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FCSA responds to criticism of Dept of Health employing contractors

FCSA responds to criticism of Dept of Health employing contractors

In response to recent news that the Department of Health employs more than 25 senior staff who are paid salaries direct to limited companies, Stuart Davis, Chairman of the FCSA says:  

& lsquo;There is nothing wrong or inappropriate for any employer, including the Government to employ contractors at any level of the civil service, if done properly, for the right reasons and where those concerned pay appropriate taxes. We would like to remind the Government and those who are criticising these employment arrangements, that freelance contracting work is undertaken by thousands of workers up and down the UK and is a legitimate and valuable way of working that benefits both employers and employees, and generally the competitive elements of the UK economy, which are recognised as necessary for recovery and growth. The key issue is compliance and all stakeholders in the supply chain are responsible for engaging correctly and appropriately.

I hope that if anything these cases remind policymakers of the important contribution of contractors and freelancers and the flexible workforce as a whole, to the UK economy, whether it be in the public or private sector. Too often the Government adopts a & lsquo;one-size fits all & lsquo;solution to the sector which varies in range from low skilled, low paid temporary workers to highly skilled, well paid professionals.

We need  to ensure the UK has a tax system that recognises the value and risks that freelancers and contractors take and rather than attacking any arrangements, we should be encouraging this flexible workforce as the key to helping the UK get back on its economic feet.’

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