VAT charge to hurt temp supply to key industries
Recruitment industry warns that adding VAT to temporary staff wages will cost key industries far more than government estimates
Plans to add VAT to the wages of temporary social care and charity workers,
locum doctors and financial services staff will lead to a significant fall in
the use of agency staff, according to a new study.
The Recruitment Employers
Confederation has warned that the government has ‘grossly underestimated’
the costs involved.
The measures, which come into effect in April 2009 and scrap the concessions
to agencies providing temporary workers to industries with a zero rate of VAT,
should put £125m a year in the Treasury’s coffers. However, the REC has
estimated the cost to be at least £400m,