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  1. 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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    9th May 2017 13:30 Go to last post
  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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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    14th June 2012 07:58 Go to last post
  1. Rceruitment Agency hit by MSC transfer of debt by HMRC

    Hi, Does anyone know or has heard of the agency who have been hit with a £10 million MSC transfer of debt bill by the HMRC. Have also heard that an Umbrella Company has gone bust. Any news would be greatly appreciated.

    Started by Mikey3001, 15th April 2011 09:11
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    7th June 2011 09:01 Go to last post
  2. Switzerland

    I'm thinking of looking at a contract in Switzerland. Does anybody know anyone that has worked in Switzerland before; does anybody know any umbrella companies that can payrole me in Switzerland? Thanks for helping.:bang:

    Started by Contractguy06, 18th April 2011 11:47
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    13th May 2011 05:42 Go to last post
  3. Income Reference letter

    Hello, I am using GIANT as umbrella company. They say I am employee of giant. but in reference letter, they are not issuing the letter with annual salary; but they say daily rate. bank wants annual salary to issue mortgage. Can someone guide me the best template for income reference...

    Started by shebbar, 27th March 2011 18:33
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    28th March 2011 07:33 Go to last post
  4. Negotiating Rate for joining Umbrella Co: Hr Rate + 12.07% Hol + 12% NI Uplift

    Hello, (I have searched but couldn't find an answer) I am about to start a new contracting role and this time want to make sure I am getting what I should, if I choose to switch to an Umbrella Co from PAYE. My hourly rate through PAYE will be £24 an hour + Holiday on top of that. I work...

    Started by RotherValley, 22nd March 2011 19:48
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    24th March 2011 15:51 Go to last post
  5. Umbrella Terms and Conditions

    I've just been offered my first contract and have decided to use an Umbrella Company. However, I was surprised by some of the terms and conditions. e.g. it states I'm required to work when required by the umbrella company and I must seek to locate and negotiate a new assignment to start immediately...

    Started by jungleboogy, 3rd March 2011 21:52
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    18th March 2011 08:12 Go to last post
  6. Urgent Questions

    I have a few questions concerning joining Contractor UK as an Umbrella company serving one man band limited companies. What would an umbrella company get from joining as a member? Which different memberships do you offer? What are the costs of joining the membership organisation? What...

    Started by University, 16th March 2011 14:40
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    17th March 2011 07:23 Go to last post
  7. If I switch from an Umbrella to a LTD mid tax year can I claim on office furniture?

    Hi All, Working under a brolly at the mo that doesn't allow you to claim on things like computer hardware, office equipment etc. If I changed to a LTD within the tax year could I claim for them under the LTD given that they are valid business expenses under a LTD? Cheers

    Started by 2BIT, 14th March 2011 11:12
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    15th March 2011 06:55 Go to last post
  8. Using umbrella company for contractor work in Italy and being spanish national

    Hi all, I know there must be older threads where I might find the information I am asking about in here. While I look for it I have taken the freedom to post my question. I may start in the near future working for an italian company and have been advised to use an umbrella company. From a...

    Started by aerospain, 11th March 2011 14:56
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    14th March 2011 07:26 Go to last post
  9. Umbrella Companies and Payslip

    Does your payslip from your Umbrella Company show the date its been processed (ie when you have been paid) or the date of when you worked. I am being paid weekly but the first payment will be 4 1/2 weeks after I worked. Thanks :smile

    Started by tiana, 5th March 2011 22:03
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    7th March 2011 12:50 Go to last post
  10. Umbrella Company - Tax Periods

    My umbrella company Parasol - has a 'helpful' guide about expenses, only I dont think it's that helpful. They advise 'locking' payroll and to avoid being paid twice in a tax period, this is the bit which is really confusing me! what are tax periods and why or how could I avoid being paid twice? I...

    Started by suri77, 5th February 2011 09:31
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    8th February 2011 10:07 Go to last post
  11. Question No longer Ltd->Crystal Umbrella Services Ltd->Aqua Bubble Ltd T/As Crystal Umbrella??

    Whats the story with Crystal Umbrella? Crystal Umbrella Services Ltd enters administration as group restructures | News | Recruiter

    Started by bangface, 25th November 2010 10:32
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  12. I need some advice

    Hi. I may be starting a groundwork contract on a building site. I am self employed and pay my own tax. The agency are saying that I have to use an umbrella company to get paid as they do not pay self employed workers. 1. Do I have to use an umbrella company (pay them to pay me)? 2. Is there any...

    Started by kirkline, 18th January 2011 12:46
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    19th January 2011 07:19 Go to last post
  13. where will Umbrella Companies go in 2011??

    David Dean, FPS Group chairman, says: "2011 will be one of incredible transformation for the umbrella company sector" SIMON Last-Sutton has been appointed managing director for the FPS group - part of the Ramsey based Charterhouse Group International. Why ? what happened to the previous MD??

    Started by Freelancer, 17th January 2011 15:36
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    17th January 2011 15:36 Go to last post
  14. Seriously out of pocket

    Hi all I would appreciate some advice. In September this year I accepted the offer of a contract with a financial services company via a recruitment agent. Having finally realised that working PAYE was costing me a fortune I decided to use an umbrella company. The agency's contract form...

    Started by Gladiatrix, 22nd December 2010 10:33
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    23rd December 2010 08:06 Go to last post
  15. Banks no longer accept umbrella companies

    I heard that in the last few months many banks are refusing to take on contractors who are working through an umbrella companies, two contractors I know had huge issues with the bank they are working with already as they were told the bank is not willing to deal with their umbrella company,...

    Started by zamzummim, 11th December 2010 01:17
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    15th December 2010 08:59 Go to last post
  16. Triangular employment contracts

    Nobody seems to have covered this problem If you take up work via an umbrella agency to a client (Belgium for example) and dont have your own Ltd company for invoicing etc, who is your employer ? You cannot be classed as an independant (even if contract states this from umbrella) because you...

    Started by compaid, 13th December 2010 00:29
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    13th December 2010 07:18 Go to last post
  17. Anyone with Halcyon Management?

    Hi.. I'm considering to use Halcyon Management as my umbrella company. Has anyone been using their services? Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Cheers, Mike.

    Started by mike2345, 26th November 2010 00:24
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    26th November 2010 08:53 Go to last post
  18. Umbrella Companies - Am I Getting Conned?

    Hi all, Im new here so please be gentle to me :laugh I have been working as a contractor for 3 months and im about to have another 3 months added. When i started i was told by my agency that i could only go with 4 umbrella companies on their books. All 4 of them charge a high weekly rate...

    Started by Bat, 5th October 2010 09:20
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    25th November 2010 11:53 Go to last post
  19. Umbrella recommendations

    I recently closed down my LTD. However, unexpectedly I am finding myself back in the contracting world for a short term. Does anyone have recommendations for a good umbrella company? I am looking for good service, quick response times, do not dawdle with payments and as little NI and Tax...

    Started by Pops, 30th July 2010 19:00
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    25th November 2010 10:10 Go to last post
  20. Weekly pay

    Hi, new to this forum, and been contracting for the last 2 years. I recently took a new contract through an agency that pays monthly. I really hate monthly pay, and find it a struggle to get used to. Does anyone know if there are umbrella companies who will pay me weekly even though my agency...

    Started by rollonfriday, 17th August 2010 19:52
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 2,035
    9th September 2010 16:32 Go to last post

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