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Use our umbrella salary calculator to determine your net income & find out the potential earnings from your upcoming contract.


Take-Home Pay Calculator

Calculate your take-home pay now with our free salary calculator and discover how much you’re likely to earn from your next contract.

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Calculating Your Umbrella Pay

Maximise Your Earnings - NOT Your Risk

You’ll no doubt have seen certain umbrella companies making bold claims of high take-home pay percentages and figures. This could indicate that the company might not be paying the correct amount of tax and National Insurance contributions on behalf of their employees. If you receive a take-home pay quote of around 80% (or more, in some cases!) of the contracted rate, it could well involve some sort of ‘creative’ accountancy, disguised remuneration techniques, or contractor loans scheme. This could result in some significant financial risks – and future tax liabilities – or even an investigation, landing you – the contractor – in a lot of trouble with the tax man. If found guilty, you could be forced to pay back thousands in unpaid taxes.

Hence why compliance should be particularly high on your agenda when it comes to selecting an umbrella company. Be on the lookout for things like loan charges and other hidden fees. Your prospective take-home pay is a strong indicator of how compliant an umbrella company is. For instance, when selecting an umbrella company, conspicuously high take-home pay should raise alarm bells about compliance. HMRC has even created a blacklist of tax avoidance scheme promoters, including certain umbrella companies, to help contractors avoid non-compliant firms. This step is part of a broader effort to clamp down on tax avoidance schemes​.

Contractor calculators, or salary calculators, provide important information about your earnings. They consider your rate, pension, payment cycle, tax commitments, and your hours of work, as well as the latest legislation. Working out what you’ll get paid after tax and National Insurance is important, particularly if you’re a contractor or freelancer. So, you can use the information gathered to make informed predictions.



Clearly, tax has a big influence on your take-home pay as an umbrella company contractor. Your income is taxed according to:

  • Personal Allowance (the level of income you do not have to pay tax on): £12,570 (this may be reduced when your income exceeds £100,000)
  • Basic Rate: 20%. Applies to income above the Personal Allowance and up to £50,270.
  • Higher Rate: 40%. Applies to income between £50,271 and £125,140.
  • Additional Rate: 45%. Applies to income over £125,140.

Remember, these rates are applied progressively, which means only the income within each band is taxed at that band’s rate, not your entire income.

Danbro Umbrella ensures that your tax calculations are always accurate and compliant with HMRC regulations. Our complimentary take-home pay calculator transparently reflects how these tax bands impact your net income, providing you with a clear understanding of what your financial situation could look like under your next contract.

If you have a student loan, your repayments are also an important factor in your take-home pay calculations. Repayments are contingent on your earnings and the type of loan you have (i.e. Plan 1, Plan 2, Postgraduate Loan, etc.).

You’ll start repaying your loan once your income exceeds a certain threshold, which varies by loan type. Furthermore, repayments are a fixed percentage of your income above the threshold.

For the 2024/2025 tax year, student loan repayments start when you earn:

  • Above £24,990: Plan 1
  • Above £27,295: Plan 2
  • Above £21,000: Postgraduate Loan

You’ll pay back 9% of your earnings above these amounts for Plans 1 and 2, and 6% for the Postgraduate Loan.

When it comes to your umbrella company pay, certain deductions are required by law and should not differ between providers. This includes things like Apprenticeship Levy payments and Employer’s National Insurance contributions. However, some umbrella companies have been found to exploit their clients by inflating these deductions for their own gains. This unethical practice can lead to contractors paying more than they should. Take notice, for instance, if there’s a sizeable variance in rates between providers. Hidden fees may be an underhand method of extracting more from your payslip.

You’re entitled to ask prospective umbrella companies how they get, or plan to get, the money from your agency or end client. After all, it’s you who’ll pay the price if you fall foul of compliance regulations as a result of their poor practices.

It’s also an idea to ask how those deductions will affect your all-important take-home pay. Before deciding who to go with, look for a company who promotes transparency by providing full illustrations of projected take-home pay and reconciliation sheets with detailed payslips. Make use of our umbrella company calculator and work out what your take-home pay will be. Question your payslip and seek professional advice on your umbrella company’s practices. Clarity and understanding hold the key to ensuring the safety and security of your finances.

As either an umbrella employee or an agency PAYE worker, you will get your wages via PAYE. With an umbrella company though, you could be eligible for certain work-related expenses.  As a contractor you may incur expenses that your agency has agreed to reimburse. These expenses are often referred to as billable or chargeable expenses.  Chargeable Expenses can be claimed through us and offset against tax and national insurance, providing we have confirmation that your agency is reimbursing you for the expenses and there’s an online claim on our portal with supporting VAT receipts. For expense claims that are not being reimbursed by your agency, you may be able to claim tax relief on these expenses by submitting a claim through HMRC via a P87 or self-assessment. You must, however, retain all receipts as evidence of these expenses.

Happy with your Calculation?

Like what you see? If you’re intrigued by your salary calculation and want to know more about how Danbro Umbrella can help you, book a call with us today.

Our dedicated team are on hand to give you a more detailed illustration of your take-home pay, including things like student loan repayments and pension contributions, as well as providing more information about Danbro Umbrella’s contractor solutions.

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