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The NICs changes: ‘Where’s the parity with the self-employed?’ Star Letter 10/03/2017

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The NICs changes: ‘Where’s the parity with the self-employed?’ Star Letter 10/03/2017
Each week Mortgage Solutions and its sister title Specialist Lending Solutions looks back at the week's most thoughtful, thought provoking and controversial comments to single out the Star Letter.

This week’s Star Letter goes to Mark for his comments on Spring Budget ‘17: Tumbleweeds for the property market

Spring Budget ‘17: Tumbleweeds for the property market

Mark – 1 hour ago. 10.03.2017

As a self employed person, I do not get sick pay, holiday pay nor can I sign on. I also work 15 hours a day and work every weekend getting paperwork up to date. So, where is the parity with the employed?

I want to be employed, but most surveyors these days have to work on a consultancy basis, which means you have to be self-employed. We have to supply all our own equipment, including car, so it costs a fortune before you get any jobs. My gross for February was £1,000. If I was employed on a salary, like the old days, I would have been paid £5,000 salary plus they would have provided a car and other benefits, and the most important thing is that I would have stopped work at 5-30pm!

So why don’t the government force these large valuation companies to employ us, as technically we do not fulfill the requirements of being “self-employed” as laid down by HMRC.

 

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