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Self-employed (CIS)

Contractors registered with HMRC’s Construction Industry Scheme are eligible for our CIS pay model. This provides the freedom of self-employment whilst reducing the administrative aspect self-employed contractors face.

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What is Self-employed (CIS)?

Once registered with Apex, CIS workers are classed as being a self-employed subcontractor with Apex.

Your agency will send across your hours, and payment for these hours, through to Apex, where we will deduct our margin, and the relevant tax. Your tax treatment is determined by HMRC when we verify you during the registration process and any tax we do deduct is sent directly to HMRC.

Why CIS?

Market-leading benefits

There’s no joining fee to register with Apex. Our competitive margin structure is quoted upon registration and is based upon your chosen payment option and the amount you earn. It’s also taken directly from the funds we receive from your agency before any other deductions are made, e.g. CIS tax.

The following benefits (and more) come as standard with our Self-Employed (CIS) service…

Dedicated team

We’re here to respond to any queries you may have regarding either your registration or your payment.

Faster payments

All payments processed by Apex are paid via the Faster Payment system as standard.

Minimal paperwork and administration

We keep the amount of paperwork you need to complete to an absolute minimum.

Comprehensive insurance cover

From the moment you register you’re entitled to Personal Accident, Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance cover where applicable to your assignment.


As a CIS contractor being paid through Apex, you’ll enjoy the flexibility of being self-employed under the CIS scheme whilst having your payment taken care of by us.

Payment notification

You’ll be kept up to date re your payments via SMS and email.

Who is Self-employed (CIS) for?

CIS Registered Contractors
Contractors registered with the HMRC’s Construction Industry Scheme are eligible for our CIS pay model. This provides the freedom of self-employment whilst reducing the administrative burden self-employed contractors face.

Why Apex

What makes us different?

We’re committed to offering the very best service possible

We support our contractors from the very beginning of the process, guiding you through registration and chasing your pay from the agency. Our Contractor Liaison Officers are on hand to go through any queries you may have and work hard to resolve any issues that may arise.

We adhere to the highest standards of compliance

Every contractor we pay has to go through our compliance process during registration to ensure they can be paid. This makes sure that 100% of our contractors are 100% compliant.

We guarantee to pay our workers correctly and on time

You work hard and deserve to be paid correctly, on time and with the minimum of fuss. At Apex, we’re dedicated to making sure that happens without fail, each and every week.

We keep it simple, to the point and transparent

We don’t believe that you should have to deal with hidden extra costs or legislation that you weren’t expecting, which is why we are clear upon registration what we charge and what is expected of you.

We promise to respect the confidentiality of our workers

We always ask security questions before we’ll engage with you. If you don’t pass these questions, we won’t give any information out. This helps reduce fraud, safeguarding your information in the process.


From the moment you register with Apex, you become entitled to our insurance cover where applicable to your assignment.

This includes Personal Accident, Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance cover. To find out more click below or contact one of our team.

Personal Accident

The personal accident insurance provided by Apex is designed to pay out compensation in the event of personal injury or death, provided this occurs as a result of an occupational accident (including your commute). Should the worst happen, you and/or your loved ones could be financially supported.

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Public Liability

A ‘must have’ for anyone working as a contractor, public liability insurance covers compensation payments and legal costs in the event that you/your business injure or cause damage to another person, organisation or their property. This could include a member of the public, a client or a supplier etc. Apex provides public liability cover of up to £5,000,000.

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Professional Indemnity

Professional indemnity insurance covers any compensation payments or costs that may be awarded should you be shown to have provided a poor quality of service which has, in turn, caused your client to lose out financially. It can also be called upon to cover any expenses and legal costs that may be accrued in your defence. Apex provide professional indemnity insurance up to the value of £5,000,000.

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