Workr Compliance delighted to join the Chamber network

Workr Compliance is delighted to announce its membership within the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce network

Headed up by Andrew Webster, Workr Compliance help end clients, agencies and contractors to get the best legislative outcome while providing guidance via a bespoke strategy and process. Part of the Workr Group – an award-winning provider of customised accounting, umbrella employment and tax solutions – the team offer essential clarity and support for the UK’s flexible workforce.

To help businesses, agencies and contractors prepare ahead of the Off Payroll Private Sector Reform on April 06 2021, Workr Compliance have created a dedicated IR35 solution which includes:

  • Full supply chain IR35 management or a bespoke needs-based solution
  • Risk profile of contractors operating via a PSC and other roles
  • Impartial consultancy on status decisions and remedial action
  • Immediate access to a professional umbrella provider when required
  • Expertise you need to make confident decisions on contracts
  • Robust position of defence to meet reasonable care

Currently, their product is already being widely used by members of the OCA. Workr Compliance hopes their Chamber membership will introduce the solution to new organisations and sectors, spread the word of compliance and support more people in their efforts to become IR35-compliant.

Andrew Webster said: “I’m very pleased that The Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce have welcomed Workr Compliance. Leading up to this point, we’ve supported a number of key end clients in the oil and gas sector to help them prepare for the IR35 Off Payroll Private Sector legislation, originally planned for 6th April 2020.

“Despite COVID-19 resulting in a legislative delay, Workr Compliance continued to support its clients – such as STORK, WORLEY and TEXO. We’re here to engage and work with the Chamber and its members in readiness for the IR35 Private Sector Reform, sharing our industry knowledge and experience of delivery in a compliant and robust manner.”

Workr Solutions and JobAdder partner to deliver streamlined back-office and payroll solutions for Recruitment Entrepreneur

Recruitment Entrepreneur have always been pioneers in providing recruitment solutions, looking for new ways of improving efficiency for the 19 portfolio partners within their recruitment group. So, when they were looking to expand their back-office and payroll provision to service demand within the constantly growing group, they had some key strategic decisions to make.

JobAdder, a leader in the recruitment software industry, have been a close partner with Recruitment Entrepreneur since launching their CRM platform in the UK. They therefore decided that any back-office service provider they chose needed to fully integrate with JobAdder’s CRM. After researching several providers, Workr Solutions were selected on the premise of their outstanding track record and service, understanding of the group’s requirements, and shared vision of full platform integration with the CRM.

Following an introduction from Recruitment Entrepreneur, the two providers developed an API ensuring seamless data flow from one system to another. This allows complete visibility of all accountancy and payroll activity, across all 19 portfolio businesses, at a company and group level. Most importantly it has reduced immediate and long-terms costs, and dramatically improved efficiency and the end user contractor experience, resulting in excellent feedback.

Angus McDowell, CFO of Recruitment Entrepreneur commented, “What was so impressive was the collaboration between JobAdder and Workr Solutions. They worked hard over six months to deliver against the unique requirements of all our businesses, and the customer service levels have surpassed our expectations. Everyone in the group is trained and the result is that we have an automated system which facilitates the growth and scale of our group. We’ve already seen the efficiency it’s provided, along with the removal of any manual error”.

Abid Hamid, CEO for the group said, “The outcome of the introduction has been that both JobAdder and Workr Solutions can now offer a best in class product suite, that’s been robustly tried and tested by a wide range of businesses, that are both diverse and complex. As well as us now being able to provide this transformational new service to new portfolio partners as we further scale our operation; it’s also created the opportunity for the two providers to reach out to their respective clients with the option of providing a wider integrated solution”.

Darren Watts, Co-Founder of JobAdder, said of the partnership “”This has been an exciting initiative and we are thrilled to be partnering with Workr Solutions. The collaboration between JobAdder and Workr Solutions has provided Recruitment Entrepreneur with considerable efficiency gains and we look forward to offering this solution to other organisations across Europe.” 

