Permanent or Contracting?

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With today’s modern way of working, the age-old notion of a ‘job for life’ is no longer applicable.

UK professionals are becoming increasingly likely to switch roles after a few years, in an attempt to further their careers. While some are content with moving from permanent job to permanent job, others will seek to take more control of their lives and turn to contracting instead – and who can blame them?

But what’s the difference between these employment options? We’ve outlined a few important distinctions.

Traditional employee

Umbrella employee

Wealth of new opportunities Yes Yes
Employment rights and benefits Yes Yes
Claim legitimate business costs and expenses No Yes
Work for lots of different clients No Yes
Enhanced work life balance No Yes
Further your career to become self-employed No Yes












Want to know more?

We hope this has highlighted the benefits a contracting career can bring. If you’re interested in making the leap, Parasol is here to help.

As one of the UK’s largest and longest-established providers, we’d like to think we know a thing or three about contracting. We’ve already helped more than 90,000 professionals enjoy their new lives as contractors – so why not join them?

We understand that a contractor’s WorkStyle is anything but 9-5, so neither are we. Instead, we’re determined to be with you all the way, whenever you need us.

If you’d like some more information about the different options available, our team of specialists is here to help. They’ll guide you through the choices and provide impartial advice based on your own circumstances.

Contact our team today on 0800 464 0524 or email