After announcing his first Spring Statement to Parliament last week, the Chancellor covered many areas, however, there will be many self-employed workers out there relieved that IR35 has been left alone (for the time being).
Tom Hadley, Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) director of policy, commented, “It’s encouraging that the government has so far not brought forward a consultation on IR35 in its Spring Statement. We hope that the government is instead focussing on a more holistic approach to employment status, tying into recommendations from the Matthew Taylor review.
“We’ve been saying for a long time that introducing changes to IR35 in the private sector would be premature, as the impact of the public sector changes is not yet fully known and there are still issues with implementation that need to be rectified. The majority of our members say it was implemented badly and the employment status for tax tool is still not up to scratch. These issues need to be rectified and we look forward to working with the government on this and continuing to represent the views of our industry.”