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We are always committed to negotiating with our clients to get you the best rates of pay. There are three payment structures you can choose from, and finding the right one for you will be dependent on your circumstances and the nature of your assignment.
Rest assured we want to be as transparent as possible regarding your options and pay, and through our years of expertise, we’ll support you in finding the right payment method for you and your lifestyle. Throughout your journey with Maxxima, our recruitment consultants will guide you every step of the way and will always answer any questions or concerns you may have.
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We encourage you to thoroughly explore your employment options so that you can assess what the best arrangement is for you.
PAYE = Pay As You Earn. You’ll be paid via Maxxima’s payroll directly each week. All necessary deductions will be made at source meaning everything that arrives in your nominated account is yours to spend.
Paid by a Umbrella company
This method involves an agreement with a 3rd party supplier. Maxxima will pay the umbrella company the gross amount, from here the umbrella company is responsible for doing the necessary deductions and paying you into your nominated account. Umbrella companies usually take a small fee for each timesheet processed.
Paid by a Limited company
This method is similar to those above however payment will be sent directly to your limited company. If ‘within IR35’, all deductions will be made from source. If ‘outside IR35’, the gross amount will be paid, and you are responsible for making the necessary deductions at the end of the financial year.
Peace of mind that your tax affairs will be taken care of, with no nasty surprises from HMRC and no fees
If you work through several agencies, you may have to treat it as a ‘secondary employment’ and pay. Meaning higher tax in the short-term, before claiming it back at the end of the year.
If you work through several agencies, or several different positions, you can manage your tax affairs through one ‘employment’.
Advance payments can be made to you in exceptional circumstances.
You are covered for Professional Indemnity Insurance by the majority of umbrella companies that we work with, therefore you won’t have to cover the cost of this yourself.
If the umbrella company doesn’t manage your tax affairs correctly, you could face a large tax bill and penalties. This is not something that Maxxima condones and we don’t wish to put our workers at any risk, therefore all umbrella companies we work with are audited to make sure you are confident in using them.
If your assignment is ‘outside IR35’ you may be able to extract funds from the company in a more tax- efficient manner i.e. dividends, business-related expenses. Something to speak to an accountant about in more detail.
If ‘inside IR35’, and work is in the public sector, your agency has to deduct tax and national insurance deductions.
If ‘inside IR35’, and work is in the private sector, your agency has to deduct tax and national insurance deductions from April 2020 onwards, and you should
All Locum pay rates across the industry are subject to both Employer’s and Employee’s National Insurance deductions. Ask your recruitment consultant to discuss what this means for your hourly rate.
Once you have secured a role with us, our dedicated recruitment team will be in touch to provide you with all the required information. They’ll provide you with details of our timesheet platform that enables you to submit your worked hours online quickly and easily.
In some cases, our clients use their own online platforms; you may be required to submit your hours through one of these. Our support team will be on-hand to guide you through this.
Depending on the role you have secured, you may need to submit a paper timesheet, you can do so by using our timesheet generator to create your timesheets.
If you are to work with Maxxima via PAYE, Umbrella or LTD Company payment then we would process your hours using our online platform, iMerit. You can find our iMerit timesheet user guides below.
When being set up on iMerit for the first time you will receive a welcome email from Maxxima Group (email@example.com), please complete the setup process by following the link and instructions within the email.
If you have any difficulties logging in, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or your consultant.
Once successfully logged in, you are required to read Maxxima’s terms and conditions. Please ensure you read these terms carefully and note your responsibilities whilst using the portal and submitting timesheets.
Important information will be displayed on the iMerit home page. Here you will find updates such as changes to approval deadlines around Bank Holidays or seasonal events.
Once your account has been activated, log in to the portal via the following link: https://onlinetimesheets.maxximagroup.com/
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What is IR35 and how does it affect me?
IR35 is a set of tax laws that are designed to ensure all workers in the public sector are paying the correct amount of tax and National Insurance Contributions (NIC). There are a series of tests used by clients, to determine the employment status of contractors working through limited companies/personal service companies (PSCs).
