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The market-leading contractor support specialist

Parasol was set up by former contractor, Rob Crossland, who built the business around his in-depth understanding of the contracting lifestyle. In 2000, he set out with the goal of helping freelancers and contractors make the most of their money whilst minimising the hassle involved with self-employment. Twenty years, over 100,000 happy contractors and 3,000 agencies later, we still operate under the same guiding principles. Our dedication to always doing what’s right, not what’s easy, is something we’re proud of and something that sets us apart from the other contractor support providers out there.

Whether you want to join our umbrella solution, establish your own limited company with ClearSky, or just need some guidance on which option would be most suitable for you, give our team a call on 0800 458 0818 now or arrange a callback for a time that suits you.

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Why you can trust us


Having been established by a contractor, we have a unique insight into the way contractors work and what they need from us. With hundreds of expert head office staff, we are obsessive about excellent support and focused on ensuring you always get paid on time and in full. And after all these years, we know legislation and compliance issues inside out.

But you don’t have to take our word for it. We partner with over 3 000 recruitment agencies, including leading companies like Hays, Search, Venn and Reed, all of whom trust us implicitly with the contractors they refer to us. We also have a long list of accolades and awards, including Sunday Times Fast Track 250 and 100, and Best Companies Awards.

It’s quick and easy to join Parasol. Just contact our best advice team or call 0800 458 0818

Expect first class offerings when you join Parasol

Online Portal – Easy to use, secure online portal available 24/7 for all employees to access their employment record and complete any tasks (entering timesheets, requesting leave) or to request support.

Employee Support Team – Offering best in industry advice and guidance; our employee support team are available to help with any queries six days a week including Saturdays.

Same Day Payroll Guarantee – If we have all the necessary information from the agency to identify the payment by 5pm, we guarantee to make the payment to you by same day payment. If we don’t send payment to you the same day, we’ll return the margin we have retained to you.

Multiple Payrolls – We run up to 5 payrolls every working day; this means that you are paid quicker and do not have to wait until a set day to be paid like traditional employers.

Insurance – We offer all our employees a comprehensive insurance package that covers you for up to £20M. This includes employer’s liability, professional indemnity and public liability.

Expenses – We can help you to maximise your income through claiming compliant and legitimate business expenses.

Access to Parasol Rewards – From your weekly shop to your annual summer holiday, you can make significant savings with some of the biggest names on the high street through our dedicated reward platform.

Pensions – Parasol can make employers contributions to any existing private pension provider and this works in the same way as a salary sacrifice scheme meaning you will benefit from savings in tax and national insurance. As we stand for complete pay transparency, we will pass on the employers NI savings; something other umbrella companies do not. Alternatively, you also have an option to join our Scottish Widows group pension scheme.