sector IR35 changes in 2017?

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* 14. Please confirm how you are currently providing services

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* 15. Has your current End Client assessed your IR35 status using reasonable care?

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* 16. If you work(ed) for the Public Sector, did you experience a reduction in net take home due to the IR35 reforms in 2017?

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* 17. Have you experienced or are you expecting that you will see a reduction in net take home due to the new IR35 reforms in the Private Sector in 2020?

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* 18. Due to the proposed IR35 reforms in the Private Sector, will you choose to (please select all applicable answers below)

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* 19. Do you think the impact of the extension of the off-payroll rules to the private sector been adequately assessed?

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* 20. Is the assessment that has been made of the compliance burden (including costs) of these new rules realistic?

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* 21. Has the right balance been struck in the compliance burden on the taxpayer and on HMRC?

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* 22. What will be the effect of these new measures on a chain of contractors and sub-contractors?

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* 23. What scope might there be for simplifying or otherwise reducing the administrative burden of these measures?

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* 24. Are the tests for determining employment for the purposes of these rules sufficiently clear to both the End Client and worker?

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* 25. What is your assessment of the Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool?

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* 26. Do you think the Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool requires improvement?

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* 27. How effective will the status determination process be in resolving issues of employment status? Are there adequate safeguards, allowing decisions to be challenged? If not, what more is needed?

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* 28. Do you think the Bill, as drafted, will achieve the Government's objectives?

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