When you work through a recruitment agency, you will be asked to opt-in or out of the Conduct Regulations. But do you know what this means? Continue reading as we explain what the Conduct Regulations are and what it means to opt-in or out of the legislation.
Whether you are new to contracting or are a seasoned contractor, making the right decision for your payroll is essential. When answering the question “should I use an umbrella company?”, you need to take into consideration whether you are inside or outside IR35 legislation, and whether an umbrella company is the best option for you based on the assignments you want to work on.
To help combat the coronavirus’s rising impact, England has been placed in a national lockdown for the third time. From midnight on the 4th January 2021, many businesses were forced to shut, and thousands of workers were told to work from home. To minimise the impact this will have on the UK, the government announced several support packages to help people cope with upcoming financial pressures. However, while the packages have been received well, the FCSA has responded by asking Chancellor Rishi Sunak for more help specifically for the contingent workforce.
Whether you’re new to contracting or are a limited company director who may require an umbrella company for future assignments, understanding how an umbrella company works is vital when deciding which provider to use. There is a lot of information that you need to take on board, and we hope the following summary is useful.
If you are new to contracting, prefer a more hands-off approach to payroll, or are inside IR35 legislation, working via an umbrella company can offer the perfect way to get paid. With so many umbrella companies to choose from how do you know which is the right one for you?
Starting this week, Umbrella Company UK will start processing furlough pay for our eligible clients on 80% of total earnings (up to £2,500.00 per month) – with first payments due to begin this week. We will be backdating payments from March – for those who are eligible.
As things stand, Umbrella Company UK is still unable to offer furloughed leave to our umbrella clients. At such an unprecedented time, we understand that our clients need financial support more than ever before. This is why we are urging the government to provide much-needed clarification on how umbrella companies process Holiday Pay and the Apprenticeship Levy.
On Saturday 4th April, the government released more information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Interestingly, the updated guidance specifically references “umbrella companies”. While this is positive, there are still plenty of unanswered questions and the FCSA has described the new information as “contradictory”.
As things stand, it is possible that agency workers, including umbrella workers, will only be able to claim 80 percent of the National Minimum Wage – rather than traditional employees who can claim up to 80 percent of their salary.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the government has unveiled plans to help support the UK’s workforce. While we welcome the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, there are still plenty of unanswered questions about how the legislation will work – from both an employer’s and ‘furloughed’ employee’s perspective.