Since 2008, FCSA has supported and represented the professional employment services sector. We’re the UK’s leading membership body for umbrella employers, contractor accountants and CIS payroll services providers with over 70 member firms who support more than 200,000 contractors.
Recognised as the industry’s compliance gold standard, FCSA Accreditation is awarded to service providers that have been independently assessed by top experts to confirm that they adhere to our rigorous Codes of Compliance.
FCSA’s purpose is to safeguard the long-term future of the professional freelance sector for the benefit of the UK economy. Our primary role is to raise standards and promote compliance, and through our Accreditation, which is regarded as the industry’s compliance gold standard, we encourage self-regulation in the sector in supporting contractors to meet their tax and legal obligations.
Our governance adheres to membership body best practice.
Our Council is elected by members, to discuss operational challenges the industry faces, and to ensure all members’ voices are heard.
FCSA’s independent Board has strategic responsibility for FCSA objectives and meets quarterly, with the FCSA Chief Executive responsible for decision making and delivery of FCSA activities. The Board currently consists of three independent people (including the CEO and Chair) and also two Member representatives from the FCSA Council. The Board prides itself on its transparency, integrity and impartiality.
We also have an independent arbitration panel which consists of four key industry stakeholders, who represent different areas of the industry: employment law, accountancy, contractors and recruitment agencies. The IAP serves as an appeal panel for any complaint, either contractor or Member.
The FCSA operates best practice Codes of Compliance designed to ensure that its Accredited Members provide services, advice and employment to the highest level of professional and ethical standards in the UK.
New applicants for Accredited Membership and renewing Members are required to demonstrate on an annual basis how they adhere to FCSA’s Codes of Compliance, to provide the necessary supporting evidence as well as providing certain additional information.