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Umbrella Company

Over the last few months, the benefits we provide through Orange Genie Edge have been extremely important to our umbrella company employees. We’d hate to think that anyone is struggling through without this support, so in this article we’re looking at some of the most important benefits, and explaining how you can get the most out of them.

Umbrella Company

Just as it was starting to feel like the worst of the Covid-19 crises was behind us and life was approaching normality, we are now hearing that infection rates, and the all-important R-number, may be rising. While we’re obviously hoping for the best, it makes sense to plan for the worst. So, what can umbrella company employees do to make sure they survive any future lockdown measures?

IR35

The degree of control the end client has over the services you supply is one of the major factors that determine whether you’re considered to be inside IR35 and employed for tax purposes, or outside IR35 and in business on your own account. Employees are typically under the direct supervision of their employers, and the truly self-employed would expect to have more influence over how they complete the work they’ve been hired to do.

IR35

Even though it has now been delayed until April 2021, private-sector IR35 reform is still coming. When reform does arrive, any client who doesn't class as a small private company and is hiring contractors who trade through their own limited company (PSC) will be responsible for assessing IR35 status. This is an involved and complex process, requiring specialist expertise. 

Umbrella Company

One unexpected consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic is that the differences between umbrella companies have become more apparent. Since all compliant umbrella companies operate under the same rules, and umbrella margins are usually too small to make much difference to a contractor’s take-home pay, it has historically been difficult to choose between them. Now, with virtually the entire workforce under pressure in some way, it’s much easier to tell if an umbrella company cares about supporting their employees.

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