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Responsiv Customer Notice

IR35 Statement

The government has just announced that the IR35 regulations will be applied from April 2021. We are anxious to reassure you that Responsiv Solutions Limited is not a contract agency, and we do not provide “contractors”. Our agreement and relationship with your company is not subject to the IR35 regulations.

IR35 Regulation

IR35 is a regulation that has been in discussion for many years, and has been enforced across government agencies and departments since 2016. IR35 is formulated to place the tax liability with the employer rather than the freelance employee in the event that HMRC decides that the tax is due. The regulation specifically targets individuals who are working through their own limited company.

This change of emphasis makes the regulatory risk rather difficult to assess or to properly manage.

Product names relevant to this briefing include Responsiv Consulting, Responsiv Solution as a Service, Responsiv Fixed Price Services, Responsiv Services for Assistance.

Responsiv Solutions Limited (Responsiv)

Responsiv Solutions provide services through our “Responsiv Consulting” organisation. We deliver projects and assistance services to multiple customers at any given time. We provide services, including Responsiv Assist, and Responsiv Unity (software) at the same time.

Responsiv Consulting is a team of subject matter experts and thought leaders, which is augmented with Responsiv Associates and Skilled individuals from the open market. We assemble teams in this manner to allow us to flex our workforce to meet market demand, to provide us access to rarely used skills, and to balance our resources.

Our contracts with our associates and other staff are private to Responsiv and those companies, and have been crafted to properly represent the relationship, and to address risks created by the IR35 regulation.

Responsiv and IR35

This means that we (Responsiv) take responsibility for delivering a defined service to you, and your contractual relationship is with Responsiv rather than individuals. This is true regardless of how we assemble the team. We never name individual consultants in our contracts and do provide additional skills and replacement where required at our cost.

  • Responsiv Solutions is a UK entity operating in the UK supply chain. Individuals employed by Responsiv are direct employees of the company or engaged through a third-party company. In either case IR35 risk is with Responsiv.
  • Responsiv Solutions is not an umbrella company. All of our direct employees pay UK PAYE tax.
  • Responsiv Consultants are engaged for specific projects or to deliver specific outcomes. We do not provide consultants on open-ended agreements.
  • Responsiv provide replacement consultants, flex capacity, and provide additional skills and accelerators as needed and inside the terms of our agreement.


Responsiv consultants should not be considered to be ‘Contractors’ for UK IR35 purposes. We are confident that our contracts and our relationship with you is not subject to IR35. If you have any further questions or require any more clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Yours Sincerely

Henry Cressey, COO

Richard Whyte

Richard Whyte

Richard Whyte has been building enterprise IT solutions for over 20 years. He is known for creating innovative practical solutions that provide a strong foundation for future development, whilst solving immediate problems. Previously the European CTO and Principal Architect for IBM Systems Middleware at IBM, he has an MBA, a degree in Statistics and Computing, is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered IT Professional, and Fellow of both the Institute of Technology and the British Computer Society.