Contractor FAQs

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Why Use An Umbrella Company

Every umbrella company is required to offer their contractors support in finding their next contract, so we have put together a list of tips for contracting job seekers.

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What is the Apprenticeship Levy and why does it appear in my pay calculation?

The Apprenticeship Levy was introduced by the government in April 2017 and is designed to fund apprenticeship schemes – which allow employers to recoup some costs of providing training to apprentices – across the UK.

 

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What is an overarching contract of employment and why do I need one?

Any contractor employed through an umbrella company will sign an overarching contract of employment. In essence, this means that the contractor becomes a permanent employee of the umbrella company – it provides continuity of employment during and between different contracts.

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Claiming expenses as an Umbrella company employee

Restrictions on Umbrella employee expenses Prior to April 2016, it was possible for Umbrella employees to utilise a wide variety of expenses to reduce their tax bill. By far the most popular expenses were travel and daily meals (these were known as subsistence expenses). Other common expenses, included: Mobile phone Accommodation Clothing Training Subscriptions Equipment Read More...

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Umbrella Company Glossary of Terms

Umbrella Company – An employment services company that enables contractors to receive payments, without the need of setting up and running their own Limited Company. Timesheet – A timesheet is used to record the number of hours/days worked and is used by both Umbrella Companies and Recruitment Agencies. The Recruitment Agency will need a timesheet Read More...

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Case Study – Moving from Permanent Work to Contracting

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Why do I have to pay Employers National Insurance?

In permanent employment, it is the company that is liable for the Employer’s National Insurance contribution (NIC), through an umbrella company is no different.

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How Umbrella Companies work?

Working through an Umbrella Company can seem confusing, so let’s take a look at how the process works from Umbrella Company, to recruitment agency or end client to contractor.

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