date posted: 29-05-2014


2014 so far has been an eventful and challenging year for Sterling and the contracting industry as a whole.

Last month we mentioned how April had seen Sterling reach its fifteenth year of trading, and how this demonstrated the strength of the company and high levels of service. Further to this, we can now proudly say that we have obtained Professional Passport Accreditation.

This is a fantastic boost for the company and we are very pleased to be able to share this with you.




We are delighted to announce that we have become the latest company to become an approved provider for umbrella services.

In order to be accepted as an approved provider we underwent a comprehensive compliance review of all our processes and procedures to ensure they align to HMRC guidelines and comply with all the relevant legislation.

Professional Passport Approved Providers Accreditation is the only compliance review that is backed and guaranteed by a £5,000,000 insurance policy against MSC Debt Transfer for the recruitment company members of Professional Passport.

Ian Black Managing Director commented:

“We are delighted to have been accepted by Professional Passport to be one of their approved providers. We have always strived to provide a transparent, compliant and efficient service to contractors and recruiters alike. Being accepted by Professional Passport gives us great satisfaction to know that we are achieving the high standards we set out to. Recent months and the changes to onshore legislation have been challenging for the industry as a whole, and to achieve approved status at this time is a great strength to Sterling.”

Crawford Temple Managing Director of Professional Passport said: “Sterling is a great addition to our range of approved umbrella providers. As a major provider of solutions in the construction sector they have recently undergone a major transformation in their business as a direct result of the new onshore employment intermediaries legislation. Having worked closely with them through this period they have consistently demonstrated the high standards we require of all our approved providers.”



We have created our very own downloadable wallchart for the upcoming World Cup. Why not download and print a copy off so you can fill in the results and keep on track with all the scores leading up to the final on 13th July? You can find it here.





What do you do at Sterling?
As manager of the in office sales team my role can be quite varied. I look after our team of account managers and make sure targets are met, and also maintain and develop my own portfolio of recruitment agencies. This can mean developing relationships with new clients or managing business with existing clients, some of which I have dealt with for over seven years.

What is a typical day like?
A typical day would involve monitoring targets to see any areas for improvement, both in the team and my own personal targets. Then contacting those agencies I believe we can gain business from, or maintain current levels of business. I would also deal with any issues or information my clients would require from Sterling.

What’s the best thing about working at Sterling?

Sterling has a good atmosphere and some long standing staff members I have a good relationship with. Each department is very knowledgeable about their area of expertise and this helps when trying to resolve problems quickly, which makes my job a lot easier. Our Christmas parties are also a highlight of the year!

What do you do when you’re not at work?

I’m expecting twins at the moment, so most free time is taken up preparing for their arrival. But usually I like to run and do a lot of yoga, which I hope to get back to soon!




For all our Sterling Umbrella employees we have put together a handy guide to understanding your payslip. We have included two versions to demonstrate the differences between Contractor retained holiday pay and Company retained holiday pay. The guide is available for download here.



This is just a reminder to all Sterling Umbrella employees that we need to have received your completed expense forms along with VAT receipts two days prior to your normal pay date to ensure they are processed with that week’s payment.

For example; If your normal pay date is a Friday, your expense forms would need to reach our offices by Wednesday.

Additional Expense forms can be downloaded here.

Not found what you are looking for?

Contact Customer Services on 01925 626200 or email or you may wish to look on the about us page.