Why Using An Umbrella Company Is a No-Brainer For Your Contracting Lifestyle

Why Using An Umbrella Company Just Makes Sense

So, you’ve made the decision to venture into contracting, and now it’s time to organise your set-up. If you’ve done your research, you’ll know that the way you can operate (and be paid) is not necessarily up to you; rather, it is determined by a thing called IR35, which requires careful consideration on the part […]

Confusing Terms Explained

Confusing Terms Explained (1)

What does it all mean? It can be confusing as a contractor starting out when you hear so many acronyms mentioned by both your agency and Umbrella Company. You may hear things such as IR35, WTR, AWR, and SDC along with terms such as ‘Opting Out’. You will also see it on documentation that you […]

How do I claim holidays?

How do I claim holidays (1)

How do I request holidays as an Umbrella Employee? As an employee of SwanHealth you are entitled to annual holidays just like any other employee in the UK. Taking holidays while contracting via an umbrella company is a relatively simple process, but if you’re new to this way of working sometimes it can be unclear […]

Claiming Expenses with an Umbrella Company

Claiming Expenses with an Umbrella Company (1)

One of the most frequently asked questions that we receive is in relation to reclaiming expenses as a contractor working through our umbrella services – here’s what you need to know. Contractors who have been around for some time would have noticed significant changes in this arena over the years. We remember receiving receipts and […]

What are my Rights when Choosing an Umbrella Company?

What are my Rights when Choosing an Umbrella Company

Can my recruitment agency dictate what umbrella company I use? As IR35 approaches more contractors are seeking the services of umbrella companies throughout the UK. For the most part, umbrella companies are suggested to contractors from the recruitment agency associated with their relevant assignment. This is an attempt to help the contractor speed up the […]

SwanHealth and AWR

SwanHealth and AWR

SwanHealth and The Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) What is AWR? AWR stands for Agency Workers Regulations (2010) and is a legislation designed specifically to protect agency workers from any discrimination in favour of permanent co-workers in the same role at the end client. Issues addressed by this legislation include pay rate, access to holidays and […]

How Does Holiday Pay Work With An Umbrella Company?

How Does Holiday Pay Work With An Umbrella Company (1)

As yet another national lockdown has eased the newly found freedom has yet again inspired the travel bug within many of us. Summer is traditionally the season in which contractors take a well-earned break – though there is much to be said for a last-minute Winter getaway also.  One of the more common questions we’re […]