Contractors have faced their fair share of challenges during the coronavirus pandemic, most obviously finding that furloughing and freelancing don’t really mix, don’t always pay and don’t ever seem to get prioritised by policy-makers, writes Keith Rosser of JobsAware.

Latterly, the once-perceived fix to divisive and now underway IR35 reform — umbrella companies — have been under the spotlight too, culminating in a brief encounter with the Finance Bill that wasn’t to be. Regulation for that sector did not make the cut, but it has left an impression on those same policy-makers, which will likely influence the future Employment Bill. 

Having mostly navigated the covid-upended labour market, and having dealt with bitter regulatory disappointment (whether it’s from the near miss of umbrellas being regulated; the very prospect of umbrellas being regulated, or the new off-payroll rules affecting limited companies since April), contractors could be…

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