Coronation Street and Emmerdale stars ‘set for pay rises after ITV tax restructure’

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Some of ITV's biggest soap stars from Coronation Street and Emmerdale are reportedly set to get a pay rise, according to The Sun.

The actors have previously been paid as freelancers from personal service companies, which meant ITV did not have to give holiday pay or national insurance.

However, now it's been said that HMRC will tell ITV to categorise their stars as staff and change to a new structure of pay.

An insider told the publication: "When this kicks in, everyone impacted is going to be pushing for the best possible deal to guarantee themselves a big salary – which might lead to serious pay rises."

Stars expected to be included in the benefit are Coronation Street's Tina O'Brien, Sair Khan and Colson Smith.

While Emmerdale actors Lucy Pargeter and Matthew Wolfenden are also expected to get pay rises.

OK! has contacted ITV representatives for a comment.

This comes after the two popular soaps announced they will be following in the footsteps of EastEnders and debuting episodes online during the Euro 2021 tournament.

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The football competition will air from 11 June to 11 July, meaning our favourite soaps are being moved into different slots of the TV schedule.

ITV have now revealed that their two soaps will be moving on to the ITV Hub in the form of boxsets so fans can binge watch the week's worth of programmes.

Each Monday, six episodes of Coronation Street and Emmerdale will be uploaded online so they can be watched in one sitting – or spread out across the week to avoid the footie.

Coronation Street's producer Iain MacLeod said: "There are loads of key rivalries across the Cobbles this summer and I think it will be like following your favourite team – there will be times where they let you down, make mistakes and maybe score a few own goals.

"But you'll back them till the end and woe betide anyone else who criticises them.

"Given how exciting the stories are, it's great that fans will have the chance to binge watch all the episodes on ITV Hub at the start of each week – as with football, sometimes when it's an exciting face-off, you really want extra time."

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