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What Is An Umbrella?

Whether you're new to contracting or are an old hand, an umbrella company such as Crystal is an extremely simple option if you can't face all the hassle, admin, tax issues, stress and responsibility of running your own Ltd company.

In simple terms, an umbrella company acts as an employer for independent contractors who work under temporary contracts, very often through an employment agency, but also directly with end clients.

As a Crystal employee, you really will be looked after. We take care of all the nasty bits like; invoicing, chasing and collecting your hard earned cash from your agency or end client, calculating your Tax and NI contributions at source and process any legitimate budgeted business expenses as part of your payment structure. We do all this, so you can be sure your payments are calculated correctly and you are completely protected and compliant.

Umbrella Companies like Crystal are brilliant at offering contractors a first-class work-life balance; as they take away the bulk of the stressful and time consuming administration, paperwork and hassle that's often associated with running your own company, without losing the financial benefit this style of working provides.

Crystal Umbrella is fast gaining a reputation for being the safest and most reliable choice for both contractors and agencies alike. Here are just a few reasons why:

  • IR35 and MSC legislation is irrelevant as all income is processed and paid through PAYE, based on HMRC guidelines.
  • You can be certain that all your legal, contractual and tax obligations are being taken care of by us.
  • We'll advise you on what business expenses you can legitimately budget for.
  • You spend far less time and effort on administration compared to running your own company, through the use of your dedicated Account Manager, who is there to assist you every step of the way.
  • You will always be paid quickly, accurately and on time.
  • You will always be fully insured for the work you are carrying out, as you will be covered by our Professional Indemnity and Employers/Public Liability insurance package.
  • You will have full employment status and a legitimate contract of employment.
  • You will benefit from the support of our HR professionals, who are on hand to deal with employment disputes or breaches of contract on your behalf.

Don't just take our word for it, take a look at what our current contractors, agencies and clients have to say about us in the What our workforce say section.


To find out more

Simply give our experienced New Business Team a call today on 0800 848 8888, chat to us online or feel free to submit your query using our quick online form

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