Online compliance help

  • IR35 is a set of tax laws which are designed to ensure all workers are paying the correct amount of tax and National Insurance Contributions (NIC). There are a series of tests used to determine the tax status of contractors working through personal service companies (PSCs).

    IR35 is not a new set of tax laws. The changes due to affect the private sector come the 6 April are already in place in the public sector and have been since April 2017.

    As of 6 April 2020, companies in the private sector will be responsible for determining the IR35 status of workers.

  • The client is responsible for determining the status of your role. This is assessed on a case by case basis by the hospital or client in question.

  • If your role falls within IR35, you will no longer be able to be paid gross into your PSC. Instead, you will be paid net with all applicable tax and NIC being deducted at source.

    You can continue working via a PSC receiving net payments. However, if preferred, you can choose to be paid PAYE by Pulse, or via an approved umbrella company instead.

  • If deemed inside IR35, the applicable tax and NIC deductions will be done from the source and then sent to you. This means everything that arrives in your account is yours to spend without any further deductions.

    After 6 April your rate may be displayed differently, your rate prior to this includes the element of employer’s NIC at 13.8%, which you would have been responsible for paying to HMRC up until 5 April. After this date, if you are deemed inside IR35, Pulse will make this payment directly to HMRC, therefore it no longer needs to be incorporated into your rate.

  • When working via a PSC, you are not eligible to be enrolled onto a pension. This is the case whether inside or outside IR35.

    If you decide to change payment method, the following will apply depending on the chosen method:

    • PAYE: You will be automatically enrolled onto our pension scheme after three months of working; you can opt out if preferred, once enrolled.
    • Umbrella: Your chosen umbrella company will need to advise on their process for pension, however, you should be offered access to a pension scheme if you qualify based on pension legislation.

  • Working through an agency offers a range of advantages over substantive or bank working. Even after IR35 considerations, you will still earn considerably more than your substantive equivalents (PAYE).

    Benefits include:
    • Access to a wide range of opportunities across a large client base, including exclusive access to roles with our master vendor clients
    • If you are working PAYE you will receive access to benefits including sick pay and maternity/paternity leave
    • Flexibility on working hours, working locations, length of contract and type of work available
    • Daily payroll allowing for fast and flexible payments As a leading healthcare recruiter, we can offer a full range of opportunities to you in addition to agency work including permanent, overseas opportunities and home-based roles for some professions via ICS Digital Therapies.

  • Staff banks can be less flexible in terms of payment, so you could be left waiting longer for your money than if you are working via Pulse.

    Staff banks often work collaboratively with other trusts potentially limiting opportunities both within other services in that trust, as well as opportunities in other linked trusts.

  • You are still able to claim valid expenses under IR35. We advise you to work closely with your accountant who will be able to guide you on what can be claimed and how best to do so.

  • We will advise you if your booking falls inside or outside IR35 once this has been established with the client.

    • Outside IR35: No change to you
    • Inside IR35: All payments made into your PSC on or after 6 April 2020 will have the relevant deductions made at source.

  • Working as a contractor means that you are not directly linked to the client, as there’s an intermediary in between – in this case, the umbrella company.

    The umbrella company is essentially your employer, and therefore liable to pay employment taxes.

    Due to this arrangement, the umbrella rate quoted to you will include 13.8% to cover the employer’s NIC, which the umbrella company will need to pay to HMRC for your employment. You will, therefore, be paid the equivalent PAYE rate after your umbrella company has taken this in to account.

  • These are all viable options for you. Working PAYE ensures that you are IR35 compliant and means you will be able to work in any trust. You will be entitled to sick and maternity/paternity pay where applicable.

    If you are interested in working through an umbrella company, we recommend you speak with your consultant for more information on the umbrella companies on our Preferred Supplier List. If you opt to be paid via an umbrella company, you will be required by them to pay a weekly processing fee.

    Your take-home pay should be very similar or the same whether you are paid PAYE, umbrella or PSC.

    Irrespective of payment method, you will have access to daily payroll runs, support from our dedicated Sales Support teams and the ability to submit your timesheets via our new timesheet app which speeds up the process of submitting your hours and reduces errors.

  • Speak to our Sales Support team who will be able to guide you. We will request bank details for your personal account rather than your company account and ensure that everything is in place in time for the changeover (6 April 2020).