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Smart Metering Analyst

Job Reference: 3085_1620380119

  • Location

    Birmingham, England

  • Money

    £24000 - 26000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Smart Metering Analyst Are you an experienced Smart Metering Analyst? Do you have practical experience resolving back office metering problems and engaging with installation partners? Consult Energy is working with a thriving client in the Energy industry who is looking for a Smart Metering Analyst to join their team. If you have back-office experience in […]

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Operations Data Analyst

Job Reference: 3082_1620378236

  • Location

    Manchester, England

  • Money

    £30000 - 32000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Operations Data Analyst Do you have experience creating and presenting reporting packs for clients and stakeholders? We are working with an exciting client looking for an Operations Data Analyst who will work with clients to deliver operational data to various consumers within the business and externally. Interested? Have a look at the below! Operations Data […]

Added 2 days ago

Change Analyst

Job Reference: 3084_1620309044

  • Location

    London, England

  • Money

    £30000 - 40000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Change Analyst Do you have experience in change within the energy space and are looking for the next step in your career? We are working with an exciting client looking for a Change Analyst to join their team. Interested? Have a look at the below! Change Analyst – What will you do: Keep an up-to-date […]

Added 2 days ago

Senior Billing Analyst

Job Reference: 3083_1620296024

  • Location

    Northampton, England

  • Money

    £30000 - 40000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Senior Billing Analyst Are you an experienced Billing Analyst within the Energy industry? Do you have experience working to improve billing accuracy, and making process improvements to develop billing performance? Consult Energy are working with a forward thinking Energy company with an excellent reputation in the industry who are looking for a Senior Billing Analyst […]

Added 3 days ago

Environmental Coordinator

Job Reference: 3081_1620211239

  • Location

    Sheffield, England

  • Money

    £18000 - 20000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Environmental Coordinator Do you have experience in energy efficiency services looking for the next step in your career, or are you a graduate in an environmental related subject looking for your first role? We are working with an exciting client looking for an Energy Efficiency Coordinator who will work with clients to deliver key energy […]

Added 3 days ago

BI Developer

Job Reference: 3079_1620202334

  • Location

    Harrogate, England

  • Money

    £30000 - 35000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

BI Developer Do you have strong SQL skills? Do you have experience manipulating, interpreting and presenting large complex data sets? Consult Energy are working with an exciting client looking for a BI Developer to join their team. Interested? Have a look at the below! BI Developer – What will you do: Develop and support debelopment […]

Added 4 days ago

Key Account Manager

Job Reference: 3078_1620130369

  • Location

    Remote, England

  • Money

    £45000 - 55000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Key Account Manager Are you an experienced Account Manager within the Energy industry? Do you have experience managing the relationship between third parties and energy suppliers? Consult Energy is working with an industry leading company who are looking for a Key Account Manager to join their successful team and manage energy supplier relationships. If you […]

Added 30 Apr 2021

Head of Audit and Assurance

Job Reference: 3077_1619791932

  • Location

    Winchester, England

  • Money

    £80000 - 85000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Head of Audit and Assurance Do you have strong experience in leadership of audit activities? Have you managed risks and controls frameworks? This role could be for you! Head of Audit and Assurance – What you’ll do: Develop long term assurance strategy Develop and manage compliance and risk frameworks Oversee all internal and external audit […]

Added 30 Apr 2021

Audit and Assurance Manager

Job Reference: 3076_1619791455

  • Location

    Winchester, England

  • Money

    £40000 - 45000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Audit and Assurance Manager Do you have strong experience in the conducting audit activities? Have you managed risks and controls frameworks? This role could be for you! Audit and Assurance Manager – What you’ll do: Keep abreast of and implement audit and risk management best practice Monitor and report on relevant audit and risk areas […]

Added 29 Apr 2021

Change Project Manager

Job Reference: 3033_1619708623

  • Location

    City of London, England

  • Money

    £45000 - 55000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Change Project Manager Do you have strong experience in change within the energy retail supply space and are looking for the next step in your career? We are working with an exciting client looking for a Change Manager to join their team. Interested? Have a look at the below! Change Project Manager – What will […]

Added 29 Apr 2021

Contracts and Relationship Manager (Energy)

