CIS checks for false employment

When operating in construction via CIS, Quest Pay Solutions (QPS) take compliance extremely seriously.


It is important to note that not everyone working in the construction industry can work as a CIS sub-contractor. The rules of false self-employment state that individuals that do not meet a certain criterion are not able to be engaged in this way and QPS have a series of measures in place to test against this and ensure that compliance is always maintained.


The underlying rule for determining who can be engaged under CIS centres around the existence of Supervision, Direction and Control (SDC) when on assignment. More specifically, when assessing for this, Quest Pay scrutinise the engagement with the following checks.


  • Checking the Job title undertaken with external industry leading employment status experts.
  • Cross reference rates against job roles.
  • Checking the description of the assignment and nature of the work to be undertaken with external industry leading employment status experts
  • Completing a multiple question questionnaire with every contractor to establish more facts from them regarding the engagement.

When complying with SDC rules, it is important to understand the way in which information about the assignments and engagement are checked. When determining whether SDC exists, QPS are careful not to focus on the ‘where’ and ‘when’ of the engagement but rather the ‘how’ the work is carried out.


Failure to comply with false self-employment rules could result in heavy penalties for a number of the parties involved. This is why QPS take this so seriously and will only engage contractors via CIS if satisfied that they are genuinely of self-employment status. For further information about this process or to see if you are eligible for CIS contact our team on 01244 555123.

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