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Chris Calvert's PayStream journey

Steven Cheeseman

Steven Cheeseman | Marketing Manager

Thursday 8th Aug, 2019

Chris works as a dedicated IR35 Advisor on PayStream's IR35 Project, the aim of which is to assist agencies and contractors in determining their IR35 status in light of upcoming legislation changes in April 2020. When not completing IR35 reviews or assisting with portal or project work he continues to assist with compliance queries, working in a Compliance Officer capacity and supporting the team on the compliance inbox. We wanted to find out a little more about Chris and his PayStream journey.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what brought you to PayStream?

I’m a compliance officer working on the newly formed IR35 team, where we’re preparing for the incoming reforms to the Private Sector in 2020. I joined PayStream in 2017- prior to that I worked for Stagecoach, where I was responsible for dealing with technical queries relating to Smartcards, refunding faulty megariders, and driving single-deckers around Hackney. Robert Walters introduced me to the role, and I took the Compliance Assistant position as it seemed a logical progression from some of the previous roles I’ve held.

2. What is a typical day at PayStream like?

Varied and busy! At the moment our days consist of developing the IR35 portal, dealing with incoming contract and working practice reviews, and supporting Compliance with compliance stuff.

3. How does PayStream compare to your previous workplaces?

It’s a much nicer atmosphere here!

4. What do you enjoy most about working at PayStream?

I get to spend my working time with some great people, and I feel constantly challenged (in a good way). PayStream has been great at working with me at developing new and existing skills, and I feel like there are lots of opportunities available here to develop a career.

5. What would people be surprised to learn about you? 

I’ve had some degree of success collaborating on music with a guy who’s based in Ukraine. I’m allergic to Almonds. I recently got quite heavily into Shodo.

6. What are your favourite things to do outside of work?

Rock climbing/bouldering, practising guitar, spending time with my fiancé.

Are you a PayStream Person?

We are really proud to say that Chris’ PayStream success story is just one of many.  That’s because we understand that our employees are our greatest asset so we put our people at the heart of everything we do.

When recruiting we look for like-minded individuals who will embrace the culture of the company, which is why we've developed a 'PayStream Person' which we believe encapsulates our star performers and therefore, in every new recruit we look for the following qualities: bright,  personable, adaptable and  a strong work ethic.

So if PayStream sounds like it would be a good fit for you and you are interested in joining the team email

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