Pay

We run a payroll service on the afternoon of every working day, and two on Friday.  Depending on the agency you work through, we will pay on receipt of the pay instruction from the agency or on the day we receive funds from them.  This is assuming we receive the information or funds before midday.  If not, it will be the following day.

If your payment is made on Monday or Tuesday payrolls, you will receive the funds the same day. If you are paid on Wednesday and Thursday payrolls, you will receive the funds on Friday morning.  Friday payroll is paid by same day transfer.  

We send all payments by electronic bank transfer to your account.

On the day we run your payroll we will e-mail you a payslip in PDF format.  We also e-mail you a pay summary in Word format which breaks down how your net pay figure was arrived at.

For Wednesday, Thursday and Friday payrolls we also send a SMS message to alert you that there is a payment on its way.

 

As a contractor you are paid as a mixture of salary and commission on your contract.  This is because salary is subject to full tax and NI, and commission can be offset by any allowable expenses to save on tax and NI.  As salary is taxed in full, we keep this element of your wage as low as possible to maximise the amount you can earn tax-free.  The lowest rate we can pay your salary at is National Minimum Wage (NMW).  You will therefore see that your payslip shows your salary element as the number of hours you have been paid for at NMW.  You can see our payslip explanation in the Help section of our website.

Your take home pay is based on a number of different factors.  They are your pay rate, the hours you have worked, your tax code and the value of any allowable expenses you process.  If all of these factors remain the same from week to week then you should receive a consistent amount into your account.

Yes.  Holiday pay is included in your pay rate by your agency.  It is calculated at 12.07% of your hourly rate.  For each payment, we calculate the holiday pay element and pay it to you every week as a portion of your total wage.    We do not retain any holiday pay.

All contractors pay this.  When you get paid through an umbrella, your agency is no longer responsible for the Employer’s NI.  They therefore generally uplift your PAYE pay rate by the Employer’s NI element (13.8%) in order to give you the extra money for the NI.  You are not therefore out of pocket.

The tax system is based around the annual tax free pay allowance split over 52 weeks of the tax year.  Your tax code indicates how much your annual allowance is.  We allow this weekly amount of tax-free pay when we work out your tax deductions.

If the role you are being paid for through Umbrella.co.uk is a second income, or if you have a pension which attracts your tax allowance, you must inform us.  If you don’t, the tax code we use might be wrong and you might underpay tax which HMRC will eventually ask you to pay back. 

We will send you a P60 soon after the end of the tax year.  This is a summary of your taxable earnings and tax paid during the tax year.  You should keep this safe as you may need the information it contains.

The same information is sent to HMRC as a standard employer process.

If your only income in any particular tax year is paid through an umbrella company then all tax has been deducted at source and you would not need to complete a self-assessment.

You would however have to complete one if you have other untaxed income, or HMRC send you one for completion.

Not for expenses claimed whilst through the umbrella service.  We submit a company P11D for all employees.  As we have a dispensation most types of expense are exempt from P11D reporting.