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Umbrella or limited company: no ‘one-size-fits-all’ answer

Many newcomers to contracting and freelancing find it difficult to decide whether to join an umbrella company or set up their own limited company. Both routes offer advantages. Joining a reputable umbrella company or professional employment organisation like Parasol gives … Continue reading


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Pension auto-enrolment: recruitment industry advice workshop

Parasol chief operating officer Anita Whittle will be on the expert panel at a free workshop exploring the impact of pension auto-enrolment on the recruitment industry. The interactive event, in association with the Institute of Recruiters (IOR) and entitled ‘Auto-enrolment … Continue reading


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Recruitment agencies facing £25k pensions setup hit

The ‘substantial’ cost to recruitment agencies of pension auto-enrolment has been revealed by professional employment organisation Parasol. Research carried out by Parasol forecasts that agencies employing temporary workers on a PAYE basis could face an initial setup cost of at … Continue reading


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Information for UK contractors, Freelancers and Consultants

It can seem complicated sometimes, identifying the benefits and appreciating the challenges. If you’re a UK contractor, freelancer or consultant and weighing up the pros and cons of umbrella and limited company payment structures then here’s something that might help … Continue reading


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5 key questions about umbrella companies answered

If you’re a contractor or work freelance you may well have come across others who work for umbrella companies. If you’re wondering exactly what an umbrella company does or how you might also benefit from working for one then here’s … Continue reading


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