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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 13:00
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  2. 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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  3. 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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    13th September 2017 15:33 Go to last post
  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 14:23
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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 21:51 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: 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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  8. 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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  1. PAYE or umbrella

    Hi all I'm not new to contracting, but I haven't been for the past 3-5 years and noticed rules have changed. Can I have some advice as to whether I should stick with PAYE or go umbrella please. This is what I know so far: Rate is 200/day (recruitment agency PAYE) or 250/day (umbrella)...

    Started by rchm, 26th October 2017 12:41
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    30th October 2017 15:14 Go to last post
  2. Umbrella

    I am going to be a contractor soon. I don't want to do it for too long. Can anyone recommend me a good umbrella company? I might only be doing it for a couple of months so don't want to pay huge fees when leaving the umbrella company.

    Started by matt10012, 18th October 2017 19:32
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  3. First time contractor question

    First time contract the day rate is 350, I dont want to be inundated with paperwork, what is the best option? Limited Company or Umbrella company? I understand that with a limited company I will have to provide public indemnity insurance and an accountant , how costly are these ? and is there...

    Started by GeoffWasTaken, 11th October 2017 08:24
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    12th October 2017 10:06 Go to last post
  4. PAYE v Umbrella

    Okay I have been offered a short 3 month contract in the NHS which may fill a gap, my choices offered are ( rounded up ) PAYE 16 via agency, or umbrella 19 ph Having researched the umbrella route it's right on the cusp of being unviable with the extras payable (employers nat ins, apprentice...

    Started by Yonmons, 26th September 2017 14:03
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    10th October 2017 17:58 Go to last post
  5. Umbrella company in public sector

    Hi, Work for a government energy regulator on a temporary 6 month contract - first time contracting by the way! I had to either go down PAYE or Umbrella so chose Umbrella as the hourly rate was much more attractive. I could only select one of 3 Umbrellas from the agencies PSL so after...

    Started by Wullie36, 28th September 2017 16:06
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    9th October 2017 10:30 Go to last post
  6. Has anyone used Wise Move for an umbrella Company?

    Has anyone used Wise Move for an umbrella Company? Looking at options going forward.

    Started by Gowerhill, 5th October 2017 10:16
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    6th October 2017 08:35 Go to last post
  7. Has anyone used Tailored Services for an umbrella Company

    Has anyone used Tailored Services for an umbrella Company? Looking at my options going forward.

    Started by Gowerhill, 5th October 2017 10:15
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    6th October 2017 08:32 Go to last post
  8. WiseMC - still alive?

    Tried to call WiseMC today - seems a bit dead. Anyone been able to get anything sensible out of them recently?

    Started by firstlaunch, 2nd October 2017 13:42
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    2nd October 2017 19:03 Go to last post
  9. Set up company or go umbrella?

    I moved out of contract market a couple of years ago and shut down my company. Now looking to get another contract and looking into either being lazy and going umbrella or setting up a new company. Are there still big benefits of having a ltd as the dividend tax breaks have all but being...

    Started by JonSmile, 27th September 2017 09:26
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    28th September 2017 11:31 Go to last post
  10. Recommendation Please

    Hi all, I am new to this and need to set myself with an umbrella company for approximately 3 months - may be longer not sure yet. Can anybody please recommend a company who I can contact as there seems to be so many and the jargon is well jargon to me. Also how does going though an umbrella...

    Started by Mellie Kittens, 26th September 2017 11:22
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    26th September 2017 15:29 Go to last post
  11. 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
  12. 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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  13. 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
  14. 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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  15. 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
  16. 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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  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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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    24th August 2017 14:12 Go to last post
  20. 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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    24th August 2017 14:11 Go to last post

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