While COVID-19 and Brexit have dominated the agenda for oil and gas businesses in recent times - and rightly so I should add - there is a third issue that this industry is taking just as seriously. I am, of course, referring to IR35 reform in the private sector.
Unite the Union is demanding a pay rise for hundreds of Bilfinger Salamis contractors who it claims “have not been paid a fair rate”.
The head of Bilfinger Salamis UK has said “never say never” to the potential for the firm's return to a collective deal for North Sea contractors.
A union boss has said the extension of the UK furlough scheme comes “too late” for thousands of lost jobs in the North Sea oil industry.
Shell and Unite have clashed over the number of job cuts, and purported safety concerns, at the St Fergus Gas Terminal and Mossmorran plant.
Employment experts have warned that hopes of a further IR35 delay are “fanciful”, despite months more of Covid lockdown measures coming.
There has been a lot of discussion over the last 12 months about how the changes to Off-Payroll rules will impact the UK Private sector, and I have read with great interest some of the comments and foresight on what IR35 is and what it will mean to the UK contracting workforce.
A House of Lords committee has called on the government to “completely rethink” a controversial tax reform which will have sweeping implications for North Sea contractors.
New UK Government measures to support the self-employed will cause “sleepless nights” for those North Sea workers who have been left in limbo, according to industry experts.
‘Disgust’ as Bilfinger Salamis terminates workers without option for government’s coronavirus support scheme
Workers have said they have been “hung out to dry” and “abandoned” by Bilfinger Salamis after their jobs were cut without the option to use the government’s coronavirus support scheme.
As one of the most controversial pieces of legislation affecting the flexible workforce, IR35 is never far from the headlines and there have been campaigns and protests to try and halt the reforms. That has now been successful as Contractors celebrated their success last night.
The UK Government has postponed the introduction of a much criticised tax reform that would have had major implications for North Sea contractors.
A looming tax change may be the “death knell” for many one-man band offshore contractors, a leading north-east accountant has warned.
A tax expert has described the government’s five-week review of incoming IR35 legislation as “nowhere near long enough” to fully consider its complex range of issues.
A government review has been launched into new tax rules expected to hit thousands of contractors across the oil and gas industry.
The Treasury has said it “remains committed” to changes to contractor pay rules by April, despite a delayed budget and the upcoming general election.
The eagerly awaited IR35 off-payroll draft legislation was published by the UK Government in mid-July, extending the public sector IR35 changes to large and medium-sized businesses in the private sector.
More than 16,000 people have backed a campaign to stop changes to contractor pay rules which will widely impact the North Sea energy sector.
In the Chancellor’s most recent Autumn Budget the UK government confirmed plans to reform the IR35 tax legislation for the private sector.
Employment law can be complex and the energy sector is not immune from the confusion that surrounds IR35.
Changes to off-payroll working rules will “acutely impact” the North Sea oil and gas sector, a tax expert has warned.
A freelance contractor has said it is “right” the disguised employee model will “disappear” from the North Sea, thanks to incoming legislation.
The chancellor announced a change to off-payroll working rules in yesterday's budget for the private sector, which could have wide implications for the oil and gas industry.
Algeria said it has arrested seven suspected Islamist gunmen in Amenas, close to the gas plant where an attack took place three years ago. A statement said the militants were not linked with any group but a number of different factions including Al Qaeda and ISIS (Islamic State) do operate in the region.
Saudi Arabia is delaying payments to government contractors as the slump in oil prices pushes the country into a deficit for the first time since 2009, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. Companies working on infrastructure projects have been waiting six months or more for payments as the government seeks to preserve cash, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information is private. Delays have increased this year and the government has also been seeking to cut prices on contracts, the people said.