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1. What does a great reference look like?

When writing a reference for someone on YJ, it's important to note that it'll be a big part of their profile. The reference you provide can be shown on their public profile, and can be seen by employers to which they are applying.

A great reference gives insight into the work that you have witnessed the person you are providing the reference for do, as well as the quality of the work.

For example:

I had the pleasure of working with Sam at YunoJuno, where he worked on the design of the product. He has a strong understanding of visual design, and was able to work well with the rest of the development team to improve the look and feel of our outputs. I would be more than happy to recommend Sam to anyone looking to hire him for their next project!

2. SDC Tax Rules - What you need to know

Booking a Sole Trader on YunoJuno involves answering some questions to comply with HMRC rules known as “SDC” – this stands for ‘supervision, direction or control’.

These questions are about understanding the level of supervision, direction or control a client has over what, how, when and where a Sole Trader delivers their assignment to the client. The answers to these questions determine how the Sole Trader must be treated for tax purposes – paid gross or under PAYE rules. These rules only apply to Sole Traders.

Understanding supervision, direction or control (SDC) is vital for both Sole Traders and clients, because it’s part of tax compliance for everyone involved.

HMRC define each part of SDC like this:

Supervision is someone overseeing a person doing work, to ensure that person is doing the work they are required to do and it is being done correctly to the required standard. Supervision can also involve helping the person where appropriate in order to develop their skills and knowledge.

Direction is someone making a person do is/her work in a certain way by providing them with instructions, guidance, or advice as to how the work must be done. Someone providing direction will often co-ordinate the how the work is done, as it is being undertaken.

Control is someone dictating what work a person does and how they go about doing that work. Control also includes someone having the power to move the person from one job to another.

If a client wants to book a Sole Trader on YunoJuno, the platform will ask some questions to determine if the way the client wants the Sole Trader to deliver the assignment will be subject to SDC.

These questions will cover:

The level of expertise and experience which the client is booking the Sole Trader for

  • The detail of how the Sole Trader will apply their expertise and experience to the assignment

  • The level of self-determination the Sole Trader has in how they organise their own working day – where they work, what they do and how they do it

  • The level of client knowledge, expertise or resources the Sole Trader may need to call on to deliver the assignment

  • The level of coaching and instruction that may be required for the Sole Trader to deliver the assignment to meet the requirements of the brief

The client’s answers to the questions on the platform will be provided to the Sole Trader so that there is full transparency and both client and Sole Trader confirm that the answers are factually accurate for the way the Sole Trader will be delivering that assignment.

If the way the client wants the Sole Trader to deliver the assignment is subject to supervision, direction or control, then the Sole Trader must be paid on a PAYE basis. If this happens, YunoJuno will invite the Sole Trader to carry out this assignment via an umbrella company. This will ensure that PAYE is correctly administered.

YunoJuno does not recommend that a Sole Trader subject to SDC form a limited company – this will create more cost and administration for the freelancer and tax will still be deducted at source, this time as “Inside IR35”.

The YunoJuno platform will only require this for assignments which are subject to SDC; any assignments by Sole Traders which are not subject to SDC will continue to be paid to Sole Traders gross in the usual way.

3. I need someone urgently! Can you help?

The quickest way to get in touch with us is via the chat function on the bottom right of your screen. Alternatively, you can pop us an email at or you can also Twitter us @YunoJunoHQ


4 What is an overtime multiplier?

Only relevant for timesheets with a single overtime rate within a week. To add multiple overtime rates to a timesheet notify your account manager, or get in touch at


An overtime multiplier is a value which the regular contract rate is multiplied by, to get the overtime rate.

For example, a contract rate of £300 and a rate multiplier of 1.5 will result in an overtime rate of £450.

If the overtime toggle is set to off, it will result in overtime not being available on the freelancers' timesheet(s).

If the overtime toggle is set to on, it allows for overtime on the freelancers' timesheet(s) to appear, and will use the rate multiplier to calculate the rate to be charged on any overtime added.

The overtime rate changed will also be proportional to the contract rate.

For example, for a contract with an 8 hour day, and a contract rate of £300, the hourly rate for the contract would be £37.5, and with a rate multiplier of 1.5, the overtime hourly rate would be £56.25.

5. Why do you need to run checks?

YunoJuno is a curated community. For us to ensure the best possible experience for employers and freelancers alike, we need to make sure your business is right for YJ and YJ is right for your business. That’s what we’re doing now.

6. How long do your checks usually take?

We’re usually pretty quick and aim to review your registration immediately however checks can take up to 48 hours to process and be confirmed.

If you have any concerns that this has been delayed you are welcome to reach out to

7. Can we have more than one user account?


There can be more than one account per employer. You can invite new users from the 'Team directory' section in your account.

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