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Employment & Payroll

More information on our employment and payroll solutions

Construction Industry Scheme (CIS)

Ship Shape has been supporting the construction industry since we started back in 2004, from contractors, agencies, MSP’s and some of the UK’s largest developers.

Following recommendations from existing clients throughout the supply chain, we are proud to be repeatedly asked to join Preferred Supplier Lists.

Our experience will support and protect you from any potential financial penalties, reducing your risks around the impacts of IR35 on CIS.

Although the spirit of the rules are the same, an inside IR35 determination does not prevent CIS payments, provided an individual can demonstrate they are not subject to Supervision, Direction or Control (SDC) under their assignment.

The Reality

There are no fixed parameters to pass an SDC test, which once completed are based on the workers interpretation and the answers they provide.

It is a subjective test with no “one size fits all” answers.

The end client’s Status Determination Statement (SDS) also has a major bearing if HMRC were to investigate. Does it match the answers provided by the worker?

An IR35 fail doesn’t mean no CIS by default as in many cases both tests may reach a similar decision. There are times where CIS SDC and the result of SDS test will not be completely aligned (one passes one fails and could go both ways)

HMRC will also look at “the reality” of the working relationship, contracts and the day to day activities of the role in question.

Therefore, if challenged by HMRC, “the reality” is:

  • the SDC test,
  • the SDS,
  • contracts
  • and the day to day activities of the role

All have to be aligned and consistent with each other, in order to have a chance of defending any challenge.

With our experience, gross status, professional legal and tax advisors, transparent systems and our additional insurance protection for workers, Ship Shape will continue to be a trusted partner to our clients.

Professional Employer Organisation (PAYE)

A Professional Employer Organisation, referred to as a ‘PEO’, is an outsourcing company structured to support businesses across all sectors with HR and Financial Services. This is a very successful American business model, growing 8% year-on-year since 2008; primarily due to employees obtaining access to medical cover.

Typically PEO is based around a ‘Joint Employment’ contract where the worker is employed by two companies. This element of PEO has not proven to be as well received in the UK, leading to the creation of PEO without joint employment, the ‘UK Version’.

The ‘UK Version’ provides a more transparent structure and employment model for workers whilst maintaining the benefits of a PEO to businesses, which is why Ship Shape only provides the UK Version.

This is a highly effective and efficient way to engage your workers via a full employment model with PAYE payroll. PEO should be seen as a strong alternative to either a PAYE Bureau or the running of an internal payroll department.

With Ship Shape PEO employment model

  • Reduce your overheads with outsourced Payroll and Compliance functions
  • Reduce your risk of HMRC penalties
  • Reduce your employee insurance costs
  • Increase your focus on profit generating activities

With our experience, professional legal and tax advisors, transparent systems and our additional insurance protection for workers, Ship Shape will continue to be a trusted partner to our clients.

Umbrella (PAYE)

Umbrella is an employment model combined with PAYE payroll, providing a simple and demonstrably compliant option for businesses. Workers employed under this model receive all statutory employment rights and continuous employment.

For businesses, the Umbrella employment model removes the responsibility and costs for statutory obligations, ‘Right to Work’ (RTW) checks, employment tribunals and employers insurances; as the Umbrella company becomes the sole employer with all employer liabilities.

This is a highly effective and efficient way to engage your workers via a full employment model with PAYE payroll. Umbrella should be seen as a strong alternative to either a PAYE Bureau or the running of an internal payroll department.

With Ship Shape Umbrella employment model

  • Reduce your overheads with outsourced Payroll and Compliance functions
  • Reduce your risk of HMRC penalties
  • Reduce your employee insurance costs
  • Increase your focus on profit generating activities

With our experience, professional legal and tax advisors, transparent systems and our additional insurance protection for workers, Ship Shape will continue to be a trusted partner to our clients.

Payroll Bureau (PAYE)

As a business grows and legislation continues to change, dealing with HMRC, Real Time Information (RTI Reports), Pension Enrolment, Apprenticeship Levy, Starters and Leavers; more often than not begins to take its toll, increasing stress levels, strain on resources and ultimately business costs, reducing your profits.

Ship Shape is a BACS approved Bureau, passing a rigorous approval process and regular audits to ensure our procedures and security arrangements are fully transparent and compliant.

This high level of continuous external scrutiny of Ship Shape provides our clients with added confidence knowing that Ship Shape will make payments safely and securely on your behalf, whilst also reducing your risk of HMRC fines.

This is a highly effective, efficient and strong alternative to the running of an internal payroll department.

With Ship Shape Payroll Bureau

  • Reduce your overheads with outsourced Payroll and Compliance functions
  • Reduce your risk of HMRC penalties
  • Increase your focus on profit generating activities

With our experience, professional legal and tax advisors and transparent systems, Ship Shape will continue to be a trusted partner to our clients.

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