Newsletter - February 2021

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Latest news and updates - February 2021

Hello everyone and welcome to February's newsletter. Yes, I have the correct month this time…sorry about the typo last month.

The theme for this month is time. By that I mean it's running out for you to consider and implement either of the two topics below. The first one may not concern you at all; the second will impact many of you. What are they?

  • NDT Apprenticeships
  • April 2021 changes to off-payroll working (IR35)

Enjoy reading, and remember we are experts in NDT recruitment, so if you want to let someone else to take the load of finding new NDT staff, do contact our Technical Director, Paul Morgan, for a confidential, no obligation chat on +44 (0)1793 200169

Or drop him a line at:


NDT Apprenticeships

We're supporting National Apprenticeship Week, an annual event taking place between 8 – 14 February.

Funding for apprenticeships and additional incentives were announced in July 2020 by the chancellor in his ‘Plan for Jobs'.

As an employer of an NDT team, you may not have considered this approach to onboarding new talent. Skills Training UK has partnered with NDT Schools to provide a comprehensive and holistic training programme. Holistic, in the sense that it is more than just teaching NDT methodology.

Potential benefits to a business

  • Many apprentices stay with their employer when they finish their employer when they finish their apprenticeships. This can make a sustainable investment in the skills to support your business as the economy recovers.
  • Improve your productivity; apprentices are motivated to learn new skills.
  • A productive and effective way to grow talent.
  • Capitalise on new ideas and a fresh perspective.

What's the deadline for extra incentives?

The Government introduced payments to support employers who hire new apprentices between 1 August 2020 and 31 March 2021; £2,000 for a 16-24 year old and £1,500 for 25+. That's the deadline to hire, if you want extra financial support. You can apply for the payment until 30 April 2021.

The payment is in addition to the £1,000 employers already receive for hiring an apprentice aged 16-18.

Who do you approach to learn more?

Skills Training UK. They are a national independent training provider at the forefront of Apprenticeships for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT). For more details, you may contact John Skidmore at or call him on 07369280721 or follow this link: Apprenticeships Menu - Workplace Apprenticeship Training | STUK (


April 2021 changes to off-payroll working (IR35)

Some of the following contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

What's the deadline?

Off-payroll working rules change on 6 April 2021 and are applied differently. From this date, all medium and large sized clients will be responsible for deciding the employment status of workers (sometimes known as contractors).

Up until then, the responsibility for determining whether contracted work remains within, or outside of IR35 rests with the contractor. That is, they were responsible for subsequent tax arrangements should they deem themselves outside of IR35 rules. Not so after 6 April, the responsibility now rests with the end user of that contractor's work. This will have a huge impact on end users and contractors alike, with the former inclining to place contractors inside IR35 (PAYE & NICS will be deducted from payments).

There are two important things to note here: If the contractor can show that he is genuinely self-employed and/or that the end client is a small company (as defined and explored in more detail here) then these rules do not apply.

I have provided links for further advice:


Guidance for clients

Guidance for contractors

Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST)

IR35 Shield

IR35 compliance


Q & A

Q. What will I get from you that I would not get elsewhere?

A: Simply put, NDT Resources is NDT recruitment. We will anticipate your every need because NDT is all we do. No other recruiter will understand the methodology, certification equivalents, industry sectors, salary expectations, contractor requirements and technical jargon the way we do. You will receive pre-qualified candidates that can do the job – no more irrelevant CVs to sift through.



Our job offering is constantly changing, varying from UK to global placements for a wide range of roles in the NDT sector. Contact us for details.

Business is continuing to pick up here. We have just received the following requisitions:

  • Contract MT and/or UT technicians with own equipment are required for a long established end user client that carries out NDT in a variety of industrial sectors. Of particular interest are those based in Scotland, London and the South of England. Premium rates on offer.
  • Sales Manager for digital radiography equipment. Will set up and oversee relationships with worldwide distributors in the NDT market.

These are just in and do not appear on our jobs page yet. If you want to know more, please feel free to drop me a line or give me a call.

NDT Resources Ltd acts as an Employment Agency (introducing candidates for employment by the hirer) and an Employment Business (engaging and supplying temporary workers to provide services to clients) as defined under the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003.


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