Orange Genie News

FCSA Accreditation

As anyone working in the supply industry will know, it’s unlikely that we’ll ever see a trade union endorsing umbrella companies. Even though compliant umbrella companies employ and protect the rights of thousands of their members, politically it’s just not something they can do.


The management of contingent workers can be extremely demanding, especially when it isn’t the main focus of your business. For recruiters this is a familiar dilemma, as both the administrative burden and the risks on non-compliance increase.

Time and resources spent in administration and compliance activity are time and resources not spent placing candidates and earning fees. For example, your staff might find themselves:

Onshore Employment Intermediaries Legislation

In 2014, the government reacted to perceived abuse of employment status rules in the construction industry by enacting the Onshore Employment Intermediaries Legislation. At the time the introduction of the new rules caused widespread fear and uncertainty. For example, we saw providers saying it was “impossible to prove a negative” so “all CIS workers must switch to umbrella employment”. This is clearly not the case, as we’ll explain below.

Income Tax

One of the things contractors have to get used to is that their pay, and therefore their income tax, varies according to how much they work. If you work more in a particular week or month, you’ll earn more and you’d expect to pay more tax in that period.

However, sometimes the variable nature of contractor pay can combine with the UK PAYE system to produce unexpected variations, so you can pay a different amount of tax on the same amount of pay, at least in the short term. The aim of this article is to explain how the system works, so you can predict when your tax might vary.

Finding your next contract

Sourcing new work is an important part of life for a contractor, and finding your next contract comes down to solving two separate but related problems.

  • Making yourself as marketable as possible
  • Finding and capitalising on the opportunities available to you

Obviously, the more marketable you and your skills are, the more opportunities will be available to you and the easier finding your next contract will be. So, your first task is to make the product you sell (your time and your skills) as commercially valuable as possible.