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Umbrella attends the When You Wish Upon a Star's 20th Black & White Ball
marketing | 3 October 2017
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Our employees of the year had a great time at the When You Wish Upon a Star's 20th Black & White Ball on Saturday night.

The team snapped some great celeb selfies with stars such as Saracen from Gladiators, Nikki Sanderson from Hollyoaks, Will Mellor and the singer Carly Paoli.

A fabulous dinner and bubbly was followed by dancing into the night with some 'special moves' from Adam in Customer Services.

Umbrella.co.uk are proud to support and fundraise for this amazing charity who continue to grant the wishes of children living with life threatening illnesses.

Win a £1,000 iPhone X in time for Christmas*
marketing | 18 September 2017
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This is the MUST HAVE iPhone that everyone’s been waiting for!

This brand new handset from Apple has barely been launched but we are already giving our agency consultants the chance to win one just by referring to Umbrella.co.uk between 18 September and 15 December 2017. *

With masses of amazing techie updates including wireless charging, 4k filming, a huge super retina screen and so much more, everyone wants to get their hands on one before Christmas.

It’s easy to refer to Umbrella.co.uk.  Simply email the contractors name, job title, phone number and pay rate to  newsignups@umbrella.co.uk   or call 01625 546 610.

Congratulations to Nick Martin - August Umbrlela Employee of the Month

"Congratulations to Nick Martin who has won Umbrella Employee of the month for August. Nick is one of our Accountants and has been with Umbrella since April 2015. Nick is an inspirational and motivating member of the Accountancy team. Nick always goes the extra mile and is always keen to take on new projects with dedication."  Micaela Blackshaw, Deputy Accountancy Services Manager.

Some public sector contractors missing out on 30% of income after IR35 changes

Some self-employed contractors lost 30% of their income in the wake of IR35 reforms that took effect in the public sector this in April.

As the dust settles around the changes IT recruitment company, CW Jobs, found that more than 70% of their clients saw a reduction in income after the IR35 reforms.

Of these contractors, a quarter saw a reduction close to 30%.

The IR35 reforms mean that contractors who work solely or primarily for public sector bodies are being taxed as if they were regular employees of that company. But are no receiving any of the accompanying benefits such as such pay or holiday entitlement. 

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On the 5th July our Operations Director, Neil Armitage, will be attending the Strategic FreeAgent Partnership Meeting up at FreeAgent Headquarters up in Edinburgh.  

We’ve attended every partner summit so far and taken part in the self-employed tax summit.

Our partnership with FreeAgent is important to us as a practice as it’s the leading cloud platform for contractor accountancy which means we can be part of steering the direction FreeAgent travels so that we can provide even greater levels of service and portal usability to clients. We will report back after the meeting on developments that will affect our clients.

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.

Back to school: Four new skills contractors can learn for free
marketing | 4 September 2017
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It’s September again. The days are getting colder and the nights are drawing in.

For parents, it’s also the time of year for new school uniforms because the long summer break is coming to an end and the kids are heading back to school.

Now, with an explosion in the availability of free online courses on everything from cookery to investing in stocks and shares, learning new skills isn’t just for children anymore.

If you want to increase your earning power and run your contracting business more effectively, pick a course below and get learning.

Umbrella.co.uk Agency Fantasy Football League Update

Little Pea’s, Rooney Rampage & Pogba Points making the difference this week. The ongoing Mystery as to why Harry Kane never scores in August continues. Do you drop him or leave him in???!  Complete change in top 3 from last week with some big names taking big hits as mid table teams climb up. Its early days but I’ve heard some rumours of teams already considering their wildcards is this for real or are the mind games beginning?

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The review was commissioned last year by Theresa May to investigate modern employment practices after reports of some workers earning as little as £2.50 an hour through self-employment, which affords none of the protections than a normal employee receives.

In order to reduce costs in competitive marketplaces many companies have taken on workers but classed them as “self-employed” meaning they save money on national insurance and the worker is put at a disadvantage by missing out on a number of standard employment rights.

The current system of taking an “employer” to a tribunal to prove that they are in fact an employer and should be treating their employees with a more significant duty of care is both costly and time consuming. It is unlikely many workers will want to bite the hand that feeds it so they are trapped in a situation that means longer hours for less pay.

Our staff will be observing a minute's silence today at 11am
marketing | 25 May 2017
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Umbrella.co.uk are a Manchester based company. Our staff will be observing a minute's silence today in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Manchester concert bombing.

The silence at 11am today will also mark the nation's solidarity with those who were injured in the blast as well as all those affected by the atrocity.

We thank our customers for their patience whilst our phone systems are turned off for 1-2 minutes.

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