Employment Status

Are you a contractor? If you work for someone else, it is important to know whether you are working for that person in an employed capacity or in a self-employed capacity as an independent contractor.

Your employment status will determine the charge to tax on income from your employment or self-employment. It will also determine the class of NICs, which are to be paid.

Umbrella Companies employ you for tax purposes and complete central returns for all their contractors. It's less hassle and more flexible for you but take home pay is typically less than that the limited company option.

The best option for you depends on your plans, 'one off' contract or 'contractor for life'? [Read More...]

An Introduction and Guide to Umbrella Companies

The umbrella company guide section provides a sequential set of guides and articles that are designed to enable easy understanding of umbrella companies.

The Umbrella company guides are structured for those new to contracting, if you are already a contractor with a reasonable understanding of Umbrella companies you can jump to specific articles and information.

The aim of this section is to enable contractors to have a solid awareness of umbrella companies and , on completion, be capable of making an informed decision as to whether an umbrella company solution is the right payroll and accounting choice for their contract.

Umbrella Compare is about informed decision making and compliant, trustworthy solutions. If you have any feedback or information you wish to share with other contractors please contact us, connect with us on facebook and twitter.

Umbrella Company - Further Reading

Umbrella Companies and HMRC

Umbrella Companies and HMRC. What is the legal position and how does it affect the contractor? Thorough assessment of HRMC and its relationship with umbrella companies

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60 second Guide to an Umbrella Company

A snapshot introduction into Umbrella Companies and how their tax, VAT and PAYE solutions can increase your take home pay.

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IR35 Is an Umbrella the Right Choice

IR35 umbrella company - is an umbrella company the right choice? Check out your alternatives to using an umbrella company with free guides to contracting.

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Best Umbrella Company 2013

Umbrella Compare reviews the umbrella company industry for 2013 and announces Contractors Umbrella Company as the UK No 1 umbrella company for 2013

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New contractor Limited Company or Umbrella Company

Limited Company or Umbrella Company? As a new contractor it's difficult to know which option is best. This straight forward guide defines what your commitments are with each solution.

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Offshore Umbrella Companies BEWARE

DO NOT use offshore umbrella companies? Contractors, see how using an offshore umbrella company could cost you your home, savings, marriage and life. Choose a complaint vetted umbrella company now.

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Umbrella Companies Answer the Needs of Contractors

New Contractor? Simple step by step introduction to umbrella companies and the take home pay / administrative benefits of using an umbrella company.

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Umbrella Companies Are they worth it

Are contractor umbrella companies worthwhile? Umbrella company costs and benefits reviewed with direct access to umbrella company comparison calculator

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The Perfect Umbrella Company

100% right, 100% of the time! Find out exactly what makes the perfect contractor umbrella company! Plus umbrella company comparison calculator and contractor reviews and feedback

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Ten Must Ask Umbrella Company Questions for Contractors

Need an umbrella company? View the 10 Questions to Ask an Umbrella Company before you choose your umbrella company plus umbrella company comparison calculator

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Some of the Benefits of Working Through an Umbrella Company

What are the benefits of a contractor using an umbrella company? A contractors perspective of umbrella companies and contracting

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What is an umbrella company

Freelance Contractor? Umbrella company payroll/accounting solution introduction with sensible considerations. Is an umbrella company or limited company the right choice for you?

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Should Contractors use an Umbrella Company

If you're a contractor considering using an umbrella company you should read this guide first. Plus customer satisfaction surveys on umbrella company services.

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Scam or Scheme What is the Point of Umbrella Companies

Are umbrella companies scams or schemes? Legal or dodgy? An explanation and insight into umbrella companies and the press surrounding the use of umbrella companies

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Umbrella Companies are Made for Contractors

Are you a contractor? Have you considered using an umbrella company to get paid? Click here to see if an umbrella company is any good for you! Plus customer satisfaction surveys on umbrella company services.

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Quick Guide to Umbrella Companies

Quick Guide to Umbrella Companies. All about the umbrella company service and how it can benefit contractors in many different ways. #1 umbrella company comparison site.

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Professional Relationships of a Contractor

Freelance contractors have 3 main professional relationships. Look after these and you'll have a rewarding contracting career. Plus customer satisfaction surveys on umbrella company services.

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Meal Allowances Money for Nothing and Drinks for Free

Contractor expenses is a hot issue. What about contractors claiming meals as expenses? Find out the truth about what HMRC allows contractors to claim as a meal expenses.

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Umbrella Company Expenses

Umbrella company expenses for contractors. Everything there is to know about increasing your net pay by claiming business expenses.

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Umbrella Company and Admin

Umbrella company admin and paperwork. Plus umbrella company comparison calculator and umbrella company reviews

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Umbrella Company FAQs

Umbrella company FAQs, proper answers to all your questions. Plus latest umbrella company information and advice for contractors

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Is an Umbrella Company my Best Choice

Is an Umbrella Company my Best Choice? #1 site for umbrella company comparisons. Mystery-shop results, contractor feedback polls & must read contractor guides.

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How to understand a Dispensation

Contractor umbrella companies and expenses dispensations. Many umbrella companies talk about their HMRC dispensations but what are they and how does it affect you?

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Quick Guide to Umbrella Company Paperwork

Are you new to contracting? Heard about umbrella companies but not sure what they are? Heres our quick Guide to Umbrella Companies and Umbrella Company Paperwork.

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Offshore and EBT

Contractor Offshore or EBT scheme. Click here to find out whether you should be paid by an offsore tax scheme to save money.

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How to choose an Umbrella Company

Do you know how to choose an Umbrella Company.Find out how to pick the best umbrella company for you.

