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...]

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1st Contact Umbrella

Good value Good service

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Introducing 1st Contact Umbrella

Part of the 1st Contact Group which has 15 years + experience in providing expert tax and accounting services - 1st Contact Umbrella gives you the best of both worlds: the freedom and flexibility of being a contractor with all the convenience of being an employee.

Benefits - Why use 1st Contact Umbrella?

Join 1st Contact Umbrella for reliable, legal and hassle free contracting. Over 100,000 contractors since 1996 have enjoyed:

  • Free Consultations with dedicated Consultants
  • A simple fee structure with no hidden costs – you’ll only be charged when you earn
  • High take home pay
  • Claiming for business expenses through our extensive expense policy
  • We handle the administration on your behalf; we’ll do the invoicing, collect payments from your agency/client, pay your tax and NI contributions to HM, so that you don’t have to.
  • Prompt and efficient payments to your account, as payments are processed daily.
  • Quick service – Email queries during business hours will be responded to quickly (within 3 working hours)
  • Professional, Public and Employer’s Indemnity Insurance at no extra cost
  • Full statutory employment rights, incl. maternity, paternity and sick pay and holiday pay
  • Fast tracked National Insurance applications if required (no appointments needed)
  • Reliability: In a rapidly changing and heavily regulated market place, our longevity serves as a testament to our insistence on best practice.

Umbrella Compare Review of 1st Contact Umbrella

1st Contact Umbrella are a very professional umbrella company giving clear and precise advice to new customers. They even give you the option to meet them in person if you prefer - though these days it's as easy as filling in a simple form online.

They respond quickly to any enquiry and use language that you can understand. The pricing is very competitive in today's market and if you're paid monthly your fees drop to below £70 - pretty good!

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Rating and Reviews of 1st Contact Umbrella

With 4 votes, 1st Contact Umbrella has an average review score of 3.4.

3.4 / 5.0 [4 Votes]

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.