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Umbrella Holiday Pay

Unlike other self-employed workers, such as sole traders and limited company contractors, umbrella company contractors are entitled to holiday pay. Here we take a look at how this works.

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Do I need Professional Indemnity Insurance if I use an Umbrella Company?

What is indemnity insurance? Professional Indemnity Insurance, or PI insurance, is there to protect you from any claims that could be brought against you by a client. Of course, not every contractor will need this type of insurance, but it is vital for those who give advice, have access to a clients’ confidential information, or Read More...

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Maternity Leave and Using an Umbrella Company

Can I receive maternity pay whilst using an umbrella company? As an umbrella contractor, you are essentially employed by your umbrella company – this means that you will have many self-employed benefits, as well as some of the security that comes with permanent employment. For more information on why so many people choose the umbrella Read More...

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PAYE or Umbrella?

PAYE or Umbrella: Which is best? When it comes to looking at which is best between the two, that’s entirely dependent on your preferences and what will work best for you. Both a PAYE agency and an umbrella company will take care of your admin and payroll, and so all tax liabilities will be worked Read More...

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How Long Can I Work for the Same Company as a Contractor?

How long can a contractor work at a company for? There seems to be the belief (by some) that a contractor can only work for the same company for two years. This is completely false – contractors can work through an umbrella for an unlimited amount of time. In fact, umbrellas are made for ‘multiple Read More...

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Best Umbrella Company

When you first join the temporary work sector, it’s worth making yourself familiar with any rules that may apply to your way of working so that you’ll know where you stand in certain situations.

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Can my Recruitment Agency make me use a specific Umbrella Company?

When you first join the temporary work sector, it’s worth making yourself familiar with any rules that may apply to your way of working so that you’ll know where you stand in certain situations.

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Can my Recruitment Agency refuse to use my Umbrella Company?

Contractors who are new to the flexible-working sector may be confused about their rights when it comes to choosing an umbrella company, as some recruitment agencies might want you to use a specific supplier.

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