Be prepared for the Off-payroll (IR35) changes

April 2021 will see Off Payroll (IR35) legislation apply to the private sector following a 1 year delay due to Coronavirus. It means that if you supply contracting services to businesses within the private sector as a PSC contractor the rules by which you engage with these businesses will change.

For contracts which are assessed and deemed to be inside IR35 you’ll need to look at alternative payment options prior to the April 06 deadline.

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Umbrella payroll

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People Umbrella payroll

Signing up with People Umbrella gives you peace of mind that your weekly payments are taken care of in the right way. With all statutory employment rights you’ll also get access to some additional benefits which are loved by our existing contractors.

If you decide to register with us, management of your account will be through your online portal where you’ll have access to payslips, the My Wallet benefits platform and unique services like Anytime Wages. Should you need assistance at any point we have a friendly and experienced customer services team available to assist you.

  • Salary sacrifice for personal pensions

    One of a handful of umbrella companies that can support salary sacrifice contributions into your personal pension plan. Subject to HMRC qualification requirements.

  • Allowable expenses

    If you are not subject to supervision, direction and control, or you are travelling to multiple sites on a regular basis, you may be eligible to claim tax relief on your allowable business expenses.

  • £20m in insurance cover

    Should anything happen while you’re at work you’ll be covered by £10m employers’ liability, £5m public liability and £5m professional indemnity insurance cover.

  • Anytime Wages Service

    Enjoy access to your wages 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Log into your portal, request an advance and have funds paid into your account within the hour.

  • Holiday pay and workplace pension

    Choose to set aside holiday pay for times when you are not working and make financial provision for your retirement with our work based pension or your own private one.

  • Employee benefits package

    Access to an exclusive range of contractor benefits helping to make your pay go further. Medicash Health Plans, the online doctor and tastecard+ membership are some of the favorites!

You can request a free pay illustration here, or click the link below to register in minutes online.

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Payroll choices

In-house payroll

Within the payroll marketplace, there are a few options for contractors who need a new way to be paid. The most obvious is probably to go onto the client or recruitment agency payroll, which would be standard PAYE and you’d become an employee. Bear in mind that the client may not be in a position to increase their headcount so you’d need to look at the alternatives below.

Outsourced PAYE and Umbrella payroll

A high percentage of recruitment agencies outsource their payroll to a specialist Umbrella or Payroll Company, such as People Group. This allows them to focus on recruitment and us to take care of all statutory obligations regarding employment and pay.

The main options for being paid through a Payroll/Umbrella Company are Umbrella payroll or PAYE payroll. The industry normal for the past 20 years has been umbrella payroll. Well known within the industry and perfectly adequate.

In more recent years PAYE has become more popular due to its simplicity and transparency. Your recruitment agency will often have a preferred payment method, so we always advise checking with them.

People PAYE payroll

Our PAYE product is People PEO and offers a no fee alternative to Umbrella payroll. Increasingly it’s the most popular choice for contractors; straightforward PAYE payroll with all statutory entitlements and access to a comprehensive set of benefits. As well as not paying a fee, you’ll have a standard pay slip with deductions for tax, NI and pension if enrolled. You’ll need to check with your agency or end client to confirm they can pay via outsourced PAYE instead of Umbrella.

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Benefits of being paid through People Group

Award winning payroll services

No set-up or exit costs with no tie-in period

All professional & liability insurances

Salary sacrifice pension payments

Full statutory employment rights

24/7 online management portal

Weekly payments, with mobile alerts

Holiday and pension payments

Medicash Healthcare plans

Anytime Wages salary advance

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