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ADVANCE Passes Annual FCSA Compliance Review

Contracting solutions provider ADVANCE has passed its annual Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA) compliance review.

The clean bill of health means ADVANCE is still the only FCSA full member with accreditation for umbrella, limited company and self-employment solutions.

ADVANCE’s self-employment solution, which is designed to minimise an agency’s exposure to risk, stands alone as the only FCSA-accredited product of its kind on the market.

Meanwhile ADVANCE’s umbrella with expenses solution, which enables contractors to claim variable mileage and fixed subsistence expenses when ‘supervision, direction or control’ (SDC) does not apply, has been certified as FCSA-compliant.

Shaun Critchley, Managing Director at ADVANCE, said: “We’re pleased to be able to demonstrate once again that all of our core solutions comply with the FCSA’s strict code of conduct.

“This seal of approval from the industry’s most respected trade body provides further evidence of or commitment to compliance.

“It demonstrates to contractors, recruitment businesses and end clients that we operate to the highest ethical and professional standards.

“This was the first compliance review we have undergone since April 2016’s legislation changes, so it’s rewarding to be able to reaffirm that our umbrella with expenses solution is FCSA-compliant.”

A copy of ADVANCE‘s results will now be sent to HMRC as part of the FCSA’s commitment to absolute transparency. 

FCSA chief executive Julia Kermode said: “I’m delighted that ADVANCE has once again passed its annual FCSA review and will continue to be an accredited member of FCSA. 

“Our standards are high and the assessment process is independent and rigorous, so Shaun and his team should be proud of their achievement. 

“Demonstrating compliance in our unregulated sector is important, particularly as I know an increasing number of agencies look for FCSA accreditation when choosing their supply chain partners.” 

Founded in 2010, ADVANCE works with recruitment businesses in a wide range of sectors and is an official Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) business partner.

Last month the company announced that its SDC process would be undergoing independent quarterly reviews by tax experts at EY.

The quarterly EY reviews are distinct from and in addition to annual FCSA compliance reviews.