As of April 2021, the responsibility for determining workers’ employment status will fall with the client (i.e. agency) rather than the worker themselves. This change in IR35 legislation applies to all large, medium or private sector companies and agencies, and is called ‘off-payroll working’. It’s important to note however, that IR35 status tests will remain the same.

IR35 is a legislation relevant to limited company contractors. It’s important to make sure that if you are working ‘inside the scope of IR35’ you are paying an employed level of tax and national insurance, as you would if you were an employee of a client.

It’s imperative to work completely within the remit of tax rules and legislation, so contractors must take the time and effort to ensure that they are, as it is their responsibility as a contractor.


If you need help switching your temporary workforce contact our friendly, knowledgeable staff today to discuss your IR35 needs at

Professional Passport Accreditation


Professional Passport is the largest independent assessor of payroll solution compliance in the UK. They work with all areas of the contractor industry from contractors themselves through to accountancy and umbrella companies.

They are a completely independent compliance organisation who don’t have any founders, shareholders or investors and they’re not involved with any of the agencies, clients or payroll providers they accredit. This means that they are able to provide completely unbiased service reviews and independent compliance checks.


They continually monitor HMRC legislation to ensure that they are keeping their compliance review standards as up to date as possible so to make sure that their members are maintaining the highest of standards.

Professional Passport operates on a very strict Code of Conduct and Guiding Principles, that all the accredited members must abide by. As such, any umbrella or CIS solution provider has to be audited in depth before they can become accredited. After that, members face yearly audits to ensure that they remain committed to the most rigorous standards of compliance.


As an accredited member of Professional Passport, we have access to fully audited and approved supplier listings and the ability to access Professional Passport’s IR35 assessment service. We also have access to an abundance of information on best practice in relation to changing legislation, agency worker regulations, IR35 and much more.


As such, our Professional Passport accreditation acts as an unquestionable statement of compliance which provides the reassurance our clients need that Azure is amongst the best of the best. If you’re looking for a first-class payroll provider, contact us at


As a contractor, it is important to build a positive reputation for yourself to ensure your work is steady and employers are pleased with your work. In order to maintain steady jobs, you’ll need to build trust with your clients. In this blog, we will give you our five top tips to becoming a trusted contractor.  


1- Communication. 

Efficient and effective communication is key. Make sure you stay on top of any emailsand communicate anything you need from a job, as well as updates, if appropriate. This is especially important to manage client expectations. Be realistic about goals and deadlines so that the client’s expectations will be met or exceeded – not let down. 


2- Be reliable. 

Always be on time, always complete the work that was agreed, when you agreed to deliver, and always be where you say you’ll be. This will help you stick in the minds of those looking to hire contractors and help you get jobs again and again.  


3- Be professional. 

First impressions matter, especially as a contractor. Be sure that you’re dressed appropriately and have all the required tools for any engagements and make sure that there is nothing about you (even your email address) that seems unprofessional. Unfortunately, it is true that people often make snap judgements, and it can be difficult to change an opinion once it’s made. 


4- Be intentional. 

Clients are likely to hire you again if they get the impression that you are invested and interested in cultivating a long-term relationship. Make it a point to get to know them and to really understand their needs. That way, when another job comes along, they might think of you first as someone they know and trust, rather than going with someone unknown.  


5- Set yourself up for success. 

Give your client a deadline that gives you slightly longer than you need to complete a project. That way, if you finish before the deadline, the client will be delighted at your time saving, and if you end up needing a bit more wiggle room, you’ve got the extra time to handle it. 


Get in touch today with our friendly, Payroll Service for Contractors knowledgeable team to discuss what we can do for you.  


Touted as ‘Facebook with a tie’, LinkedIn has recently become an essential in growing businesses and landing new contacts. Although it can seem daunting, managing your LinkedIn can be very simple if you just follow a few simple steps regularly. Here, we’ll show you everything you need to know to become a LinkedIn pro and gain those valuable contacts!

1- Be active. 


Make it a part of your daily routine to spend some time on LinkedIn. It doesn’t have to be a lot, simply 15 minutes per day will help boost your profile as you like posts, post your own content and make connections.

2- Make sure you have 500+ connections.


For LinkedIn, the going standard is that anyone “serious” about their job will have 500+ connections and you may be ruled out by potential new clients if you have less. This may seem strange and quite high, but it’s quite easy to hit that target. Just be sure to continually add people you are interested in until you hit that magic number.

3- Tag.


Always tag people in your network in your posts. What this does is display the post to everyone you know and to everyone the tagged person knows. This works especially well if you’re tagging someone you know who has a lot of connections as your name will be seen by more and more people.

4- Make sure your profile is totally up to date. 


Ensure your profile picture is professional looking and is a recent photo of you – no selfies or holiday photos! You should also make sure that your banner photo is relevant to your company (i.e. a company logo or brand colours) or a photo of you perhaps winning an award. You’ll also need to ensure that your information is correct and there’s nothing left over from previous employments.

5- Ask for help. 


One of the best things you can do is ask people you know to verify your skills on LinkedIn, or even leave a review about your service on your profile. This shows other potential clients or employers how great you are!

Start off with these five simple steps and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a LinkedIn pro and growing your business with those all-important connections.

Get in touch with one of our friendly knowledgeable staff today to find out what we can do for you.