Pegasus react to Autumn Statement: Self-Employed benefits and the courier industry

28/11/2023
Pegasus Couriers Director Phil West has welcomed the tax cut but says that more should be done in the long term

UK COURIER drivers working for themselves could potentially earn an extra £350 per year following the latest tax cuts.

This exciting news comes as the recent Autumn Statement highlights benefits specifically designed for the 4 million self-employed individuals in the country. 

Both self-employed tax specialists and courier experts are thrilled with this development, especially considering the ongoing driver shortage crisis in the logistics industry.

In his speech, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt emphasised the importance of supporting small businesses to boost the local economy, making tax cuts a widely welcomed move in the problem-plagued industry. 

“The measures outlined in the Autumn Statement provide much-needed financial relief; however, we are still needing more incentives for individuals to join the self-employment sector. This will help address the driver shortage issue but also fuel the growth of the industry as a whole,” said industry leader and Pegasus Couriers director Phillip West.

Self-employment offers attractive benefits, particularly for those who value flexible work and independence. However, there is often confusion about what self-employment actually means for individuals in our industry. “Our recruitment team has noticed that many are drawn to self-employment, especially for seasonal work, as a means to navigate between industries. While some have returned to their pre-pandemic jobs and others prefer the courier industry, we still face significant shortages,” West added.

The Autumn Statement highlighted that a self-employed person earning around £28,000 per year could save an average of about £350, equivalent to around £30 per month.

UK Tax specialist firm With Wise spokesperson Darryl Oung welcomed the news but emphasised that more needed to be done to benefit the self-employed, especially in the long term.

Wise specialises in the self-employment sector, particularly within logistics and the courier industry. Their platform is used by over 250 logistics firms and more than 14,000 self-employed drivers. 

“The Class 2 cut and Class 4 reduction in national insurance will undoubtedly put more money in the pockets of the self-employed. However, we must continue to push for additional measures to address the driver demand issues and attract more individuals, including drivers, to explore the world of self-employment,” Oung added.

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) welcomed the tax cuts but cautioned that more action is required. Similarly, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Policy Chair, Tina McKenzie, expressed satisfaction with the changes as they align with their long-standing campaign efforts.

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