If you are a contractor in the NHS, then it’s likely you’ve been affected by the recent changes to the Intermediaries legislation (IR35). The changes have meant that limited company contracting is no longer an attractive or viable option for many in the healthcare sector – there is increased administrative burden and lower take-home pay. Also, there are fewer opportunities for limited company contractors in the NHS as many organisations no longer hire contractors who operate through their own limited companies.
Options for healthcare contractors
For many healthcare contractors including agency nurses, the best option is to join an Umbrella company.
Here at Crest Plus, we have supported healthcare contractors for many years, so our service is designed to meet your specific needs.
Our Umbrella company is quick to join and very straight-forward. Once registered, you simply submit your approved time-sheets using our online portal. We invoice the organisation you’re contracted to and then we pay you – this is normally a very quick process as we have daily payroll runs.
It also means less hassle as you won’t need to worry about paying tax or National Insurance – we’ll deduct your PAYE and NICs at source – and, with the support of our team of expert relationship consultants, you can rest assured that you are fully compliant with all the rules and regulations at all times.
Benefits of Umbrella working
Being a employee of an Umbrella company gives you all the benefits of employment while retaining the freedom of being a contractor. We’ll help you maximise your take-home pay, plus you’ll receive holiday pay and sick pay as well as maternity/paternity leave and adoption leave. You’ll also be able save for your future by joining our company pension scheme and build a track record of continuous employment which is important when seeking mortgages and other loans. Our Umbrella service provides insurance cover as standard.
Importantly, you’ll have access to our team of relationship consultants whenever you need to check anything or ask a question, and we’ll be proactive in looking after your interests.
Who we can help
We help healthcare professionals in a range of roles, from auxiliary nurses through to radiographers, pharmacists and physiotherapists. If you are a contractor for an NHS organisation and need help understanding your working options, please get in touch.