NICs increase has immediate impact on businesses

Industry News - 2nd August 2022

Four out of five employers stated that they were immediately impacted by the increase in National Insurance Contributions (NICs), according to research by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

The BCC surveyed more than 1,100 UK employers and found that the NICs increase has caused negative impacts to 81% of businesses.

Firms said the rise in employer NICs from 13.8% to 15.05% has increased staffing costs, forced some to put up their prices and meant they would be limiting their investment.

The BCC is calling for action to give businesses a chance to keep a lid on rising prices, boost productivity and ease cost pressures.

Hannah Essex, Co-Executive Director at the BCC, said:

‘Businesses are telling us that the rise in NICs has been a body blow as they try to get back on their feet. With firms’ profits also taking a further hit, after two years of the pandemic, it is no surprise that their investment intentions are also weakening.’

Internet link: BCC press release

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