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    Agencies that you have applied for roles through that tell you they have a preferred umbrella lists you have to choose from if you want a role through them, I know you donít have to choose one and can walk away as much as they donít have to agree to use the one you would prefer to use thatís not on their PSL but has anyone decided to walk away from moving forward with applying/taking a role after the agent has announced ďyou have to use an umbrella from our PSLĒ. I know it depends on your situation but do many people give in and pick one even if they do not want to or is there anyone who has walked away and said forget it then as they want to stay with their umbrella. Iíve never heard of anyone actually saying no.

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    That was a hard read. There are agencies that will only deal with the ones on their PSL. Capita is one of these I believe. Your options are pick one or do one. One of our regular contributors is also through an agency that would only let him pick from their list.

    There are however other cases where the agencies just have a list of people who give them a kick back. You refuse strongly enough and they will back down and let your pick the one you want.

    You'll have to just push them to see if they'll budge. If not you will have to fold if you want the gig.

    IMO you'd have to be a bit of an idiot to refuse a good gig just because you didn't want to pick on of the providers on the list.
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    I know you have that choice as I said it was more just to see if anyone had actually said no and left it.

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    The reasons for being able to say no and walk away are very personal so just because someone else did it doesn't mean it makes sense for yourself, and vice versa.

    Start by telling the agency you really want to use your preferred umbrella company and are not sure you can proceed if you have to choose one of theirs and see how strongly they want to stick to their guns, especially if you've done the interview and the client wants you.

    Then again, be sure why you don't want to use any on their list, it should be more than just not liking their name or website, such as how much they charge and what feedback there is via a CUK search. Some will pop up as avoid at all costs and others will have a reasonable rep.
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    It is always worth speaking to the umbrella too, we have been allowed to work with some of our contractors when we have not been on the agency PSL, we have had to complete a compliance questionnaire in order for them to allow it. We also have a fair few contractors that are very loyal to us and have been prepared to walk away if they would not allow them to work via ourselves, but as everyone else said that is purely your call.
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    Having contracted via Contractor Umbrella for several years, I am currently seeking to work through CU with an agency that is (understandably) pushing their PSL of brolly companies.
    Lisa from CU is trying to find a solution, but agency is beeing inflexible.

    I am prepared to lose the gig rather than be forced to pick one of their preferred brollies over mine that I know & trust.

    Have told the agent it is their loss if they will not be flexible enough to add a reputable brolly to their list.

    Am also seeking other routes to the same contracts via other agencies.

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    You'd lose a gig because you can't go with the brolly you want??
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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    You'd lose a gig because you can't go with the brolly you want??
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    Quote Originally Posted by LlareGgub View Post
    I am prepared to lose the gig rather than be forced to pick one of their preferred brollies over mine that I know & trust.

    Have told the agent it is their loss if they will not be flexible enough to add a reputable brolly to their list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    You'd lose a gig because you can't go with the brolly you want??
    Unfortunately: Yes.

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