Flexible and hybrid working could open up jobs for four million

Research has found that up to 3.8 million parents, disabled people and carers who were previously ‘locked out’ of certain roles could re-join the workforce as a result of organisations implementing hybrid working solutions for their employees.

How compliant umbrella companies demonstrate transparency around workers’ pay

When choosing a payroll umbrella company to work with, it’s crucial to ensure that you’re given full transparency around what your pay will be for your upcoming assignment.

How is my rate of pay calculated when working through a payroll umbrella company?

When selecting a payroll umbrella company to work with for your next assignment, one of the most important things to look out for from the outset is transparency around how you will be paid.

Competex Pro achieves Professional Passport Payroll Accreditation

Competex Pro, the specialist payroll umbrella company for senior independent professionals, has announced that it has achieved approved provider status under the Professional Passport accreditation for payroll umbrella companies.
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Can I claim expenses when working through a payroll umbrella company?

The short answer is yes! If your end client has approved them, then you should be able to claim expenses when employed by a payroll umbrella company. Each payroll umbrella company has their own claims process, so we recommend speaking to your payroll manager to determine exactly how to claim expenses for the payroll umbrella company you are employed through.

When am I exempt from IR35?

When the Off-Payroll Working rules changed on the 6th April 2021, it sparked confusion amongst contractors, with many wondering if they would still able to provide their services through a limited company or not. Here’s the latest information from HMRC regarding the rules, who they apply to and the cases in which you might be exempt.
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IR35 Explained

IR35, also known as the Intermediaries Legislation, was introduced in the year 2000 and was designed to collect additional tax and NI from independent professionals (referred to in this guide as ‘workers’) who HMRC believed to be working in ‘disguised employment’.

Can I work from home when isolating from Covid-19?

Covid-19 has most likely been the most talked about subject for the last 12 + months’ and we continue to receive a number of enquiries on a daily basis, in particular whether employees have the right to work from home whilst isolating or caring for someone who is.
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Following Brexit, can I work in the UK if I’m not a citizen?

The short answer is yes, however it’s a little more complex since Brexit. If a current employee is an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, they are required by law to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021.
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How does the umbrella margin work?

We're often asked a number of questions, including how the umbrella margin works and when it's charged.
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Can I pay into a pension scheme when employed by a payroll umbrella company?

As a specialist payroll umbrella company for interim managers, board and management level consultants and senior independent professionals, we speak to many individuals who are looking ahead to retirement.
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Can I be furloughed when employed by a payroll umbrella company?

The Coronavirus pandemic has rocked many industries and we’re often asked whether umbrella employees are treated any differently to regular employees regarding the Job Retention Scheme.
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What did we learn from the 2021 Budget Announcement?

After an extremely turbulent year in the business world, the team at Competex Pro awaited the 2021 budget announcement with bated breath.

Competex Pro Catch Up: Amy Fowler

In the first of our Competex Pro catch ups, we spoke to Amy Fowler about her role at Competex Pro.
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IR35: How can a payroll umbrella company help me?

I am a contractor and I have been told my role is within IR35. What options do I have?
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What is the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is a temporary scheme open to all UK employers for at least three months starting from 1 March 2020.

Coronavirus update: IR35 legislation changes in the Private Sector delayed to April 2021

It was announced on 17th March that the reforms to IR35/Off-Payroll Working rules in the Private Sector are to be pushed back for a further 12 months to 6th April 2021.
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IR35: Why senior independents in the public sector are switching to payroll umbrella company working

April 2017 saw the introduction of HMRC’s ‘off-payroll working’ rules for temporary workers in the public sector, including consultants, contractors and interim managers.

Competex Pro Ltd begins trading as a specialist payroll umbrella company for senior independent professionals

We are very pleased to announce that Competex Pro Ltd is now up and running for business!
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Our Digital Guide

We have produced this free and useful guide to working through a payroll umbrella company, with the aim to help you understand the benefits Competex Pro can offer you as a contractor, interim manager or consultant.


“I was really impressed with the fast, efficient and streamlined application process at Competex Pro having used many umbrella’s over my years contracting this is certainly the best.”

Mrs. Walker, Consultant

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