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New advice from REC to members to use only FCSA compliant umbrella companies

All umbrella companies holding REC business partner status must have FCSA membership, and the professional body for the recruitment industry is advising its members to use only FCSA compliant contractor accountancy service companies.

The FCSA sets and maintains standards for umbrella companies via its compliance code and rigorous assessment of its members’ business operations by regulated accountants and lawyers. The outcome of this third-party audit is shared with HMRC.  

REC chief executive Kevin Green, said, “We are happy to recommend to all REC members who use or are looking to use a third party supplier of contractor accountancy or umbrella services, to use FCSA compliant members to minimise their risk.  FCSA membership is difficult to achieve, putting organisations through a robust assessment to check compliance with their strict code of conduct. We are pleased to see that since 2008 the FCSA has become a significant player in setting standards and is operating as an effective trade association in part of the market that has caused real concern for the REC and our members.”

FCSA chief executive Julia Kermode, commented, “We are delighted to continue working alongside the REC, a highly respected organisation and the largest trade body in the UK recruitment market.   Recruiters that are concerned about their liabilities should choose to work with FCSA compliant companies to be assured of best practice legally and ethically.  FCSA members are easy to find as they are listed on our website and only they are entitled to use the orange FCSA logo.”

The FCSA currently has 14 compliant members:

1st Option




ClearSky Accounting

First Freelance


Intouch Accounting

JSA Group

Liquid Friday


New Millennia Umbrella

Orange Genie


1st Option, part of the 1st Group, is pleased to confirm they are one of only 14 FCSA compliant members. David Mount, group managing director, commented, “We are delighted REC is recommending its members use only FCSA compliant service companies. As a member, we work hard to ensure that we adhere to HMRC regulations and the services we offer to Freelance Professionals are completely compliant. We hope this announcement will encourage greater levels of compliance within the Industry.”


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