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IR35: employment status tool

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Please complete your details to book a meeting of our employment status tool

Book a demo to see how you'll be able to:

  • identify your off-payroll workers in the business
  • assess the employment status of each worker
  • monitor future engagements with new and existing OPWs
  • keep an audit trail of each decision
  • access payroll operation advice.

Please complete your details to book a meeting about our employment status tool

IR35 compliance is not easy. Determining employee status is often open to interpretation. Resolving these questions can be time consuming and frustrating.

Our Employment Status Intelligence Platform (ESIP) is an innovative digital tool that supports clients to comply with off-payroll working rules, usually called IR35.

What can ESIP do for you?

  • You can assess and monitor the employment status of your contractor population, giving oversight to the teams that need it
  • The entire process is controlled by you and your team
  • All your assessments will fulfil HMRC's 'reasonable care' requirement

Who can use ESIP?

ESIP is designed for organisations with more than 10 off-payroll workers (OPWS). If you have fewer than 10 OPWs you can still benefit from our assessments. We’ll do them for you.

What our clients told us

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The tool is easy to use and provides a very good way of tracking engagements and determinations

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Leisure and consumer

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Employs 55 people

Result

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£8.2 million in growth capital raised

Production

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Increased by 300%

What our clients told us

Client experience is at the heart of everything we do, but don't take our word for it. Here's what our clients had to say

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106% growth since 2014/15

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106% growth since 2014/15

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Leisure and consumer

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"The tool is easy to use and provides a very good way of tracking engagements and determinations”

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“Segregation of duties, everything is in one place with history and clear result”

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“It's a really user-friendly tool with good user guide support”

Your complete guide to ESIP

How can ESIP help you?

  • Assesses the employment status of each off-payroll worker (OPW) through an online assessment consisting of c.35 questions

  • Questions directed to employers responsible for getting assessments right

  • Each assessment is powered by a decision-making algorithm configured by our team of employment tax experts with reference to:
    • Employment status case law
    • The latest IR35 tribunal case outcomes
    • HMRC’s guidance

  • Provides a result for every completed employment status assessment — unlike the CEST tool, which leaves c.20% undetermined

  • Considers the seven key employment status indicators, including mutuality of obligation (MOO)

  • Considers the certainty factors and weightings towards both employed and self-employed status

  • Includes risk rating 'flags' for every assessment, highlighting the potential for status challenges

  • Assessments can be part-completed, saved, and recommenced at a later stage as required

  • Allows all users to share comments

  • Demonstrates reasonable care in reaching status decisions, as required by HMRC

  • Monitors engagements with new and existing OPWs going forward

  • Builds a history of each OPW and creates an audit trail of each decision for use in any disputes

  • Stores documents: e.g. contracts and other supporting evidence against OPWs' records

  • Notifies users of actions due: e.g. periodic reassessment of engaged OPWs

  • Generates employment status determination statement (SDS) to confirm decisions and enable full compliance

  • Includes contractor appeals management functionality

  • Supports the onboarding of OPWs for role-based assessments prior to notifying individuals

  • Reporting functionality enables an overall view of contractors and assessment results

  • Secure platform with ISO27001 accreditation

  • Cloud application with web access
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106% growth since 2014/15

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106% growth since 2014/15

Sector

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Leisure and consumer

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106% growth since 2014/15

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Leisure and consumer

Team

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Employs 55 people

How much does using ESIP cost?

The fee depends on how much you use it and the number of contracted employees you assess. The starting price point is £2,500 per annum plus individual assessment fees. You access the web-based platform through an annual software licence.

Is ESIP right for you? Complete the form to book a meeting and find out more.

Turnover

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106% growth since 2014/15

Turnover

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106% growth since 2014/15

Sector

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Leisure and consumer

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106% growth since 2014/15

Sector

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Leisure and consumer

Team

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Employs 55 people

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