Umbrella Advice

If you’re considering umbrella employment in ths section you’ll find a number of helpful resources to guide you through every step of umbrella employment.

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Partner Recruitment Agencies

We believe Umbrella Companies should work alongside recruitment agencies , see a list of some of the agencies Contractor Umbrella work with.


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.



2017 changes to the Apprenticeship Levy

If you are a PSC contractor working in the Public Sector in April 2017 it will be for the organisation that pays the fee to the PSC to decide whether the relationship between the worker and the end client is really one of what HMRC will regard as employment.


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.


Contractor Accommodation

Are you looking for short term accommodation as a contractor? Find out about Contractor Umbrella’s partnership with Contractor Accommodation Services.


Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Contractors

Large companies such as Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, Hoffmann–La Roche, Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi-Aventis, AstraZeneca, Abbott Laboratories and Merck & Co employ nearly one million people, of which tens of thousands are pharmaceutical / healthcare contractors. Recent surveys suggest that there are significant changes happening within the Pharmaceutical industry. When over 3,600 healthcare contractors were Read More...


Contracting Video Guides

Need to know more about contracting? Contractor Umbrella have compiled some quick video guides to help you understand a little more about contracting in the UK, whether that is through an umbrella company or your own limited company.


Case Study – Moving from Limited Company to an Umbrella Company

For a long term or career contractor, operating through a Limited Company is the most tax efficient option. However, the administration involved and the burden of compliancy issues is a turn off for some.



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