Job Reference: 3075_1619702582

  • Location

    London, England

  • Money

    £45000 - 55000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Contracts and Relationship Manager (Energy) Do you have experience in the energy sector with a proven track record in contract negotiation and managing third party relationships? This role could be for you! Contracts and Relationship Manager (Energy) – What you’ll do: Manage contracts and relationships with third party suppliers Keep an open line of communication […]

Added 28 Apr 2021

Senior Consultant (Corporate)

Job Reference: 3074_1619623846

  • Location

    London, England

  • Money

    £35000 - 60000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Senior Consultant (Corporate) – Remote We are on the hunt for someone who’s experienced and deeply passionate about sustainability and the drive to Net Zero! A key part of this role will be to support key clients in the Industrial & Manufacturing sectors and leading the technical delivery of complex sustainability projects. Job Type: Permanent […]

Added 28 Apr 2021

Senior Consultant (Real Estate)

Job Reference: 3073_1619621536

  • Location

    Remote, England

  • Money

    £50000 - 60000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Senior Consultant (Real Estate) – Remote We are on the hunt for someone who’s an experienced and deeply passionate about sustainability and the drive to Net Zero! A key part of this role will be to support key clients in the Real Estate sector and leading the technical delivery of complex sustainability projects. Job Type: […]

Added 27 Apr 2021

BI Developer

Job Reference: 3071_1619544988

  • Location

    Chorley, England

  • Money

    £40000 - 55000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

BI Developer Do you have strong Power BI experience? Do you have experience manipulating, interpreting and presenting large complex data sets? Consult Energy are working with an exciting client looking for a BI Developer to join their team. Interested? Have a look at the below! BI Developer – What will you do: Manage large, complex […]

Added 26 Apr 2021

Pricing Manager

Job Reference: 3068_1619446115

  • Location

    Birmingham, England

  • Money

    £60000 - 70000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Pricing Manager Do you have experience working in the UK Energy industry within B2B? Have you got a strong understanding of pricing operations and structuring? Consult Energy are working with a successful, well established business, who are looking for an experienced Pricing Manager to lead a team and have a hands-on role in developing their […]

Added 23 Apr 2021

Test Manager

Job Reference: 3066_1619194126

  • Location

    London, England

  • Money

    £50000 - 65000 per annum

  • Contract

    Contract

Test Manager – 12 Month FTC Remote with 2 visits to London monthly We are looking for a Test Manager to join an established business. This is a very exciting opportunity to working for a leading Energy business. Essential Skills/Experience Smart Metering Experience As a Test Lead or Manager role in an Energy Supplier or […]

Added 23 Apr 2021

ECO Quality Assurance Analyst

Job Reference: 3065_1619180775

  • Location

    City of London, England

  • Money

    £20000 - 25000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

ECO Quality Assurance Analyst Do you have experience working on the Energy Company Obligation scheme? Do you possess strong communication skills and attention to detail? Consult Energy are working with an established client looking for a new ECO Quality Assurance Analyst to join their team. Interested? Have a look at the below! ECO Quality Assurance […]

Added 21 Apr 2021

Principle Consultant (Hydrogen)

Job Reference: 3060_1619003438

  • Location

    West Midlands, England

  • Money

    £60000 - 75000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Principle Consultant (Hydrogen) Do you have strong experience in the hydrogen sector with the ability to offer consultancy services? Do you have a proven track record in selling specialist solutions to senior stakeholders? This role could be for you! Principle Consultant (Hydrogen) – What you’ll do: Help develop the business’s consultancy offering within the growing […]

Added 21 Apr 2021

Credit Risk Analyst

Job Reference: 3022_1619000207

  • Location

    London, England

  • Money

    £38000 - 48000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Credit Risk Analyst Are you an experienced Risk professional? Have you made credit decisions based on risk analysis? Consult Energy is working with a well-established client who are looking for a Credit Risk Analyst to join their team, to support with monitoring the credit risk environment, making commercial credit decisions and identify opportunities to optimise […]

Added 19 Apr 2021

Market Analyst

Job Reference: 3062_1618850193

  • Location

    Northampton, England

  • Money

    £35000 - 40000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Market Analyst Are you an experienced Analyst in the Energy industry? Do you have experience producing models on market trends? Consult Energy are working with a growing business who are looking for a Market Analyst to join their team to develop power modelling. It will be a varied role which will use your analytical/numerical skills, […]

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IR35 refresher

IR35: Common Pitfalls to Avoid as an Employer

By Consult Energy
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The long awaited IR35 reform is finally upon us as of next month on the 6th of April 2021. We’ve had our ear to the ground on the private sector reform since the news broke back in 2019. In fact, we even did a podcast on it.

