Member Since: 2nd Dec 1998
24th Sep 2018
The introduction to this article talks of HMRC "misprepresenting facts ... lacking objectivity and having a pre-determined agenda". The same could be said of this article.
Take the "Freelancer premium". Sure, off-payroll working can cost the employing organisation more than having workers on the books.
But that higher cost often doesn't end up in the pockets of the freelancer. Recruitment agents, umbrella company providers and so on all take their cut. And the poor worker usually has to fund his/her own pension, holiday pay, sick pay - all conveniently overlooked when comparing the cost of contract labour with on-payroll salaries.
Or how about the statement about public sector bodies having difficulty filling vacancies. Has that difficulty increased? Doesn't say - just quotes a current figure. And even if it has increased, surely this is equally likely to be the result of a tightening labour market and is not of itself evidence about the impact of restricting off-payroll working.
As the introduction says, there are many points to address before this is rolled out further. Not sure how much this article helps.
15th Mar 2018
The article is pretty clear that the answer is No.