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No Umbrella Company can ‘earn’ you more than any other – we are all regulated by HM Revenue and Customs. The only factor that should affect your take home pay is the umbrella company's margin.

Top tips on what to look for when choosing an Umbrella Company

Guaranteed Margin

Some Umbrella Companies charge a percentage of your invoices which can prove extremely expensive.

Same Day Payments

Choose an Umbrella Company that doesn’t hold onto your money unnecessarily and pays you without delay.

Compliant with HMRC rules and regulations

But can they prove it? Of course everybody will say they are compliant but what awards/accreditation do they have to prove it.

Contract Manager for every employee

If not you’ll be explaining who you are and what you do every time you call.

Guaranteed commitment levels for employees and clients

Most Umbrella Companies will promise a variety of things but unless there is a money backed service guarantee, you have very little recourse.

Online portal for timesheet

Faxing or posting timesheets will soon get boring, plus you face the possibility of them getting “misplaced”.

Established company & part of a chartered firm of accountants

As the Umbrella Company will be receiving your funds first, you need to be sure they won’t disappear with it.

Contractor Umbrella meets all of the above criteria and as can be seen from the price comparison table below, is also one of the most competitively priced.

Umbrella Company Price Comparison

Umbrella Company Weekly Monthly
Contractor Umbrella Ltd £29.50 £108.50
Giant Group £28.00 £121.33*
Crystal Umbrella £27.50 £85.00
Atlantic Umbrella £30.00 £89.00
Parasol £27.50 £119.50
Orange Genie Charged as Percentage
Liberty Bishop £31.50 £137.00

Prices updated as of April 2014.
* No monthly fee so based on weekly fee x 52 weeks / 12 months
** Capped at £30 per week

As mentioned above, all Umbrella Companies are governed by the same rules and regulations, laid down by HMRC therefore your take home pay will be the same excluding the margin of the Umbrella Company of course.

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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