Direct Engagement

Direct Engagement

Brookson has worked with over 10,000 recruitment businesses for over 20 years placing over 90,000 contractors, interims and locums. We are now using this unrivalled experience and expertise to deliver advice and services to the NHS to enable them to manage their temporary workforce in a fundamentally different way which delivers real and significant cost saving.

Our specialist Healthcare Team provides unrivalled expertise, support and state-of-the-art software that enables NHS organisations to efficiently control and manage the procurement of temporary workers. Direct engagement delivers attractive cost savings and is fully compliant to the latest and strictly enforced HMRC tax obligation rules. We organise the whole process for you liaising with all your key suppliers, including recruitment agencies.

  • 20% VAT Saving

    The services of locum doctors and other registered healthcare professionals are VAT exempt. Employing or engaging temporary workers directly with the NHS removes the current recruitment business VAT impact. Additionally VAT is recoverable on agency recruitment fees incurred.

  • Understanding the Flexible Workforce

    Direct engagement can be implemented for registered healthcare professionals in a range of trading models, including limited companies, umbrella companies, sole traders and employed workers.

  • Workforce Review

    The first stage of our approach is to analyse all expenditure on registered healthcare professionals. We engage with all key suppliers determining the current way of working for your engaged labour and compute any potential savings.

  • Required Assurance

    We understand the complexity and issues when working with public sector IR35 compliance. Our in-house team of specialist solicitors provides full support and advice ensuring your flexible workforce meets your required assurance, or notify you if not.

  • Seamless Integration

    With our direct engagement you continue to utilise the search, selection and compliance skills of a recruitment business, while moving to a more appropriate engagement method for VAT treatment. In doing this you have visibility on key worker information required to prevent substantial penalties for not engaging off-payroll workers correctly.

  • Effective Management

    We implement and support our direct engagement model through our innovative and effective vendor management system.This utilises leading management & administrative software analysis tools.

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