Welcome to umbrellacompanies.org.uk! If you’re a contractor or freelancer and you’re interested in finding out more about umbrella companies and your payroll options – you’ll love our website!

For over 10 years, we’ve been at the forefront of the umbrella industry. From the very beginning, our priority has been to provide accurate and trustworthy advice to contractors and freelancers. Throughout the website you’ll find really useful information about all-things umbrella, including IR35, take-home pay projections, how umbrellas work, guides to expenses, the importance of compliance, the FCSA, and our top 10 umbrella companies.

The contractor payroll industry has changed beyond recognition, and IR35 legislation is a significant factor. As a result, the sector has seen a substantial rise in the number of PAYE umbrella payroll companies. While a vast majority of these are complaint and have their clients’ best interests at heart, some are dodgy and could land you in serious trouble with HMRC. Our website will help you make an informed decision regarding which umbrella company to use.

We cannot stress the importance of compliance enough – you must make sure you only use compliant umbrella companies for your payroll. Unfortunately, there are some unethical tax avoidance schemes out there, and even if you engage with one of these by mistake, you could be seriously punished by HMRC. Any company that is offering you the chance to pay less tax should be avoided at all costs.


Featured Companies

With so many umbrella companies to choose from, how do you know which one is best for your circumstances? To help you make an informed, we’ve teamed up with some of the best and most respected providers in the industry.

Hopefully having looked through some of the pages on our site, you’ll quickly identify what to expect from a compliant and trustworthy umbrella company – including your expected take-home pay, insurances, the processes involved, etc.

We don’t just let any company appear on one of our directories or to advertise with us. Only businesses with excellent reputations will be allowed anywhere near the umbrellacompanies.org.uk website. And, our famous ‘top 10 umbrella companies’ list consists of providers who have earned the prestigious FCSA accreditation – a tremendous accreditation and an industry-wide seal of approval.

If you’re looking to avoid tax payments, or you represent a non-compliant company trying to mislead honest and hardworking contractors – please leave this site immediately. You are not welcome.



If you represent a compliant umbrella company or ethical provider of contractor services (such as mortgages, insurance, etc.), we would love to feature you on our website.

To find out more information about your advertising opportunities, please click here, or send an email to advertising@umbrellacompanies.org.uk.

We’re also really keen to post guest articles on the popular umbrellacompanies.org.uk blog – and we don’t charge much for these. We want as many compliant companies as possible to share their knowledge with the thousands of contractors and freelancers that visit our site, and we’ll allow you to introduce your business and benefit from a “follow” backlink too. For more information on editorials, please click here, or email editorial@umbrellacompanies.org.uk.



We’re here to try and help as many contractors as possible make informed decisions about their payroll. We cannot stress this enough – please only use a compliant umbrella company, accountant or payroll provider.

Our disclaimer is available here. Please give it a read.

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