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10 pieces of useful umbrella company advice for contractors

If you’re new to umbrella companies, there is a lot of information to take on board. However, you’ve come to the right place, because the umbrellacompanies.org.uk website is full of useful umbrella company advice! Keep reading, and we’ll summarise ten key pieces of umbrella company advice for contractors, freelancers and …

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REC calls for HMRC to set up dedicated umbrella company hotline to easily report malpractice

REC calls for HMRC to set up dedicated umbrella company hotline to easily report malpractice

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has suggested that HMRC set up a dedicated umbrella company hotline to report non-compliance, unethical behaviour, and malpractice. What a jolly good idea! Keep reading and find out more. Non-compliant umbrella companies must be reported If you ever come across a non-compliant umbrella company, …

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The truth about umbrella companies in 2021

The truth about umbrella companies in 2021

Shock! Umbrella companies are in the news again. It’s mightily frustrating to read that some umbrellas out there completely disregard the rules and put their employees at risk of non-compliance. Now seems the perfect opportunity to reassure our readers that most UK-based umbrella companies are compliant and provide a pretty …

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Greedy contractors could be fueling tax avoidance schemes

Greedy contractors could be fueling tax avoidance schemes

We’re grateful to have some friends within the umbrella company marketplace who are well-positioned to share valuable experiences with our readers. We’re surprised to hear the number of contractors who complain to umbrella companies about their take-home pay and how other umbrella companies are quoting them more. Some temporary workers …

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Should Umbrella Companies Be Regulated?

Should umbrella companies be regulated?

In recent news, the umbrella company industry has come under fire, and there are calls for umbrella companies to be regulated. This article looks at why there is a demand for umbrella companies to be regulated. We also suggest what we would like to see in terms of regulating the …

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An umbrellacompanies.org.uk reader shares new non-compliant umbrella company arrangement with us

An umbrellacompanies.org.uk reader shares new non-compliant umbrella company arrangement with us

We have been made aware of an umbrella company offering contractors dividend payments to increase their pay retention. We’re not here to name names, and we’re not here to scaremonger. However, we are here to educate our readers and help contractors, freelancers, and temporary workers make well-informed decisions regarding their …

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Which umbrella companies are accredited by the FCSA and Professional Passport?

Which umbrella companies are accredited by the FCSA and Professional Passport?

Yet again, a new umbrella company fraud case has come to light, and it’s extremely disappointing. This time, greedy agencies are engaging with min umbrella companies to reduce their costs, while putting their candidates at risk of non-compliance with HMRC. It’s never been more important to use a compliant umbrella …

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Mini umbrella companies strike again

Mini umbrella companies strike again

Mini umbrella companies have hit the news again as it’s become apparent that some dishonest and greedy recruitment agencies have engaged with them to pay their temporary candidates. Astonishingly, a BBC investigation found that mini umbrella companies were paying some Covid test centre workers. These pose a serious threat to …

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Official government guidance: Working through an umbrella company

Official government guidance: Working through an umbrella company

The government has released some guidance online designed to help contractors, freelancers and agency workers who may require the services of an umbrella company. ‘Working through an umbrella company’ is a short piece of text (estimate 5-minute read) that will help cover the basics of umbrella payroll and provides you …

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What are the benefits of using an umbrella company?

What are the benefits of using an umbrella company?

In this short article, we’re going to highlight some of the key benefits of using an umbrella company for your payroll. Umbrella companies are often unfairly scrutinised, so we wanted to clarify to our readers that there are plenty of advantages to using them. Keep reading to find out more. …

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Check Out Our Free Umbrella Company Guide

Check out our free umbrella company guide written for contractors, freelancers and agency workers

As umbrella companies experience demand like never before, we wanted to create an easy-to-understand guide for contractors, freelancers and agency workers. Umbrella companies are pretty straightforward once you get your head around them. However, first-time umbrella company users are almost certainly going to have numerous questions about how they work. …

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Don't believe umbrella company bad press – 11 facts about umbrella companies

Don’t believe umbrella company bad press – 11 facts about umbrella companies

Umbrella companies are often portrayed negatively by third party organisations who have a vendetta against the government for implementing changes to off-payroll legislation. As a result, umbrella companies are frequently being made a scapegoat. Don’t believe everything you read. Here are eleven facts about umbrella companies. They operate PAYE Compliant …

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Should You Bother Switching Umbrella Companies?

Should you bother switching umbrella companies?

Amazingly, there are over 500 umbrella companies in the UK. Therefore, there is plenty of choice for contractors and freelancers when choosing a company for their payroll. However, if you find a better deal elsewhere, or your current umbrella company is performing disappointingly, should you bother switching umbrella companies? We’ll …

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A Quick Look At Disguised Remuneration

A quick look at disguised remuneration

We recently wrote an article about the Labour Market Intermediaries report by the LITRG. The report includes some essential information on disguised remuneration, and we wanted to focus an article on this topic for the benefit of our readers. Keep reading to find out more about disguised remuneration and the associated …

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Accrued Poliday Pay – How It Should Be Paid To Umbrella Company Contractors

Accrued holiday pay – how umbrella companies should pay it to contractors

The integrity of umbrella companies has again been brought into question by third party stakeholders who are not impressed with the industry’s state. Most recently, it’s alleged an FCSA accredited umbrella company has been withholding accrued holiday pay from their employees and keeping it for themselves. We don’t know the …

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Labour Market Intermediaries: LITRG publish 149-page report on umbrella companies

Labour Market Intermediaries: LITRG publish 149-page report on umbrella companies

As the countdown for off-payroll changes in the private sector draws ever closer, the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG), part of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, has released a 149-page report covering umbrella companies. The report makes for some interesting reading, and we recommend our readers take a look. …

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