All Umbrella Companies

Brookson ONE

Fee level
from £15 per Week
Bonuses
Incentives
First week free, Online portal, Mobile app, Qualified expenses
Same day payments
Yes
Gold accredited FCSA partner. REC recommended business. IPSC accredited. ISO 27001 certificated.
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Atlantic Umbrella Company

Fee level
£20 per week
Bonuses
Incentives
Online portal
Same day payments
Yes

Atlantic Umbrella is a PAYE employment-based Umbrella Company providing employment to you while you work as an independent contractor under temporary contracts.

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Smart Work PAYE Umbrella Company

Fee level
£20 per week
Bonuses
£100 refer a friend
Incentives
Online portal
Same day payments
Yes

If you choose to work with Smart Work you will have a dedicated Business Manager, Same day set up, Free same day payments, Online Portal and a helpline that is open 7 days a week, 8am -8pm.

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Cloud Nine Umbrella

Fee level
£20 per week
Bonuses
Incentives
Free first month
Same day payments
Yes

Cloud9 Umbrella is led by industry experts with hands-on experience to make contracting straight-forward and simple for contractors, freelancers and agencies.

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PayStream MyMax Umbrella

Fee level
£25 per Week
Bonuses
£100 refer a friend
Incentives
Online portal
Same day payments
Yes

Winner of Best Umbrella Company 2016 at the Contractor UK awards. Professional Passport Approved.

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Simplify Umbrella Company

Fee Level
£22.50 per week
Bonuses
£50 refer a friend
Incentives
Free payments
Same day payments
Yes

PAYE Umbrella means that you are treated as an employee of the Umbrella Company, but are able to reduce your tax and NI liabilities by offsetting any legitimate business expenses whilst you are working at a temporary place of work.

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Crystal PAYE Umbrella

Fee level
£27 per week
Bonuses
Incentives
Free insurances
Same day payments
Yes

Voted the UK's best Umbrella Company for 6 years in a row by Freelancer Supermarket.

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Appytech

Fee level
From £5 per week
Bonuses
Incentives
Mobile app
Same day payments
Yes

Appytech treat contractors as individuals, actively seeking to improve your career prospects.

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Nasa Umbrella Company

Fee level
from £15 per Week
Bonuses
Incentives
Qualified expenses
Same day payments
Yes

All of Nasa's systems are online and streamlined to take the hassle out of being a contractor, so you can focus on what you do best.

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Go Outsourcing IR35 Compliant Umbrella

Fee level
from £5 per week
Bonuses
£250 refer a friend
Incentives
Free first six months
Same day payments
Yes

Go Outsourcing operate an Umbrella Company solution across all sectors in the UK. They have an excellent customer services team.

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Why do I need to work through an Umbrella Company?

An umbrella company is a balance between being an independent contractor and having an employer to handle your financial affairs. It is the main alternative to setting up as a limited company. Umbrella Companies are best thought of as an intermediary between the contractor and the end client, and they are responsible for organising payment for your work.
 

You will become an employee of the Umbrella Company under an overarching contract of employment, with a view to carrying out a number of assignments during the course of your employment. 
 

To enable you to work for an end client, your Umbrella Company will enter into a contract with your recruitment agency. You will carry out your contracted duties at your temporary workplace. You simply submit your timesheets to your Umbrella Company, mostly through their portals, and they will raise an invoice to your agency. 
 

The recruitment agency or end client will pay your Umbrella Company the full contract rate to cover payments for the work you have completed. They will also include all the costs related to your employment, such as employers NICs and holiday pay. This rate should be considerably higher than if you were paid PAYE directly by the agency / end client. 
 

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