As of 6 April 2021, further changes will come into force, which will include mid and large-sized private sector clients, so if you are planning to work in either the public or private sector after this time, IR35 will apply to all PSC workers.
For more information on IR35, any upcoming legislative changes and how they could impact you, visit Gov.uk
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Chances are you’ve stumbled on this blog post because, just like us, you need a little bit of inspiration for some new hearty meals you can try this winter without breaking the bank. Whether whipping up a delicious dish from scratch is your ideal way to wind down after a long day, or you love nothing more than putting on the slow cooker while sipping your morning coffee, we’ve got something for everyone. From sticky sausage stew to slow cooker vegetable lasagne, these recipes are easy, nutritious, and - even better-budget-friendly at just £1 or less per person.Disclaimer: unfortunately, we can’t take credit for coming up with these yummy recipes ourselves. But what we can say is our team has dedicated a lot of time researching these meals and even tried and tested some of their favourites at home (not a bad job, is it?) before bringing them to your plate. We hope you enjoy!Download your weekly shopping list1. Homemade gnocchi bake (VE)Serves: 4Prep time: 15 minutesCooking time: 1 hourEver fancied making your own potato gnocchi from scratch? Well, now’s your chance. This recipe combines homemade potato gnocchi with a delicious tomato sauce, spinach, and mozzarella to finish.Click here for the full recipe and list of ingredientsTop tip: make the gnocchi ahead of time so it’s ready whenever you need it. Simply store it in an airtight container in the fridge.2. Slow cooker chilli con carneServes: 4Prep time: 10 minutesCooking time: 4-6 hours This super simple recipe makes the ideal dish for a chilly day (excuse the pun) and can be adapted to your preferred level of spice. It still works great if you don’t have a slow cooker, too. Click here for the full recipe and list of ingredientsTop tip: roll a rolling pin along the length of a tube of tomato puree to get what is left in the tube out. Every little helps!3. Sticky sausage stewServes: 4Prep time: 10 minutesCooking time: 40 minutesWe’re pretty sure this yummy sticky sausage stew could be your new family favourite. Prefer chipolatas? No problem. Click here for the full recipe and list of ingredientsTop tip: put leftovers to good use and save a portion of your dinner for lunch the next day.4. Vegan mac ‘n’ cheese (VG)Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutesCooking time: 40 minutesWhen you’re craving comfort food, nothing hits the spot better than mac ‘n’ cheese, and this one is just like the real thing. Click here for the full recipe and list of ingredientsTop tip: know the difference between best-before and use-by dates. Use-by dates indicate when food is no longer safe to eat. Best-before dates suggest the optimum quality of an ingredient, and the items are still safe to consume past this date but might not be in tip-top condition.5. One pot smoky tomato rice with chicken Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutesCooking time: 35 minutesBang it all in, and hope for the best. This one-pot smoky rice dish is delicious and full of nutritional vegetables. Chicken thighs optional. Click here for the full recipe and list of ingredientsTop tip: cooked veg rarely resembles the whole vegetable you picked up in the supermarket. Pick wonky veg instead for extra savings.6. Sweet potato and chickpea curry (VG)Serves: 4Prep time: 10 minutesCooking time: 30 minutesThe perfect mid-week treat and ready in just 30 minutes. The fragrant blend of different spices in this recipe packs a punch of flavour. We promise you won’t be disappointed!Click here for the full recipe and list of ingredientsTop tip: cut herbs are expensive, so store the stems submerged in water in the fridge, and you won’t waste a leaf. 7. Slow cooker vegetable lasagne (VE)Serves: 4Prep time: 30 minutesCooking time: 2hrs and 30 minutesLayered with pasta, ratatouille and sliced aubergine, this veggie lasagne includes your five-a-day, and if you’re looking for a healthier option, it’s a lighter alternative to the traditional bake. Click here for the full recipe and list of ingredientsTop tip: planning your meals over a week or more instead of focusing on a single recipe helps with budgeting. That way, if you splash out on a particular ingredient, you can make sure you use the rest in a different recipe and reduce any food waste.Bonus recipe 8. Cheese, leek, and potato puff pieServes: 6Prep time: 30 minutesCooking time: 30 minutesBecause who doesn’t love pie? PS: This recipe is for six people, so if you’re not feeding guests or extra little ones, that’s more pie for you. You’re welcome. Click here for the full recipe and list of ingredientsTop tip: check what ingredients are lurking in your fridge, freezer, and cupboards before writing your weekly shopping list.
