Agency Reimbursed Expenses Explained

Agency Reimbursed Expenses explained

When an Agency reimburses expenses It’s not as simple as making an onward payment to you as we have the tax liability with HMRC to evidence why a person has been paid expenses with no tax deducted. We must be able to evidence that we have fulfilled our obligation as your employer to carry out […]

Negotiating Your Contract Pay

Being part of a meeting to discuss payments can be a little daunting and nerve-wracking but it’s also a great time to demonstrate your value to your client. Being a contractor, this is a common occurrence with each new job, so we have put together some great tips that will hopefully help settle your nerves […]

Applying for a mortgage as a contractor

Working as a contractor has many benefits but in some areas, it does require a little more work, especially when it comes to services providing you money for a new home. The good news is yes, it is possible to get a mortgage when working with an umbrella but it comes with some requirements that […]

Living Wage Update April 2023

living wage

With another new tax year reached on April 6th 2023, it bought with it an increase to the national minimum wage. Since the changes the new hourly rates are: TAX BRACKET BEFORE AFTER INCREASE Apprentice Rate £4.81 £5.28 47p 16-17 Year Old Rate £4.81 £5.28 47p 18-20 Year Old Rate £6.83 £7.49 66p 21-22 Year […]

Umbrella Payments Explained

Umbrella Payments Explained

Recently we were asked why our payslips show two separate amounts; basic pay and commission as they were wanting to check that everything had been declared to the HMRC correctly. The simple answer to this is in accordance with the contract of employment between the umbrella company and the contract worker an employee must always […]

SDC: Supervision, Direction and Control. Here’s What You Need To Know.

SDC - Supervision, Direction and Control. Heres What You Need To Know

SDC (another acronym to remember!) is a set of rules, published and implemented by HMRC designed to determine the employment status of an individual in conjunction with ‘agency legislation’. But what does SDC actually mean? Well, in a nutshell, to be caught within SDC the following may be true: Supervision:Pretty self-explanatory… it means that there […]

Maternity and Paternity Pay For Umbrella Workers

Maternity And Paternity Pay For Umbrella Workers

How Does Maternity and Paternity Pay Work As An Umbrella Employee? Many agency workers are unsure as to what they are entitled to if they use an umbrella company. We want to make things clear so that you don’t miss out! In short, you are an employee of our company and due to that, you […]

The Right to Disconnect – What Are Your Thoughts?

The Right To Disconnect - What Are Your Thoughts

The Right to Disconnect, what does it mean and what conclusions came out of France? In 2017 France introduced a piece of legislation aimed at companies with more than 50 workers. The aim was to ensure that the company’s employees would not work or partaking in work related activities once they have passed their contracted […]

4 day work week, anyone? – Let’s Look At The Pros and Cons

4 Days Work Week Anyone - Lets Look At The Pros And Cons

Working Full-Time To work full-time has, for years, been synonymous with ‘8 hours a day, 5 days a week’. Many sources cite Henry Ford as the first to institute what we now consider to be the standard 5 day, 40 hour week in the 1930s. Before this, recreational time was considered to be a luxury […]

Why do Companies Hire Contractors and Umbrella Employees?

Why Do Companies Hire Contractors And Umbrella Employees

If you’re considering getting into contracting it’s important to know your worth and to understand why a company may choose to engage you instead of taking on a permanent employee. There are a few distinct reasons that a business may choose contractors over “permies” – let’s use a very common industry in the contracting world […]