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1st Group voice concern about potential temporary worker payroll changes

David Mount, group managing director, commented, “Last weekend two newspapers commented on a & lsquo;leak’ from HM Treasury suggesting that temporary workers who remain working with one hirer for more than a month will need to be paid via the hirer’s payroll, with tax and NIC deducted at source.  There is some substance surrounding the leak, which means it is something to be taken seriously.

"We remain very concerned about the application of any such change without due consultation with the industry because of the damaging effect it will have on the wider economy.  We are also concerned that the changes will not increase the amount of revenue received by HM Treasury, and will significantly affect the freedom and flexibility of the UK professional freelancer community.

"If these rumours do indeed contain some factual basis we should see announcements in the Autumn Statement due on 25 November 2015.We are working with the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) seeking clarification from the Treasury.  We will offer further comment when more information is available.”


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