COVID-19 pandemic: Support for contractors

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It has been an unprecedented few weeks for everyone, not least for the self-employed community as the coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread across the globe, leading to lockdown in country after country, the UK most recently. As well as the obvious worries about our health and that of our loved ones, it has also led to worries about how incomes will be maintained when the world has effectively ground to a halt for an indefinite period.

The Government has announced a variety of measures designed to help both self-employed and employed people protect their incomes, so what measures are available?

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What contractors should do with the IR35 reprieve

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To say it’s been an eventful few weeks would be an understatement and we know that our customers have a lot of things on their mind right now and that IR35 is probably the least of them. We understand that many contractors are happy that it’s been delayed until next April although frustrated at the distress it’s caused to date. Beyond that you’re more concerned with keeping yourself and your family healthy through the COVID-19 pandemic, and ensuring your business weathers this storm.

That being said, your IR35 status is something to keep eye on and make sure that, as a contractor, you take care of your responsibilities now and prepare for the changes now due in April 2021.

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Government announce IR35 reforms delayed until April 2021

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In an unexpected move yesterday evening, the Government called a temporary halt to the introduction of IR35 reforms. Originally due to come into effect on 6th April, they have now been delayed by a year until April 2021 as the fallout from the spread of Covid-19 continues to become clear.

“This is a deferral in response to the ongoing spread of Covid-19 to help businesses and individuals,” declared Steve Barclay MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury in the House of Commons yesterday.

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Spring Budget 2020: what it means for contractors

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Contractors, recruiters, accountants, end clients and everyone else in the sector have been waiting with eager interest for the Spring Budget 2020 for a number of reasons. It’s the first Budget of the current Government, it’s the first post-Brexit Budget, it’s the first Budget for new Chancellor Rishi Sunak, and the last Budget before the ushering in of the IR35 private sector reforms on 6th April.

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How recruiters can implement IR35 Protect into their business



Kingsbridge have been hosting a series of online and offline events; the latest being an Industry Insight panel discussion held in Manchester, designed to help Recruitment businesses prepare for the change in the off-payroll rules.

For anyone unable to make these events, Kingsbridge hold Industry Insight webinars. In the latest, Kingsbridge’s MD, Thomas Wynne, and Legal Manager, Nicola Hayman, outlined how recruiters can protect themselves – and everyone else in the contractor supply chain – using our IR35 Protect and Recruiter Protect Products when the IR35 reforms take effect on 6th April. In this blog, we’ll outline what was discussed so, if you missed it, you can get up to speed.


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Getting ready for IR35 webinar


On 20th February 2020 Kingsbridge ran a webinar hosted by Kingsbridge’s own Legal Manager, Nicola Hayman, Matt Tyler from IR35 Specialists Larsen Howie and Andy Chamberlain, IPSE’s IR35 Spokesman.

The webinar was designed to be practical – arming contractors with information that can help them be proactive in preparing themselves and educating their end clients in the run up to 6th April. The session attracted a lot of contractors keen to ensure they’re ready for the IR35 reforms scheduled to be implemented on 6th April 2020 (just over a month away). For those who weren’t able to make it though, we’ve put together this summary of all the pertinent points or you can catch the full recording on Youtube.

(Information correct at time of recording: 20th February 12.30pm)

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Can IR35 be backdated?

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With the IR35 reforms now just over a month away, it really is time to get your house in order by checking your contracts and working practices to ensure you’re safely and legitimately outside IR35. If not, we recommend you have necessary conversations with end clients and recruiters to make sure everything is ship-shape for 6th April.

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An IR35 glossary to break through the IR35 jargon

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With just over a month to go until the new IR35 legislation kicks in on 6th April 2020, our key words are preparation, preparation and preparation.

A big part of being prepared for IR35 is understanding IR35. This may sound obvious, but the fact is there is so much jargon involved in the legislation that simply understanding what it all means can be a minefield in itself – especially for those newer to contracting. We’ve put together this glossary of the most-used key terms around IR35 so that you have a go-to guide should you find yourself wondering, “Mutuality of Obligation? What on Earth does that mean?”

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Should you work under a Statement of Work?


It’s likely that, as a contractor, you’ve not heard of a Statement of Work (SoW) before and there’s not really a reason why you should have. Until recently, they weren’t particularly commonplace but as we hurtle towards the implementation of IR35 reforms in the private sector, they’re very much on the rise.

There is one very good reason for this; SoW agreements – formal arrangements put in place to guarantee work carried out by a contractor for a client is delivered in line with particular standards and expectations – heavily suggest an outside IR35 status, and can even act to move any potential IR35 responsibility and liability down the supply chain away from the end client.

So, now we’ve piqued your interest, sit back while we explain all about Statements of Work and why you might use them.

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