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What is the FCSA and why do we work so hard to remain a member?

Monday 20th May 2024

Sterling - What is the FCSA and why do we work so hard to remain a member?

What is the FCSA and why do we work so hard to remain a member?


At The Sterling Group, compliance isn’t just a requirement—it’s a commitment to excellence that defines who we are and what we stand for. We take our adherence to industry standards seriously, which is why we are proud members of the Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA). 

But what exactly is the FCSA, and why do we go the extra mile to maintain our membership? Let’s delve into the significance of FCSA compliance and why it’s essential for umbrella and CIS companies like ours.

Understanding the FCSA:

The FCSA stands as a beacon of trust and reliability in the ever-evolving landscape of contingent workforce management. As a self-regulatory body, the FCSA sets stringent standards for umbrella companies, contractor accountants, and payroll providers within the UK. Its primary aim? To uphold compliance, ethical conduct, and best practices across the industry.

Why FCSA Membership Matters:

1. Quality Assurance:

Being an FCSA member is akin to holding a seal of quality assurance. It signifies that we adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, ensuring our clients and contractors receive services that meet rigorous benchmarks.

2. Compliance Confidence:

Compliance isn’t just a legal obligation; it’s a cornerstone of trust in our industry. By aligning with FCSA standards, we demonstrate our commitment to compliance with tax, employment, and regulatory requirements, offering peace of mind to all stakeholders.

3. Transparency and Accountability:

Transparency fosters trust. As an FCSA member, we embrace transparency in our operations, providing clear and comprehensive information to our clients and contractors. Moreover, our membership holds us accountable, driving us to maintain the highest ethical standards in all aspects of our business.

4. Access to Expertise:

FCSA membership grants us access to a wealth of industry expertise and resources. From updates on legislative changes to best practice guidance, we stay ahead of the curve, ensuring that our services remain compliant and relevant in an ever-evolving regulatory landscape.

5. Advocacy and Representation:

As part of the FCSA community, we contribute to shaping industry standards and advocating for the interests of contractors, freelancers, and service providers. Through our collective voice, we strive to foster a fair and equitable environment for all stakeholders.

Our Commitment to FCSA Compliance:

At The Sterling Group, FCSA compliance isn’t just a checkbox—it’s a cornerstone of our ethos. We understand the importance of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, and compliance in everything we do. From rigorous due diligence in our vetting processes to ongoing training and development for our team, we spare no effort in upholding the principles of the FCSA.


FCSA membership isn’t just a badge we wear—it’s a testament to our unwavering dedication to excellence and integrity. By remaining committed to FCSA compliance, we ensure that our clients and contractors receive the exceptional service they deserve while contributing to the continued advancement of our industry. 

For more information on how The Sterling Group can help you, get in touch with us today.

Customer liaison:
01925 626 200

Contractor joining team:
01925 626 286

Agency account management:
01925 626 285


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