Choosing to work through an agency does have its benefits. The agency will source work on your behalf, plus there is a degree of flexibility and variety to your work schedule. On the other hand, you'll receive less take home pay, and it is very difficult to build a career as a contractor from agency work.


Working through an agency means you may get less hourly rate and will have to pay


20 To 40% depending on the income



Employee's National Insurance


On the plus side, there is no risk of IR35.


When is working through an agency right for you?


  • If you want occasional work, or work to fill in the gaps for other occasional employment.
  • If you have no long-term plans to build and grow a small business of your own.
  • If you are happy for the agency to source work and sort taxes on your behalf, in exchange for a cut of your wage.


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