IR35 payroll and compliance services for recruitment agencies

HMRC reforms to the intermediaries’ legislations (IR35) for public sector bodies have come into force 6 April 2017 onwards.

As a result, recruitment agencies supplying staff to the public sector are responsible for determining the taxation status of PSC contractors upon information from the end public sector client as to whether they are legitimately self-employed or disguised employees, and then deduct and pay the employment taxes correctly.

As a consequence, recruitment agencies are obliged to undertake several tasks:

Invest in more payroll staff, establish an employment team with compliance expertise
Pay and bill payroll for contractors falling outside the scope of IR35, followed by quarterly intermediaries reporting to HMRC
Undertake technology upgrades and bring in compliance expertise on HMRC employment tax laws

Needless to say, this injects additional complexity into an already arduous payroll process, which will force recruitment agencies to pump in more investment. QX specializes in delivering payroll services to recruitment agencies, and we offer solutions to your specific requirements.

Call us on
+44 7584 651087
Request a callback

Plug-and-play payroll solution

Our plug-and-play payroll solution mitigates the risks of financial liability, ensures timely payments and offers helpdesk support to resolve the queries of your contractors.


Background and reference checks for each contractor
HMRC new starter checklist
Setup of starters and leavers on the system
Verifying contactor PSC details
Using HMRC’s online tool for assessment of each assignment for each contractor and retaining results for recording

Payroll processing

Define assignments on the basis of the IR35 contract assessment results – within or outside IR35
Operate pay & bill payroll for contractors’ assignments outside IR35
Manage payroll for contractors working on contracts that are both inside and outside IR35
For assignments that fall within IR35, deduct deemed employment income tax and NICs from contractor’ payments
Calculate and pay employee and employer NICs and tax to HRMC through RTI and manage & pay Apprenticeship Levy deduction
Submit summary of tax deductions through RTI and submit quarterly intermediaries report for gross payment

Helpdesk services

Helpdesk support to contractors via email and telephone
Provide clarifications, guidance and detailed explanations for tax deductions and other payment related queries

Core benefits delivered by our
plug-and-play model

Meet deadlines

with quick turnaround
to go live by April 2017

Zero establishment cost

you don’t have to increase
your current office capacities

Access to trained staff

will save your time and
costs to train staff

24/7 support

call and email support for
your contractors

IR35 - agency updates

6 benefits of automating your accounts payable process
6 Benefits of Automating Your Accounts Payable Process
Is your business ready to automate its Accounts Payable process? Here are some benefits that will you reasons to consider automating AP process.
Read more

Leverage our expertise and experience in delivering best-in-class recruitment solutions
The IR35 reforms dramatically impact how recruitment agencies operate.
Learn how it will impact your business and see how we can help you prepare for what comes next.

Get an expert opinion