Yves Bizimana, Managing Director of Workr Solutions advised, “’We were delighted to be the partner of choice and work alongside Job Adder. By working collaboratively from the outset we were able to define outcomes and what success would look like and use our insights to blend our people, processes and technology. The result is a compliant and future-fit solution, tailored to the way Recruitment Entrepreneur works, that delivers measurable return on investment.’







About Recruitment Entrepreneur

Recruitment Entrepreneur is a multi-award-winning investor in recruitment businesses looking to start-up or scale. We won the Best Recruitment Business Investor 2020, alongside the Best Recruitment Start-Up Investment Firm 2020.Since 2014, we’ve invested in 30+ talented founders, enabling them to launch and scale successful businesses.

Our success lies in our ability to provide not just knowledge, but also knowhow. We have fostered a community of businesses that benefit from the expertise of our dedicated team who provide; funding, financial expertise, operational strategy, back-office support, legal advice, marketing and talent attraction solutions, all of which enable our partner businesses to flourish.

Investing time, money, and experience in people with the potential to become great leaders, we partner with and empower budding entrepreneurs to build world-class recruitment businesses, capable of achieving a high equity value on exit. We emphasise continual learning and development; supported by CASS Business School and accredited recruitment experts, every member of our portfolio receives professional training to help unlock their full potential.

About JobAdder

JobAdder is a global, cloud-based recruitment management platform designed to simplify and automate complex processes, allowing recruiters to focus their time and energy on productive work. Backed by global software provider Seek, JobAdder connects users with over 200 job boards, and integrates with some of the world’s leading tech platforms and HR software providers. JobAdder has offices in Asia Pacific, North America and Europe.

About Workr Solutions

Workr Solutions is an integral part of the Workr Group, a leading employment services organisation. Workr Solutions provide innovative, outsourced back office support services to recruitment agencies and end clients that accelerate time to value. From pay and bill through to fully managed solutions that connect service excellence in credit control, invoice discounting, payroll and statutory accounts. Workr Solutions has offices in the UK, USA, UAE and India, and is an employer or record throughout Europe.

Workr Group acquires Easypay adding funding to service offering

Workr Group, a leading international employment services provider, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Easypay Services, a Leeds based company providing funding and back office services to recruitment agencies.

Easypay, founded in 2003, employs a team of 25 experts who intimately understand the recruitment funding landscape. They are uniquely equipped to provide personalised solutions that support the growth of their existing and start-up recruitment agency clients.

Easypay will join Workr Solutions, an existing business unit of Workr Group, that specialises in accelerating time to value for recruitment agency and end-clients by providing specialist consultancy services and innovative back office solutions. 

The acquisition will extend Workr Solutions’ services to include funding capabilities and will be headed by Yves Bizimana, Managing Director of Workr Solutions.

Bizimana commented: “At Workr Solutions we have seen an increase in opportunities to manage more of our clients’ back office functions, allowing them to focus on recruiting. Funding is a key challenge for many of our partners and Easypay’s expertise will allow us to add even more value to the industry.”

Stephen Mix, Director of Workr Group led the acquisition and commented: “Easypay is a fantastic business with strong core fundamentals, focusing on customer service and good operational controls. The acquisition adds to our portfolio of complementary companies that have been designed to simplify flexible working across the supply chain. It is the sixth acquisition we have made in the last five years and will help fuel our continued growth.”

Commenting on the acquisition, Founder of Easypay Amanda Hobson said: ‘Workr Group stood out in the sale process as their strong values-led culture closely aligned to that of our own. Our management team are looking forward to becoming an integral part of Workr Solutions and supporting one another to continue our strong growth trajectories.” 

Workr Group: Supporting flexible workers across assignments

Ian Standish-Leigh first used Workr Umbrella a few years ago, before moving onto another one of our services – Freelance Workr – when he set up his own limited company. Having just been offered a role under umbrella payment terms – and inside IR35 – Ian is now seeking the support of Workr Umbrella once more.

