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HMRC release new guidance to help agencies reduce risk of engaging with non-compliant umbrella companies

HMRC release new guidance to help agencies reduce risk of engaging with non-compliant umbrella companies

The government may not actively endorse umbrella companies, but they have recently released some helpful guidance online for temporary workers, recruitment agencies and businesses that engage with contractors and freelancers. The latest guidance (released in October 2021) is written for recruitment agencies and firms that use temporary workers and is …

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The FCSA updates Charter to clear up confusion surrounding offshore operations for its members

The FCSA updates Charter to clear up confusion surrounding offshore operations for its members

The FCSA, the UK’s leading professional body committed to ensuring the supply chain of temporary workers is compliant with UK tax law, has updated its Charter in response to concerns raised by third parties. Rather than approach the FCSA in a calm and collected manner, some stakeholders were quick to …

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Déjà vu: The FCSA is under attack again for promoting the “highest standards of compliant and ethical behaviour”

Déjà vu: The FCSA is under attack again for promoting the “highest standards of compliant and ethical behaviour”

The FCSA has come under more scrutiny by a “well-respected” online source of information for IT contractors, and we wanted to explain the situation. Apparently, the FCSA is happy to endorse non-compliant, offshore umbrella companies. This simply isn’t the case – and it’s accusations like this that do far more …

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Warning: The FCSA has website cloned

Warning: The FCSA has website cloned

The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) has had its website cloned by a third party. This type of behaviour is shameful. The person or persons responsible registered a similar-sounding domain on the 11th of October and have built a replica of the FCSA’s website. The cloned website includes bogus …

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What Is Umbrella Company Software And How Can It Help?

What Is Umbrella Company Software And How Can It Help?

Whether it’s built in-house or provided by a third party, almost every UK-based umbrella company uses umbrella company software. Not only can umbrella company software make life easier for those working at the umbrella company, but there are loads of benefits available to umbrella company employees too. Keep reading, and …

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Umbrella company cloning is the latest threat to the contractor payroll industry

Umbrella company cloning is the latest threat to the contractor payroll industry

In a recent article published by the FCSA, a warning has been issued to recruitment agencies that refer candidates to umbrella companies. It’s become apparent that criminals are pretending to represent well-respected umbrellas under fake companies (with almost identical names) in an attempt to trick agencies into sending payments to …

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Giant Pay confirms over 18,000 payments have been made and “all outstanding payrolls” have been processed after security breach

Giant Pay confirms over 18,000 payments have been made and “all outstanding payrolls” have been processed after security breach

Over a week after Giant Pay became the “victim of a sophisticated cyber-attack”, an update on the company’s website confirmed that on Friday 1st October 2021, Giant Pay had been able to make “over 18,000 payments to workers” and had “processed and paid all outstanding payrolls”. The full announcement from …

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Advice for contractors and recruitment agencies to stay safe from cyber-criminals when engaging with an umbrella company

Advice for contractors and recruitment agencies to stay safe from cyber-criminals when engaging with an umbrella company

The security threats faced by Giant Pay and Unified Payroll have sent shockwaves through the umbrella company marketplace. Thousands of contractors have failed to receive their hard-earned salaries, and a lack of communication has caused extreme frustration by those impacted. We sincerely hope everything is resolved shortly. Our thoughts are …

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The pros and cons of regulating the umbrella company sector

The pros and cons of regulating the umbrella company sector

There has been a long-standing wish from numerous stakeholders in the temporary workforce sector for the government to regulate umbrella companies. However, is regulating the umbrella company industry the correct solution to improve compliance and protect contractors, freelancers and agency workers? We’ve had a look at the pros and cons …

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Unified Payroll also struck by a “security issue” that has resulted in missed payments to umbrella employees

Unified Payroll also struck by a “security issue” that has resulted in missed payments to umbrella employees

Another umbrella company has been targeted by scammers resulting in failed payments to umbrella company employees. This time, Unified Payroll has been left “unable to remit any payments to any workers” due to “severe issues” with their payroll system. The entire company update is posted below. If you are an …

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Giant Pay temporarily close down systems in response to “suspicious activity” on network

Giant Pay temporarily close down systems in response to “suspicious activity” on network

Leading umbrella company Giant Pay was forced to close down their systems on Friday 24th September due to “suspicious activity”. As a result, thousands of contractors have been left unpaid. Here is what we know so far. We sincerely hope the matter is resolved soon. If you use Giant Pay …

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Boris’s plan to increase National Insurance and dividend tax will “squeeze the battered self-employed community”

Boris’s plan to increase National Insurance and dividend tax will “squeeze the battered self-employed community”

To help the UK’s economy recover from the devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the government has announced a 1.25% increase in National Insurance (April 2022), as well as a new Health and Social Care Levy (April 2023). A rise in National Insurance was perhaps unavoidable. However, the self-employed are …

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Understanding an umbrella company calculation: A short breakdown

Understanding an umbrella company calculation: a short breakdown

Before registering with an umbrella company, it’s common for temporary workers to request an umbrella company calculation to get a better understanding of take-home pay retention. However, before shopping around for an umbrella company that ticks all of your boxes, it’s crucial you understand how umbrella companies work, and how …

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How will the increase in National Insurance affect umbrella company employees?

How will the increase in National Insurance affect umbrella company employees?

Nobody likes the idea of a tax and National Insurance hike, but from April 2022, employees and employers will be expected to contribute towards the new health and social care plan. Umbrella employees will be subjected to a double-whammy, as we’re going to explain in this article. Keep reading, and …

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Umbrella companies and visas – what you need to know

Umbrella companies and visas – what you need to know

Okay, so this is a little cheeky of us. We’ve recently seen a blog posted by a leading provider about umbrella companies and visas. The blog was extremely helpful, and as a result, we’ve decided to steal the content and re-write it for our readers! We’ll link to the original …

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