The rules around contract working arrangements or Off-Payroll Working rules (IR35) for the private sector look set to change from 6th April 2020, subject to Parliamentary approval.

As a project management consultancy, at Projecting we use our own permanent staff on projects, but we also use contractors to support specific projects. We have had initial guidance on the impact to our contractors who may be affected by these rule changes and who operate within a Limited Company (also known as a Personal Service Company).

While many large organisations are considering only using permanent or Fixed Term Contracts (FTCs) from April 2020, under the HMRC criteria, Projecting are out of scope of the rule changes. Therefore, Projecting will still be able to resource its projects using a mix of permanent staff and contractors, who will be able to continue to contract with us through their existing arrangements.

Further to the criteria exclusion, there are three other reasons the rules would not apply:

  • Projecting are a consultancy and not a recruitment agency. We supply services, not people.
  • Projecting remains solely responsible for paying its staff and suppliers. This is not the contractual responsibility of our clients.
  • The contractor is contracted solely to provide a service to Projecting, they remain responsible for meeting all tax and employment obligations in regard to their Limited Company.

We would be happy to discuss this further so please get in touch if you think we can be of assistance.

I am in the dawn of my career, therefore I have a couple of years of experience and a couple of qualifications under my belt. You could say I’m equally (un)qualified in both. So what have I learnt so far? Principally, no project will ever run as smoothly as your qualifications would lead you to believe.

This doesn’t weaken the value of the qualifications I’ve achieved. For me, they serve as a reminder of the solution I should be aiming for, even though running the perfect project is up there with the likelihood I’ll be struck by lightning or win the lottery. In reality, we don’t live in an ideal world and even a perfect framework cannot plan for every possibility. It would be a waste of time to try.

My experiences so far have taught me things I would never have been able to learn from a book. In my opinion, these are the most important learning events that will make me a great Project Manager. Having said this, I cannot downplay what I did learn from books. My qualifications serve as my lifebelt when drowning in work. From my studies, I remember that even in the most unique situation, there is always a method to apply to the madness. It’s my second sense of logic when my brain is in over its head.

Often the range of experience on a team is what makes it great. It brings together skills and knowledge gained in different parts of the industry. This allows projects to benefit from the shared experience of the whole team. If experience is why we succeed, qualifications are how we succeed. They are the common ground which helps a team come together. I benefit from both my qualifications and my colleagues’ experience – in all being able to speak the same language, even when it doesn’t feel like it! In Projecting, we have a vast pool of knowledge and experience that I can call on.

A good project manager is not just made from how many acronyms they can remember to apply to a project, nor only from how many times they’ve been around the block, but I have learnt that one without the other is insufficient. Qualifications give me confidence that I am moving in the right direction; experience is the comfort in knowing I can overcome whatever obstacles that direction may bring, and that sweet spot right between the two is where the magic happens!