Orange Genie News

Umbrella company

There are some common misconceptions about how an umbrella company works, and they can be surprisingly pervasive. If you’re employed by an umbrella company, or you’re a contractor considering the umbrella option, it’s important that you understand what an umbrella company really does. In this article we’ll explain what we do, and hopefully arm you against some of those myths.

Overseas Trained teachers

If you’re recruiting overseas trained teachers, it’s worth remembering that certain expenses connected with their relocation could be reimbursed tax free. For obvious reasons it’s important to advise them correctly; here we’ll explain what your teachers could claim for, and how their expenses will work, so you can set their expectations.  

Moving to the UK: A Guide for Overseas Teachers. Click here to download>>

Supply Teachers

Some supply teachers still see supply as a temporary situation; maybe they’re between jobs or gaining experience while they look for their first permanent position. Some see it as a casual arrangement, topping up their pension or thinking about going back to work after a long break. But a significant and growing number see supply teaching as a long-term career choice.


A judge presiding over an employment tribunal has found that HMRC’s Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool gave an incorrect decision.

Contractor Tony Elbourn was engaged by agency Qualserve Consulting Ltd to complete a contract for their client, the Met Office. Under the public sector off-payroll rules, the Met Office were responsible for assessing Mr. Elbourn’s IR35 status and after CEST returned a clear verdict that IR35 applied, Mr. Elbourn was treated as “employed for tax purposes”.


Whether it happens in April 2019 or 2020, all indications are that private-sector IR35 reform is on the way. Assuming the reform unfolds as expected, anyone hiring contractors who trade through their own limited company (PSC) will be responsible for assessing their IR35 status. This is an involved and complex process, requiring specialist expertise.