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Public Sector IR35 and the Apprenticeship Levy: Panic, Penalty or Progress?


2017 sees the introduction of some of the most radical changes to affect the recruitment and contracting sector in recent years.

As a result, the Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC), the professional trade association representing recruitment consultancies across all sectors, is hosting a full day conference in London on 9th February, bringing together keynote speakers and recruitment law experts to explore the challenges facing hirers and recruitment agencies from the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and Public Sector IR35 rules.

Commenting on the launch, Adrian Marlowe, chairman of ARC said

“There is no doubt that the Apprenticeship Levy will have an impact, but how will it work? Has it been fully thought through and how will it affect both those wanting to train as apprentices and the labour supply market?”

Marlowe continues

“Public sector IR35 rules engender a new era, with agencies and hirers set to meet the tax liabilities of their contractors. How will this affect flexibility in the UK workforce, how will the proposed HMRC online tool work and will it be fit for purpose?”

Marlowe concludes

“ARC is aware that concerns over the changes coming in next April not are restricted to the recruitment supply sector, as the public sector and all hirers are also affected. This is reflected not only in the speakers who have confirmed but in those we have invited.”

Keynote speakers

  • Mark Bull, Chief Executive Officer at Randstad UK, one of the UK’s leading specialist recruitment consultancies
  • Neil Withey, Training & Development Divisional Director from the manufacturers’ organisation EEF
  • Adrian Marlowe, Chairman ARC
  • Ben Grover, Senior Legal Consultant Lawspeed

ARC has also invited representatives from the FE sector as well as the CBI and HMRC and is awaiting confirmation.

The programme will include a seminar on IR35 provided by the recruitment law experts Lawspeed.

20% early bird discount

ARC is offering a 20% discount to delegates booking before 31 December 2016. Pay just £280+VAT (full rate £350+VAT) with further discounts for ARC members.

Full details about the conference can be found by visiting


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