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    I've been phoning/emailing around former colleagues who are still contracting to see what's going on with their existing contracts. Everyone I contact, and this includes myself is finding themselves "awaiting a decision" from the client for their IR35 status come April.

    It really looks like everyone is wanting to see what everyone else does before taking a definitive stand; they want to keep their cream contractors (don't believe what you read in the press, only the dross get the boot) but they don't want a target painted on their heads either. It really is a mess but I've never seen clients so fearful and it comes just as the IT industry in the UK was humming along. I have spoken with two US companies this year who were opening offices here because 1) the pound is so low and 2) the IT industry is highly competent.

    Let's see if anyone blinks first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWolves View Post
    I've been phoning/emailing around former colleagues who are still contracting to see what's going on with their existing contracts. Everyone I contact, and this includes myself is finding themselves "awaiting a decision" from the client for their IR35 status come April.

    It really looks like everyone is wanting to see what everyone else does before taking a definitive stand; they want to keep their cream contractors (don't believe what you read in the press, only the dross get the boot) but they don't want a target painted on their heads either. It really is a mess but I've never seen clients so fearful and it comes just as the IT industry in the UK was humming along. I have spoken with two US companies this year who were opening offices here because 1) the pound is so low and 2) the IT industry is highly competent.

    Let's see if anyone blinks first.

    Agree, clients will make side deals with the rock stars and let the dregs go or make them pseudo permies.

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    I was contacted on Sunday by a former colleague (banking), he was pretty angry/upset.

    All contractors are to be put under an umbrella and go PAYE. There will be a rate uplift in order to retain the best talent but as yet they don't know how much that will be.

    It's starting to look like this will be the way things are going. Nevertheless I think anyone who is prepared to rule their contractors outside will get a stampede of talent that they can pick and chose from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWolves View Post
    Nevertheless I think anyone who is prepared to rule their contractors outside will get a stampede of talent that they can pick and chose from.
    This sort of thinking is very dangerous.

    A service supplied to a company is always outside.

    A role performed in a company may be inside or outside, but you start with determining what is being done and how (and why) and build the contract from that.

    A contract or a decision that something is outside, that is not backed by facts, is a recipe for disaster.
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    Let's see if anyone blinks first.
    We'll know when it happens because there will be a deluge of 'what do I do now' posts on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webberg View Post
    This sort of thinking is very dangerous.

    A service supplied to a company is always outside.

    A role performed in a company may be inside or outside, but you start with determining what is being done and how (and why) and build the contract from that.

    A contract or a decision that something is outside, that is not backed by facts, is a recipe for disaster.
    Agreed but clients who use a lot of contract staff don't want the risk associated with making the wrong determination, the whole point of temporary resources is that they are of low risk and can be removed at short notice when projects get canned or market conditions void budgets.

    Also determination is quite labour intensive.

    Seems likely to me that there will continue to be strong demand for the consultants but this tax ruling will make it hard for the market to provide it. The assumption that everyone will migrate to system houses/contractors is perhaps naïve, they are unattractive propositions for most talent.

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