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IR35 5 months on: How Quanta continue to support their clients and contractors

Bhavna Dooman our consultant managing the role
Posted by Bhavna Dooman
Published on 19 August 2021

On 6 April this year the IR35 legislation’s latest changes came into effect, closing the loophole on tax avoidance and handing the onus of the contractor’s tax status over to the client. Small businesses, however, are exempt from the changes.

What is IR35

IR35 came into effect in April 2000. The legislation is designed to differentiate between those workers who operate as genuine contractors and those who work as ‘disguised’ employees to avoid paying the right amount of tax.

What has this meant for contractors

Tax efficiency has made contracting an attractive option for many workers but the IR35 legislation means that contractors operating in the same way as permanent employees will no longer be able to reap the tax benefits.

As of May 2021 there was approximately 4.2 million self-employed workers in the UK proving that, IR35 legislation aside, contracting comes with many benefits such as flexibility, work/life balance and great network and career opportunities. 

What does ‘inside IR35’ mean?

When a contractor sits inside IR35 it means they must pay the same tax as the company’s employees. It may also mean that they have additional rights similar to permanent employees e.g maternity pay, minimum wage etc.

What does ‘outside IR35’ mean?

This is when a contractor works for their own limited company and cannot receive any employment benefits from their employer. As they operate for their own limited company they will pay themselves a salary and remain responsible for their taxes.

How we are supporting clients and contractors

  • We have had a proactive approach, partnered with experts, undergone training, given legislative updates.
  • We strive to be the de facto recruitment partner to our clients therefore we’ve focused on educating our sales consultants, clients, and contractors.
  • Sales and compliance teams have worked as one team whilst speaking to clients and candidates.
  • Regularly train our sales team so they are confident around the topic of IR35.
  • Online IR35 Hub to help with any contractor or client queries


If you would like to know more about the changes around IR35 or how we can support you visit our IR35 Hub where you can find our client and contractor guides and an off payroll rules webinar and other IR35 blogs that you may find useful.

If you’re looking for a contract role in one of our life changing industries, submit your CV today and one of our team will be in contact as soon as possible.