Your Qs Answered – What Exactly Is PayePass?

Fred Dures from PayePass Software Solutions discusses why he believes their umbrella payroll auditing is a game changer for the sector. PayePass immediately piqued the interest of IWORK when the respective founders, Fred Dures and Julia Kermode, were chatting about the need for an umbrella payroll audit with ‘nowhere to hide’ to give true peace […]

Full Payroll Compliance Auditing for Umbrellas

A new service has been launched by PayePass which tracks and verifies the full journey of monies paid to an umbrella or outsourced payroll provider. Growing problem of skimming We have long been aware of scams taking place within the temporary workforce sector which is exacerbated by the lack of visibility over what happens to […]

Opportunity to Influence Umbrella Sector Regulation

Treasury, HMRC and BEIS have just published a Call for Evidence on Umbrellas.  It forms part of their commitment to bring umbrellas into scope for labour market enforcement, and they want to hear from all stakeholders.  Importantly they particularly want to hear from workers who have been engaged via an umbrella, so this is your chance […]

Beware Of The Umbrella Clones

A new criminal activity is on the increase in the umbrella sector – the so-called cloning of compliant umbrella companies.  This scam works by fraudsters setting themselves up in business using a company name which very closely resembles that of a compliant business.  These scammers then seek to extort payroll monies out of recruitment firms […]

IR35: Soft Landing, What Soft Landing?

In what many will see as contradicting their published “soft landing”, HMRC have started off-payroll compliance activity in the Oil & Gas and Financial Services sectors this week. HMRC are writing to businesses that they believe engage contractors requesting the business to contact HMRC by a certain date to arrange an initial phone call.  This […]

Most Mid-Sized Businesses Complacent About IR35

A recent survey conducted by BDO found that 55% of SMEs say they will worry about off-payroll reforms when businesses return to a more normal footing post-COVID.  As a reminder, new legislation came into effect in April 2021 which now means that businesses engaging contract workers through a personal service company (e.g. Joe Bloggs Limited) […]

027 Umbrella Regulation – Some Quick Wins

This is the second of our two-part special chatting about the unregulated umbrella sector with industry expert Crawford Temple.  We rejoin the conversation discussing the lack of enforcement in the sector and the detrimental impact this is having.  We go on to discuss some quick-wins that HMRC could easily implement which would support and empower […]

026 Could Umbrella Regulation Mirror Financial Services?

There have been many calls for the umbrella sector to be regulated by the government, so we chat to industry expert Crawford Temple to find out his thoughts on the subject.  His answer is very interesting: implement a system similar to financial services which has a track record of success and could achieve the same […]

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

A new report, “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” has been published to address the issues of non-compliance in the umbrella sector.  Written by Professional Passport the report calls for a number of short-term and longer-terms plans to be put in place that will help build a more open, compliant and orderly marketplace without […]