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New enforcement body to protect workers

The government has committed to creating a new enforcement body to uphold vulnerable workers’ employment rights as part of the ‘Good Work Plan’.

Several existing organisations will be brought together for the new, single workers rights body. It will also be given new powers to deliver more effective protection for flexible workers, such as those working through umbrella companies.

Congratulations to the ‘2020 Umbrella.co.uk Staff Awards’ winners

At the end of this strangest of years, Umbrella’s traditional end of year celebrations and awards ceremony have for the first time been held in our offices!  Conscious of our status as a holder of a COVID-secure employer accreditation,  the prize winners were informed by email and were invited to make the solo walk to CEO Nick Holmes’ office to collect their trophy and accept the praise heaped on them!  The walk along ‘Winners’ Way’ was accompanied by appreciative cheering and support from their colleagues!

World Mental Health Day 2020

It’s World Mental Health Day on 10th October. We’d like to take the opportunity to remind our contractor customers that you have access to a free professional counselling service with Umbrella Rewards. If you are affected by mental or emotional strain, especially in these difficult times, login to the Umbrella Rewards Customer Portal and visit the 'Care & Support' area. 

Getting back to business in the office

We’re still at home – and still working for you!!  But from Monday most of the team will be back in our offices, observing the rules, and looking forward to picking up where we left off before we rudely interrupted by a pandemic, with our first class, friendly service!!

If any of our agency partners would like some virtual team training or are just missing our faces, our business development team is available to support you.

Here are some more of our friendly faces working from home for you.

NEW COVID-19 support available in the Umbrella Rewards portal

The new Umbrella Rewards COVID-19 area has been created for you and your family within the portal. To access help and support during these challenging times simply log in to the Umbrella Rewards portal here.

IR35 for tech contractors: What you need to know

Highly skilled contractors working in software development, IT project management and many other roles in technology are among those most at risk from changes to IR35 rules.

 

Although these roles tend to be well paid, the contracts are often structured in a way that means they fall ‘inside IR35’.

In this brief guide, we aim to answer the most important questions about IR35 to help you better understand the rules, how they might be applied and how you can avoid paying more in tax.

All the team at Umbrella.co.uk would like to wish you a happy festive season and a prosperous new year.

All the team at Umbrella.co.uk would like to wish you a happy festive season and a prosperous new year.

This year has been turbulent and challenging for all and we are excited to welcome in the New Year and are hopeful that normality is within reach.

Umbrella.co.uk September Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Hannah Kelman on winning Umbrella.co.uk September Employee of the Month.

“Hannah is an asset to the payroll team; she consistently goes above and beyond!” Holly Oakes, Payroll Manager
 

We are still here to support our customers

Umbrella.co.uk staff are still working hard to support our contractors and agency partners from home. We would like to thank you all for your patience and look forward to being safely back together in the office. If any of our agency partners would like some virtual team training or are just missing our faces, our business development team is available to support our agency partners. If you are a contractor with a query, be assured that our full customer service team is active. So, get in touch, they’re waiting to help you!

The Job Retention Scheme - Update for Umbrella Contractor Employees

We hope you are staying safe in these testing times.
 
The Job Retention Scheme has been announced by the government to support those PAYE workers who have been laid off due to the coronavirus.
 
Unfortunately as a business we are restricted by the pace in which the government releases the detail. The Directors here at umbrella.co.uk are in talks with our employment lawyers continuously about the Job Retention Scheme as well as liaising with industry bodies like the FCSA & APSCo. See the latest response from the FCSA here.
 
Rest assured we are hoping to be in a position where those whose assignments are terminated due to Covid 19 are able to be furloughed. However, until we are comfortable with the detail we cannot provide you with confirmation.
 
Once we have the full detail from the government in terms of how furlough payments can be processed for umbrella employees, we will be back in touch with the information you need.

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