Getting paid

If you are considering becoming an engineering contractor then this page will talk you through the two options available to you.  

You can also follow the links below to the other pages in our engineering section which will give you information on how to become a contractor, how to operate through a limited company and how to secure an engineering contract

Following the April 2007 Budget announcements there are only two real options for engineering contractors:

1. Operate through your own limited company. It is very important to stress that these must be genuine, one person Limited Companies and not a 'scheme' dreamed up by what are nothing more than marketing organisations.

2. Work through a PAYE umbrella company and pay full income tax and full national insurance contributions on your entire earnings. For details of SJD's umbrella company visit www.contractorumbrella.com.

A large percentage of ‘employment services’ companies offering to set up Personal Service Companies or put you in a special 'scheme' are wide open to attack by the Revenue under the new guidelines, and it is unlikely that the major agencies would deal with them. Remember, if they don't have Accountancy in their name they probably aren't Accountants.

Special update: SJD become the first and currently the only firm of accountants to have been reviewed and found to be fully compliant with all Managed Service Company (MSC) legislation by KPMG.

If you are thinking of freelancing through your own limited company, please read our new straightforward guide on How to Contract through your own Limited Company. You'll be surprised how little time it takes and just how easy it is.

Alternatively, if you are undecided about whether to go limited or whether to consider using an umbrella company please visit our page  Limited vs Umbrella - Take home pay through a limited or umbrella company – The differences.

If you have any question about contracting or would like any further advice please call our New Client Services helpdesk on Freephone 0500 152500 / 01442 275789 or email jessica@sjdaccountancy.com

SJD Accountancy

SJD Accountancy are the UK's largest specialist provider of fixed fee, Limited company accountancy services to contractors; we've been acting for contractors across the UK since 1992 and have more than 15,000 clients.

We are the only national specialist firm of contractor accountants with offices nationwide. SJD Accountancy has more qualified staff than any other firm in our market with qualifications from the following major tax and accountancy bodies - ATT, AAT, CTA, ACCA, CA, ACA and FCCA.

  • Unlimited face to face meetings. This is a unique service only SJD Accountancy offers - unlimited face to face meetings across the UK - tax is complicated and sometimes only a meeting will do.
  • UK's Largest contractor accountants with more qualified staff. No call centres, no outsourcing, no automated call handling. Simply telephone, email or meet your own dedicated accountant face to face.
  • Money back service guarantee. All your telephone calls and emails will be answered the same day or we will make a full refund of that months fee.
  • Outstanding reputation. We have won more awards for customer service and accountancy excellence than any other firm in our market, including: Best Accountant for Contractors, Accountant of the Year and Best Professional Service Team to name just a few.
  • All inclusive low cost fixed fee accountancy package which includes completion of accounts*, payroll bureau, dividends and corporation tax computations, personal taxation, free bookkeeping software, your own dedicated accountant* and all company returns for a fixed fee starting from £120 plus VAT per month. Check our packages for more detail.

If you have any questions about contracting or would like any further advice please call our new client services helpdesk on 01442 275789 or email: janice@sjdaccountancy.com. Our new client services helpdesk is open Monday to Friday (8am to 6pm).

Appoint SJD Accountancy and never worry about your tax or accountancy affairs again.

Form your own Limited company with SJD - our same day online company formation service includes company bank account set up, VAT/PAYE registration and advice on optimum share structure. 

You may also find the following pages, guides and case studies useful:

*If you would like us to complete your company year end accounts we simply ask that you have been a client of SJD for one year or have made 12 monthly payments. All accountants are part or fully qualified.