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Umbrella company

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by loca1hero, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. loca1hero

    loca1hero Byte Poster

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    Ok I've been offered a role in 1st line support and its through agency its a 3 months rolling contract and so the agency rang n told me that I should be n if not need to join an Umbrella company for them to send me the contract. Now they have suggested me a company that they use (Its called Giant Services), just wanted to know if any you here have heard of this company and/or know any decent umbrella company here in UK that I can approach as I have not done this before.
    thanks :)
     
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  2. j1mgg

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    I dont know of any good ones but I would advise against choosing crystal umbrella as they were making alot of mistakes and then still charging you.

    It is easy to set up a ltd company but I am sure there is plenty of contractors on here that can give you advice one way or another.
     
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    When I was contracting I used Parasol (http://www.parasolgroup.co.uk/) - No problems! Agency dealt with any issues directly with Parasol... maybe that's why... :)
     
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  4. mcbro

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    I used Giant when i had a similar situation as you. Couldnt fault them really. Answered the phone quickly and were always helpful. I would consider using them again should the situation arise.
     
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  5. loca1hero

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    Thanks I think sounds alright to me to consider them then.
     
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  6. loca1hero

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    Thanks for all your replies
     
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  7. SimonD

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    I would also have a look at Paystream, I have been using them for the last 4+ years without issue.
     
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  8. michael78

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    I use Danbro and find they are excellent and pretty cheap as well. Giant are well known but the issue with them from a lad I worked with is they insist on posting expenses receipts whilst Danbro except scanning and emailing your expenses.
     
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  9. Shadowrunner

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    I've been using Go Umbrella for the last 2 years with no problems at all.
     
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    I used Giant, had no issues
     
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    If you are going to get continual rolling contracts, maybe contact an accountant with a view to setting up a limited company? I know IR35 may negate some tax savings but worth looking into.
     
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  12. loca1hero

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    Thanks Michael, I rang up a few company's and found Danbro to be the cheapest and I heard from another reference that Danbro provide good service, so I am going to use them.:)
     
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  13. loca1hero

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    Ya your right mate, a friend of mine has being doing this for quite some time as it makes more sense if its going to be rolling your current contract. I asked the agency n they told my that the contract can continue for another 3 months if the the employer wants to keep me, if that happens I will consider this option, thanks.
     
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  14. michael78

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    Think long and hard about setting up a ltd company as it's more of a pain to do unless your in contracting for the long term and it's not worth doing until you hit the £18-£20 per hour mark.
     
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    Perhaps that's true as my friend has being contracting for like 20 yrs or so. I understand some1 like him having no problem setting up a Ltd company and hire an accountant, well maybe I'll wait until the time right for me . .
     
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  16. loca1hero

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    Thanks buddy that's another good suggestion, I checked there website and currently they've got an offer were they are not charging for the first contact -(any duration). I spoke to their adviser and confirmed it with him. Gonna see if I can go with them.
     
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  17. michael78

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    How did you get on with goumbrella? Got a potential contract coming up and the offer is still on for the no fees for your first contract. Where they ok to deal with?
     
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