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...]

UK Umbrella Company Ranking Chart

Looking for an umbrella company? You have come to the right place. The Umbrella Company Chart provides a league table for the UK's best umbrella companies. The league is based on Votes and Scoring by UK contractors and recruitment agencies

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

RankUmbrella CompanySnapshotScoreView Details
1Payerise

Online portal CHAPS payment Advances

2.5 / 5.0
[492 Votes]
Payerise Umbrella Company Profile
2Smart Pay

We concentrate on our job so you can concentrate on yours

2.8 / 5.0
[236 Votes]
Smart Pay Umbrella Company Profile
3ePayMeAgency Specific and Contractor Focused, we've got you covered.3.7 / 5.0
[177 Votes]
ePayMe Umbrella Company Profile
4RACS Group

A dynamic company - safe and reliable.

2.8 / 5.0
[157 Votes]
RACS Group Umbrella Company Profile
5Liquid FridayA range of compliant payroll services to suit your circumstances.2.8 / 5.0
[141 Votes]
Liquid Friday Umbrella Company Profile
6MaxiPay

Pricey but effective

3.1 / 5.0
[125 Votes]
MaxiPay Umbrella Company Profile
7Clipper Contracting

Compliant payment solutions for temporary workers

2.7 / 5.0
[136 Votes]
Clipper Contracting Umbrella Company Profile
8Lesters incorporating Sybersolve Solutions Limied

Reasonably priced and a quick service

4.2 / 5.0
[68 Votes]
Lesters incorporating Sybersolve Solutions Limied Umbrella Company Profile
9JSA

Professional & helpful

3 / 5.0
[93 Votes]
JSA Umbrella Company Profile
10Shield Contract Services

Premium service

2.2 / 5.0
[112 Votes]
Shield Contract Services 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.