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Employment Status and IR35 – Further guidance

Following our post last week, the Payroll Compliance Team are happy to share further guidance to help you deal with Employment Status.

HMRC’s CEST tool uses complicated terms in order to gather the information on engagements throughout the country. This can make it hard to apply to your own situation. To make this easier, we’ve re-written the CEST tool questions into plain English.

At the link below you will see two sets of slides – one for engagements where work’s started and one where it has not. Each slide will list the question as it appears in the CEST tool (in grey) and our plain English alternative (in green). It will also give some explanations of what the outcome means for you and your worker.

If you have any questions or you need some assistance in dealing with Employment Status/IR35, please email

"Weeks run from Monday to Sunday. Please note that weeks without communications to schools are ignored and the links will go to the last week where a communication was made in this category."