Welcome to Free Stuff area.
Our aim here is to provide you with jargon free basic guides for all that you need to know when working with your sole trader. Clarity and understanding is paramount and these guides will hopefully allow you to make more informed decisions about your work life.
Please feel free to download or print at your convenience.
Contractor Insurance Guide
As a contractor whether you’re self employed or employed you will need to have the relevant insurances. This guide explains Public Liability, Employers Liability and Professional Indemnity insurances and why you need them.
Guide to self-employed expenses
As a self-employed person you can claim certain Business expenses against your tax liability, at the end of the tax year. These expenses are not paid back to you in cash or bank transfer. The expenses you have will simply reduce the amount of money you actually have to pay tax on.
Guide to UK Taxation
This guide gives a slightly more in detail explanation to the different taxes that are charged in the UK and how they are collected.
Guide to working in the UK for the first time
Coming to the UK to work is a fantastic opportunity for any foreign national. Before you can start working here there are many factors to be taken into consideration. We hope this guide answers some of those many questions and helps you on your way.
Legislation Guide – AWR
These regulations are being introduced on 1st October, 2011 following a European Union Directive which aims to ensure that low paid agency workers are given the same basic rights as their permanent colleagues for pay, holiday pay and working hours.
Legislation Guide – Employment Agencies and Employment Business Conduct Regs
These are regulations set out to make sure that employment or recruitment agencies treat both their workers and their clients fairly.
Legislation Guide – IR35
The IR35 or Intermediaries Legislation was introduced in 1999 and aimed to distinguish between an employee and a contractor. This meant people could not be paid through a Limited Company if they were a ‘disguised employee’.
Legislation Guide – MSC
The Managed Service Company Legislation was announced in 2007 and was to ban contractors from being paid through a Limited Company, known as Composite Companies, if they were not truly self employed so had no responsibilities of running and managing the Limited Company.
Legislation Guide – National Minimum Wage (NMW)
National Minimum Wage (NMW) is in place for the majority of workers over school age in the UK and your employer legally must pay you that rate as a minimum no matter how you are paid.
Legislation Guide – The Bribery Act
This was introduced in 2011 and is designed to stop bribery and corruption in the UK in the public and private sectors. There are four new criminal offences which you can read about in this guide.
Legislation Guide – Working Time Directive
This legislation also came from a European Union directive and was to make sure that all contractors are entitled to a minimum amount of holiday, paid rest breaks and the right to rest. It also restricts the amount of night work that a contractor can do.
I hope you have found the above guides useful, however, if there are any outstanding queries' then please do call us immediately on 0844 854 5220 to put your mind at ease.