Starting Up

Making the move to contracting should be an exciting time. In this section there are a a number of guides helpful guides to help you, when you are considering making the move.

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PAYE Umbrella Calculator

Find out how much you can take home through Contractor Umbrella.


How does an Umbrella Company calculate my take home pay?

You have, no doubt, seen adverts from Umbrella Companies along the lines of ‘more take home pay’ and ‘take home 85%’; have you ever wondered how they come up with their figures?


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.


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...


What is IR35?

IR35 was introduced in April 2000 designed to catch contractors operating as ‘disguised employees’.


Choosing an Umbrella Company?

The claims and promises made by Umbrella Companies vary enormously; most of them will sound too good to be true…and they usually are! Lets take a look at the usual marketing ploys used to entice new contractors…


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.


Free Contractor Guides

Our FREE downloadable contracting guides, include everything you need to know about contracting through umbrella employment and as a limited company director.