As winter approaches and adverse weather conditions such as heavy rain, frosty mornings and occasional snowfall become more frequent, your daily commute can soon transform into a mission reminiscent of Ice Road Truckers. Considering the UK’s unpredictable weather and the effect it has on the country’s roads and public transport, it’s always a good idea to be prepared and have some strategies in place for those cold, wet mornings when your plans to double up on socks don’t quite cut it.Plan in advancePre-planning is key when it comes to commuting in the winter months – keeping an eye on the weather forecast will help you to stay ahead of any weather that could possibly cause disruption to your journey and will allow you to plan for any extra time that you feel you might need to get to work on time. We all know the pain of waking up with 15 minutes to shower, get dressed and eat - the last thing anyone needs in that situation is to walk out the front door to see the pain of a frozen windscreen. Pre-planning will help you better predict when it’s likely that you’re going to need to pull out the de-icer and ice scraper and means you can set an alarm that will give you ample time to warm up the car before you need to leave.Public transport as an alternativeMuch like commuters who travel by car, public transport is also affected by adverse weather conditions, and similarly, staying informed plays an all-important role in relieving stress and ensuring you get to work safely and on time. Keep tabs on real-time updates from your transport provider – trains may have last minute cancellations or delays, and buses are likely to be running behind schedule due to the influx of traffic on the roads, as people who may usually walk or cycle are more likely to drive. If the weather conditions are so bad that you don’t feel comfortable driving due to the risk involved, consider public transport as an alternative. It may make your commute slightly longer than usual, but you have the advantage of being able to get stuck into your favourite book, podcast or album.Wrap up warm!Dressing appropriately could be your saving grace for your winter commute, especially if you find yourself in a position where you’re stuck somewhere for an extended period of time, for example, in the dreaded chance that you were to break down. For those of you who regularly commute by car, it’s worth keeping some emergency supplies in your boot – an umbrella, waterproof jacket and a warm, thick jumper will come in handy if you ever find yourself stuck on the side of the M1. If travelling by public transport, wrap up warm with a coat, scarf and a suitable pair of shoes with grip for those frosty mornings. For extra warming power, pack a flask with your favourite hot drink. Not only will this warm you up from the inside out, but it’s also an effective and efficient way to keep your hands from turning to ice. A hug in a mug.Safety firstIt goes without saying that keeping your wits about you when commuting is a good idea at the best of times, but even more so during the winter period. When driving in adverse weather conditions, especially in heavy rain or snow, drive slower and pay attention to the changing conditions to reduce the risk of any accidents. If visibility is poor, also take extra care when driving in built up areas to ensure the safety of pedestrians.In the unspeakable, unthinkable possibility that your car decides to play up, having an idea of how your breakdown cover works will save you time and relieve any surprises. Keep your phone fully charged in case you need to contact your service provider and consider keeping a portable charger in your car for any emergencies.