Here, we explore how Workr Group has been able to support Ian with a range of different services throughout his career…

 

Ian Standish-Leigh- Freelance Business Analyst

From umbrella…

As a contract business analyst in the public sector, Ian was on the lookout for an organisation that would be effective, supportive and offer good value. Dissatisfied with the percentage that some umbrella companies expected (as high as 50% in some instances), Ian continued his online research until he came across Workr Umbrella

Simple, straightforward and efficient. That’s how Ian has described the process from start to finish. Contractors using Workr Umbrella simply upload their hours onto a portal at the end of the week and the payment is authorised for the next week. 

Having been so pleased with the service that Workr had provided, when Ian made the next step in his career, he decided to take Workr with him. 

To freelance…

After setting up his own limited company, Ian found that external accountants weren’t providing the service that he expected. That’s when he decided to get back in touch with a company that he knew could do the job. 

As well as using Freelance Workr for accounting purposes, Ian cites their compliance as a huge benefit stating that for many in the public sector, adequate assessments aren’t a thing. And it’s  not just that. Ian says the ease of which he was able to contact Workr also further enhanced our service offering.

“I can’t fault the service. If I end up working as a contractor again, I will choose Workr – 100%. I’ve been so pleased with the service that Workr has provided that I’ve even referred a family member. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Nina and the team to anyone looking for either umbrella or freelance support.” Ian Standish-Leigh, Freelance Business Analyst.

Nina Lasota-Long, Practice Manager at Freelance Workr.

And back again?

Ian has recently been offered a new contract that falls inside IR35 and is looking to move back to Workr Umbrella. 

“We are delighted to be able to support our clients throughout their careers. We provide consistent service levels across our brands that are interchangeable meaning our clients can switch between them depending on their circumstances. Ian is a great success story of our flexible approach and how we partner with our clients – putting them first to help them achieve success!” Nina Lasota-Long, Practice Manager at Freelance Workr.

Whatever career path you’re taking, Workr Group are here to help with a suite of products that will propel you forward. Plus, if you’re currently working through a limited company and are unsure about the IR35 changes coming into effect in April 2021, we have a dedicated team to support with this. For more information drop us a message at info@workrgroup.com

COVID-19 Contractor and Freelancer Survey Update

Workr Group CEO, Matt Tyson – COVID-19 Contractor and Freelancer Survey Update

Workr during Coronavirus

  • Workr have been there for our customers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic paying out more than £1.2 million in salary’s since the scheme began offering protection to over 500 of our loyal contractors
  • Despite working from home and with a significantly reduced workforce we have maintained payment for over 3000 of our contractors
  • As the number one contractor solution of choice we boast the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the industry highlighted by our Trust Pilot Score of 4.8/5
  • Our umbrella clients continue to benefit from our cash health plan, health and wellbeing services, discounts, rewards on our dedicated Covid-19 online portal
  • We have continued to highlight the great work our contractors, partners and consultants do with our 20 acts of kindness

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The Results of our COVID-19 Contractor and Freelancer Survey

From hours being reduced to projects being cancelled, contractors and freelancers across the board have suffered due to uncertainty in 2020. And, even as lockdown begins to ease, many self-employed individuals are still facing financial hardship.

We decided to take stock of the thoughts and feelings of contractors and freelancers in our community to better understand what they’re going through and provide agencies with some relevant insight. Surveying almost 400 individuals from our database, below represents their circumstances and the effect that COVID-19 has had.

The impact of lockdown on contractors and freelancers

Almost immediately, lockdown had an impact on the availability of work. Of those we surveyed, 77% saw their industry take a hit.



Not only are self-employed individuals harder to identify – it’s also harder to quantify their earnings.

Support came eventually in the form of a grant that would pay 80% of typical earnings up to a cap of £2,500 a month. However, 56% of survey respondents believe the government could have done more. A further 28% felt the government had offered them nothing whatsoever.



When asked about their finances, approximately 40% said that while they were managing, they had serious concerns for the future. Worse still, 24% said they were really struggling with the financial impact of the pandemic.



How the contractor workforce adapted

Of course, a large number of contractors weren’t immediately laid off. In fact, 45% of those we spoke to were working from home. However, for 40% some or all of their contracts had been cancelled.



As a result, it should come as no surprise that 60% of those surveyed have found it more difficult to adjust than they had initially expected.



