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...]

Umbrella Compare is the most comprehensive Umbrella Company and Limited Company Accountant comparison site in the UK. Our aim is to provide a holistic information and comparison site for contractors. In simple terms, we provide information and services to allow contractors to make informed decisions on how they set up and manage their accounting and payroll systems.

We complete a thorough vetting procedure on all umbrella companies listed so that you can have confidence and piece of mind when selecting an umbrella company. Have you tried our umbrella company comparison calculator yet? Access a personal umbrella company salary illustration and compare leading HMRC compliant umbrella companies.

UK Umbrella Companies

The following umbrella companies provide umbrella company payroll solutions for contractors. Umbrella companies that have completed our vetting procedure are highlighted in green and have the shield of endorsement adjacent their company name.

Rate the top vetted umbrella companies or select any umbrella company to see further information and leave a detailed review.

Umbrella Company League Table as voted for by Contractors across the UK

Umbrella Company Directory

No need to trawl the internet, the UK's best umbrella companies are all listed on Umbrella Compare.

Umbrella CompanySnapshotRatingView Details
Payerise

Online portal CHAPS payment Advances

2.5 / 5.0
[492 Votes]
Payerise Umbrella Company Profile
Smart Pay

We concentrate on our job so you can concentrate on yours

2.8 / 5.0
[236 Votes]
Smart Pay Umbrella Company Profile
ePayMeAgency Specific and Contractor Focused, we've got you covered.3.7 / 5.0
[177 Votes]
ePayMe Umbrella Company Profile
RACS Group

A dynamic company - safe and reliable.

2.8 / 5.0
[157 Votes]
RACS Group Umbrella Company Profile
Liquid FridayA range of compliant payroll services to suit your circumstances.2.8 / 5.0
[141 Votes]
Liquid Friday Umbrella Company Profile
MaxiPay

Pricey but effective

3.1 / 5.0
[125 Votes]
MaxiPay Umbrella Company Profile
Clipper Contracting

Compliant payment solutions for temporary workers

2.7 / 5.0
[136 Votes]
Clipper Contracting Umbrella Company Profile
Lesters incorporating Sybersolve Solutions Limied

Reasonably priced and a quick service

4.2 / 5.0
[68 Votes]
Lesters incorporating Sybersolve Solutions Limied Umbrella Company Profile
JSA

Professional & helpful

3 / 5.0
[93 Votes]
JSA Umbrella Company Profile
Shield Contract Services

Premium service

2.2 / 5.0
[112 Votes]
Shield Contract Services Umbrella Company Profile
Contractors Umbrella Company

Maximum Pay Minimum Hassle

3.1 / 5.0
[76 Votes]
Contractors Umbrella Company Umbrella Company Profile
Crest Plus

We want you to get the most out of working

2.8 / 5.0
[74 Votes]
Crest Plus Umbrella Company Profile
Sprite Umbrella

Specialist payroll company for all contractors

2.9 / 5.0
[66 Votes]
Sprite Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
JMK Group UK

Hi-Tech & Quality Service.

2.4 / 5.0
[64 Votes]
JMK Group UK Umbrella Company Profile
Go Umbrella

Good value, service & price

2.3 / 5.0
[66 Votes]
Go Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
giant strongbox

 A simple and straightforward service by the contractor's favourite umbrella employer.

2.7 / 5.0
[51 Votes]
giant strongbox Umbrella Company Profile
Nova Contracting

Rely on Nova Contracting

2.9 / 5.0
[46 Votes]
Nova Contracting Umbrella Company Profile
AZebra

We make working with AZebra easy

2.4 / 5.0
[54 Votes]
AZebra Umbrella Company Profile
Payme

Straightforward and reliable

3.4 / 5.0
[37 Votes]
Payme Umbrella Company Profile
FPS GroupDedicated to providing excellent customer service.2.6 / 5.0
[47 Votes]
FPS Group Umbrella Company Profile
Focused Consulting

Strong, compliant and worth a call.

