I live in the UK and am looking for a new job. I have been approached by a US based company who have no UK subsidiary or presence.
They want to offer me a job, but in order to get paid I will likely have to either open a Ltd Company or work as self-employed, most likely the former as the company made it clear that they wish to employ me - in a regular employer-employee relationship, though the contract will be drafted in terms of me offering consultancy services to them (I am still waiting on the actual contract to come in).
I am uncertain whether this makes sense, given that they will, in fact, be my employer. I don't see how this will work in both the legal and tax sense - it feels like a tax dodge by them (and I am worried it will fall back on me).
They have a few hundred employees across the world, including here in the UK, apparently under similar contracts, so all "employees" are classed as self employed in the country they reside and are responsible for paying their own taxes and have no employment rights but have to abide by company protocol as though they are employed.
This feels rather unusual to me - is there cause for concern?