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.

If you would like to become an employee of Contractor Umbrella please visit our sign up page or if you have any questions about contracting please call us on 01206 591 000 or email sophie.lewis@contractorumbrella.com.

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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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What is IR35?

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

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What is PAYE?

In the UK, Pay As You Earn Tax is the system that HMRC uses to collect Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs) from employees’ pay as it is earned.

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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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Why do I need an Umbrella Company?

Wondering why you have been told to work through an umbrella company? Do you need more more information on what one is and how you will be paid.

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