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Limited Company vs PAYE Umbrella - 'The ultimate (quick) guide'

PAYE Umbrella This is where you ' the contractor' essentially become an employee of the umbrella company. You submit time-sheets to the umbrella who will in turn, invoice the end client (or agency) for the work done by you....

SQL Overview

An abbreviation of structured query language, and pronounced see-kwell, SQL is a standardized query language for requesting information from a database. The original version called SEQUEL (structured English query language) was...

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How to get started as an IT contractor

If you've decided your brain is wired to run your own business, then the next question is how to trade? For some, an umbrella company might be an ideal way to test the contracting waters. Essentially an umbrella company handles...

SQL Recruitment Agency Directory

Please find below a useful list of SQL Recruitment Agencies. Enigma People Enigma People Solutions is a multi award winning IT recruitment consultancy, based in Glasgow, Scotland. We specialise in providing expert...

Agency Workers Regulations – which contractors are affected?

The Agency Workers Regulations ("AWR") become legislation on 1 October 2011. The legislation will give temporary agency workers the same basic rights, after 12 weeks in the same assignment, as those on a comparable permanent...

IR35: What are the implications for contractors?

IR35 is a piece of UK tax legislation, introduced in 2000, and designed to tackle "disguised employment". The legislation affects freelancers working through an 'intermediary' such as a limited company. Since trading via a...

Guide to Umbrella Companies

When starting out as a contractor or freelancer, the main two different ways of trading are setting up a limited company and using the services of an Umbrella company. Umbrella companies offer a headache-free and convenient way...

Contracting vs permanent

Most it contractors start out as their permanent counterparts and, having notched up several years' worth of client contacts, training and expertise in their area, decide to move into the more flexible terrain of contracting....