Department for Work and Pensions: Off-payroll Working

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 16th April 2020.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many contractors working for her Department have had their employment status assessed in relation to the new IR35 rules on off-payroll working; and how many of those staff are subject to those rules.

Photo of Mims Davies Mims Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

As at 1st April 2020, our records show that DWP has a total of 448 contingent labour workers through its Public Sector Resourcing contract engaged across the Department. Of these, under the definitions in accordance with the HMRC Off-Payroll working legislation:

  • 53 are assessed and engaged as ‘Off-Payroll’;
  • 383 are assessed and engaged as ‘On-Payroll’, and;
  • 12 are engaged under a PAYE basis and therefore outside of the scope of the off-payroll working legislation.

Whilst the updated legislation for off-payroll working has been postponed for 12 months, the 2017 Off-Payroll working legislation still applies to public sector bodies, and DWP continues to carry out its obligations accordingly.

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