Become an Associate

How to Register

Simply upload your CV and register by completing the form at the bottom of this page.

What is an Associate?

Becoming an Associate does not tie you to RSL Project Solutions nor does it create a contract of employment. Our Associates have an informal relationship with the Company and undertake formal Assignments from time to time when mutually convenient. We will ask you to complete a Registration Form and supply us with an up to date CV, proof of identity, qualifications and address. In return we will inform you of suitable contract opportunities that arise.

RSL Project Solutions Ltd are always keen to hear from Professionally Qualified Project Managers, Scientists or Engineers who would be interested in becoming Associates and working with us on exciting and challenging assignments. We also have regular need of ex-military SMEs with expertise in Equipment, Capability and Policy areas. We are particularly keen to hear from the following:

Management Professionals

  • Programme Management
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Risk Management
  • Bid Development

Ex-Military SMEs

  • Fin Mil Cap Practitioners
  • Senior Executive
  • Capability Managers
  • Requirements Managers
  • Dstl Military Advisors
  • Trials Officers

Engineers / Scientists

  • Systems Engineering
  • Avionics
  • Software
  • Electronics
  • Mechanical
  • Propulsion
  • Weapons
  • Mission Systems
  • C4ISR
  • Airworthiness Assurance
  • Safety Engineering
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Human Factors

IT / Information Assurance

  • Networking
  • Crypto
  • Cyber Security
  • CLAS
  • SAC

Equipment Procurement & Through Life Support

  • Training Needs Analysis
  • Training Development
  • ILS
  • RCM
  • Requirements Management
  • Test, Evaluation & Acceptance
  • Through Life Management and Costing

How does it work?

All assignments are carried out under a contract for services between RSL Project Solutions and either your own Personal Services Company or your selected payroll provider (Umbrella Company).  RSL Project Solutions will only do business with UK Registered Companies and will not deal with offshore tax avoidance schemes.

Public and Private Sector IR35 Reforms

The government announced in the 2016 Autumn Statement that they intended to introduce changes to the IR35 Regulations and how they were applied in the Public Sector effective from April 2017. Since then it has been the responsibility of the Hirer to decide the IR35 Status of all assignments. This change will also extend to the majority of Private Sector contracts effective from April 2020.

To date these changes have resulted in most contract assignments being deemed to be inside IR35.  For these inside IR35 assignments, RSL will only contract via a tax compliant Umbrella Company.

Setting up your own Limited Company

In the current climate, a very small minority of our contractors work through their own Limited Company.  If you secure an outside IR35 assignment and wish to set up your own Limited Company, you can use an accountant or a company formation agent. Either option enables you to complete the whole process quickly and have your brand new Company ready to trade within 1-2 days. Alternatively, you can apply for a limited company direct from Companies House (but this can take longer).

Using an Umbrella Company

An Umbrella Company provides a ready made invoicing vehicle for contractors whilst ensuring full tax compliance and removing the administrative duties normally associated with running your own Company. The Umbrella Company normally issues invoices on the contractor’s behalf, collects payments from clients/agencies, calculates tax and N.I contributions and pays the contractor their net pay direct to their personal bank account.

Traditionally, using an umbrella company was more expensive than running your own Limited Company, mainly because their charges included all the administration overheads, and they tended not to offer the same tax advantages. With the recent changes to the implementation of  IR35, the tax disadvantages of Umbrella Companies have been reduced.

RSL Project Solutions Ltd will only deal with Umbrella Companies which are fully compliant with current tax legislation. Delay can be avoided by selecting our preferred Umbrella Company.


Which way is best?

Historically, the majority of independent contractors worked through their own Limited Companies. The tax advantages of working this way far outweighed any other method. With the recent changes to the way that IR35 is implemented in the Public Sector (soon to be mirrored in the Private Sector), the status if each assignment is determined by the hiring authority. As a general rule, if your assignment is outside of the IR35 rules then you will be most likely better off using a Limited Company, whereas an Umbrella Company would probably be more beneficial otherwise.

If you have the choice and are still unsure which option is best, a full review of the pros and cons of each method can be found below:


PAYE Umbrella Company Limited Company
Very easy to use, you simply enter your timesheet and expense details and wait to be paid. A tax efficient way of working.
All tax and NI is deducted before you receive your money, so you will have no further taxes to pay. You keep complete control of your financial affairs.
Ideal for short term contracts. Access to the Flat Rate VAT scheme.
Perfect if you are unsure if contracting is for you and you’re really just in between permanent jobs. You are in charge of running your own business.
Most importantly someone else will be doing all the paperwork for you. The opportunity for tax planning.


PAYE Umbrella Company Limited Company
Your salary will be subject to full PAYE Tax and NI. There is a large amount of paperwork involved.
You are reliant on the umbrella company to collect your money from the client or agent and then to pay it to you. ContractorUmbrella will chase any overdue payments, on your behalf, free of charge. Can be costly if you contract for a very short period of time and than go back to permanent employment. Neither is it ideal for low earners.

For more information on contracting, please download our complete guide: 

The information on this website is for background information only. Nothing in the above text constitutes formal advice and it is your responsibility to seek professional advice prior to making any decisions which may have financial, legal or tax implications.

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