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How Much Should you Pay for an Umbrella Company

See how much umbrella companies costs can vary and what you should be paying. Umbrella companies charge for their services in a number of different ways, make sure you get the best deal.

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How Do Umbrella Companies Benefit Contractors

Does a contractor benefit from using an umbrella company? Find out if an umbrella company is worth it. Umbrella company guides and information to help and support your contract

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HMRC Umbrella Companies

Is there such a thing as an HMRC umbrella company? Do you homework, Know what you should look for in an Umbrella Company

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Finding the Best Umbrella Company

Finding the best umbrella company just got easy

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Does an Umbrella Company Dispensation help Me

Does an umbrella company dispensation benefit the contractor? Find out if your umbrella company dispensation will help you. Plus customer satisfaction surveys on umbrella company services.

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Agency Workers Regulations Swedish Derogation Model

A straight forward guides that explains the Swedish Derogation Model, why the Swedish Derogation Model is used and how it affects contractors and umbrella companies.

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Agency Workers Regulations AWR

Agency Workers Regulations - AWR. In introduction and explanation of AWR and how it impacts contractors and those working for recruitment agencies

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An Umbrella Company is your BackOffice

See how an umbrella company can benefit a contractor. Is an umbrella right for you? Read how an umbrella company can save you time and money

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Six ways to judge an Umbrella Company

Six ways to judge an Umbrella Company. How to make sure you pick the right umbrella company. Plus umbrella company comparison calculator

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Why You Should Complain to Your Umbrella Company

Complaints Procedure. Why you should complain to your umbrella company, and how you make a complaint! Plus umbrella company customer satisfaction survey results.

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What is an Umbrella Company

The umbrella company service explained in simple terms. Umbrella company comparison tool and calculator, get the best deal.

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Ever Thought About an Umbrella Company

Want to be a contractor? Have you ever thought about the services of an Umbrella Company? See if an umbrella company is the right tax solution for you

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Contractor Professional Relationships

Contractor Professional Relationships. If you want to be a contractor, learn about the relationships you need to nurture. Click here for expert free advice!

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Alternatives to using an Umbrella Company

Umbrella company, limited company or Agency PAYE - see what your options really are. As a contractor, is your choice. Agencies cannot force you into something you don't want.

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Why would a Contractor consider using an Umbrella Company

Want to be a contractor? How will you get paid? Click here to see why an umbrella company is good for contractors!

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Umbrella Company Reviews Compare Umbrella Companies

A simple guide for contractors on how to compare umbrella companies so that the right umbrella company is selected for your career.

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Umbrella Company Jargon

Umbrella Company Jargon. Click here to find out what your umbrella company is really talking about and what they really mean!

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Its Simple an Umbrella Company is

An umbrella company is simply the modern equivalent of a limited company. Umbrella companies simply explained with online umbrella company comparison calculator

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Contractor Match Made In Heaven

Contractor and umbrella company, a great partnership or not? What the right solution for the modern contractor? Read more here...

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Have You Considered an Umbrella Company

Want to be a contractor? Have you thought about an umbrella company? What is the best PAYE and Tax solution for Contractors? Find out here.

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Umbrella Company Did You Know

Umbrella Company: Did You Know? Umbrella company facts! Click here to find out all there is to know about UK PAYE contractor umbrella companies!

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Umbrella Companies have the Answers

Want be be a contractor? Find out what you need to know and if an umbrella company is right for you. Plus customer satisfaction surveys on umbrella company services.

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Best Umbrella Company Best Deal

Find the best umbrella company and the best deal. Make the most of your contract with reduced tax payments with umbrella company comparison calculator.

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Do Umbrella Companies Reduce Tax

Do Umbrella Companies reduce your tax bill? Everything there is to know about increasing your net pay by claiming business expenses through an umbrella company.

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Calling an Umbrella Company

Calling an Umbrella Company, what do you need to know? Click here to learn what the phone call will be like and ensure you ask the right questions and they provide the right answers

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I have to Register with an Umbrella Company

Find out how to register with an umbrella company. If you're new to dealing with an umbrella company it can be a daunting task to ring them up. It's not always easy for an experienced contractor either!

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How an Umbrella Company Helps Contractors

See how an umbrella company helps with your paperwork, limited company status and gets you paid. Understand the benefits of Using an Umbrella Company

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How to Choose an Umbrella Company

If a contractor wants to use an umbrella company, how do they choose the best one? Sound advice to help you choose the right umbrella company

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Finding The Best Umbrella Company for You

If you want the best umbrella company, find it right here. The best Umbrella Compares compared - online umbrella company calculator

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Do Umbrella Companies Benefit Contractors

Do Umbrella Companies Benefit Contractors? Click here to find out exactly how an umbrella company can benefit you as a contractor.

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10 Questions to ask an Umbrella Company

If your new to contracting and new to umbrella companies then you need to read this article to ensure that you select the right umbrella company for you.

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5 umbrella company myths

Find out the top 5 umbrella company myths that will keep your tax, national insurance return and PAYE HMRC compliant

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HMRC Compliance

It's the basics... Compliance with Tax, VAT, PAYE and fiscal arrangements is mandatory for contractors regardless of whether you use an umbrella company or your own limited company.

Incredible then that there are still rogue umbrella companies and limited company accountants who expose their contractors to fraud. Umbrella Compare provides THE solution, we thoroughly vet all umbrella companies and limited company accountants that we list [Read more...].

Umbrella Compare provides a holistic overview of contracting with the aim of helping new and old contractors find the right payroll solutions. Contracting should be about focusing on the contract, not payroll, accounting, HMRC and bureaucracy.