Month: December 2016

What’s it like working at Danbro?

December 15, 2016 @ 11:02 am by Sarah Templeton

Contributors: Kieran Whelan, Aidan Radcliffe, James Spann, Lesley Schofield & Lynne Holmes

I’m sure that when faced with choosing any product or service, cost and reputation are at the forefront of our minds. But even then, how do you choose a company who suit your values? In a sector which has been construed as boring and having no personality, and with all accountants and firms viewed in the same way, how does a customer choose the right firm for them?

It suddenly struck me – perhaps those struggling customers would benefit from …Read More

The Evolving World of the Contractor

December 12, 2016 @ 11:49 am by Dena Salthouse

By Chris Jones – Regional Sales Manager

It’s safe to say that over the past couple of years the legislative spotlight has been on the self-employed, with all aspects of a contractor’s role under the HMRC microscope. Understandably in recent months the focus has been on “what are we losing as contractors?” rather than “what are the advantages?”

However, the contracting sector is increasing year on year. With data from the ONS showing that self-employment rose from 3.8 million to 4.6 million between 2008 and 2015, working for yourself remains an attractive …Read More

Why it pays to have a Christmas Party!

December 7, 2016 @ 10:08 am by Dena Salthouse

By Rebecca Crawford

Yes, it’s December; there’s no getting away from the fact that the festive season is officially upon us. How quickly the year goes!  One minute you’re enjoying the spring air, you blink and all of a sudden Christmas is around the corner!

We all like to celebrate, especially at this time of year; we’ve worked hard all year and we deserve to let our hair down. At Danbro, our Christmas ‘do’ has been planned for months; a night of fun and laughter with all my fantastic colleagues – I’m …Read More

My Employer is an Umbrella Company, What are my Rights? Part Two

December 5, 2016 @ 9:16 am by Helen Broughton MBE

Following on from part one, what are your rights?

When you start work through an Umbrella company they should make sure that your contract rate of pay is comparable to (the same or better than) the rate that you could expect if you were a direct employee of the company you are providing your services to (your end client).

After 12 weeks on the same contract, all workers are entitled to equal treatment under the Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) introduced 1st October 2011.

The key point being that those on a temporary or …Read More

My Employer is an Umbrella Company, What are my Rights? Part One

December 2, 2016 @ 12:09 pm by Helen Broughton MBE

Hundreds of thousands of contractors, whose expertise supports companies with projects of a fixed duration, are compelled to work through a limited company, either one of their own or an Umbrella Company.  They move from contract to contract providing specialist services to thousands of businesses across the UK and are often referred to as the backbone of the economy, providing a flexible workforce such as has never been seen before.  The so-called gig economy will undoubtedly inflate these numbers exponentially.

The relationship between an Umbrella Company and its employees

The relationship between …Read More

Working Away…How does it pay? All you need to know about Chargeable Expenses

December 1, 2016 @ 9:20 am by Dena Salthouse

By Samantha Dolphin

Working away or travelling long distances can be expensive. However, for the right contract, it may benefit you financially, particularly if your end client or agency has agreed to reimburse you for certain costs you incur along the way – we call these ‘chargeable expenses’.

What are Chargeable Expenses?

These are expenses your agency has agreed to reimburse you with, even if you are under Supervision, Direction or Control. They can be offset against your tax and National Insurance (NI) providing

They are allowable
There’s a written claim
You can provide evidence (your …Read More