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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Why am I paying Employers NI?

    OK so I get asked this question over and over and it appears that some companies still cease to explain things properly to contractors leaving them disgruntled when they see their first payslip, so let me explain the situation in simple terms for any newbies... So what you need to be aware of is...

    Started by lucycontractorumbrella, 9th August 2017 15:21
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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 12:00
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: READ ME before choosing your umbrella

    Read this first before picking up the phone. Guidance (on) Providers of Tax Avoidance Schemes (POTAS) And read this as well 10 things you need to know about tax avoidance Be aware that by using a legitimate umbrella that will pay the expected amount of tax and NI, you will receive...

    Started by cojak, 7th July 2017 08:57
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  4. 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 simondolan, 10th May 2006 11:10
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  5. 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 13:23
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    2nd February 2017 10:29 Go to last post
  6. 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 20:51 Go to last post
  7. 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
  8. 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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  9. 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 15:56
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  1. Brit living in France, starting a contract in the UK

    Hi - new to this site, which looks pretty good, with lots of useful info! I'm due to start a new contract based in London on 18 Sept and I'm looking for an umbrella company that can do payroll etc but also advise on tax matters and compliance when I have the fun job of doing my French tax return...

    Started by Marc of Distinction, 5th September 2017 17:48
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    21st September 2017 13:23 Go to last post
  2. Umbrella company kick back to agency

    Please can you help with some advice. I am working for an agency called Allen Lane who forced me to work through an umbrella company called First Umbrella. First Umbrella is charging me an extra £30 a day on top of their normal margin which they are paying back to Allen Lane. So basically I am...

    Started by force11, 3rd August 2017 09:15
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    16th September 2017 04:20 Go to last post
  3. help on how to be paid wages

    Hello, i am currently locuming as a physiotherapist in the NHS. I have been informed by my agency I need to either use an umbrella or their own paye service to receive my wages. my question is that as an umbrella service is essentially outsourced PAYE plus a charge for the service,...

    Started by jwid, 14th September 2017 16:25
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    15th September 2017 11:26 Go to last post
  4. proof ID

    Hi all, Contractor Umbrella wants my proof ID (passport, driving license) for finalizing all paperwork, I need to send them one of those documents as they located in Essex and I live in Scotland. They need an original not a copy of it as this is now requirements from HMRC (according to them)....

    Started by Kerbi, 6th September 2017 05:54
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    11th September 2017 14:13 Go to last post
  5. Giant and hidden fees

    Hi, I'm having issues in trying to get Giant to explain to me a break down on the "hidden" costs, but this is proving to be impossible. I was with Parasol, but left them in July as their charges are way too high, and every person I spoke to on the phone sounded like a child and new nothing...

    Started by styoda, 6th September 2017 22:35
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    11th September 2017 13:23 Go to last post
  6. Recommendations / Reviews on Umbrella companies

    Hi there, Wondering if anyone could be so kind as to provide (current) recommendations on Umbrella companies. I've not used one before. Many thanks!

    Started by alittlebaffled, 11th July 2016 05:37
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    recommendations, reviews, umbrella companies
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    11th September 2017 13:21 Go to last post
  7. Dark Blue Umbrella - anyone use these guys?

    I'm epxeriencing delays in getting paid through dark blue umbrella. Its been pointed out elsewhere that this happens from time to time but this time it smells off, Im getting the runaround and being fibbed off with excuses, won't even answer the phone today. Anyone else using them? Worried I...

    Started by MontyD, 2nd August 2017 11:27
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    11th September 2017 10:02 Go to last post
  8. Bedouin Umbrella Company

    Does anyone have a telephone number or email address for the above company the telephone number I do have is a message advising calls are recorded and providing an email address for support which I have tried and it is returned incorrect. The calls recorded piece is purely a message there is...

    Started by JoBrad, 1st September 2017 09:02
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    6th September 2017 06:57 Go to last post
  9. Sole Trader to Umbrella

    I have been a self-employed web designer for many years (no contracting) and will be starting a part-time, short-term contract soon for an initial 3 months. It seems sensible to operate within an umbrella company but I still have customers who I provide web design services for as a sole trader....

