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Umbrella services

Primis Contractor Services provides flexible umbrella payroll solutions to give contractors a choice of ways to manage their income and pension contributions whilst also ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations.

An umbrella company you can trust


Primis Contractor Services lets contractors work on temporary contracts in a hassle-free and compliant way. You become an employee of the Primis Contractor Services, with a contract of employment, holiday entitlement and pension contributions. 

We are accredited by Professional Passport who assess umbrella companies to ensure they are working compliantly with all relevant legislation and they operate best practise in the sector. 

Following the changes made to the Off-Payroll Working Rules in 2021, it's more important than ever to choose an umbrella company you can trust.


How Primis Umbrella services help contractors

Contract of employment

​Relax in the security of receiving a formal employment agreement while working on temporary assignments.

Continuous employment history

Maintain a consistent work history, across a range of different projects to support stability for your career.

Insurance cover up to £25 million

Enjoy peace of mind with extensive insurance coverage of up to £25 million through our umbrella company.

Full compliance 

Stay worry-free as we ensure all regulatory and legal obligations are met for a hassle-free contracting experience.

Holiday entitlement & Statutory payments

Benefit from paid time off and receive mandatory payments, safeguarding your financial well-being.

Pension contributions & Tax relief eligibility

Secure your future whilst reducing current tax burden with pension savings and potential tax relief advantages.

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How the umbrella solution works 


As an employee under our umbrella solution, you work on client assignments and maintain timesheets of the time you work. The client or agency pays us directly, and we make the correct calculations of tax and benefits. 

You receive a net income with no hassle or additional administration needed. Our low weekly timesheet margins and choice of several contractor payroll options makes Primis Contractor Services one of the best operators on the market, with a solution to suit your needs. 



The Primis Umbrella contractor service is charged at a standard fee of:

  • What is an Umbrella Company?
    An umbrella company allows agency workers to engage in temporary contracts in a compliant and hassle-free way. You will become an employee of the Umbrella Company and will work under an employment contract. ​ The umbrella company then contracts out your services to the recruitment agency/client. In 2021, the Off-Payroll Working Rules were also reformed, making this an even more complicated area to navigate, and an experienced umbrella company can help you to adjust your setup to account for this. For many contractors, umbrella companies are a way to protect your IR35 status, so that you can avoid exposure to the complex and costly rules put in place by IR35 legislation.
  • How is umbrella pay calculated?
    An umbrella rate or umbrella income is subject to statutory employer deductions, these include National Insurance, Apprenticeship levy and any workplace pension deductions (if applicable). The umbrella company will also charge a fee for the processing of your timesheets. Once these have been deducted, you will see your weekly gross earnings. Your gross earnings are then subject to statutory employee deduction: ​ PAYE Tax and National Insurance Pension contributions Student/Postgraduate Loans, Child maintenance As an employee of the umbrella company, you are still legally entitled to your tax-free personal allowance and holiday pay.
  • How do umbrella companies calculate holiday pay?
    Full-time employees in the UK are entitled to 5.6 weeks of paid holiday leave each year, equal to 28 days for those who work five or more days a week. This is inclusive of public holidays. If you work less than full-time equivalent hours under an umbrella company, your paid leave entitlement will be adjusted accordingly. You can have holiday pay in the form of accrual or credit. Accrual means that we as the employer will withhold your holiday pay, and use these funds to pay you when you do take time off. Credit means that you will be paid your holiday pay in advance for each day that it is accrued, meaning that you manage your finances accordingly, and will not receive any pay when you take leave.
  • How do you calculate contractor salary?
    ​Contractors work very different schedules, ranging from just a few hours per week to a more than full-time commitment. This makes it difficult to compare contractor salaries directly, without adjusting them to take into account the number of hours worked and the hourly rate of pay. Because of this, it's normal to calculate a pro-rata salary, equivalent to the weekly or annual earnings of a full-time employee - we'll look at this in detail below.
  • How can I work out a pro-rata salary?
    A 'pro rata' salary accounts for the difference between the number of hours you work as a contractor, and the number of hours a full-time employee would work. For example, if you work 30 hours a week, your earnings will be 75% of a full-time equivalent (FTE) salary based on a 40-hour full-time working week. You can think of it as your hourly contractor rate, multiplied by 40 for a weekly FTE salary. You can then multiply the result by 52 to get an annual FTE salary. The simple formula for this is: ​ Weekly FTE salary = 40 x Contractor earnings per week/number of hours worked per week ​ Annual FTE salary = 52 x Weekly FTE salary
  • Are you accredited?
    We are! Our Umbrella offering is Professional Passport accredited. We are also in the process of gaining further accreditations so watch this space!

What Our Clients Say

HR Director – Global Consultancy in the UK

"The solution has been a huge success and we are very happy with the service provided and the cost savings that have been made. The partnership between ourselves and First/Primis is excellent and a reason why this exercise has been so successful. I would have no hesitation recommending First Recruitment Group/Primis and the services they provide."

Get in touch today

Our team of experts are pleased to support you with any queries you may have, so don't hesitate to get in touch.  

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