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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Umbrella calculations and why they differ!

    In recent months we have seen more and more enquiries from contractors looking to work via an umbrella company, and querying why we cannot offer them a higher take home :tired – so I thought I would put this small guide together to help you understand what might be going on… So first of all...

    Started by lucycontractorumbrella, 31st January 2017 14:23
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Is there an umbrella company where you can choose your pension and other benefits?

    Public sector contract - considering a brolly but would like to choose what's included. Any suggestions?

    Started by GDL, 26th January 2017 13:00
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    26th January 2017 13:17 Go to last post
  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Don't be fooled by imposter umbrella companies

    I've decided to repost this following a couple of sad posts regarding HMRC Enquiries on umbrellas that were not what they seemed. As the latest umbrella company (Compusource) hits the buffers with contractor's money, I thought I'd remind people what 'due diligence' is all about. It's all...

    Started by cojak, 12th April 2014 14:20
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    12th December 2016 21:51 Go to last post
  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: Everything you ever wanted to know about umbrella companies but were afraid to ask...

    There have been so many questions by new contractors about umbrella companies and the way that they work that I thought I would put together a help guide. Hopefully it will answer most of the questions that crop up: All umbrella companies will process your payments through PAYE (Pay As You Earn)...

    Started by LisaContractorUmbrella, 23rd October 2006 13:58
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    30th April 2016 14:33 Go to last post
  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Umbrella companies 'expenses policy' changed

    We have had a great deal of enquiries lately about umbrella companies 'expenses policies' changing so I thought I would offer a little clarification. Umbrella companies do not really have an 'expenses policy' as they can only process those expenses that will be allowed under HMR&C guidelines,...

    Started by LisaContractorUmbrella, 8th August 2012 12:26
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    16th August 2012 07:02 Go to last post
  6. Sticky Thread Sticky: Dispensations

    Hi Everyone, We are asked about umbrella company dispensations almost every day so I thought I would add something here to try and help clarify the situation. All umbrella companies have dispensations - if we didn't we would spend all our time filling in forms for the Inland Revenue :( ...

    Started by LisaContractorUmbrella, 29th November 2006 16:56
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    14th June 2012 07:58 Go to last post
  7. Sticky Thread Sticky: Should I trade as a Limited Company, umbrella or composite

    Hi everyone, Can't help but notice that there are many posts on here that ask the same question - should I use an umbrella or my own Ltd Company. Thought it might be useful to summarise once and for all the pros and cons of each method and how much you would be likely to take home. Might save...

    Started by simonsjdaccountancy, 10th May 2006 11:10
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  1. Thumbs down Parasol Group: A Warning (Do not use this Umbrella Company)

    Hi all. I just wanted to share my experience with Parasol. If you are thinking of using them, my one piece of advice to you is: don't. Find a different umbrella, or go Limited. I did some work with them for a two month contract (or thereabouts) a few months ago, and inputted my time sheets...

    Started by siouxsieryan, 21st February 2017 11:15
    parasol, review, umbrella company
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  2. New contract from Umbrella with new assignment?

    Hi I have been working with an umbrella company since last June. In November I was told that it had been bought out by another umbrella company and assured that nothing would change. I then moved to a different assignment and have been asked to sign a new contract with the umbrella agency - is...

    Started by jessicas, 19th February 2017 21:44
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    20th February 2017 11:49 Go to last post
  3. Public sector.... switch to umbrella, really?

    My agency has just informed me that on 6th of April im likely going to have to use an umbrella company for the public sector contract ive just started. In a nutshell, I like this contract because its a good rate and local. Ive been looking into it and out of a weekly earning of £1100, various...

    Started by likewise, 14th February 2017 13:56
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    6th april, hmrc, public sector, umbrella
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    20th February 2017 11:46 Go to last post
  4. Help! Parasol - Confused about expences and not getting any help from them!

    Hi All, I'm fairly new to contracting and I wanted to post here to get some help as I'm having an awful time getting any answers from my umbrella company, Parasol. Their communication since I started my assignment has been terrible, they pretty much harassed me whilst getting everything up...

    Started by AJXX, 22nd April 2016 11:28
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    15th February 2017 15:19 Go to last post
  5. Atlantic Umbrella

    Anyone used Atlantic Umbrella? Are they any good? reputable? They seem to be offering me by far the most (with expenses) compared to the other umbrella companies, as im thinking of using an umbrella in April (temporarily) until the end of this public sector contract.

    Started by likewise, 15th February 2017 13:36
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  6. What umbrella company do I choose? Is offshore safe?

    Hi everyone I am new to contracting, and am starting a 6 month contract at the beginning of March and need to sign up with an umbrella company. There are so many around, and having spoken with a few, I'm not sure which one to go for. They all offer the same rates, same perks etc so who do people...

