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10 Organisations Every Contractor And Freelancer Should Be Following

10 organisations every contractor and freelancer should be following

If you’re a contractor or freelancer, there are many rules and regulations to understand within your sector – especially when it comes to payroll. For example, with so many temporary workers finding themselves inside IR35 since recent changes to off-payroll working rules, hundreds of thousands of workers have been required …

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Umbrella Company Examples – The Difference Between A Compliant Umbrella And Tax Avoidance Scheme

Umbrella company examples – the difference between a compliant umbrella and tax avoidance scheme

We’ve noticed that many contractors and freelancers are Google searching for ‘umbrella company examples’, and as a result, our team has put a few examples together to help you out. Please keep reading for two umbrella company examples – one example being an experience with a compliant umbrella company and …

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An Umbrella Company Comparison Guide

An Umbrella Company Comparison Guide

The umbrella company market is booming, and there are over 500 providers in the UK. With so many companies to choose from, how do you know which umbrella will provide you with the best value and most reliable payroll service? Please keep reading because this guide will explain everything you …

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Should You Bother Transferring Umbrella Companies?

Should You Bother Transferring Umbrella Companies?

Transferring umbrella companies sounds stressful. However, you may be surprised to know that it’s pretty easy, and your new umbrella will support you throughout the process. Please keep reading, and we’ll summarise the steps involved when transferring umbrella companies, and we’ll help you decide whether it’s worth moving or not. …

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The FCSA responds to the Queen's speech: No Employment Bill is a "missed opportunity"

The FCSA responds to the Queen’s speech: No Employment Bill is a “missed opportunity”

In a blog on the Freelancer and Contractor Service Association’s (FCSA) website, CEO Chris Bryce explains how he believes leaving out the Employment Bill from the Queen’s speech is a “missed opportunity”. Chris reiterates the umbrella company sector still requires “much-needed” regulations to protect contingent workers. Keep reading for more …

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We’ve Updated Our Umbrella Company Directory To Help You Identify Which Providers Are FCSA And Professional Passport Accredited

We’ve Updated Our Umbrella Company Directory To Help You Identify Which Providers Are FCSA And Professional Passport Accredited

There are hundreds of umbrella companies in the UK, meaning it’s difficult to choose a provider you can trust with so many options. To help make your life easier, we’ve updated our popular umbrella company directory that shows the providers accredited by either the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) …

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What should you do if you receive inaccurate and unethical pay illustrations from an umbrella company?

What should you do if you receive inaccurate and unethical pay illustrations from an umbrella company?

The UCHQ team recently received an email from a concerned contractor. The message suggested an FCSA accredited umbrella company had given the contractor a misleading take-home pay illustration, and this was discovered once the worker had been paid for the first time. Please keep reading, and we’ll share the story …

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IPSE release report examining the attitudes and concerns of umbrella company workers

IPSE release report examining the attitudes and concerns of umbrella company workers

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) has released a report which looks at the attitudes of temporary workers who are using the services of umbrella companies for payroll. The report has some fascinating findings, as we summarise in this article. Please keep reading for more information and …

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Adrian Chiles Wins IR35 Tribunal

Adrian Chiles Wins IR35 Tribunal

After enduring a seven-year battle with HMRC, the BBC and ITV presenter and journalist Adrian Chiles has won his £1.7 million IR35 tax tribunal. Continue reading as we discuss the key factors in the presenter ultimately winning the case. Background to the case The tax authority had handed Adrian Chiles …

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Umbrella workers' national insurance increase is almost double that of regular workers

Umbrella Workers’ National Insurance Increase Is Almost Double That Of Regular Workers

The Chancellor will impose an increase in both employers’ and employees’ National Insurance Contributions (NICs), which will take effect from April 6th 2022.  The increase being imposed is 1.25 percentage points, meaning the actual rise is about 9% for employers and 10% for employees.  For some time, most freelancers working for end clients through an umbrella company have …

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Advice for contractors: An umbrella company example

As umbrella companies are in higher demand than ever before, we’ve created an umbrella example to help explain how the payroll businesses work, and how the supply chain interacts to ensure temporary workers are paid on time. Keep reading for more information, including access to our umbrella company example infographic. …

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Today Is Your Last Chance To Help The Government With A Call For Evidence About Umbrella Companies

Today Is Your Last Chance To Help The Government With A Call For Evidence About Umbrella Companies

The deadline is this evening! If you are a contractor, freelancer, recruitment agency or end-hirer who engages with umbrella companies, please help the government with the call for evidence into umbrella companies. The consultation closes this evening at 11:45 PM. Your input could help shape the future of the umbrella …

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Be wary of any umbrella company that’s actively promoting expenses

Be Wary Of Any Umbrella Company That’s Actively Promoting Expenses

In 2016, the government introduced legislation referred to as Supervision, Direction and Control (SDC). Effectively, this put an end to contractors and freelancers working through an umbrella company from claiming tax relief on travel and subsistence expenses. However, we still hear reports of umbrella companies promoting that they will process …

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Last Call For Contractors And Freelancers – Let The Government Know About Your Experience With Umbrella Companies

Last Call For Contractors And Freelancers – Let The Government Know About Your Experience With Umbrella Companies

Last year, the government opened a call for evidence into umbrella companies, and they want the entire supply chain to contribute. Whether you’re a contractor or freelancer or represent an agency or end-client, please participate and help the government better understand the marketplace. It looks like regulations will be arriving …

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An exclusive interview with Chris Bryce – the new CEO at the FCSA

An exclusive interview with Chris Bryce – the new CEO at the FCSA

We’re delighted to announce that our team has been lucky enough to have an exclusive interview with Chris Bryce – the new CEO at the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA). Please keep reading to discover Chris’s thoughts on his new job, the FCSA, regulating umbrella companies, and advice for …

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Court of Appeal rules in favour of worker in holiday pay case against Pimlico Plumbers

Court of Appeal rules in favour of worker in holiday pay case against Pimlico Plumbers

Last year, the Employment Appeal Tribunal ruled against Gary Smith, a past heating engineer at Pimlico Plumbers, regarding backdated holiday pay. However, having appealed further, the Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the previous employee in a ground-breaking case. Keep reading, and we’ll summarise the recent case and remind …

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