The letter below (from me) was published in the Telegraph today, follow link.
Tax on employment
SIR â€“ I was pleased to see Britainâ€™s business leaders come out in favour of the Conservativesâ€™ plan to mitigate Labourâ€™s disastrous National Insurance increases (Letters, April 1).
Business leaders might do their staff, and the country, a further service if they spelt out the difference between what they pay for labour and what each individual actually receives in pay and benefits.
Some years ago the P60 form made clear both the employeeâ€™s and the employerâ€™s NI contributions; it even had a box showing the total NI outlay for each employee. Over time this box was hatched out and then vanished altogether. Reference to the employerâ€™s NI was removed as the state sought to obfuscate the onerous levy it extracts from even the lowliest workerâ€™s pay.
Might employers provide their staff with a simple statement showing total staff cost and the proportion passed to the state and the proportion passed to the employee? Most people would be shocked at how big the stateâ€™s slice of the pie is.