the bottom line was that self employment was being exploited unfairly by businesses and individuals to avoid tax, and IR35 was attempting to stop disguised employment.
Back onto drivers, It’s definitely a factor in the logistics industry which we discussed earlier, with agencies commonly used to plug gaps and provide flexibility.
Agencies will always have their place but I know most businesses still prefer to have their own people to ensure they get quality and consistency of work. Overseeing agency drivers is a hassle Because of the disruption to ensure they are compliant, trained and have the info needed to do the job to the same level as the permanent driver who has done the job for years… and you then have all extra work needed to supervise them and correct any issues that naturally arise because they don’t have the same level of job knowledge.
so in this instance, whilst self employed contractors can help boost productivity by providing short term help, I’m not convinced they provide the same benefit as having good quality driving staff permanently on the books.
debate over tax policy is perhaps a different thread but I don’t disagree about the inanity of the usual back and forth that happens in political debate.