It’s no secret that for many years conflict has existed between the UK tax authorities and the Construction Industry over the employment status of tradesmen.This is because in the construction industry we have up to seven times more people in self-employment compared to any other sector of the economy (except the performing arts). HMRC ignores the historic and practical reasons for our reliance on self-employment and takes the view that this difference is simply “disguised employment” rather than a legitimate choice for both individuals and contractors and they view this as just a ruse for avoiding employers national insurance tax contributions.