IR35 reforms repealed from April 2023 - Hoorah!
Welcome to September’s newsletter.
In an era of ‘cancel culture’ here’s a good one… The IR35 reforms have been cancelled! This essentially means that the responsibility of IR35 status determination will shift back from the employer to the contractor once again. Whilst I’m sure for most this is a welcome change, I couldn’t help but raise an eyebrow at the huge expense and upheaval this has been for employers (including Prism) and freelancers to change/adapt/pay legal costs, only to have the legislation reverted. Literally £Billions! Let’s hope for stability in this area moving forward. Just as a caution for any contractors out there (who I’m sure are pleased with this news), be aware that HMRC will apparently be upping their game to make sure people are correctly determining their statuses. So do make sure you do your due diligence with your tax status as the checks will be more rigorous than prior to the reforms.
Not everything has been so positive, namely the news of the late Queen Elizabeth II. I watched the funeral and must say I thought it was magnificent. I found it fascinating to watch the traditions and ceremonies unfold over the 12 days. Thanks to Queen Elizabeth II for her work and dedication over the last 70+ years.
I had the privilege to co-host the London DevOps meetup (pictured above). It was at Meta/Facebook office, and we had a great attendance of 250 people in the room with three great speakers. Thanks to all involved. The event was recorded and we’re just waiting for the recording to be transferred to us and it will be uploaded to the London DevOps YouTube channel imminently – make sure you're subscribed!
I discovered a new social media app/platform “BeReal.” this month. Have you heard of it? If not, you heard it here first! I like the concept, it’s basically an inverse to Instagram which some say encourages overly engineered or ‘posey’ picture posts. Here's how it works: 1) you get one notification a day from the app 2) then you get two minutes from the message receipt to take a picture on your phone of what you're up to 3) you can only see pictures on that day of who has uploaded a picture of themselves if you upload yourself. Quite fun I thought! The only problem is I can’t convince any of my friends to download it (because I’m 40!) So it’s a bit lonely on there at the moment. Feel free to add me if you want to try it out 😂
I hope you had a nice September, have a great weekend and catch you again next month.
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Alex (DevOps) Dover