As Christmas approaches, somehow, it can seem like you've got a gift list that's not just longer than your arm; it’s longer than the tinsel dangling on the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. There's Secret Santa at work, your old friend from Uni, your other half, your immediate family, and your sister's new boyfriend (eugh)…and before you know it, the gift budget can really start to rack up.Of course, you want to treat everyone (well, maybe not everyone), but that doesn’t mean you have to burn a hole in your pocket to do so. With just weeks to go until you're dancing around your living room in your pyjamas and listening to Wham!, it's time to start shopping. So, if you've got lots of people to shop for or you’re just trying to save a few pennies, we hope you find this article helpful.We’ve found gift ideas for quite possibly every type of personality imaginable. Whether you're buying for a bookworm, travel junkie, caffeine addict, techie, or professional, we've got you covered with our 12 gift ideas for £20 and under.For the plant fanatic Disco ball hanging planter - £19First of all, if you know someone who can keep a house plant alive for longer than two weeks, tell them we say well done. Second, we know that when it comes to house plants, there's no such thing as too many, and this disco ball hanging planter would add a little funk to their foliage. The perfect addition to their home and rapidly expanding plant family. Shop nowFor the travel junkie 100 places bucket list poster - £13For someone who's slowly ticking off their travel bucket list, we couldn't think of a more appropriate gift. Comprising 100 pictures of the must-see places across the world (including the Golden Circle in Iceland, the Terracotta Army in China, and Mdina in Malta), travel fanatics can scratch off locations as they globe-trot along, or even use the poster as a source of inspiration for future trips.Shop nowFor the bookworm Tea Time Bookshop bestseller book box - £16Treat the bookworm in your life to a one-off subscription box from Tea Time Bookshop. Perfect for avid readers who love to keep up to date with all the latest titles. Each box comes with everything you need for a cosy night reading by the fire, with a bookmark, a selection of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate, and some tasty biscuits. Want to add a little something extra? For up to £5, add a festive tipple.Shop nowFor someone special Personalised pop-out photo album in a box - £20For the special someone in your life, nothing says I love you like a pop-up photo box of some of your most cherished memories. This fun and unique gift will go down a treat and make a beautiful keepsake for many years to come. Get the tissues ready! Shop nowFor the extrovert Overrated vs underrated social game - £19 We all have that one friend or family member who can't enjoy any social occasion without pulling out a card game, and if you fill their stocking with this, you're guaranteed to all be playing it before you've even had a chance to tuck into your turkey. Get ready to sit down and laugh till your belly hurts while you judge your opponents’ taste on up to 300 different categories from classic rock bands to avocado toast (which, by the way, we think is totally underrated). Shop nowFor the chocoholic Hotel Chocolat drinking chocolate selection - £20 This limited-edition hot chocolate gift set contains 12 delicious and mouth-wateringly good sachets of drinking chocolate, including apple pie, black forest gateau, salted caramel and clementine and peanut butter, as well as all your good old classics. No Velvetiser? No worries. All the lucky recipient of this gift needs to do is heat 220ml of their favourite milk on the hob until it starts to simmer, take off the heat and whisk in their single-serve sachet of chocolate flakes. Shop nowFor the cocktail king (or queen)Harvey Nichols Tiki cocktail mug - £20 You've got to be brave to attempt to make a Zombie at home, or even drink it, for that matter. Zombie or not, this is the perfect gift for cocktail lovers who want to take the first step to creating the vibe of a tki bar at home. Now, all that's left is the Hawaiian shirt, some bamboo, rattan furniture and maybe even a water feature.Shop nowFor pawrentsKiehl's cuddly coat cleansing spritz - £17 Don't worry. The dog lovers out there won't mind that you're buying for their pooch, and we're pretty sure their furry friend won't either. This boujee spritz will leave their fur looking healthy and shiny and smelling fresh in between grooms. Shop nowFor the caffeine addictPact Coffee Christmas espresso selection box - £17Perk up your friends with these three fab-brew-lous festive coffees. With delightful hints of milk chocolate, hazelnut, praline, crème de cassis, and Christmas pudding, all expertly roasted to perfection for espresso, what's not to love? Oh, we forgot to mention. They also come in a beautifully designed gift box - bonus.Shop nowFor the professional Personalised 2024 diary with vegan leather cover - £16.99 A simple and elegant gift for those who love planning and organisation, with a personalised touch. This 2024 diary comes in a variety of colours and also contains a section for important dates, goal planning, checking and reflection. Shop nowFor the techie 14-inch portable mobile phone screen magnifier - £16.79Transform their viewing experience with this super savvy mobile phone screen magnifier. It works just like a projector screen and can magnify the phone screen 4-5 times (bye-bye eye fatigue). Ideal for watching sports or movies in comfort while at home or even on the move, thanks to its lightweight and foldable design. It's also universally compatible with any smartphone, so don't worry if you don't know the exact make and model of their latest phone. Shop nowFor the craft loverD.I.Y macrame keyring kit set - £16 For the person who has a new hobby every week, why not gift them this beautiful make-your-own kit that contains everything they need to create a delicate set of macrame keyrings in their favourite colours? You never know. They might even gift you the other one. Shop now*All information and pricing correct as of 31.10.23