For anyone still wondering what IR35 is: in short, it’s a tax legislation designed to put a stop to “disguised” contractors being billed as a limited company. IR35 is used to determine whether a contractor should be taxed by HMRC the same as an employee, or as a limited company.

None of that is new information, but what has changed is that the burden of determining a contractor’s status now sits with the employer rather than the contractor. Understandably, this has had a lot of businesses wondering how to approach their contingent workforce going forwards.

If you’ve been dreading having to make changes to the way your organisation works with contractors, we’re here to tell you there’s no need to panic.

With HMRC releasing a statement on February 2021 confirming that they’ll be taking a lenient approach to genuine IR35 mistakes for the first 12 months and won’t be fining people as a result, you’ve got a lot more leeway than originally thought.

That being said, what HMRC defines as a genuine mistake could be up for debate so it’s best to keep your finger on the pulse in terms of what is and isn’t allowed. We’ve pulled together some of the common pitfalls employer could fall foul to when it comes to determining your contractor’s status.

Leave blanket determinations at the door

We know they’re the quick and easy way to decide who to work with and may seem like the safest option, but hear us out on this one. It doesn’t pay to rely on role-based blanket bans, and they all impact you as an employer. Not only does it not constitute as ‘reasonable care’, a necessity when making a status decision, but they’re also uninsurable which puts you at risk. If that wasn’t enough to put you off, here are a few more reasons not to use IR35 blanket determinations as your go to method for deciding where a contractor’s role sits.

It puts strain on your in-house team

Contractors are within their rights to challenge what they deem to be an incorrect IR35 assessment, meaning that they can come back to you and appeal the decision. This means ensuring you have in-house capacity to deal with this as employers must respond to appeals within 45 days, you don’t need us to tell you what a chore that could become.

This may sound farfetched but since you’re making a sweeping judgement with a blanket determination, it’s very likely that you will get some push back.

It’s bad for employer brand

If you’re an organisation that works with contractors regularly, you really don’t want to be known for being slap dash with your role determinations. End hirers are far more likely to be seen as an attractive company to work for if they take care with their Status Determination Statements rather than try to avoid them altogether. Ultimately, this could result in you having a much smaller pool of contractors to choose from and impact your ability to choose the right one.

There are financial implications

Not only could your contractor get fed up, drop out and get scooped up by one of your competitors, meaning you miss out on the right person for the job but you might and suffer a financial loss as a result if you need to rehire. Furthermore you’ll need to make sure you’ve accounted for extra NIC payments in your budget. The fact of the matter is: by trying to avoid a higher end of year tax bill, you might just end up paying unnecessary NIC throughout the year instead if the contractor is actually outside of IR35 anyway.

Remember the SDS fundamentals

Status Determination Statements are part and parcel of working with contractors as of April 6th, so it’s important to get it right. This is effectively a notice of your IR35 status determination and should include a summary of how you reached the conclusion. The reasons for your decision should be outlined really clearly, but should bear in mind the below points which HMRC will be assessing:

  • Control – How much control do you have over when, where and how the work is completed?
  • Substitution – Can the contractor be easily substituted for the role?
  • Mutuality of Obligation – Are you obliged to offer the contractor future work?
  • Financial Risk – Who is likely to suffer financially should the contract not be completed?

Don’t forget, if the contractor appeals your decision you have 45 days to respond to them either overturning your determination or confirming it.

Don’t brave it alone

If you’re finding it tough to get a handle on IR35, there’s absolutely nothing to lose from reaching out to a trusted business partner that can help. For instance, we opted to partner with FCSA accredited umbrella company, Brookson, to help us take care of our contractor candidate-base.

As a recruitment partner to the energy sector, we completely understand the apprehension around IR35. That’s why we made it our business to be in the know about the legislation so we can advise clients and contractors alike on how to proceed once the reform comes into play.

Take a listen to our latest IR35 refresher podcast where our Director Kevin Tyler chats with Brookson’s Andy Holt covering off the fundamentals of IR35 and what you need to know.

If you’d like to have a chat about how IR35 could affect you and the roles you’ve got on at the moment, please reach out to us.

