Umbrella company contractors are experiencing better rates of pay and longer assignments

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Great news for umbrella company contractors, as latest research shows that the sector is experiencing much better rates of pay, as well as longer assignments compared to previous years.

Great news for umbrella company contractors, as latest research shows that the sector is experiencing much better rates of pay, as well as longer assignments compared to previous years.

The recent findings, carried out by the FCSA (Freelancer & Contractor Services Association) revealed that umbrella working is becoming more popular amongst high-end professionals and in a varied range of job titles.

Comparing 2015 and 2017 with regards to the differences between umbrella company contractors, the FCSA found:

  • The average assignment rate has risen significantly over the last two years, with 73% of workers earning £15 per hour (or more) compared to 53% earning the same rate in 2015.
  • The average length of an assignment has doubled in the last two years, with those in the sector working 29 weeks per contract compared to just 14 weeks in 2015.
  • The average length of employment has increased by over 50% sine February 2015, with contractors staying with their chosen umbrella company for 46 weeks on average, compared to 30 weeks in 2015.

Julia Kermode, chief executive of FCSA, commented, “Our evidence shows that the umbrella marketplace has developed a lot over the past two years. Umbrella employees are enjoying a better and higher rate of pay, longer assignments and are showing more loyalty to their chosen umbrella employer. All of this indicates that the market has matured in the last few years and offers stability to those that choose it. The facts speak for themselves; with higher rates of pay, longer assignments and longer employment tenures, umbrella is a lot more secure than the numerous other precarious ways of working we see in the UK today.”

“By working through an umbrella company, contractors enjoy all the benefits and rights that come with being an employee; they are happy with this way of working with our research showing that many contractors stay with their umbrella for almost a year (46 weeks) nowadays, which is 53% longer than the average (30 weeks) two years ago.”

She added, “We were pleased to hear Matthew Taylor recognising the importance of umbrella firms as a valuable part of the supply chain in his recent review of modern working practices. The umbrella sector collects approximately £3bn for the Exchequer annually and the review panel clearly appreciates the important contribution it makes to the UK economy. Our latest research along with the support of Matthew Taylor is to be much heralded in an industry which is often maligned and misunderstood. We have come a long way over the past few years.”

Why Dolan Accountancy?

Dolan Accountancy was set up by Simon J Dolan, the man behind the well-known brand SJD Accountancy. With over 25 years experience in the contracting marketing, Dolan Accountancy has the heritage, reputation and credibility you can trust. Working closely with our sister company, Contractor Umbrella, it means we can offer one low cost, fixed fee package at £95 + VAT per month. This gives you the flexibility of using both our Limited Company Accountancy Services and our award winning Umbrella Service, for one inclusive cost. We don’t believe in tiered packages or hidden extra fees, instead we aim to give you everything you need, including:

  • Free Company Formation – This is where it all begins. Once you have decided on an available name, we will form your company free of charge (if using our accountancy services) and it will be ready for you to use in as little as three hours.
  • Free use of Contractor Umbrella – With changes in Public Sector IR35 Legislation we understand that sometimes you are required to contract via an umbrella company. We will keep your limited company ticking over, while you work margin free via our sister company, Contractor Umbrella.
  • A Dedicated Accountant – Your accountant will be there for any company or personal tax advice that you require. We will never outsource work, even to internal teams.
  • Free Access to FreeAgent – The founder behind the multi award winning FreeAgent platform was one of Simon’s first clients, therefore it only seems fitting that we offer all of our clients access to FreeAgent, free of charge.
  • Free Business Banking – We have decided to waive our commission so our clients can use Tide free of charge for the first year.
  • Unlimited IR35 Status Reviews – We will review all of your contracts for IR35 purposes and provide you with our professional opinion as to its status.
  • Free Registered and Director’s Service Office Address – Sometimes you just don’t want your home address on display at Companies House. When you sign up to our accountancy services, we will offer the use of our address as an alternative.
  • Your Business and Personal Taxation Needs – This includes Company Accounts, Director’s Personal Tax Return, VAT Returns, Payroll, Corporation Tax and Dividend advice, to name just a few.
  • Same day payments- We offer same day payments as standard providing funds are received into our account by 9am, for no additional fee.

If you’d like to find out more about how Dolan Accountancy can help you and your business, please give us a call on 01442 795100 or email or