Why Orange Genie Umbrella?

Once you’ve decided that umbrella employment is the right option for you, the next step is to decide which umbrella company to use. A quick online search will give you a bewildering array of options, and there’s a lot of information to consider. This can be especially difficult if you’re new to contracting and you’re not familiar with the language or the issues under discussion.

It’s important that you choose a reputable, compliant umbrella company who care about your experience as a contractor. That way you can get on with your job and trust that they’ll do their part. Obviously we’re hoping you’re going to choose Orange Genie Umbrella, but in any case here are the most important things you’ll want to consider while you make your decision.

Can you trust them to get it right?

When it comes to your pay, delays or mistakes can cause you serious problems, and it’s vital that your employer understands this. At Orange Genie Umbrella we have robust, tried and tested processes, and we’re always working with agencies and contractors to further improve. This adds up to confidence that we’ll pay you correctly and on time, which is why so many recommend us. 

Do they comply with legislation?

From ensuring your expenses are properly verified to paying you what you’re entitled to when you’re unwell, your employer has a host of legal responsibilities and you could be left at risk and out of pocket if they’re not up to the job. We strongly recommend that the company you choose is a full member of the FCSA (Freelancer and Contractor Services Association). These are the only companies that have an ‘open book’ accounting policy with HMRC – which means they are subject to an annual review by a top four accounting firm, with the results of this being sent to HMRC. We’d also recommend avoiding any umbrella company that does not thoroughly verify business expenses, or ones which claim they are ‘HMRC approved’ - as HMRC does not offer any form of approval or endorsement scheme.

How easy are they to deal with?

As a contractor you’re already busy, so it’s important that your umbrella company don’t add to your burden. From our streamlined online registration process to simple timesheet and expenses submission, Orange Genie are constantly working to make your experience better and easier. At the same time, your dedicated Contractor Relationship Manager will work with you to ensure your questions are answered and you have everything you need.

How do they respond when you have a query?

The umbrella company you choose will be your employer, and there will be times when you need to speak to them. At these times, it’s difficult to overestimate the value of a friendly, competent voice on the other end of the phone. At Orange Genie Umbrella we understand how important this is which is why our staff are chosen and trained with your experience in mind, and why we make it as easy as possible to let us know how we’re doing.

Do they offer any other benefits?

Quite rightly, you want to be rewarded for the work you do. Sometimes that’s as simple as being paid fairly, correctly and on time but once you’re sure of that it’s worth asking what else your umbrella company can do for you. For example, Orange Genie Umbrella offer a foreign exchange program, a childcare voucher scheme, and expert advice with regards to mortgages and financial planning. You’ll also have access to a range of other benefits through our Orange Genie Rewards programme which includes benefits such as:

  • Savings at major supermarkets including Tesco and Sainsbury's

  • Special rates on cinema tickets at Odeon, Vue, Cineworld and Picture House

  • High street discounts including Argos, Currys/PC World and Starbucks, to name just a few

  • Exclusive offers on family days out 

  • Discounted Love to Shop top ups, which you can spend at lots of retailers like Waterstones, M&S, Superdrug and many, many more

If you have questions about umbrella employment, or if you’d like to register with us please call 01296 468483 or email us at umbrella@orangegenie.com.

 

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