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New Tax Year – Umbrella workers will be hit the hardest – Part Two

In our recent article we looked at how umbrella workers will be impacted by the 1.25% points increase in Class 1 Employers and Employees National Insurance contribution rates that will be used to fund the new Health and Social Care Levy.

Allowing for the increase in the Employees Primary Threshold to £12,570, announced during the Chancellor’s Spring Statement, an umbrella worker with a billing rate of £600 per day will see their take home pay reduce by £1,514 during the 2022-2023 tax year.

Click to read Part One here.

Note: Calculations are based on a taxpayer resident in England and Northern Ireland who has not yet reached the State Pension age,
working 230 days with a standard tax code of 1257L, no workplace pension, and umbrella operating margin of £95 per month.
Figures include the increase to Class 1 National Insurance Primary Threshold effective July 6th, 2022.

It’s worth pointing out the percentage increase required is more pronounced for those with a contract billing rate between £500 and £625 per day.  This is because any increase in contract income, will also increase the amount of income tax payable and for anyone earning in excess of £100,000 they will gradually lose their personal tax-free allowance. Therefore, a greater increase is required to match the take home pay received in the previous tax year.

At its worst and without considering any cost-of-living increase, an umbrella worker with a current billing rate of £600 per day will require a £21 (3.5%) per day increase in their billing rate from April 6th to achieve a similar take home pay during 2022-2023 tax year.

For anyone looking to negotiate an increase in their billing rate, please do not hesitate to get in contact and we will be happy to share our detailed calculations.

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