Onshore employment intermediaries: false self-employment: consultation document

Document type
Discussion paper
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. HM Revenue & Customs
Publisher
HMRC
Date of publication
10 December 2013
Subject(s)
Employment
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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There is increasing evidence that some companies and Employment Businesses are using employment intermediaries to disguise the employment of their workers as self-employment primarily to avoid employer National Insurance and reduce the costs associated with workers employment rights. These practices are not right and by engaging in them some businesses are gaining an unfair advantage over competitors. Often workers are unaware that they are self-employed and losing out on employment rights such as the National Minimum Wage and access to Statutory Payments like sick pay. Equally, there are cases where workers are aware of these arrangements, but have little choice but to accept them or lose the job. Workers are often obliged to pay a fee to the employment intermediary which can be as much as £25 per week. This consultation document sets out the Government’s plans to level the playing field so that businesses that are playing by the rules cannot be undercut by those avoiding their tax and National Insurance obligations.

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