Cowboys and Covid-19

, 29 June 2020

As if people haven’t had enough to deal with these past few months, news reaches us here at UCHQ that Umbrella Companies are, once again, finding themselves in the news for all the wrong reasons. This time it is a group of Umbrella Companies who have been deliberately targeting NHS returners to join them with […]

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Furloughed? Or Not? It’s Still All Up in the Air

, 22 June 2020

Yes, despite being months into lockdown, news reaches us here at UCHQ that for many of you, you are still not seeing any money coming in from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, despite being unable to work for some months now. While any clarity from the government about exactly how furloughing should work for Umbrella […]

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Umbrella Companies and COVID-19 – what you need to know

, 15 June 2020

Yes, we’ve been gone for a little while, but just for some essential work on bigger things at UCHQ, such as furloughing the intern and the rest of the team.

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Should Umbrella Companies be Regulated?

, 03 February 2020

In a week where there is clearly a dire need for umbrellas (of any colour) outside, we thought we’d turn our attention away from the never-ending will they/won’t they saga of IR35 and instead, turn our attention back to the matter of whether or not umbrella companies should be regulated. There’s been so much back […]

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Umbrellas in Alderley Edge

, 20 January 2020

Breaking news here from our intern, who, rather than focusing on researching and writing about tax affairs and business administration is, as always more concerned with the fashion world, who tells us that last week, Coleen Rooney was spotted last week in Alderley Edge with an umbrella costing a whopping £185.

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IR35 Changes off the Table

, 10 January 2020

It’s been a disappointing start to the year here at UCHQ. Not only is the intern still performing abysmally and is more concerned with her social media and planning her holidays than doing any actual work, but we are saddened to hear that the forthcoming review into any potential changes to the IR35 legalisation will […]

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Tax Doesn’t Have to be… Fattening?

, 04 January 2020

January already! Well, didn’t Christmas just fly by in a heady daze of socials and locals and too much time with friends, family and a box of Quality Street? To be honest, we’re quite glad to be back in the office and the regular cut and thrust of high paced office life here at UCHQ, […]

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Another year comes to an end…

, 29 December 2019

As we reach the passing of another year, another decade, no less, we reach that fiddly time of year, where we’re not quite ready to get back to work, all cylinders firing, full of gusto for the new year ahead, and, instead, spend the week in quiet reflection of things that went well (matching up […]

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UCHQ Carol Service

, 13 December 2019

Well, it’s that time of year, folks. Our Christmas party is later on today, the intern is spending all her time online shopping and trying to decide what she’s wearing (and probably which of the boys in accounts she’s going to snog), and generally avoiding any actual work (no change there). Not only that, but […]

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UK Recruiters not Confident with Umbrella Companies

, 13 December 2019

A new study has found that 24% of recruiters do not feel fully confident with the umbrella companies they use. Meanwhile, 35% of them do not have a preferred list of umbrella companies to choose from, the study finds. So, that’s nearly one-quarter of them who don’t really back the company they are suggesting you use […]

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Big changes in the Gig Economy

, 09 December 2019

We are all still reeling here at UCHQ with the news that Uber has lost its London license. The next General Election is imminent, with all three parties vowing to crack down on zero-hours contracts and unfair working practices for self-employed workers. (Let’s see if any of them actually mean it – probably not). But […]

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Uber Loses London License (Again)

, 02 December 2019

Uber’s loss of its London license may be particularly impactful on the gig economy. With 45,000 drivers, if it can’t work a way to get out of losing its license, that’s a lot of newly unemployed with nowhere to go. Will politicians let that happen, when the unemployment figure is going to reflect on a newly formed government?

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Young, gifted, freelancing and broke?

, 25 November 2019

While we all love the idea of not being chained to our desks here at UCHQ as much as the next person, especially given that you have a very clear insight into our lives here, spent writing about how great freelance life is, and the prospect of not having to deal with interns and enquiries […]

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Top Cities for Small Businesses Revealed

, 18 November 2019

Self employed? Working alone or in a small business? We kind of envy you. While of course, we relish our days here at UCHQ, the daily commute and the minutiae of being news desk boss at such an esteemed publication, it isn’t all fun and games. The job comes with a slew of responsibilities, not […]

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Freelancing – a Den of Inequality and Exploitation?

, 11 November 2019

So, you may have noticed that we’ve not written much about the new intern these past few weeks here at UCHQ. She’s still here, leaving on the dot of 5 o’clock and pretending to research things on her phone (coincidentally, we’re not on Instagram, where we spot her frequently browsing). Despite the fact that besides […]

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Another Month, Another IR35 Twist in the Tail

, 04 November 2019

News is reaching us here at a rainy UCHQ that the Government may be set for a few more fireworks than even Guy Fawkes managed way back in 1605. Voice of many, Contractor UK, has summoned the troops in the form of a group of other contractor allies, and has written to every individual MP […]

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