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Umbrella or limited. Limited or umbrella. It’s one of the first questions on the mind of any new contractor. The avenue you decide will dictate your level of control, your take home pay and your responsibilities, but do you know which is best for you?

It could be that you’re only planning on contracting for a short period of time. Or perhaps you’re not earning as much as you’d like. Whatever your reason for choosing to work under an umbrella, we’ve got you covered.

We may be contractor accounting specialists, but we work closely with our sister company, Parasol, to provide umbrella employment services. So we know a thing or two about working under an umbrella as well.

We’ve put together all of the information you’ll need about the differences between a limited company and an umbrella and what each could mean for you. There’s also plenty of information about what the day-to-day will mean for you and your responsibilities, so you’re always prepared.

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Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) Guide

Agency Workers Regulation (or AWR as it is more commonly referred to) came into effect on 1st October 2011 and protects temporary workers hired through an agency or those working…

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Travel Expenses for Umbrella Companies

Special update March 2015 – proposed changes to travel and subsistence expenses for umbrella company contractors and contractors inside IR35. In the 2015 budget the government announced plans to clampdown…

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Umbrella Company Take Home Pay Calculator

One of the most important considerations for contractors is the subject of take home pay. Whilst establishing your own limited company may be the most tax efficient way of operating,…

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Guide to Using an Umbrella Company

The process of working under an umbrella company is different than contracting under a limited company. Read below to understand the steps between an umbrella company, recruitment agency and end…

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Umbrella Company Comparison

Please bear in mind no umbrella company can ‘earn’ you more than any other – all umbrella companies must comply with HM Revenue and Customs rules and regulations. Do not…

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Tips on Choosing an Umbrella Company

It may seem like there are thousands of umbrella companies out there: Parasol, ContractorUmbrella, Giant Strongbox, Liberty Bishop, Orange Genie, Atlantic Umbrella, Crystal umbrella, Danbro, Plan IT, Tarpon, Bedouin, Churchill…