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New to the UK?

In order to work in the UK you may need a work permit or a visa; you should check whether or not this is the case before you approach an agency or an Umbrella Company. Follow the link to find out more:

You will also need a National Insurance Number which is a personal number that is used to record an individual’s NI contributions and credited contributions. You should apply to the Department of Work and Pensions as soon as you begin work. You will have a face to face interview and you may need to fill in a form as well. You will be required to provide certain documentation for the interview – more information can be found here:

If you work through an Umbrella Company you must ensure that you have a UK bank account so that payments can be made to you via electronic transfer. This website may be useful:

You should contact the Inland Revenue when you arrive in the UK and you will normally be asked to complete a form P86 which will enable them to determine your residence status for tax purposes. More information regarding tax residency and potential liabilities can be found here:

An Umbrella Company will pay you through PAYE (Pay As You Earn) which means that, if you have no other source of income, you will have no additional tax liability at the end of each tax year, which runs from April to April.

Why Choose ContractorUmbrella?

ContractorUmbrella is the hassle-free, straight talking umbrella company that provides umbrella employment for UK based contractors and freelancers. Independently voted as the best umbrella company by the readers of Contractor UK.

As one of the most trusted umbrella companies in the UK, we guarantee our employees peace of mind, absolute compliance and complete security. We are one of the longest standing and most respected umbrella companies in the UK.

Benefits of working through ContractorUmbrella;

  • Fast and easy registration - be ready to work in 24 hours, simply register online and we’ll take care of the rest.
  • Calculate your take home pay - use our online calculator to find out how much you could be taking home through ContractorUmbrella.
  • Same day payments - we offer same day payments as standard, for no additional fee.
  • Our Commitment Charter- is our guarantee that you will be looked after at every step of the way.
  • Flexible Limited Company Accountancy - when you sign up to our sister company Dolan Accountancy, you can transfer to ContractorUmbrella when umbrella employment better suits or your assignment sits inside IR35.
  • Employee Benefits - at ContractorUmbrella there are many benefits available to you as our employee including our Employee Rewards Scheme, Group Pension Scheme, Foreign Currency Exchange, Contractor Accommodation, Contractor Mortgages and much more.
  • Personal Employee Liaison Officer - we believe in the personal touch, so you will have your very own dedicated Employee Liaison Officer during your employment with us. Read some of the glowing testimonials we've received about our lovely staff and the outstanding commitment they give to all our employees and clients.

If you’d like to find out more, call us on 01206 591 000 or request a call back by completing our online form.