Lisa McLean, UK Managing Director of Nursing, Health & Social Care at Search Consultancy
New research into the long-term implications of IR35 shows that more than half of managers in the healthcare industry are concerned about how the legislation will affect its workforce.
The research, from multi-disciple recruitment experts, Search Consultancy, highlights that 58% of managers believe the changes to tax legislation will leave them with a significant skills shortage as end clients veer on the side of caution when recruiting contractors.
Since 6th April 2021, responsibility now falls on the end client to determine whether contractors are self-employed or employed for tax purposes. Confusion surrounding the legislation means end clients are taking a conservative approach to hiring contractors, significantly reducing the talent pool available to them.
With 84% of managers within healthcare believing the industry already suffers from a skills shortage, IR35 could worsen an already difficult situation.
Lisa McLean, UK Managing Director of Nursing, Health & Social Care at Search Consultancy, said: “It is impossible to determine the impact changes to IR35 legislation will have on the industry just yet. However, the concern we have with companies going down the route of a low risk blanket ban on personal services companies means there could be restricted access to particular unique skill sets. Workers could also be panic pigeonholed into PAYE when they might legitimately continue to operate through a PSC.
“IR35 needs to be managed with balance against other risks, such as losing top talent in the industry, or finding that a company’s approach to IR35 sends PSC contractors in the direction of the competition.”
To support businesses and workers unsure about whether IR35 affects them, Search Consultancy has curated advise from tax experts and is sharing this in its “Ask the Expert” hub. To access, visit https://www.search.co.uk/ir35.