    Started by PMiddle877, 11th February 2017 12:15
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    14th February 2017 11:40 Go to last post
  7. Public Sector and Umbrella

    Just looking ahead to March and the coming changes to the way Public Sector contracting will work. Should I be renewed , as I'm an umbrella and not PSC- I assume that my umbrella would continue to deduct my PAYE, rather than my agency or Capita? Or is it still too early to say? Thanks

    Started by misterpingu, 8th December 2016 13:30
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    12th February 2017 20:10 Go to last post
  8. A new term: "Advanced Umbrella"

    Some innocent has just asked me what advanced umbrellas do that's different from normal umbrellas. This is a new term, the company is The Contractor Group .co.uk I told him it's probably not something he'd want to join. They're popping up everywhere I tell ya!

    Started by cojak, 2nd February 2017 15:58
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  9. Umbrella company and T&S expenses

    As a long term lurker but not poster, I thought I fairly clued up on the new rules. Work through umbrella company = no T&S expenses before tax. I actually thought it was fairly cut and dried. i've always been limited so maybe I havent paid as much attention to the subtleties as I thought I...

    Started by mookiemoo, 2nd February 2017 06:55
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    2nd February 2017 11:27 Go to last post
  10. New to contracting and umbrella companies

    I`ve spent most of my life as self employed or as a director so know very little about being a contractor ,I recently started working for an agency and had my first pay slip , surprise surprise I got a "Margin" charge and also had my employers part of my NI stopped out of my payment , I guess this...

    Started by Johno, 27th January 2017 14:39
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    29th January 2017 19:37 Go to last post
  11. BIS launch investigation into work & employment conditions off back of T&S Legislatio

    We received this today from the UK Government and Parliament asking us to share our views with MPs on work and employment conditions - not sure if you fancy having your say... You recently signed the petition “Exempt 'all' site based workers from any Travel and Subsistence Restriction”:...

    Started by lucycontractorumbrella, 26th January 2017 13:22
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  12. Info on payerise

    Evening, I am new to contracting - part jumped and part pushed! I have been looking any a few options including umbrella structures. I have been chatting to a rather nice bit confusing lady at who seems to be a BD Consultant for payerise. It all seemed to be going well until she mentioned...

    Started by captainbeagle, 28th December 2016 20:31
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    20th January 2017 16:07 Go to last post
  13. Maternity pay through Umbrella company

    Hi all, I'm new on here - please be gentle! I'm looking for some advice on how to claim Maternity pay through an Umbrella company. Has anyone done this successfully? If so any advice on how to achieve this would be gratefully appreciated. Many thanks.

    Started by Special K, 3rd January 2017 17:22
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    6th January 2017 14:00 Go to last post
  14. Question AppyTech anyone?

    Been looking and actually signed up, but now having some second thoughts as they seem to be using a JSOP scheme when I was told it was mutual. Anyone any experience of this one?

    Started by Jamiewilson, 22nd December 2016 08:42
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    6th January 2017 13:53 Go to last post
  15. Parasol - Employment Costs - extra charges??

    I've been with Parasol for over 4 years and I have always been pleased with their service, and have trusted them to pay me the right amount and on time, which they generally did a good job of doing. This month I decided to actually run through the calculations on my latest Parasol monthly...

    Started by fred857, 24th January 2012 16:24
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    employment costs, parasol
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    4th January 2017 22:17 Go to last post
  16. Umbrella agency and contractor liability

    Good evening everyone What is the extent of contractor liability when working through umbrella company? Let's say I work on a project, screw up some work (not intentionally just making an error) and there is a huge loss for the ClientCo (like hundreds of thousand GBP). Theoretically umbrella has...

    Started by killwater, 1st December 2016 23:04
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    6th December 2016 19:33 Go to last post
  17. Your Umbrella (CPS Group)

    Has anyone used them?

    Started by blackpink, 2nd December 2016 13:11
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    2nd December 2016 13:40 Go to last post
  18. New Brolly tax regime

    OK so I know that now the brolly is not able to reimburse expenses for travel, hotels, etc in the way that they could in previous tax years. Can such expenses still be declared on the contractors tax return? ie if your brolly says your contractually based at home and you travel, stay away, etc...

    Started by CoolCat, 17th November 2016 14:35
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    25th November 2016 16:57 Go to last post
  19. Autumn Statement 2016 - Umbrella Company Changes Afoot

    Well today will bring some interesting times once again for the contracting industry, no doubt! Contractors working through umbrella companies took a battering last April with the introduction of the Travel & Subsistence Legislation and it appears that there will be no such let up for contractors...

    Started by lucycontractorumbrella, 23rd November 2016 10:33
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    23rd November 2016 14:56 Go to last post
  20. Question My agency is forcing me to use their Umbrella Company!

    I am in the creative industry and was recently hired as a freelancer. The recruitment agency that hired me originally informed that I could use any Umbrella Company (UC) I wanted. After doing my research and signing with my desired UC, my recruiter informed me that I was actually only allowed to...

    Started by AAC, 3rd November 2016 14:46
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    7th November 2016 13:53 Go to last post

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