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Alex Jennings Wins March Employee of the Month

"Alex Jennings, our Birmingham Born Baggies fan, leads the Umbrella.co.uk Payroll Team and has won Umbrella.co.uk March Employee of the Month.

Alex is a calming influence within Operations ensuring workers are paid on time and always goes the extra mile to resolve queries.

Congratulations to a very deserving winner!" Jonathon Biddle, Chief Operations Officer.

Watch out for this HMRC call scam
marketing | 10 March 2018
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HMRC is warning people to be on high alert after numerous reports that cold calling scammers are pretending to be the tax authority.

HMRC says that it has seen a sharp increase in the number of recorded message scams hitting people across the UK.

The scammers appear to be calling people randomly with an automated message which says that you are under HMRC investigation after failing to pay a tax bill. 

 

Umbrella.co.uk announces East Cheshire Hospice as nominated charity for 2018
marketing | 10 January 2018
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We are delighted to announce that we have chosen East Cheshire Hospice as our nominated charity for 2018. As a 500 Club Member Umbrella.co.uk are committed to raising as much money as possible for the hospice through staff fundraising events.

Although there are many worthy charities out there, Umbrella.co.uk is Wilmslow based and we prefer to support local charities in the community where we operate and many of our staff live.

East Cheshire Hospice provide compassionate care and support to many local families and we are proud to support their invaluable work.

Paradise Papers show tide turning on tax avoidance schemes
marketing | 13 November 2017
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Like the Panama Papers before, the latest leak on the tax affairs of the world’s rich and powerful show that the tide is turning against tax avoidance schemes.

There is no suggestion that those implicated in the leaks did anything illegal, the Paradise Papers have reignited a public debate about the global structures that facilitate tax avoidance.

The leak has led to a further blurring of the line between legal tax avoidance and illegal tax evasion. It has also caused serious reputational damage for dozens of individuals and multinational companies.

Congratulations to Rebeca Rivas - September employee of the month
marketing | 5 October 2017
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Umbrella.co.uk is delighted to announce that our Employee of the Month for September is our lovely Spanish Senorita, Rebeca Rivas!  Rebeca joined our Welcome Team 6 months ago and since then has made herself invaluable for her attention to detail, and very popular with our new customers!  Well done Rebeca!!

Billy Barnett Wins Umbrella.co.uk February Employee of the Month

“Congratulations to Billy Barnett, a hard-working member of the Customer Services Team and the February Employee of the Month. Billy is extremely customer focussed and certainly a character within the office. We often have to discuss his work attire! Currently he’s soldiering on wearing one work shoe, one trainer and is blaming this on a ‘dodgy ankle’.  Well done Billy.” – Sarah Postlethwaite, Customer Services Manager

Start a contractor website on a shoestring
marketing | 5 February 2018
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Not all contractors need a website, but in certain industries it can strengthen your reputation and may help bring in new clients.

You have to be careful that costs don’t spiral out of control, however, and one way of doing that is to set yourself a shoestring budget to build your website on. Here are our top tips.  

Skills shortages in IT and construction increase contractor pay outs
marketing | 20 November 2017
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Skills shortages in the key industries of IT and construction are pushing up wages for contractors employed in these sectors.
 
CompTIA’s annual workforce survey of IT executives found that most were in a positive mood about the future, with 62% planning to increase investment in IT products and services.
Umbrella.co.uk Halloween Spooktacular
marketing | 31 October 2017
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Umbrella.co.uk staff are fundraising for charity with a Halloween 'dress up' day in the office...There's some scarily good costumes, giant spiders and zombies creeping about......

Don’t have a breakdown over your pay breakdown
marketing | 19 September 2017
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One of the questions regularly asked by contractors working through Umbrella.co.uk is about the “extra costs” which are payable by contract workers.  We are often told that our workers have previously found it hard to get to the bottom of what these costs are for, and that other payroll providers are reluctant to break them down for them.

Umbrella.co.uk prides itself on being upfront and transparent about any deductions that are made from income generated.  We will talk every potential new customer through the charges before you join us and will itemise them on your payslip each week so you know exactly where your money is going, and how the figure for net pay is arrived at.

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