2.9 / 5.0
[41 Votes]
Focused Consulting Umbrella Company Profile
Sterling Solutions

Sterling keep you legal and look after you well

2.3 / 5.0
[51 Votes]
Sterling Solutions Umbrella Company Profile
IPS Umbrella Limited

Experienced umbrella company with a fresh and straightforward compliant service.

3 / 5.0
[39 Votes]
IPS Umbrella Limited Umbrella Company Profile
ICS: Contractor Accountancy and Payroll

Long established and look after you well

2.5 / 5.0
[46 Votes]
ICS: Contractor Accountancy and Payroll Umbrella Company Profile
Gabem Management

Good price and helpful staff.

2.4 / 5.0
[43 Votes]
Gabem Management Umbrella Company Profile
Advance Contracting SolutionsCompliant, Personal, Reliable solutions, Trust the Experts.2.6 / 5.0
[38 Votes]
Advance Contracting Solutions Umbrella Company Profile
Ardent Tide

CIS - Benefit from contracting

3.6 / 5.0
[27 Votes]
Ardent Tide Umbrella Company Profile
ipaye

Not all Umbrellas are the same

2.7 / 5.0
[35 Votes]
ipaye Umbrella Company Profile
iBalance

Good price good service. You can have both.

3.2 / 5.0
[29 Votes]
iBalance Umbrella Company Profile
PayStream

A provider you can count on

2.6 / 5.0
[35 Votes]
PayStream Umbrella Company Profile
My Key Pay

Tops for customer service

3.3 / 5.0
[28 Votes]
My Key Pay Umbrella Company Profile
i4 Group

i4 is UKs no.1 Umbrella Company the best way to max your pay!

2.8 / 5.0
[32 Votes]
i4 Group Umbrella Company Profile
OrangeGenie

Pricey. Annoying website.

3.1 / 5.0
[29 Votes]
OrangeGenie Umbrella Company Profile
Parasol UmbrellaParasol gives contractors the chance to maximise their working potential.2.1 / 5.0
[40 Votes]
Parasol Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
Tempo UmbrellaTempo's focus is customer care, slick technology and industry experience.3.2 / 5.0
[25 Votes]
Tempo Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
Nasa Umbrella

Not bad at all.

2.5 / 5.0
[31 Votes]
Nasa Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
Liberty Bishop

Been around for a while

2.5 / 5.0
[28 Votes]
Liberty Bishop Umbrella Company Profile
Maddison Umbrella

Good all round value - above average service.

3.2 / 5.0
[22 Votes]
Maddison Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
SmartWork Umbrella

Good choice for access out of normal office hours

2.4 / 5.0
[28 Votes]
SmartWork Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
Liquidity Group

A simple and cost effective solution

3.2 / 5.0
[21 Votes]
Liquidity Group Umbrella Company Profile
Tarpon

Pricey but effective.

2.7 / 5.0
[21 Votes]
Tarpon Umbrella Company Profile
Cloud 9

Contractor ready

2.6 / 5.0
[21 Votes]
Cloud 9 Umbrella Company Profile
Eden Outsource

Established, competitively priced.

2.9 / 5.0
[18 Votes]
Eden Outsource Umbrella Company Profile
CXC

Good service but expensive.

3.2 / 5.0
[16 Votes]
CXC Umbrella Company Profile
Zeva Umbrella

Premium PAYE umbrella company

2.5 / 5.0
[20 Votes]
Zeva Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
Brookson

Slick & professional

2.6 / 5.0
[18 Votes]
Brookson Umbrella Company Profile
Redego

Strong on service, friendly team.

2.7 / 5.0
[17 Votes]
Redego Umbrella Company Profile
Originem

More than an umbrella company

2.4 / 5.0
[18 Votes]
Originem Umbrella Company Profile
Esentual

They'll look after you well and offer good value.

3.3 / 5.0
[13 Votes]
Esentual Umbrella Company Profile
Crystal Umbrella

Clear & easy to understand.

