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Use an Umbrella Company in the UK

This blog helps you find out about how and what you’ll be paid if you are an agency worker or contractor and work through an umbrella company.

An umbrella business, in general, is a firm that hires a temporary worker (also known as an agency worker or contractor) on behalf of an employment agency. The worker's services will subsequently be provided to the agency's clients.

For many contractors, forming a limited company entails much too much financial risk, particularly if they're new to contracting or just working on a short-term project. Workers employed by umbrella businesses are unable to obtain jobs.

They can operate in a variety of ways, but most umbrella businesses hire employees through an employment contract that spells out your terms and conditions. This implies that the firm must abide by labor laws.

Who will pay you?

You will be paid by the umbrella company because they are your employer. They will:

- pay you for the work you do for the employment agency’s clients

- deduct any Income Tax and employee National Insurance contributions due under PAYE (Pay As You Earn) from your pay

How will you get paid?

The client you work for pays the agency for your services.

The agency deducts a charge for putting you with the customer and pays the remaining funds to the umbrella company (also known as the assignment rate or limited company rate).

This rate differs from the amount you are paid by the umbrella business due to the umbrella company's extra expenditures, which include:

- administration costs (sometimes charged separately to you by the umbrella company)

- employer National Insurance contributions

- employer workplace pension contributions

- holiday pay

- other amounts to cover other specific costs, such as Apprenticeship Levy

What do you get paid with?

Your contract rate and the rates you get from the umbrella company should be included in your employment contract. It'll usually be an hourly rate at the National Minimum Wage plus a taxable sum that's commonly referred to as a bonus or extra pay. This is your take-home money (your pay before deductions).

Your umbrella business may be engaging you in a tax avoidance plan if any of this sum is represented as non-taxable.

Your gross pay is then subject to deductions of Income Tax and employee National Insurance contributions through PAYE, as well as any other deductions such as your workplace pension contributions.

The employment agency will provide you with an important information document before you start work, which will include all of the specifics concerning your payment.

How do you understand your pay?

Umbrella companies normally give you a listed reconciliation statement and a payslip.

You can contact specialized Small Business Accountants in London for accurate and reliable financial support and guidance.

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