Freelancers to speak out on all things status

An IR35 advisory firm is trying to get to the bottom of an unprecedented amount of employment status issues affecting limited company freelancers almost all at once.

Qdos Contractor is posing 19 questions for such freelancers to answer, on issues ranging from the BBC and NHS, to bank holidays, higher pay and mental health.

 “Issues impacting this way of [independent] working [have snowballed],” says the firm’s Seb Maley. “There’s quite a few bases affecting the self-employed and our survey covers them.”

The firm says it will be sharing the anonymised answers that respondents give with influential parties, “with a view to making [freelancers’] voices heard loud and clear” to the government.

“One of the survey’s aims is to get insight into whether the government's tax strategy is threatening [freelance] contracting -- a vital sector of the UK labour market.

“[We want to] be in a position to put forward contractors' views -- whether that's on BBC presenters impacted by the organisation's handling of IR35, or… [on their own] concerns around self-employment”.

All who fill in the multiple-choice survey – available online at survey monkey.co.uk -- will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon gift voucher.

 

23rd May 2018

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