2.6 / 5.0
[15 Votes]
Crystal Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
Gain Advantage

Fantastic value

2.7 / 5.0
[13 Votes]
Gain Advantage Umbrella Company Profile
PayMatters

Concerning reports - One to watch

2.1 / 5.0
[14 Votes]
PayMatters Umbrella Company Profile
ShipShapePay

CIS solution

2.4 / 5.0
[12 Votes]
ShipShapePay Umbrella Company Profile
Candor

Hassle free service and personalised advice

3.1 / 5.0
[9 Votes]
Candor Umbrella Company Profile
Pinnacle Advantage Umbrella

Life is what you make it

3.1 / 5.0
[9 Votes]
Pinnacle Advantage Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
Black Diamond Umbrella Ltd

Simple straightforward solution at a very reasonable price.

2.7 / 5.0
[10 Votes]
Black Diamond Umbrella Ltd Umbrella Company Profile
Simplify

Making contracting simple

2.6 / 5.0
[10 Votes]
Simplify Umbrella Company Profile
Danbro

Good 'no jargon' professional service.

2.5 / 5.0
[10 Votes]
Danbro Umbrella Company Profile
Vanilla Umbrella

Straightforward and easy to use service

2.6 / 5.0
[8 Votes]
Vanilla Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
Outsauce

Terrific price coupled with great service.

2.4 / 5.0
[8 Votes]
Outsauce Umbrella Company Profile
Green Lantern 35

Dedicated customer service, competitive price

2.1 / 5.0
[9 Votes]
Green Lantern 35 Umbrella Company Profile
Ontime CIS

Leading CIS Specialist

4.3 / 5.0
[4 Votes]
Ontime CIS Umbrella Company Profile
paraplus Umbrella

Enjoy more money, more time and more freedom.

1.8 / 5.0
[9 Votes]
paraplus Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
FS Commercial

No worries about complex tax legislation

3 / 5.0
[5 Votes]
FS Commercial Umbrella Company Profile
MAC umbrella

efficient and fully compliant solution

2.5 / 5.0
[6 Votes]
MAC umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
Income Made Smart

IMS provides a comprehensive range of services

2.1 / 5.0
[7 Votes]
Income Made Smart Umbrella Company Profile
Atlantic Umbrella

Reliable, efficient and customer focused.

1.7 / 5.0
[8 Votes]
Atlantic Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
1st Contact Umbrella

Good value Good service

3.4 / 5.0
[4 Votes]
1st Contact Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
pulse

Great price, great service and & benefits.

2.6 / 5.0
[5 Votes]
pulse Umbrella Company Profile
Red Umbrella

Mid priced - high service levels

1.7 / 5.0
[7 Votes]
Red Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
Locums UmbrellaHealthcare specialist umbrella company2.4 / 5.0
[4 Votes]
Locums Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
Blue Intellect

An umbrella company giving value and satisfaction.

3 / 5.0
[3 Votes]
Blue Intellect Umbrella Company Profile
BSL UmbrellaWe pride ourselves on offering a personal, reliable service.1.5 / 5.0
[4 Votes]
BSL Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
Ganumbra

no-frills value

1.8 / 5.0
[3 Votes]
Ganumbra Umbrella Company Profile
Foremans

Solid outfit, clear communicators

1.8 / 5.0
[3 Votes]
Foremans Umbrella Company Profile
Paramount Solutions

Enthusistic and helpful

5 / 5.0
[1 Votes]
Paramount Solutions Umbrella Company Profile
Drole Computing Services

The 'original' and one of the best around today

4.5 / 5.0
[1 Votes]
Drole Computing Services Umbrella Company Profile
MMC Management

Great contracting solutions

4.5 / 5.0
[1 Votes]
MMC Management Umbrella Company Profile
Bar 2

Good, worth a call

1.8 / 5.0
[2 Votes]
Bar 2 Umbrella Company Profile
your umbrella

Your umbrella provides a service which is easy to use, compliant & reputable

2 / 5.0
[1 Votes]
your umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
Springboard Umbrella

High on customer service

0.8 / 5.0
[2 Votes]
Springboard Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
Under Our Umbrella

Ok, mid-range offer mid-priced service

1 / 5.0
[1 Votes]
Under Our Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
Umbrella4Contractors

Good solid umbrella company.

