One subject that has come up repeatedly in our recent blogs, especially those focusing on IR35 regulations, is the idea of a “substitution clause”. But what exactly is a substitution clause, and why do people keep urging you to have one?
Most contractors and freelancers operate as individuals, taking on projects themselves and seeing them through to completion. However, a substitution clause is a section within your contract that tells your clients of your right to provide an alternate person or persons to carry out the work that you have been contracted to do.
It can be useful if:
- you’re ill
- you have a family emergency or other issue
- you’re on holiday or abroad for another job but you have clients that need looking after
- you want to temporarily step back from work for some reason