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Choosing the right path for you

Crystal has a pedigree in providing contractors, consultants and freelancers flexible and compliant employment strategies. From setting up and running your own limited company to the hassle free world of joining an umbrella company or even helping you with an international umbrella company option.

Using our knowledge, scope and experience we will make a clear path for your contracting experience. Whether you choose an umbrella company, a PSC (Personal Service Company or Limited Company) or an alternative to maximise your income, we will make your choice crystal clear.

Umbrella
Umbrella
Full PAYE employment and UK based alternative to Limited company contracting.
Full PAYE employment and UK based alternative to Limited company contracting.
Umbrella Plus
Umbrella Plus
Full PAYE employment with reimbursement of business expenses.
Full PAYE employment with reimbursement of business expenses.
Outsourced Payroll
Outsourced Payroll
As an Umbrella company we specialise in processing payrolls undertaken daily.
As an Umbrella company we specialise in processing payrolls undertaken daily.
IR35 Advice
IR35 Advice
All your IR35 related questions answered
All your IR35 related questions answered
Construction (CIS)
Construction (CIS)
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CIS Solution with assessed workforce to ensure clarification on worker status.
Limited company
Limited company
Accountancy, backed up by technology bringing your accountant to your Pocket.
Accountancy, backed up by technology bringing your accountant to your Pocket.

Not all Umbrella Companies are created equal.

If you use a standard PAYE Umbrella Company, you would become an employee with all employee rights of that company. The umbrella company would invoice the agreed rate (this is not your pay), deduct an administration contribution, Employers National insurance and the apprenticeship levy. The umbrella company would then pay you via PAYE on the remaining amount deducting the correct tax and employees national insurance, along with any pension contributions.

If the Umbrella company offers expenses (Subject to SDC) they will do this in one of 2 ways, by helping you complete a P87 (Claim Income Tax relief for your employment expenses) at the end of the year or by agreeing an amount of claimable expenses with your umbrella company at the beginning of your contract.

Some umbrella companies have other options for managing a contract. They insist they are fully compliant with HMRC and avoid the pitfalls of IR35 but we would suggest avoiding EBT’s, offshore and loan schemes.

Making the decision to work abroad can be a difficult one, However, some Umbrella companies offer an International arm . The solutions will be wide ranging and differ from country to country.

Our extensive list of benefits speaks for itself:

  • Fast and hassle-free set up
  • Holiday pay
  • Sick pay
  • No entry or exit fees
  • PerkBox
  • Same day payments
  • Payday advances*
  • 24/7 Access to our easy to use online portal
  • Your own dedicated Account Manager
  • Multiple daily payroll processing
  • £20m comprehensive insurance package
  • 100% Focus on compliance (Pure PAYE)
  • Claim fixed HMRC allowable expenses** or year end via a P87
  • Full statutory employment rights
  • A Workplace pension scheme

Over 50,000

Contractors

Over 12,000

Agencies

100 Percent

Compliance

Choosing the right path for you

Crystal Umbrella has pedigree in providing contractors, consultants and freelancers with a hassle-free, compliant and profitable alternative to setting up and running your own limited company. Using Crystal Umbrella involves considerably less paperwork and general admin that either running your own limited company or working through many alternative umbrella companies due to our cutting edge web portal “My Crystal”.

Over 50,000

Contractors

Over 12,000

Agencies

100 Percent

Compliance

Why Crystal Umbrella?

Here at Crystal Umbrella contracting life is kept simple and hassle free so you can spend your time and effort elsewhere. Submit your timesheets and expenses via our web portal “My Crystal” and leave the rest to your dedicated account manager. It really is that easy.

Our extensive list of benefits speaks for itself:

  • £20 Million of inclusive insurances
  • Full statutory employment rights
  • Payments processed on remittance
  • Dedicated account manager
  • My Crystal Web Portal
  • Pension & Holiday pay

We made them happy

  • The relationship between contractor and AM is useful, informative, friendly and helpful in every way. In my case there is always an incompatibility problem between the automated timesheet system used by my Agent and the invoice generating portal of Crystal Umbrella. This frequently requires manual intervention by my AM in order to ensure that payment goes through in the quickest time possible. In all cases this has been carried out with the minimum of fuss and maximum of good grace.

    Pat
    Pat Consultant from Northern Ireland