Holiday Pay Campaign For Redress Gathers Pace

Our friends over at Contractor Voice have stepped up their campaign against holiday pay being unfairly retained from temporary and contract workers by their agency or umbrella company.  They are in talks with specialist lawyers to seek financial redress for affected workers, and formal legal action seems inevitable.  The legal experts have confirmed that the […]

041 Why do recruitment agencies have lists of preferred umbrellas?

Temporary workers and contractors are often required to choose an umbrella from a preferred supplier list (PSL) operated by their recruitment agency.  Some workers feel this restricts their choice, however many recruitment firms operate PSLs that are in workers’ best interests.  We wanted to learn more about PSLs from the agency perspective so chatted to […]

040 Should Temps & Contractors Be Able To Choose Their Umbrella?

Temporary workers and contractors are often required to choose an umbrella from a preferred supplier list (PSL) operated by their recruitment agency.  Today we’re talking to Paul Sheraton, an IT contractor who recently launched an official petition aiming to allow workers the right to choose their own umbrella rather than be restricted by preferred supplier […]

Another Holiday Pay Case & Gap Pay Too

Our friends over at Contractor Voice have unearthed another case where an umbrella has allegedly not paid holiday pay to their contractor(s).  As well as implementing processes at scale in order to withhold holiday pay, the latest revelations centre around ‘gap pay’, an initiative which promises to pay contractors when they are not working.  However, […]

Umbrella sector, FCSA or otherwise, I’m here for you!

Julia Kermode writes an open letter to the umbrella sector We have all noticed the recent increasing negative attention on the umbrella sector due to the questionable practices of some.  Indeed, I have called out some companies myself because I will not stand by and watch whilst contractors are duped out of their income due […]

Can Umbrella PSLs Be Good For Workers?

Over the last few months we have posted a few criticisms in relation to recruitment agencies’ preferred supplier lists of umbrellas, which restrict a worker’s choice of umbrella.  In particular we are concerned about the obscene financial incentives underpinning some PSLs, and it seems that the person most affected by the decision is the one person […]

Petition Launched Seeking To Ban Umbrella PSLs

A contractor has started an official petition to allow workers to have the right to choose their own umbrella. Here at IWORK, we’ve been banging this drum for ages now as preferred supplier lists are not usually in workers best interests, and in our opinion they don’t actually offer much real choice to the person […]

Umbrellas & Holiday Pay: Professional Passport Responds to MPs

In an interesting turn of events, Professional Passport has submitted a response to the Loan Charge & Taxpayer Fairness APPG answering the questions that they put to FCSA last month.  The influential group of MPs has raised concerns due to umbrellas potentially withholding holiday pay from their contractors, particularly in the light of the recent […]

TUC Calls For Umbrellas To Be Banned

As reported in The Guardian, the TUC has reiterated it’s stance that umbrellas should be banned.  Their comments are in response to the government’s recent consultation on the umbrella market, and plans for umbrellas to be regulated by the Employment Standards Inspectorate within BEIS.  According to the article, the TUC is concerned that the proposals […]