Re: Isn't this fixable?
Im sure to someone who doesnt understand the contract market that this sounds like a brilliant idea.
Ill tell you what, Im not going to point out all of the ridiculous flaws in your plan... how about you just go off and figure out who bears the cost of training the replacement and let me know.
Under regular substitution clauses this would be the contractors LTD company as it would be their decision to invoke the clause and it would be to their benefit, however they will not be likely to want to bear this cost and neither will the client.
So what you are proposing is that the the client allows the contractor to bring in a substitute and spend a few weeks* training them during which time presumably the client is still being billed but the contractor is only spending a fraction of their time working as they have to hand over. You are also asking that the client is either billed twice for the same time/work or that the contractor bears the cost themselves...
I'd be very interested to hear what problem exactly it is that you are trying to resolve here?
Is it that you think that contractors dont pay enough tax? Because I assure you, we pay substantially more than you may have been lead to believe.
We could spend hours listing the pros and cons of contracting V's the pros and cons of being a permie... but thats been done, Instead Ill point out to you that while contractors have a few legal ways to avoid taxes such as paying dividends rather than just salary... permies have a significantly larger number of options available to avoid taxes, a quick google found me these PRE TAX benefits which allow you to avoid paying full whack PAYE (these are often given to employees who are close to crossing into the higher (45% tax band) to keep their tax contributions in the lower rate:
Pensions contributions (Matched by your employer)
Private health care (for you and your family)
Private dental insurance (for you and your family)
Critical illness insurance
Interest free travel loans
Share Schemes (Bonus they might match your purchase) - Double bonus you become a shareholder and get dividends with tax paid at the same rate that contractors get theirs.
Free eye tests (And a % towards your glasses or contacts if you need them)
Student loan payments.
Discount cards for shops and restaurants
My previous employer also offered a scheme where you could buy supermarket vouchers out of your pre tax pay basically making your weekly shop reduce your PAYE bill.
Then we get onto the obvious:
Travel expenses (Your employer will pay you to travel to different sites and pay your accommodation and meals while you are away).
Payment for public holidays
Notice period of at least four weeks
This list goes on...
Not to mention the strong employment laws that you have on your side should an employer decide to be a dick, have a look at the contractorUK forum for examples of contractors being told that their project has been canceled less than a week into a gig, or better a few weeks ago the guy that got the phone call as he pulled into the clients car park on day one telling him they no longer needed him...
Finally and this in my opinion is one of the biggies... Pay, you as a permanent member of staff are guaranteed to receive your salary on a set date each month, it might vary a bit and there might be occasional issues where you dont get paid on time, but these will be few and far between.
Compare that with my recent experience where an issue with supplier payments meant that over the course of 6 months I only had two invoices paid... not that bad until you factor in that I bill WEEKLY How would a permie deal with only receiving 10% of their pay for six months with very little come back?
Ive said it before to others and Im sure Ill have to say it again.. if you honestly believe that contractors have it so good, give it a go, Ill be happy to give advice on what you need to do to get started, Ill point you in the direction of a few good agencies and recruiters and you too can join this massive tax scam that you seem to think we are all in on.