Umbrella company regulation: what does it mean for you?

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For all the contractor success stories out there, there are still too many tales of terrible worker experiences at the hands of poor umbrella companies. The truth is, not everyone operates compliantly which is why the upcoming umbrella company regulation is welcome news.

Bring on the regulation

Working under an umbrella company should enable you to enjoy the flexibility and benefits of contracting, without the hassle. After all, that’s why contractors choose to go down this route. But not all companies operate to the same standards.

Now, a consultation will decide how to regulate umbrella companies.

This is great news for you! Following new regulations, you’ll be able to distinguish between the good, the bad, and the ugly in the umbrella market. And the easier it is to identify compliant, employee-focused companies, the smoother your contractor journey will be.

So, why not get ahead and identify the kind of company that can make your umbrella experience a positive one?

What to look for in an umbrella provider

An umbrella company that does the basics is good. But choosing one that goes the extra mile can boost your job satisfaction, work-life balance, and overall career! Here’s what to look for:

Employment rights – As a minimum, you should be granted all the statutory employment benefits that in-house employees receive, including holiday pay, sick pay, and maternity/paternity leave. You should also get the freedom to choose between your own personal pension or a scheme offered by the company.

Insurance –insurance cover should be provided and fully managed on your behalf. Look out for the basics like public liability, professional indemnity, and employers’ liability insurance, plus additional personal accident cover – proof that a company is equipped to protect you across the spectrum.

Perks – Umbrella companies aren’t obliged to provide perks and discounts, but if you can find one that does, chances are they care about your experience – inside and outside of work.

We’ll work well for you

Workwell Umbrella is one of the UK’s longest-established and FCSA-accredited umbrella companies that provides all of the above and more. With Workwell, you’ll have access to our super-convenient and hassle-free online portal that makes contractor life simple.

Discover more about their services here, and to find out what your take-home pay could be before you enquire, check out their umbrella calculator.


Workwell, established in 1989, is one of the UK’s fastest-growing providers of contractor payment services, delivering high-quality and compliant Umbrella, PAYE, PSC, CIS, PEO, and IR35 solutions.



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Meet the author

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Workwell, formerly JSA Group, are committed to supporting contractors, freelancers, and the self-employed to make the most of the freedom and flexibility of this way of working. We are proud to be trusted by over 15,000 contractors to help manage their finances and support them through their contracting journey.