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If you’ve found yourself looking to switch umbrella companies, then you might be wondering how you go about this and whether it’s a difficult process. Here, we take a look at everything you need to know about switching your umbrella company.

Why you might need to switch umbrella company

There are several reasons why someone would want to change umbrella provider.

You may have found yourself dissatisfied with the service they provide. For example, perhaps they’re slow paying you, or not responding to your emails and phone calls; or you may have noticed their umbrella margin is considerably higher than other companies.

Alternatively, you may have been forced to change due to your umbrella company not being on your recruitment agency’s preferred list of suppliers.

In this scenario, an agency may want the contractor to use an umbrella that has already been approved by them and is on their PSL (Preferred Supplier List) in order to manage their risk and ensure all umbrella partners conform to a set standard of compliance.

For more information on this, read our Can my Recruitment Agency make me use a specific Umbrella Company? page.

How to choose a good umbrella company

Whatever your reason for needing to switch umbrellas, it’s vital that you do your research to find a good company that is both professional and trustworthy.

Here’s what to look for:

  • Personal service
    Having a personal touch really is important for a hassle-free umbrella experience. You need to know that you have a go-to person if you have any queries or issues that you want to resolve quickly.
  • Look at reviews
    Whether it’s word of mouth or doing your own research, it’s important to know what people are saying about a company.
  • How long have they been in business for?
    The longer an umbrella company has been in business, the better. This means that they have plenty of experience, which in turn should make them experts in their field, which can only benefit you!
  • Do they have any awards?
    Being recognised for their achievements in the sector is most certainly a comforting factor when it comes to choosing an umbrella company.

If you want to read about what we can offer you as an umbrella company, visit our page Why Choose Contractor Umbrella?

How easy is it to switch umbrellas?

Switching umbrella company is a straightforward process, however, in order to make it as easy as possible it’s worth selecting a date that will coincide with the last day of a contract.

3 step guide on how to switch to Contractor Umbrella

It’s also really important that you sort out any holiday pay that you may be owed from your previous umbrella. Because of the way that umbrella holiday pay works, you may have accrued your pay, meaning you could be owed quite a bit.

For more information on this take a look at our Umbrella Holiday Pay page.

We hope this page has answered some of your questions, but if you have any further queries, our team of experts are available to help, so give us a call on 01206 591000 or email

Why Choose Contractor Umbrella?

Contractor Umbrella is the hassle-free, straight talking umbrella company that provides umbrella employment for UK based contractors and freelancers. Independently voted as the best umbrella company by the readers of Contractor UK.

As one of the most trusted umbrella companies in the UK, we guarantee our employees peace of mind, absolute compliance and complete security. We are one of the longest standing and most respected umbrella companies in the UK.

If you’d like to find out more, call us on 01206 591 000 or request a call back by completing our online form.

Benefits of working through Contractor Umbrella;

  • Fast and easy registration –  be ready to work in 24 hours, simply register online and we’ll take care of the rest.
  • Calculate your take home pay – use our online calculator to find out how much you could be taking home through Contractor Umbrella.
  • Same day payments – We offer same day payments as standard providing funds are received into our account by 9am, for no additional fee.
  • Our Service Guarantee – is our guarantee that you will be looked after at every step of the way.
  • Flexible Limited Company accountancy – when you sign up to our sister company Dolan Accountancy, you can transfer to Contractor Umbrella when umbrella employment better suits or your assignment sits inside IR35.
  • Employee Benefits at Contractor Umbrella there are many benefits available to you as our employee including Childcare Vouchers, our Employee Rewards Scheme, Group Pension Scheme, Foreign Currency Exchange, Contractor Accommodation, Contractor Mortgages and much more.
  • Expert Contractor Support Team – Every employee of Contractor Umbrella has access to our expert Contractor Support Team who are available to deal with any queries that you may have. You can get in touch with the Contractor Support Team, through the online chat, by email or by telephone.
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