Strategic Review

PRISM needs YOU to sponsor a privately-funded strategic review of employment legislation

PRISM has unveiled plans for a bold strategic review of employment sponsored by the private sector.

With your support an independent think tank, the Social Market Foundation (SMF), will be able to carry out an in depth study of modern engagement practices.

PRISM has long complained about the constant changes faced by contractors and employment intermediaries, reflected most recently by restrictions to travel and subsistence relief and proposed IR35 changes.

Companies across the employment intermediary industry can back the initiative which PRISM chief executive Crawford Temple describes as "essential". It is hoped the white paper will form the building blocks of a more stable and prosperous future for the sector and contractors themselves.

A key plank of the study will look at whether contracting constitutes a third form of employment - distinguishing contractors from the ‘employed' and ‘self-employed'.

Mr Temple said: "This is a crucial time for the sector and it really is essential that firms within the intermediary industry commission the kind of research capable of putting independent, sensible conclusions and recommendations to the Government.
"The contracting sector has been forced to put up with shifting sands for too long, which is no way to recognise the huge contribution made by workers who cement two of the UK's greatest strengths, namely the flexible workforce and entrepreneurial spirit."

The study by the non-partisan SMF will look at the merits of recognising a third form of employment, establish why workers are engaged in this way and look at how the flexible workforce is catered for abroad. It will conclude with findings and recommendations for government.

To get involved in this ground-breaking project or to find out more, please email PRISM's CEO (Crawford Temple) here


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