Government should work with recruitment industry around issues of employment status and tax – REC

In today’s budget, the chancellor announced that there will be a consultation on non-compliance with IR35 including whether to extend the IR35 tax rules operational in the public sector to the private sector.

Commenting, REC chief executive Kevin Green says: “We welcome the news that government has heeded our calls to not rush in the extension of IR35 rules into the private sector and to have a broader consultation on non-compliance.

“We are glad that government is looking at the impact IR35 has had on the public sector and how guidance is working so that we can avoid a similarly rushed implementation.

“In addition, we are pleased to see the government taking a holistic approach to employment status and tax with the discussion paper announced today.

“We are ready to represent the business community and the recruitment industry to improve these rules and protect the flexibility of our labour market and the wider economy. We will put our energy into making sure that the voice of our industry is heard during the consultation period.”

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Notes to editors:

1. For more information, contact the REC Press Office on 0207 009 2157/2192 or pressoffice@rec.uk.com. An ISDN line is available for interviews on 0207 021 0584

2. Jobs transform lives, which is why we are building the best recruitment industry in the world. As the professional body for recruitment we’re determined to make businesses more successful by helping them secure the people they need. We are absolutely passionate and totally committed in this pursuit for recruiters, employers, and the people they hire. Find out more about the Recruitment & Employment Confederation at www.rec.uk.com