How long has Workwell included an unexplained deduction in their payslip that is hidden from Workers and Agencies?

Ever since Contractor’s Voice shone a spotlight on Orange Genie’s malpractice of skimming from workers’ payslips, the conversation around umbrella companies and their handling of deductions has intensified. Notably, HMRC, in their latest guidance, introduced the term “skimming” and advised agencies to “check payslips and reconciliation statements […] for unexplained deductions (sometimes called skimming)” (Source: […]

Payslip Checklist: Ensuring Compliance with the New National Minimum Wage

As a contractor, your payslip represents more than just your earnings; it is a fundamental testament to your rights and the value you bring through your hard work. With the recent increase in the National Minimum Wage (NMW) effective from the 1st of April, 2024, it’s imperative to verify that your payslip accurately reflects this […]

Proof that Numbermill, an FCSA Umbrella Company, Engaged Workers in Hybrid Contracts Leading to Below National Minimum Wage Payments

After Contractor Voice published evidence of NumberMill (an FCSA member) engaging contractors via a Hybrid Contract Model (EDM), we reached out to the FCSA asking for confirmation that NumberMill and their practices would be investigated. When asked the question, An FCSA spokesperson stated that the “FCSA currently have no further statement to make on this […]

How does NumberMill, an umbrella owned by an FCSA Council member, exploit the most vulnerable? The Elective Deduction Model?

There’s a stark difference between unintentional oversight and calculated intent to disadvantage. When a contract is designed to get a worker paid under the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rather than if they were employed through a compliant umbrella company, we feel falls into the latter category. In this article we will show how an umbrella […]

The Moral Quandary of Exploitation: The Dark Side of some Umbrella Companies

Introduction In the ever-evolving landscape of the modern workforce, temporary workers have become an integral part of many industries. However, within the realm of temporary employment, a shadowy practice has come to light—one that leaves hardworking contractors feeling betrayed and exploited. The exposé of Orange Genie, an umbrella company that made undisclosed deductions from contractors’ […]

Salary Sacrifice Pensions – Why you should do it and why you should be careful?

We have seen several umbrella companies of late promoting salary sacrifice pensions to contractors. There are lots of advantages to contractors for opting into a salary sacrifice pension, but with some important considerations. In this article we will detail what a salary sacrifice pension is, the benefits, and our findings following the auditing of hundreds […]

Exposing the Cracks: Questioning the Competence of FCSA’s Compliance Checks

Contractor Voice has dedicated itself to exposing malpractice in the umbrella industry, recently publishing several online posts revealing the non-compliance of the FCSA’s mandatory Code of Compliance by well-known FCSA umbrellas. This raises serious concerns about the effectiveness and thoroughness of the FCSA’s annual compliance checks. If the basic standards of the mandatory codes are […]

FCSA’s Liquid Friday’s Huge Hidden Profits- Are They Legal?

Following Contractor Voices recently exposing that Orange Genie has been systematically skimming from contractors’ salaries for years, we have been inundated with contractors submitting their payslips for auditing and raising concerns over umbrella payroll compliance. As well as hundreds of new payslips and concerns over Orange Genie to add to our bulging evidence file to […]

FCSA’s Orange Genie Proven to be Salary Skimming

Contractor Voice announces that Orange Genie, an FCSA member for over 10 years, has been unlawfully and systematically taking money from contractors, week in, week out for many years. The evidence collected by Contractor Voice is so clear cut, demonstrating the intention of Orange Genie to skim from the salaries of its contractors, that we […]

Is an FCSA Independent Assessment Actually Independent? Contractor Voice Hears from Whistle-blowers on the Inside…

At, we are no stranger to calling out the FCSA and its members on questionable conduct and malpractice. We now reveal the shocking outcome of an investigation that undermines the entire compliance standard upon which the FCSA markets itself as the gold standard for the temporary workforce sector. With no statutory basis, or regulatory […]