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    Default RFC - Contract Roles that involve managing perm staff

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    Purely theoretical but what is everybody's thoughts on contract roles that involve managing permanent staff.

    My gut is saying "bad idea"...discuss.

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    A contractor managing perm staff just "feels" wrong to me. And makes a mockery of any claim to be outside IR35, you being part and parcel of the client org chart as a line manager.

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    Aren't some exec's contractors; both in private firms, and public sector?

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    The question is too generic to provide any kind of reasonable answer. You need to give clearer examples and define what you mean about 'managing' staff.

    Are you talking about full management i.e. Learning and Development, reviews, expenses sign off etc? If so then this could be a problem and should never really happen either. Would be very bad form of a client to put anyone in this position. It's not good for the client, the staff or the contractor. Any member of staff should always have a permie line manager even if it's not the next person up the ladder.

    If you are talking about managing workload and focus then it could be OK. A PM will manage a set of tasks and allocate to perm staff in a matrix type application but not day to day 'line' management then this could be acceptable... and will probably be required for many more senior roles or organisation type roles e.g. PM.

    By saying a flat no to managing people you are effectively isolating any contractor that is in a more senior role and that just won't work. Clients can and do use contractors at all levels, right up to 'Controlling person' level.

    It's horses for courses but 'line management' of staff should be avoided for a host of reasons, not just IR35 IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PurpleGorilla View Post
    Aren't some exec's contractors; both in private firms, and public sector?
    They are, but good luck to them being outside IR35 when HMR&C stomp all over their tax affairs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by _V_ View Post
    They are, but good luck to them being outside IR35 when HMR&C stomp all over their tax affairs...
    It does get very sticky when you get to that level but saying that (and in contradiction to my previous post ) they did abandon the controlling persons act. There are still some pretty clear rules about director level posts at clients.

    Finance Bill update: IR35 & controlling persons | Gabelle LLP Tax Consultants

    I still don't think being at Exec level is an instant fail though.
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    I do not see why it matters what contractual arrangement exists between parties working for a company. i sniff a lack of leadership skills here. Managers should be leaders an d if they are any good it would not matter who earns what or how everyone is paid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DodgyAgent View Post
    I do not see why it matters what contractual arrangement exists between parties working for a company. i sniff a lack of leadership skills here. Managers should be leaders an d if they are any good it would not matter who earns what or how everyone is paid.
    I sniff a complete lack of reality here.

    Putting a genuine contractor in a line management position is good for absolutely nobody and of course the contractual arrangements matter - permies are meant to embed in and thrive within an organisation, contractors are not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garethevans1986 View Post
    All,

    Purely theoretical but what is everybody's thoughts on contract roles that involve managing permanent staff.

    My gut is saying "bad idea"...discuss.

    Thanks
    GE
    For any of us working in Management roles it's unavoidable, in fact it's a critical part of the role. The critical tests (as they stand now, Substitution, Mutuality and Direction or Control) are all easy enough to pass in practice as a manager, arguably easier than as a developer, designer, architect or support body who are all "controlled or directed" after a fashion. It's a matter of semantics a lot of the time of course.

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    Managing as in a BAU manager or having permies under your direction in a project team?

    In a project team they can be invaluable when it comes to having contacts and tacit knowledge of the business.
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