Coronavirus Advice for Contractors
We're on hand to help you through the challenging times ahead
In this unprecedented situation where we are all finding new ways of working, we've put in place some resources that will help. We can confirm that:
- The Outsource UK team is working as normal: our Contractor Care team is happy to support you
- Our Finance team is processing your information as normal; payments are on schedule
- Off-payrolling working (IR35) legislation has been delayed to April 2021. We are speaking with all clients now regarding their plans
- Contract resource is still very much in demand
- Remote and flexible working is now the new arrangement for most workers.
We know that some of you may be finding things difficult. The Government has confirmed support for businesses and the self-employed.
NB: there are several online scams operating at the moment, purporting to be from HMRC. HMRC will not credit a bank or credit card with any monies, these emails are not from them. If in any doubt, call your accountant/tax adviser and HMRC on 0800 0159 559.
Our Head of Compliance, has given an update of the details available for Contractors as of 16th April 2020 (click the image below to be redirected to the YouTube video:
We have produced:
Further information on the help available to you from the UK Government:
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) - the JRS portal is live along with updated calculation help and Treasury Direction to HMRC. The scheme is now extended to end October 2020, and includes provision for employees to go back part-time initially. with employers meeting some costs from August.
- Self-Employed Income Support Scheme - if you are self-employed, you can input your Unique Taxpayer Reference here to see what support you may be entitled to claim for.
- Business that can defer paying VAT
- Our local finance specialist RSM has put together a guide to finance options available to businesses
- Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) - including an update for 'Shielding' employees who have received notification that they must stay at home
- Annual leave arrangements
- Changes to Right to Work and DBS checks to speed up recruiting
- The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group has also produced a helpful list of FAQs for temporary workers regarding the Job Retention Scheme.
In terms of finding you your next role, the team is updating our vacancies all the time so check in on the website for the latest roles.
We're here to support you every step of the way to your new job. If you need specific support and advice, especially around interviewing, do get in touch.
Taking care of your business
Here are some tips we have collated to support you at this difficult time:
- Latest Government guidance for employers, employees and self-employed on how to work safely during coronavirus.
- New Government guidance on how to make journeys to work safely
- New Government guidance on the extension to October to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - COMING SOON
- Coronavirus Job Rentention Scheme FAQs
- Manager's guide to engaging staff during coronavirus pandemic
- Video interviewing guidance
- Telephone interviewing tips
- Remote onboarding tips
- Preparing for competency-based interview questions
- Building business resilience in a pandemic
- Some help from REC & Marsh Commercial (previously Jelf) on planning, response and recovery for your business during this pandemic
- Sustaining purpose, performance and wellbeing at this time, with REC and MH+A (podcast)
And taking care of you is also important
Keep making sure you and your household are following the latest Government guidance, and keep talking to people you trust. It's an anxious time for everyone.
The NHS has launched some new mental health resources for the pandemic - Every Mind Matters