    Started by MrNiceGuy, 22nd July 2017 15:42
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    25th August 2017 07:06 Go to last post
  10. Appytech

    Anyone used? Margin is low. £5 a week. Concerning its so cheap. new to this umbrella lark but I already hate this quote idea. I don't want a 'we will pay you this' figure, I want a proper breakdown

    Started by psychocandy, 5th April 2017 07:00
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  11. Appytech - Tax avoidance?

    Just signed up to Appytech umbrella after being told they are a mutural. After my first weeks pay slip I am suspicious. Appytech was sent funds from my agent. On my pay slip only a quarter of these funds (£275) was shown and the corresponding tax deducted, which worked out hardly anything. The...

    Started by RJH75, 10th April 2017 15:26
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  12. Recommend or Avoid any of these Umbrella Companies?

    Hi, My wife has just been offered some agency work and has a choice of the following Umbrella Companies to choose from: Orange Genie Group Racs Group Danbro Advance Generate Financial Services AZebra Pay i Group UK

    Started by nobody123, 21st August 2017 19:47
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    23rd August 2017 15:47 Go to last post
  13. Umbrella Company for part time temporary contract work (first contract)

    Hi, I've recently finished a regular job, and have now been offered some contract work. It's a decent daily rate, but it'll only be a few days here and there, so there may be weeks when I'm not doing any work, and it might not last that long. Is an Umbrella Company right for this scenario? If...

    Started by contractornewb, 20th August 2017 16:16
    contract, part-time, temporary posting, umbrella, umbrella recommendations
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  14. Thumbs down Parasol Umbrella Company

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. do your homework and research umbrella companies. When you do you will find Parasol and company full of misinformation. confusing payslips, expensive fees and when it comes to speaking to specific people they are 'never there'. Thet come across as all funky and cool but in...

    Started by Ian McQueen, 5th September 2011 12:42
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  15. Danbro - cracking pension/childcare scheme

    Been searching for a while. Some umbrellas are crap for pension and only do the minimum - the rest has go in via AVC so you negate the NI saying. Danbro let you treat all pension contributions as employer contribs. So you're saving ALL the NI (inc employer NI I think?). Same with childcare...

    Started by psychocandy, 15th August 2017 09:58
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  16. First time contracting

    Hi, I am in between jobs and the company who wants to hire me wants me to contract for 2months before they hire me full-time. I have never contracted previously. What's the best to do this? Shall I go through an umbrella company? Can anyone recommend good ones who don't charge enormous...

    Started by Sebastienj, 5th August 2017 12:31
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    9th August 2017 15:22 Go to last post
  17. Giant Nest Pension Contributions

    Hi all, After noticing the pension contributions on my payslip (PAYE, weekly) to be ridiculously small I started to investigate how the contribution figure for myself and for Giant was arrived at. Giant took about 3 weeks to give me an obscure answer, but one that was sufficient enough for me to...

    Started by condon, 14th July 2017 08:26
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    24th July 2017 09:28 Go to last post
  18. Lost at sea...Inside IR35.what % should I expect to take home?

    Hi, I'm a relatively young IT Analyst who to date has always being employed in a permanent role, however I am currently in the negotiation phase of a contract role with a day rate of around £300, which falls inside IR35. Having no previous experience of operating within a Ltd company,...

    Started by kysto, 12th July 2017 14:04
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  19. Advice on using an umbrella company for first time (& query about why contract with u

    I have been offered a contract with a university client. I was told that the contract would fall under IR35 and they would try to get me a higher gross rate to cover the difference (normally I run contracts through my ltd company). The final rate agreed was 500/day. The take home pay from...

    Started by ginjar, 7th July 2017 20:37
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    education, tax, umbrella company, umbrella recommendations, university
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  20. WiseMC

    Hi All I'm just starting a new contract and have been looking for an Umbrella to help me out. I have been in touch with WiseMC which thanks to this forum ive found out is probably not such a wise move after all. I'm probably going to go back to the one I used about 2 years ago ( Advance) which...

    Started by Peachtails, 11th July 2017 10:35
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