IR35 Now is the Time: Contractor Insights

In partnership with In-house Recruitment, Brookson’s Paul Lloyd and Matt Fryer recently sat down with IHR’s Natasha Preocanin to discuss discuss the latest results of our IR35 UK Contractors survey “IR35: NOW is the time” conducted during the delay.

About the IR35 Research

In 2019 we conducted an insights report; “Avoiding an IR35 Talent Drain”. This report showed the findings of hundreds of UK contractors that were surveyed to understand their opinions on how prepared Private Sector businesses were for the upcoming IR35 changes. The key themes from the 2019 report found only 3% of contractors believed that end hirers would take the necessary action to implement correct IR35 policies and 80% would be more likely to find work with other businesses who have implemented these changes. The message from contractors was clear – businesses needed to educate themselves on IR35 and correctly prepare for the change, or risk seeing a loss of talent across their flexible workforce.

With a 12-month delay, we wanted to understand if hirers were now doing enough to prepare for the upcoming changes after listening to contractors’ feedback and, if in turn, contractors felt more confident about their hirer determining their IR35 status. In August 2020 we conducted a second survey with 907 UK contractors to learn whether end hirers have shifted the opinions voiced in 2019.


Brookson Legal Services is the only SRA regulated law firm that specialises in IR35. With our team of specially trained legal professionals, having more than 20 years of IR35 experience, we will work with your business to make sure the IR35 status of the contractors you engage with is properly assessed on a contract by contract basis, helping you prepare for April 2021 and implement the right systems and processes so that IR35 is integrated with your everyday talent management strategy, avoiding any risk of a talent drain throughout your business.

Contact us to find out more about how our unique blend of legal professionals and technology enables your business to protect your flexible workforce and give you a competitive advantage!