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Smart Metering Analyst

Job Reference: 3085_1620380119

  • Location

    Birmingham, England

  • Money

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  • Contract

    Permanent

Smart Metering Analyst Are you an experienced Smart Metering Analyst? Do you have practical experience resolving back office metering problems and engaging with installation partners? Consult Energy is working with a thriving client in the Energy industry who is looking for a Smart Metering Analyst to join their team. If you have back-office experience in […]

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Job Reference: 3082_1620378236

  • Location

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Change Analyst

Job Reference: 3084_1620309044

  • Location

    London, England

  • Money

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  • Contract

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Change Analyst Do you have experience in change within the energy space and are looking for the next step in your career? We are working with an exciting client looking for a Change Analyst to join their team. Interested? Have a look at the below! Change Analyst – What will you do: Keep an up-to-date […]

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Senior Billing Analyst

Job Reference: 3083_1620296024

  • Location

    Northampton, England

  • Money

    £30000 - 40000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

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Environmental Coordinator

Job Reference: 3081_1620211239

  • Location

    Sheffield, England

  • Money

    £18000 - 20000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Environmental Coordinator Do you have experience in energy efficiency services looking for the next step in your career, or are you a graduate in an environmental related subject looking for your first role? We are working with an exciting client looking for an Energy Efficiency Coordinator who will work with clients to deliver key energy […]

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BI Developer

Job Reference: 3079_1620202334

  • Location

    Harrogate, England

  • Money

    £30000 - 35000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

BI Developer Do you have strong SQL skills? Do you have experience manipulating, interpreting and presenting large complex data sets? Consult Energy are working with an exciting client looking for a BI Developer to join their team. Interested? Have a look at the below! BI Developer – What will you do: Develop and support debelopment […]

Added 4 days ago

Key Account Manager

Job Reference: 3078_1620130369

  • Location

    Remote, England

  • Money

    £45000 - 55000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Key Account Manager Are you an experienced Account Manager within the Energy industry? Do you have experience managing the relationship between third parties and energy suppliers? Consult Energy is working with an industry leading company who are looking for a Key Account Manager to join their successful team and manage energy supplier relationships. If you […]

Added 30 Apr 2021

Head of Audit and Assurance

Job Reference: 3077_1619791932

  • Location

    Winchester, England

  • Money

    £80000 - 85000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Head of Audit and Assurance Do you have strong experience in leadership of audit activities? Have you managed risks and controls frameworks? This role could be for you! Head of Audit and Assurance – What you’ll do: Develop long term assurance strategy Develop and manage compliance and risk frameworks Oversee all internal and external audit […]

Added 30 Apr 2021

Audit and Assurance Manager

Job Reference: 3076_1619791455

  • Location

    Winchester, England

  • Money

    £40000 - 45000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Audit and Assurance Manager Do you have strong experience in the conducting audit activities? Have you managed risks and controls frameworks? This role could be for you! Audit and Assurance Manager – What you’ll do: Keep abreast of and implement audit and risk management best practice Monitor and report on relevant audit and risk areas […]

Added 29 Apr 2021

Change Project Manager

Job Reference: 3033_1619708623

  • Location

    City of London, England

  • Money

    £45000 - 55000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Change Project Manager Do you have strong experience in change within the energy retail supply space and are looking for the next step in your career? We are working with an exciting client looking for a Change Manager to join their team. Interested? Have a look at the below! Change Project Manager – What will […]

Added 29 Apr 2021

Contracts and Relationship Manager (Energy)

Job Reference: 3075_1619702582

  • Location

    London, England

  • Money

    £45000 - 55000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Contracts and Relationship Manager (Energy) Do you have experience in the energy sector with a proven track record in contract negotiation and managing third party relationships? This role could be for you! Contracts and Relationship Manager (Energy) – What you’ll do: Manage contracts and relationships with third party suppliers Keep an open line of communication […]

Added 28 Apr 2021

Senior Consultant (Corporate)

Job Reference: 3074_1619623846

  • Location

    London, England

  • Money

    £35000 - 60000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Senior Consultant (Corporate) – Remote We are on the hunt for someone who’s experienced and deeply passionate about sustainability and the drive to Net Zero! A key part of this role will be to support key clients in the Industrial & Manufacturing sectors and leading the technical delivery of complex sustainability projects. Job Type: Permanent […]

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