No Umbrellas for the Welsh Assembly

The recent action from media sources and unions about the practice of umbrella companies has lead to the Welsh assembly to stop contractors using Umbrellas on any of the public construction projects. Hamilton Bradbury is understands the decision of the Welsh assembly but is disappointed that the actions of a “few” has an effect on umbrella companies which follow the rules clearly step out by HMRC.

It is clear that UCATT has some misconceptions of the role of umbrella companies in the contraction marketplace and look forward to the FCSA working on behalf of our industry.

“Whilst I understand that this is a procurement decision I hope that it was not simply a knee jerk reaction to union lobbying,” says Julia Kermode, chief executive of the FCSA. “Umbrella employment is a positive choice for many and I am going to personally contact the Welsh Assembly Ministers concerned to ensure that they appreciate the benefits of this type of employment and have not simply been influenced by union misunderstandings.

“As a trade association for the umbrella sector, we want to work with all political parties and unions to ensure that good practice is the norm and stamp out bad practice where it exists,” Kermode concludes. “FCSA members adhere to a strict code of conduct and we are committed to ridding the industry of its cowboys as well as promoting umbrella employment as a viable and positive choice for the hirer and the worker.” Via