What is an Umbrella company

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What is an Umbrella company

If you are taking on a short term contract or just dipping your toe into the contractor market for the first time, you may want to consider working under an Umbrella company.

You’ll be employed by the Umbrella company and able to enjoy the flexibility of contracting under one continuous employment.  The Umbrella company will take care of your tax deductions and make sure you’re paid on time, leaving you to focus on your work.

Umbrella company process

  • The Umbrella contracts with the agency
  • The Umbrella invoices the agency for the hours you have worked
  • The Umbrella is paid by the agency
  • The Umbrella deducts its margin and costs
  • You will then receive payment from the Umbrella
  • All taxes and National Insurance are deducted and paid to HMRC.

Key features

  • Fully employed by the Umbrella company
  • No administration burden on set-up or ongoing
  • Continuous employment across multiple contract roles
  • Usually comes with wide-ranging benefits
  • Usually includes business insurance
  • Notifications of when you get paid
  • Continued contributions to workplace pension schemes


Find out how your take-home pay compares between a limited company contract and Umbrella structure .

Our Umbrella solution includes everything you need


Dedicated customer service team


Wide-ranging employee benefits


Easy management of timesheets


Full employment rights


SMS notification when you are paid


Business insurance included


Workplace pension contributions included


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