BBC staff paid as freelancers are being targeted to be taken on the payroll. This means the BBC will have to pay them holiday pay/statutory sick/maternity/paternity/adoption pay, pension contributions, and pay employers Class 1 NIC’s.
The BBC argue this has to be cost-neutral to them, so the freelancers have been offered either a 25% pay cut with staff benefits such as the BBC’s pension, or a 13% pay cut with only minimum conditions.
The BBC were criticised for paying some 804 staff through Personal Service Companies (PSC) which can be used as a legal way of reducing tax liabilities.
If you are unsure if someone you are paying is a freelancer or an employee you can check their status using HMRC’s Employment Status Indicator (ESI) here https://esi2calculator.hmrc.gov.uk/esi/app/index.html