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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

Parasol wants to make your business as easy to manage as possible. When you join, there’s no daily admin to agonise over – you can simply submit your timesheet each week via MyParasol, our easy-to-use online portal, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Financial Support

All of your finances are managed on your behalf and taxes will automatically be deducted for you, so there will be no nasty surprises. Working as an umbrella employee also means that IR35 will not be relevant to you which is a great relief for many contractors.


Your payslip will show a breakdown of the money you have earned and any deductions taken for tax. All of the deductions will be clearly displayed on your statement and your wages will be paid directly into your bank account.


New to contracting? Working with an umbrella company is a great way to test the contracting life without the financial demands of running your own limited company. Being a Parasol employee is also an ideal solution if you are working shorter contracts or are in between permanent work.

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.

*Discretionary Margin Policy

Parasol shall waive its margin for 4 weeks in respect of every new Parasol employee (“Joiner”) subject to the following qualifying criteria: 1) The Joiner is new to Parasol and is not a current or previous employee; and 2) Each Joiner must have signed our contract of employment and have valid right to work; 3) Parasol must be in receipt of the agency contract paperwork; 4) Steps 2 & 3 must be completed between March, April, May and June 2022; 5) the assignment that the Joiner undertakes for and on behalf of Parasol is for a minimum length of 3 months.