With that being said though, a combined 39% found the situation either easier than expected – or the same. While many believe there has been a lack of support, our data indicates that clients and contractors have somewhat pulled through.

On top of this, when asked whether or not they think their clients will explore more flexible working arrangements once lockdown is over, 50% said yes – with an additional 33% thinking it was possible.



What the future holds

With a large number of contractors revealing that the current lockdown and economic pressures haven’t harmed them too severely, it’s our opinion that there is cause to be optimistic about the future of contracting.

Yes, 40% of those surveyed believe that they are less likely to find work after the COVID-19 pandemic. However, a combined 57% believe that there will be the same opportunities – if not more.



In fact, of those who had a contract cancelled, over 83% are planning on getting straight back into contracting as soon as they are able to – still preferring it to regular employment.



The consensus of when that would be, or at least when lockdown would end, had the majority (37%) believing that it would be within 60 days. And with additional support being offered to the self-employed, we don’t think it will be long until business as usual.



How Workr can help

While we understand the pressure that contractors and self-employed people are currently facing, we believe that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. From the research we’ve undertaken, evidence suggests the drive for contract work will be even higher than before.

So, to help you seize the opportunities that drive will bring, Workr Group have a range of services to strengthen your agency.  From award-winning umbrella solutions to IR35 support, we can help put your organisation back on the right path while making you the first choice for contractors and freelancers around the country.

Sound good? Get in touch on 0208 10 60 000 or email info@workrgroup.com.

IR35 Reform U-turn: What Does It Mean For You?

As the government issued advice on social distancing and self-isolation, and businesses across the country took drastic measures in order to keep operations moving, many were campaigning for the IR35 reform to be delayed.

And as if they listened to our prayers, on Tuesday 17th March, Chief Treasury Secretary Steve Barclay announced that the controversial measures would not go ahead in April as planned. Instead, the off-payroll working rules would be deferred until 2021 – in a bid to protect the economy from the recent coronavirus outbreak.

In this blog, we explore exactly what this U-turn means…

Deferral not a cancellation

It cannot be denied that a key reason for the delay is the coronavirus outbreak and the huge impact on the economy and workforce. While a number of changes to help the self-employed and small businesses were introduced in the Chancellor’s Budget, many are arguing that it’s not enough as UK organisations close left, right and centre.

Despite the criticism that Rishi Sunak received after not directly mentioning the rules in his speech, news of the delay will be welcomed by many. However, it’s important to remember that the decision is “a deferral, not a cancellation, and the government remains committed to reintroducing this policy”.

In short, the changes can’t be ignored and all too soon another IR35 reform deadline will be looming.

Too little too late?

While the delay offers businesses extra time to ensure they are accurately assessing the status of their contractors without the fear of HMRC sanctions, some have already made drastic changes to the way they engage with contractors. A lot of top talent have turned away as a result of blanket ban decisions.

Those contractors who have been affected by these decisions have said that too much harm has already been done. There’s also no hint of the government scrapping the IR35 reform altogether.

Industry leaders are now continuing their campaign against the legislation, fighting against zero rights employment and urging for a recognised tax system for contracting and freelancing.

What now?

To put it simply, contractors will continue to determine their IR35 status and deduct the necessary NICs and tax. While those businesses that haven’t yet brought in measures for the reform may be feeling smug, changes are still coming. And, the next 12 months offer valuable time for end clients and agencies to prepare for the reform.

The pause also means businesses and contractor freelancers can focus all of their efforts into the wider challenges that Britain is going to face over the coming weeks.

Workr Group is here to help you meet your responsibilities and maintain business as usual. And this includes market-leading accounting, personal tax and umbrella employment solutions to suit all circumstances.

So, whether you started to prepare for the 2020 deadline or not, get in touch with our team on 0208 1060 000 or drop us an email at IR35support@workrgroup.com to ensure that it doesn’t have a detrimental impact on you and your work come 2021. The alternative is that you risk losing key revenue streams, talent and your competitive advantage.

In the meantime, we have also created an IR35 Hub to help you keep updated with the proposed changes and get prepared.