Industry letter calls on Chancellor to delay new IR35 rules

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), along with leaders from 14 leading recruitment agencies, has written to the Chancellor to call for a delay and an urgent review into upcoming off-payroll rules.

The letter states the organisations’ primary concern is that the effective regulation of umbrella companies that government has promised will not be in place in time for April – creating “huge opportunities” for avoidance. 

Consequently, they call on Chancellor Sajid Javid to adopt an independent chair and body to review the rules’ extension into the private sector independently of HMRC and learn the lessons from the public sector implementation of the rules in April 2017.

The letter’s signatories are leaders from Reed, Adecco, Harvey Nash, Hays, Impellam, Independent Clinical Services, Manpower Group, Morson Group, nGAGE, The Staffing Group, Randstad, Staffline, Best Connection and Pertemps.

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