The Autumn Statement promised to act against companies that “use employment intermediaries to disguise employment as self-employment and thus avoid employment taxes and deny employment rights to their workforce.””. This is, of course, a polite way of describing bogus self-employment, so the announcement is welcome.
However, what is intended is quite a modest step, as it is ”estimated to save £400M”. On the plus side it will happen quickly – from April 2014 as part of finance bill. The Government has recently concluded a consultation on the use of this practice in the North Sea oil and gas industry, so it seems most likely that this will be where the main focus of the initaitive will lie.