Accredited Membership

Independently audited by top industry experts to demonstrate the highest standard of compliance

FCSA Accredited Members are rightly proud of being able to demonstrate the highest standard of compliance in the professional employment services sector.  Not only are they required to adhere to FCSA’s Charter, they are also tested for compliance with FCSA’s standards.  

Our Accredited Members have been independently audited by leading accountancy and legal professionals to confirm that they adhere to the rigorous FCSA Codes of Compliance. A copy of the audit report is also sent to HMRC for absolute transparency.

This stringent test of their business operations is a clear commercial differentiator for umbrella companies, contractor accountants and CIS payroll providers, and minimises the risk for your customers.

It is the only compliance standard recognised and endorsed by all of the UK’s leading recruitment bodies, including REC, APSCo and TEAM.

“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 Accredited Members to minimise their risk” – REC

FCSA Accredited Member LogoIdentifiable by an orange crest logo

FCSA Accredited Members are authorised to use the orange logo (as illustrated) on their corporate literature.

Only FCSA Accredited Members are permitted to use the orange crest logo.

*To obtain a copy of the FCSA Accredited Member logo, please contact our Chief Executive.

Recruitment agencies are advised to check a service providers type of membership when reviewing their preferred suppliers list. Visit our Directory of Members to check they’re accredited.

Qualifying for Accredited Member status

To join as an FCSA Accredited Member, applicants need to demonstrate compliance with the FCSA Codes of Compliance.  You will need to provide documentary evidence supporting this, which will be independently tested by FCSA approved assessors.

All FCSA Code assessors are either chartered accountants or regulated solicitors and have at least five years demonstrable experience of specialising in the freelance sector. You can choose from the list below:

Financial assessors (for all applications)

  • BDO
  • Ernst & Young
  • Saffery Champness

Legal assessors (for umbrella and CIS applications)

  • Brabners
  •  Ernst & Young
  • JMW Solicitors

You will need to choose a financial assessor from the first list, and if you are applying to have your umbrella or CIS accredited you will also need to select a legal assessor.  EY has an in-house SRA regulated legal team, so if you choose them for the financial elements they will also cover the legal aspects.  If you choose BDO or Saffery Champness to be your financial assessors, then you will need to choose a legal assessor from Brabners or JMW Solicitors, as listed above.  The cost of the application is the same whichever assessors you select.  

Our Codes of Compliance covers 3 business models: umbrella, accountancy and CIS/self-employed.  To become an FCSA Accredited Member, all relevant aspects of your business need to be compliant.

The cost of full FCSA Accredited Membership is dependent on the size of your business and the number of models you operate. Fees for Accredited Membership and the compliance review start at £18,000.

For more information about the steps to FCSA accreditation and details of upcoming workshops, please visit:

Steps to Accreditation      Upcoming Workshops

Once you’re Accredited

Once you have successfully passed our Codes of Compliance checks, you will be awarded FCSA Accredited Member status. As an Accredited Member you will be:

  • Listed in our Directory of Members.
  • Issued with an FCSA Accredited Membership certificate to recognise your achievement.
  • Granted use of the FCSA Accredited Member orange crest logo on your corporate stationery and marketing material.
  • Invited to attend quarterly Members meetings.
  • Able to contribute to FCSA’s position on government policy and legislative developments.
  • Able to promote your FCSA Accredited Membership status when engaging with your customers and recruitment agencies.

Maintaining your Accredited Member status

All FCSA Accredited Members are required to undergo compliance checks on an annual basis by our independent and regulated accountants and legal professionals.

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We joined FCSA to protect the interests of professional contractors and freelancers by improving industry standards and influencing government policy.

Graham Fisher Managing Director FCSA Accredited Member, Orange Genie

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