Understanding the Need for an Uplift

Understanding the Need for an Uplift in Umbrella

If you’re working in the public sector the hirer has responsibility for assessing your IR35 status. The decision, and the risk, lie with them but that doesn’t mean you should have no input at all. See our advice on influencing public sector IR35 decisions.

But what happens if you find yourself accepting that your current role is now deemed to be inside IR35?

If you have been trading outside of IR35, but your new contract is now deemed to be inside, you will notice a substantial difference in your take home pay, and before accepting the role you may want to negotiate an Uplift to the rate.

Since the fee payer now has to deduct tax and NI, you might decide to move to an Umbrella model where you will also receive full employment rights.

If you think future contracts might be outside IR35, it’s worth noting that Orange Genie Accountancy clients can keep their limited company open and use our umbrella employment option at no extra cost, through Orange Genie Complete. Ask your accountant for details.

Whether you continue trading through your limited company, or switch to umbrella employment, if you are inside IR35, you will notice a substantial difference in your take home pay.

Take Home Pay Illustrations

 

Limited Company (Outside IR35)

Limited Company (Inside IR35)

Umbrella employment

IT Consultant £350/day

£5,185

£4,605

£4,634

 

Health care/Social Work £200/day

£3,324

£2,867

£2,892

Assumptions: no expenses, accountancy fee £120 plus VAT, Umbrella Margin £10 per week, Personal Allowance £11,850 and salary taken equal to Personal Allowance flat rate VAT 16.5%

Agencies often quote a “Limited Company rate”, paid to contractors operating through their own Limited company or via an Umbrella Company. For those operating through a Limited company, outside of IR35, your take home can be planned tax efficiently to take advantage of the lower tax and NIC rates on dividends and the tax-free allowance for dividends of £2,000 (2018/19). These tax planning opportunities are not available in Umbrella where the rate paid has to cover all employment costs:

  • Gross Pay
  • Employers NIC
  • Auto-enrolment costs
  • Apprenticeship levy
  • Umbrella Company margin

So, if you are switching to Umbrella because your contract has been deemed to be inside IR35, you might want to negotiate an uplift to your rate to ensure your take home pay is not reduced.

In the examples given above, the uplift needed is between 17% and 20% of the day rate. The £350 a day role needs to increase to £410 per day, in order for take home pay to be comparable at £5,200 and the role on £200 per day needs to increase to £240 a day to retain a take home of £3,329.

The message is clear – if you want to retain take home you need to ask for a rate increase. Obviously, there’s no guarantee that this is possible, but if you don’t ask, you’ll never know.

We are seeing some high levels of success with Contractors negotiating increased pay rates in order for them to remain on the contracts in question. Many Public-Sector Bodies just cannot afford to see good skills and exceptional talent disappear.

To find out more about how Orange Genie Accountancy could help you, please call 01296 468 185 or email accountancy@orangegenie.com.

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