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Welcome to our Blog! Here, you’ll find a collection of helpful in-depth guides, along with all the latest goings-on in the world of Umbrella Payroll and Contracting.

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5 tips for working from home So, you’re working from home. Perhaps you’re sitting on the sofa with your laptop resting on a dinner tray on your lap, or you’ve made a makeshift desk on the dining room table, all while trying ...
What is Substitution? Substitution is arguably one of the more key factors which HMRC look out for when conducting an IR35 investigation, to see if an employee should be self-employed or an employee of the employer.
IR35: What is Control?  One of the most important factors in determining the IR35 status of an employee is the amount of control exercised by the client over where, when and how an individual provides their services. C...
What determines IR35 status? You’re probably familiar with the complexities of determining the IR35 status of an employee, as it’s dependent on multiple factors which can vary from assignment to assignment. If that’s not hard enough, determining the true status of an employee can be subjective and requires in-depth knowledge of legislations.
IR35 for agencies: questions answered. We know IR35 can be tricky, so we’ve compiled a list of all of the question’s recruiters ask us on a daily basis. 
IR35 for contractors: questions answered. We know IR35 can be tricky, so we’ve compiled a list of all of the question we get asked on a daily basis. 
IR35: explained with an example Determining the IR35 status of an assignment can be complex, as there’s many variables to consider including Control, Substitution and Mutuality of Obligations.
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