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A good, compliant umbrella company will have a standard contract of employment (COE) that is by necessity designed to cover many different circumstances. It will not usually be possible to negotiate the details of your COE, and there should be no need to do so, because it’s specifically written for your benefit as a contractor and to fit in with any assignment you might take on. In this article we’ll cover what you need to know about umbrella company employment contracts, relating specifically to Orange Genie’s contract of employment.


As the 2021 reform of IR35 approaches, recruiters and their clients have understandably been looking at alternative models and ways of working that might provide advantages in terms of IR35. One of the most talked about is the Statement of Works model, and in this article we’ll look at what this involves, and what difference it makes to the application of the IR35 rules.


If retirement is something you would eventually like to enjoy, pensions planning is absolutely vital, especially as a contractor.

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With the end of the tax year just a few short months away, it’s time to make sure you’ve implemented all your tax planning for the current year. In case you’re wondering if you’ve covered everything, here are some commonly missed points that you might want to consider.

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What is IR35?

If you’re contracting through your own limited company (PSC) you’ve probably heard of IR35, also known as the Intermediaries Legislation. It can be complicated, and there are plenty of confusing details and opposing opinions online, but it’s important to have an understanding of what it is and how it affects your contracting business. So, what is IR35, and does it apply to you?