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What is an overarching contract of employment and why does an umbrella company need one?

Travel expenses are only payable if you are travelling to a temporary workplace. This is defined by HMRC as:

“A workplace is a temporary workplace if an employee goes there only to perform a task of limited duration or for a temporary purpose. So even where an employee attends a workplace regularly, it will be a temporary workplace and so not a permanent workplace, if the employee attends for the purpose of performing a task of limited duration or other temporary purpose.”

As a contractor you will work on different assignments in different locations for a limited duration in each case but in order for HMRC requirements to be met they will need to be linked under a single employment. ContractorUmbrella is your employer and you will work, as a permanent employee, under an overarching Contract of Employment.

However, if you intend only to work on a single assignment whilst in your employment with ContractorUmbrella your workplace automatically becomes permanent and the cost of travel is therefore not an allowable expense.

Expense claims for travel are also subject to the ’24 month rule’ which prevents a workplace from being a temporary workplace where an employee attends it in the course of a period of continuous work that lasts, or is likely to last, more than 24 months.

Why Choose ContractorUmbrella?

ContractorUmbrella is the hassle-free, straight talking umbrella company that provides umbrella employment for UK based contractors and freelancers. Independently voted as the best umbrella company by the readers of Contractor UK.

As one of the most trusted umbrella companies in the UK, we guarantee our employees peace of mind, absolute compliance and complete security. We are one of the longest standing and most respected umbrella companies in the UK.

Benefits of working through ContractorUmbrella;

  • Fast and easy registration-  be ready to work in 24 hours, simply register online and we’ll take care of the rest.
  • Calculate your take home pay- use our online calculator to find out how much you could be taking home through ContractorUmbrella.
  • Same day payments- we offer same day payments as standard, for no additional fee.
  • Our Commitment Charter- is our guarantee that you will be looked after at every step of the way.
  • Flexible Limited Company accountancy- when you sign up to our sister company Dolan Accountancy, you can transfer to ContractorUmbrella when umbrella employment better suits or your assignment sits inside IR35.
  • Employee Benefits- at ContractorUmbrella there are many benefits available to you as our employee including Childcare Vouchers, our Employee Rewards Scheme, Group Pension Scheme, Foreign Currency Exchange, Contractor Accommodation, Contractor Mortgages and much more.
  • Personal Employee Liaison Officer- we believe in the personal touch, so you will have your very own dedicated Employee Liaison Officer during your employment with us. Read some of the glowing testimonials we've received about our lovely staff and the outstanding commitment they give to all our employees and clients.

If you’d like to find out more, call us on 01206 591 000 or request a call back by completing our online form.