It’s fair to say that the premise of warm days and the light nights of summer are all but a distant memory (thanks for that, 2023), so with the air turning crisp and the nights drawing closer, it’s time to embrace the winter wonderland and all the magic that comes with it. Whether you’re a seasoned couple looking for some inspiration or you’re in the early stages of a relationship and hoping to impress, our winter date ideas will ignite a spark in a fun and accessible way. From cosy nights in, to more adventurous outdoor escapades, there’s something for everyone.Ice skatingYou don’t need to be Torvill and Dean to enjoy a waltz around your local ice rink, as Bambi himself can confirm. Throw any form of coordination out of the window, lace up your skates, and picture yourselves as the stars of a cheesy festive rom-com. Who knows, you might just find that you have a hidden talent.Ice skating can be a wonderfully romantic activity, especially considering some of the beautiful locations around the country, but we would always recommend supporting local businesses.Christmas marketsMost major cities in the UK have their very own Christmas markets, and if you haven’t made the journey in previous years, we highly recommend centering one of your date nights around your nearest market this winter. Regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas, there’s plenty of festive cheer on offer – from delicious food vendors to stalls selling handmade gifts, as well as live music to get the party started. Wrap up warm and soak in the atmosphere!!Countryside/city hikeThere’s something magical about the crisp winter air in the countryside, especially on a clear day, and who better to share the experience with than your other half? The perfect opportunity for deep, meaningful conversations, and a chance to dust off those walking boots that have been sitting in your cupboard for years – it’s a win-win.If you don’t have a car, there are plenty of routes you can reach by train in the UK, or failing that, why not take a walk around your local town or city and be tourists for the day? Vintage game nightEmbrace nostalgia and add a touch of friendly competition to your date night by pulling out your old-school board games. We’re talking the likes of Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble and Monopoly. You know, the ones that have been passed down from generation to generation and are covered in dust? The more dust, the more nostalgia - you know the rules. Sometimes the prospect of venturing into the outside world on a cold winter’s evening doesn’t quite hit the spot, and a game night is the perfect answer to a cosy night in.VolunteeringThe winter period is an extremely difficult time for those in need, and equally so for those organisations and charities who dedicate their time to helping due to the influx in demand for their services. Next time you’re trying to agree on a film to watch, why not volunteer at your local soup kitchen or homeless shelter instead? Not only will you be making a positive impact, but working together for a cause that means so much will help strengthen your bond.Gingerbread house making competitionNobody has ever successfully made a standing ginger bread house, have they? Well, if they have, we’re yet to see it. Challenge your other half to get creative and see who can build a house that Hansel and Gretel would be jealous of. Want to make it that bit more exciting? Add a time limit in true Bake-Off fashion.Home spa daySelf-care days are key to a healthy, happy relationship. It is a chance to wind down and unpack the stresses of day-to-day life, but a trip to the spa can be a relatively expensive date. Bring the spa experience home with face masks, soothing music and a massage tutorial - you’ll never know you haven’t left the house.All respectful spa days end with a hearty meal, so why not order take-out, put your feet up, and tuck in from the comfort of your pyjamas?Cheese and charcuterie nightOne of the best things about the winter period is the abundance of tasty food on offer. A cheese and charcuterie night is a perfect option to sample a wide variety of different foods from across the world, best enjoyed with a festive drink of your choice.Random road tripIntroduce an element of surprise to your next date and embark on a road trip where only one of you knows the destination. No clues. No questions. Just vibes and the open road. Welcome spontaneity with open arms and discover hidden gems along the way, or for the more organised, a spot of pre-planning might be more your bag. Remember, an adventure isn’t about the destination, but the journey itself and all the memories you can make.Cooking classIt doesn’t matter if you’re both experienced cooks, or if the height of your culinary skills is a plate of beans on toast. A cooking class is an opportunity to work together and develop your skills so that next time the family are around, they’ll wonder if they’ve walked into your home or a Michelin star restaurant. Choose a cuisine that both of you are looking to master and receive expert guidance, with both online and in-person options.
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