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20% of UK businesses would rather axe their contractors than deal with IR35 – survey

Franco Silver badge

"Many people would rightly like to get rid of contractors... because they are expensive."

That is often stated as being the case, it isn't necessarily true. Yes, contractors outwardly appear to get more than a permie, but the cost to the business is almost exactly the contractor's rate (plus the recruitment agency's pound of flesh in most cases) whereas a permie also costs the business in NI costs, business insurance, pension contributions and so on

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