Yesterday saw the first announcement by one of the major corporates of their policy on the use of locums from 6th April 2020.
IVC Evidensia announced that they will not allow any locum vets or nurses to continue working with them from 6th April unless they are paid through a recognised PAYE system. This means that all contractors working as self employed freelancers or working through their own limited companies will loose their contracts if they don’t switch.
In a letter from Mandy Stevens, Head of HR Operations in the UK, she confirmed:
“With effect from the 6th April 2020 you will no longer be able to engage with us via a limited company or as a sole trader.
We very much still want you to cover shifts for us but, you will only be able to do so in the following ways;
1. Being paid through the IVC payroll under full deduction of PAYE and National Insurance as a casual worker; or
2. Engaging with IVC via an IVC approved umbrella company whereby the umbrella company is responsible for deducting PAYE and NICs through its own payroll; or
3. Engaging with IVC via an approved agency whereby you are an employee or worker of the agency and the agency is responsible for deducting PAYE and NICs through its own payroll, or the agency engages an IVC approved umbrella company whereby the umbrella company is responsible for deducting PAYE and NICs through its own payroll.”
We believe that IVC’s position is likely to be mirrored by the other corporate veterinary groups in the U.K. and we are waiting for similar announcements from them in the days to follow.
If you are locumming and you are unsure how this affects you, feel free to get in touch.