Principles of Engagement with Sopra Steria Recruitment


The following information aims to provide you with transparency and clarity around the principles we will apply to your registration with us for work seeking services. We would appreciate your acknowledgement of these principles prior to confirming your registration with us.

Sopra Steria Recruitment operates as both an Employment Agency and Employment Business as defined by The Conduct of Employment Agency and Employment Business Regulations 2003 (Conduct Regulations). Conduct Regulations 2003   and   Conduct Regulations (Amendment) 2010

Type of work we offer

We offer a wide range of contract and permanent roles across a broad range of disciplines     from IT to Finance and Accounting, Business Operational roles, Human Resources, Procurement and Sales and Marketing.   The roles are across all Industry Sectors in the UK market place.

Conduct Regulations

Sopra Steria Recruitment Limited do not charge candidates for work seeking services and all of our roles offer rates which are higher than the national minimum wage.

Terms and Conditions relating to the specific role and client will be made visible to you prior to commencing any assignment through Sopra Steria Recruitment, including notice period requirements for each client contract.

During the process of finding you work we will ask you whether it is your intention to opt out of the Conduct Regulations.     BEIS website

We will make appropriate adjustments or accommodations for candidates who have a disability or long-term condition. Please see here for further information   Candidate Charter

What we do with your details

By registering with us and providing us with details of your background and experience:

  • You will be actively considered for all relevant existing and future positions across our client base
  • We proactively explore opportunities on your behalf within our existing relationships
  • We will discuss each opportunity and prospect with you before passing your information on to any prospective employer
  • We will maintain regular contact with you throughout the whole recruitment cycle and beyond.
  • We will keep your information until you inform us otherwise
  • We will process your data outside of the EEA in line with the Data Protection Act
  • All information related to a disability, health and long-term conditions, or adjustments is held with strict confidentiality and will not be shared without prior discussion with and consent from the candidate.

For further information please refer to our  Privacy and Data Protection Policy

Off-Payroll Working in the Public Sector: Changes to IR35 from 6 April 2017

What is IR35?

IR35 is the name given to the government’s Tax legislation which focuses on identifying ’disguised employees‘, being individuals who are providing services to a client through an intermediary company, such as a Personal Service Company (PSC), but whose relationship with the client would be one of employment were it not for the presence of the intermediary. Where this is the case, the IR35 rules require the intermediary to deduct and make payment of the equivalent taxes as would be payable by and for an employee.

Changes for PSCs from 6th April 2017

From 6th April, responsibility for determining if an assignment is within IR35 will shift from the PSC intermediary to the Public Sector organisation to which your PSC is supplying your services. Where it is deemed that the IR35 rules apply, Sopra Steria Recruitment is obliged to calculate the applicable Tax and National Insurance Contributions and pay these directly to HMRC. The net payment that we will subsequently make to the PSC will reduce to reflect the amounts that must be paid by ourselves to HMRC .

Where it is decided by the Public Sector organisation that an assignment is outside IR35, no employment Taxes will be payable by us to HMRC, therefore Sopra Steria Recruitment’s payment to the PSC will be the gross amount invoiced.

If an assignment is managed by a Private Sector organisation and / or the contractor’s employment is with an Umbrella Company, then this legislation does not apply.

Is the PSC one described in the new legislation?

The new legislation requires that Sopra Steria Recruitment be informed whether the PSC (or a partnership if supplying through a partnership) is one to which the new rules apply as set out in the attached Intermediary Conditions Explanatory Note Intermediary Conditions

Even If the Assignment would otherwise be within IR35, if the supplying vehicle is not one described in the Note, then the new rules will not apply.

Engagement options with Sopra Steria Recruitment if an assignment is deemed as ‘Inside IR35’?

Sopra Steria Recruitment is able to offer the following engagement options for current and future assignments inside IR35.

  1. Move to an Umbrella Company model – Sopra Steria Recruitment are members of APSCo and suggest a review of those approved APSCo affiliate organisations as options to contract through Sopra Steria Recruitment
  2. Continue to provide services through the PSC but subject to the necessary employment Tax and National Insurance Contributions made by Sopra Steria Recruitment. Sopra Steria Recruitment has new contract terms for all PSC’s to take effect from 6th April.

VAT self-Billing

In order to operate the new rules we will require you to agree to be covered by our ‘VAT Self Billing’ arrangement so that the correct figures can be generated for your PSC’s invoices to us. This will involve you registering for VAT if you are not already registered.

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