While the balance of power sat with No – Umbrella Companies should not be banned, there was a broad spectrum of comments about their use.
Personally, I think there is – and should remain – a place for them in the market, not least because they provide people with a choice of how to engage with clients that are hiring inside IR35 roles. But, there must be some regulation and/or standardisation and proper governance over them.
Initially, the umbrella companies provided an option for Temporary/Contract/Interim workers who didn’t want to set up their own Limited Company or Sole Trader business and then undertake the necessary finance and accounting.
However, the use of umbrella companies has increased exponentially due to established Interim Managers also looking to engage in roles deemed to be inside IR35.
Having seen how the inside/outside IR35 markets have begun to settle down since the private sector implementation, I believe there is a definite need for umbrella companies and the services they offer, but, I also expect the volume increase that has been seen in the last six months – to subside significantly as we head into 2022 and more businesses learn about the IR35 legislation.
As someone who has appointed Interims internationally for 20+ years, I believe the market is reaching a pivotal point.
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