Lloyds the latest bank to announce plans following IR35 reforms from April 2020
09 October 2019
The Financial Times have reported that Lloyds are the latest bank to announce their intentions regarding contractors that they currently employ in light of the upcoming reforms to IR35. This follows the dramatic news from Barclays last week in which they announced that all contractors would be transferred to PAYE early next year. The banking sector is heavily reliant on the use of contractors so it will be interesting to see how some of the other major banks will decide to proceed in order to ensure compliance with the new legislation and how to deal with the potential administrative burden surrounding the new rules.
Lloyds, who currently engage thousands of contractors, have admonished that those employed on a contractor basis will need to accept pay cuts of up to 30% or potentially risk losing their jobs. Some of those affected will be offered permanent roles but others will need to work via umbrella companies which have associated charges for contractors.
The main amendment bought by the reforms will be in relation to where the responsibility lies for who decides if an employee is classed as being ‘inside IR35’ or not. The onus has shifted from the contractor themselves to the engager and means that there will be significant administrative work required from Lloyds, should they continue to employ contractors on the same basis as they currently do. They have clearly decided on proceeding in a manner which removes the need for this additional work to be carried out. There would also be higher financial costs to Lloyds as they would be required to pay the same liabilities on those classed as ‘within IR35’ as a standard employee, and the associated figures would also increase, for example, the Apprenticeship Levy figure.
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