As a recruiter, you don't need to be an expert in the IR35 legislation, but you do need to know the broad strokes of how it affects your contractors and end clients, so you can advise them when they have questions about it. Both groups will look to you, as their trusted recruitment expert, and they'll often make important decisions based on your advice. In this article, we'll cover what you need to know.
How IR35 affects your contractors
The legislation concerns the employment status of contractors who trade through their own Limited company. Where your contractors are already using a Limited company, or are considering it as an option, they need accurate information about IR35 as it relates to the assignment(s) in question. More specifically they’ll need to know if the client’s status determination puts them inside or outside, and they’ll need to understand what that means in terms of running their Limited company.
Advising your contractors:
How IR35 affects your clients
Most end clients are now responsible for determining IR35 status – the exception being those who are classed as a small private company. Those affected should already be aware of it and how it affects them and will expect you as a recruitment expert to be able to discuss and resolve issues and questions. Some, particularly those who have not engaged many contractors in the past, may seek your advice and they will need you to refer them to an expert who can offer specialist guidance.
Because this is key legislation sitting in the recruitment space, your clients will expect you to know about it and if you can’t discuss it with them, you’re missing an opportunity to reinforce your position as their trusted advisor.
Advising your clients:
Do you need IR35 training?
If you’re not confident that you, or your colleagues or staff, would be able to explain IR35 to your contractors or discuss it with your clients, you may need to arrange training. If you’re not sure, try answering these three questions:
What is IR35?
What’s the difference between contractors who are inside or outside?
How does IR35 status affect a contractor’s take home pay?
If you have any trouble answering any of these in a way that would satisfy a contractor or client, then you would almost certainly benefit from training.
Where to go for help
Having decided that you need to arrange training, the next step is to contact a compliance expert, like Orange Genie Compliance, to arrange it. Our experts can provide online training sessions at your convenience using the platform of your choice and they’ll be happy to answer any ongoing questions you might have once the training is complete. Click here to find the latest IR35 news