Umbrella Company Solution

Working via an umbrella solution essentially means you become an employee of the Umbrella Company and are paid on a PAYE basis by the Umbrella Company. Umbrella employment solution is ideal for contractors and freelancers who are planning on working shorter assignments or are just starting out. With Brookson's umbrella solution you are paid directly via PAYE and we take care of all the necessary tax and NI calculations and payments on your behalf. Brookson's umbrella solution is perfect if you want a hassle free way to get paid. We pay you promptly each week for the work you have done (minus any tax and NI that is due) and look after all of the admin, leaving you free to get on with what you do best. 

Umbrella Company Advice

Free guide to working through an Umbrella Company

This guide is ideal for anyone considering working through an umbrella company. It provides a jargon free overview of the Brookson Umbrella solution, along with the key benefits. Download guide

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Travel and Subsistence Expenses

If you are subject to the supervision, direction or control (SDC) of the agency or end client, when  you are  performing your services, then you cannot claim travel expenses  to your worksite  – this is because it is deemed to be your  permanent place of work.

Brookson has created a test to identify whether you are subject to SDC and are able to  claim  travel expenses. For further information regarding completing  this test when you start your new assignment, please speak to one of our Specialist Advisors on 0800 230 0213 or book your consultation here

Getting Started

Have a question? If you would like to understand more about working through an Umbrella and how it will affect you financially, then you'll benefit from our free, no obligation consultation and take home pay comparison.

Key Service Features

Unlike some other Umbrella Companies who may retain additional margin for certain benefits, Brookson provide everything you need for one weekly margin.


Fast and effective same day setup


Same day payments with SMS notifications


No set up costs or exit fees


Manage your timesheets, payslips and expenses 24/7 via your online portal


Friendly, expert support team on hand 6 days a week†


Excellent value for money with no set up or exit fees


Multiple payroll runs daily - so you get paid on time, every time


Known for compliance – Comprehensive Contractor Insurance package included

If you choose to work through an Umbrella Company, you become an employee of that company. It then contracts out your services to the end client or agency. You will need to submit timesheets to the Umbrella Company who will in turn invoice the end client or agency for the work that you have carried out. The umbrella company will then pay you directly after retaining monies including; the Umbrella Company margin and tax and National Insurance contributions on a Pay As You Earn (PAYE) basis. You remain an employee of the umbrella company regardless of whether you move to a new assignment, start a project with a new end client or agency or are temporarily between assignments.

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Why work through an Umbrella Company?

In terms of administration, there is none. As an employee, it is all taken care of for you. The Umbrella Company will, however, retain a margin from the revenue it receives for providing your services and pay employers NIC on your salary. This is why, if you are working via an agency, they may offer you a higher rate of pay if you wish to become an employee of an umbrella company than if you were to be paid via the agency payroll.

  • Ease of setup & use - Quick & easy set up and running in minutes. Simply submit your timesheets regularly. Holiday pay and insurance is included.
  • Low risk - All tax and NI is automatically deducted so no need to worry about Tax Returns or budgetary spend.
  • Length of assignment - Suitable for any period of working; short or long term contracts. A good choice if you are working intermittently.
  • Is Umbrella Working right for you? - Our Pros and Cons will help you find out if it is!
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Brookson offer a market leading umbrella solution which includes a host of benefits

  • Fast and effective same day setup to ensure you are paid quickly and reap the benefits straight away
  • Excellent value for money with no set up costs or exit fees
  • Multiple payroll runs daily - so you get paid on time, every time
  • Benefit from all the protection you need with comprehensive insurance at no additional cost – £5m Professional Indemnity, £5m Public Liability and £25m Employers’ Liability.
  • Full visibility of payments made with daily SMS notifications
  • Save time by managing your timesheets, payslips and expenses on the go 24/7 via your online portal
  • Support always on hand with our friendly, expert support team available 6 days a week†
  • Employee benefits scheme - Our benefits scheme gives you a unique mix of perks, rewards and discounts
  • No more nasty surprises with all tax and National Insurance deducted at source and passed to HMRC.
  • Access to free preliminary legal support including, litigation, regulation, insolvency, pensions, intellectual property and debt recovery.
  • Gap Pay between assignments and Minimum Guaranteed Hours*.
  • Relax, with holiday pay accounted for in your weekly income.
  • Health and Safety taken care of with a review completed for each assignment.
  • Known for compliance – Brookson are founding members of the FCSA and have Professional Employment Organisation (PEO) status
  • Work finding services - helping you to secure your next assignment.
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  • † Specialist Advisors available six days a week, Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm and Saturday, 9am-1pm. Excludes bank/public holidays.