0.5 / 5.0
[1 Votes]
Umbrella4Contractors Umbrella Company Profile
AlternetUk

Good company, worth a call, high fees though.

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
AlternetUk Umbrella Company Profile
Backoffice UK

Good company which has been around for a while.

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Backoffice UK Umbrella Company Profile
BBuffalo

Great price. Online service only.

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
BBuffalo Umbrella Company Profile
Cannons Payroll Services LimitedA fresh new Payroll & Benefits provider bringing new & innovative ideas 0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Cannons Payroll Services Limited Umbrella Company Profile
Capital UmbrellaA payroll solution that ensures you put more money in your pocket every month0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Capital Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
Carrington Umbrella

Professional and easy to deal with.

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Carrington Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
Cascade

Benefit from more of your gross billings

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Cascade Umbrella Company Profile
Conduit People Management

Good price good service.

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Conduit People Management Umbrella Company Profile
Contractor Solutions

Worth a call. Safe & reliable.

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Contractor Solutions Umbrella Company Profile
CPM People

Helpful, efficient and effective.

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
CPM People Umbrella Company Profile
Dasa Consulting

Easy for contractors, plus a modern portal

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Dasa Consulting Umbrella Company Profile
Elsiat Payroll

you can register free with us today

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Elsiat Payroll Umbrella Company Profile
Freelance Global

AusNz focused

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Freelance Global Umbrella Company Profile
Guide UK LtdProviding Unbeatable, Low Cost UMBRELLA Services To the UK Contractors.0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Guide UK Ltd Umbrella Company Profile
Horizon Payroll

Dedicated services with a personal family touch

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Horizon Payroll Umbrella Company Profile
Intelligent UmbrellaWork for us and we will work for you. 0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Intelligent Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
Marble Contracting

Straight-talking, professional, teriffic value

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Marble Contracting Umbrella Company Profile
MSL Forza

Professional and able

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
MSL Forza Umbrella Company Profile
MyPay

Passionate about service

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
MyPay Umbrella Company Profile
NISI Services

Check-out us out!

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
NISI Services Umbrella Company Profile
NoPalaver

Nopalaver is the engineers choice.

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
NoPalaver Umbrella Company Profile
O2 ProfessionalNew to market0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
O2 Professional Umbrella Company Profile
Oxygen360

Solid & reliable

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Oxygen360 Umbrella Company Profile
Pacific Umbrella

Friendly, knowledgeable and treat you as a valued customer

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Pacific Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
Pay Quest

Good for service

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Pay Quest Umbrella Company Profile
Paycheck Services

Est. 1997 - It's clear.... we take care of business!

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Paycheck Services Umbrella Company Profile
Payroll VillageMaking Payment Simple0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Payroll Village Umbrella Company Profile
planIT Services

Long-established top-tier umbrella company

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
planIT Services Umbrella Company Profile
Priory Contractors

Helpful, professional and friendly.

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Priory Contractors Umbrella Company Profile
Prospero

More for you

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Prospero Umbrella Company Profile
Redfox Contracting

Well priced, great service, a helpful team to back it up

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Redfox Contracting Umbrella Company Profile
Simple Umbrella Solution

Great umbrella service for contractors

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Simple Umbrella Solution Umbrella Company Profile
Smart Tax

We work hard to help you make the most of the money you have earned

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Smart Tax Umbrella Company Profile
Sombrilla umbrella company

Offering compliant solutions for contractors and freelancers.

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Sombrilla umbrella company Umbrella Company Profile
UK Umbrella

We have the best services, leading knowledge and compliance to give you the best.

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
UK Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
Umbrella Companies Contractors

Standard offering - fair price

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Umbrella Companies Contractors Umbrella Company Profile
Universal Umbrella

Great service - Worth a call

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
Universal Umbrella Umbrella Company Profile
your cis

Flexible and transparent, no hidden charges

0 / 5.0
[ Votes]
your cis Umbrella Company Profile

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.