IR35 is an ongoing issue for many of the UK’s contractors, particularly when changes were made within the public sector – and now there are fears that the private sector could soon face the same fate.
Interestingly, previous Qdos Contractor data revealed that 81% of contractors would be deterred from working through a recruitment agency or for a client in the private sector if CEST was the only IR35 status method used.
Now, as many as 76% of the 1503 contractors surveyed by Qdos Contractor expect the government to announce a private sector reform with many anticipating it to come into force in 2019.
Seb Maley, Qdos Contractor CEO, commented, “Predictably and rather unhelpfully, the Government remains tight-lipped about its next moves with regards to IR35. And unfortunately, the longer the silence continues, the more likely it seems the private sector will face changes.