Umbrella PAYE & Deductions Explained

You’ve been asked to use an umbrella company, but one aspect that can be confusing is how an umbrella company calculates the salary payment you get at the end of each week or month. When you’re an employee of a company, the employer offers you an annual or hourly rate and calculates and deducts your […]

What are my Rights when Choosing an Umbrella Company?

Contractor Rights SH

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 […]

Why are the UK Gov’t waiving IR35 penalties for a year?

No penalties for incorrect IR35 determinations   The UK Government has announced that will waive penalties relating to incorrect IR35 determinations for 12 months from April 6th 2021. The move comes amid widespread confusion relating to the legislation from both fee-payers and affected contractors. The immediate prose of IR35 reform remains true; as of April […]

The 5% admin allowance that may be disappearing for some PSC contractors

The 5% admin allowance that may be disappearing for some PSC contractors

IR35 reform for the private sector is less than a month away and, as we draw closer, more and more scrutiny is being placed upon the finer details involved. One aspect that seems to have passed below the radar is the loss of a 5% allowance that used to exist for limited companies operating within […]

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 […]

The Key Information Document – A Reminder of what is Needed

Amid the turmoil of the pandemic, on the 6th April 2020, the UK government introduced the Key Information Document (KID) as a part of their Good Work Plan, in an attempt to improve pay transparency for agency workers. This document is required in order to comply with Regulation 13A of the Conduct Regulations (Conduct of […]

WTR (Working Time Regulations) Explained

Working Time Regulations – Know the Facts… Being a contractor can mean many things; perhaps you’re working as a freelancer, operating through your own company, you’re self-employed or you’re working via an umbrella company. The way you operate may alter your rights in relation to Working Time Regulations, but we want to focus on our […]

Can I Get Another Job while on Furlough?

I’m on furlough – can I get another job in the meantime?   On the 20th March 2020, many businesses were forced to close their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  To support businesses and employees the UK Government introduced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough scheme).  The purpose was/is to keep as many employees […]

The EU transition

After 4 + years of negotiation, December 31st 2020 saw the UK leave the European Union. Plenty of businesses have had to adopt new practices, increase administrative efforts and review their operations in response to the departure – and we’re no different. It’s important to note that we have never actually traded with EU organizations […]

IT in Demand

In Demand – Has lockdown inspired new reasons to hire talented IT contractors? Over the past few months businesses have faced adapt or survive conditions. Lockdown has tested the best and brightest of us, and many standard operating procedures have been flung out of the window (some with a very slim chance of boomeranging back!). […]