Join a Hassle-Free Umbrella Company

Working through an umbrella company offers an ideal first step into contracting, without all the hassle and responsibility of paperwork.

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Parasol was setup by a 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 contractors and freelancers make the most of their money whilst minimising the hassle involved with self-employment.

Twenty years, and over 100,000 happy contractors later, we still operate under the same guiding principles. Our dedication to always do 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.

Why Parasol Group?

Support that's second to none

With hundreds of expert head office staff, we are passionate about excellent support and dedicated to ensuring you always get paid on time and in full.

And, after all these years, we know all legislative and compliance regulations inside out.

Don't just 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.

Benefits included as standard

Relax knowing you’re covered for up to £20 million of insurance including employer’s liability, professional indemnity and public liability.

Plus, make significant savings with some of the biggest names on the high street through our dedicated rewards platform.

Set up in under 10 minutes

With all the right information from you and your agency, you can be up and running in under 10 minutes.

The Benefits of Using an Umbrella Company

There are a variety of benefits to joining an umbrella company. You will enjoy the same protections and benefits as any other employee but have the freedom of being a contractor.

Reduced Stress

Setting up as a limited company is widely considered to be the most tax-efficient way of working. You can take earnings from the business as a combination of salary and dividends – reducing your overall tax liability.

Financial Support

Benefit from the advice of qualified experts to ensure you're ensuring you and your family are covered through pensions, government schemes and insurances


Never miss out on claiming back expenditures you make for your business by understanding everything that you can and can't claim for.


Having that Limited (LTD) next to your name affords you a level of respect and opens your business opportunity pool for who can/will work with you. Plus, helps when it comes to your exit strategy

How it works

Signing up to be a Parasol employee could not be simpler. Our standard joining process is designed to be straight forward ensuring minimal disruption.

Get in touch with a member of our specialist Best Advice team who’ll talk you through how we work and ask you to complete our set up form with some basic information.

Have your ID ready and we’ll coordinate all onboarding information and send you an assignment schedule and contract of employment for you to sign.

Once signed, you are fully employed by Parasol and ready to be paid.