Contractor accountants Manchester

SJD Accountancy is the UK's largest firm of contractor accountants providing tax advice to over 15,000 contractors, all of whom work through their own Limited company.

We have offices in Manchester and across the UK and have won more awards for customer service and accounting excellence than any other firm in the contractor accountant sector, including three Accountancy Age Awards, six Contractor UK 'Best Contractor Accountant' reader Awards and two National Customer Service Awards.

What's more, all clients receive their own dedicated accountant* who they can meet, call and email all for just £120 plus VAT per month.

The first thing contractors usually think of when looking for an accountant is to find a local ‘high street’ company, but they are rarely specialist contractor accountants, so may not have knowledge of specific schemes which can benefit you as a contractor. There are also telephone only and internet based contractor accountants, however we have always felt it's far better for clients to have their own accountant that they can meet up with even if it's just once a year to discuss their business and personal financial goals. Tax is complicated and sometimes there is simply no substitute to meeting with your accountant face to face. Your accountant needs to understand your goals and to be able to provide the highest level of tax advice, something we just don't feel can be archived purely via a telephone/internet only relationship. Sure we could cut costs and reduce fees by closing offices and going telephone/internet only but this would ultimately reduce the level of service we provide. It's also interesting that most telephone and internet only companies aren't really that much cheaper anyway.

If you have any questions about contracting or would like any further advice please call our new business team on 01442 275789 or email

If you're just starting out contracting in Manchester, find below a few details which you might find helpful.

Contracting in Manchester

Manchester is known throughout the world mainly for its football and its industrial heritage. But there is so much more to this great city and to the North West of England as a whole. Over six million people live and work in the region, and outside of London it has the largest tourism trade in England.

Over recent years, the Government has invested billions into the regeneration of the North West. With this substantial investment, alongside the area’s almost-forgotten heritage of world trade and industrial manufacture, the region has diversified and now plays a pivotal role in industries such as international aerospace, technology, chemical engineering and the automotive sector. Coupled with its leisure and retail offerings, this means that contractors who work in Manchester will find the experience of living and working there a truly fantastic one.

Major industries include manufacturing (chemical and aerospace), automotive, energy, tourism and media. The North West is home to BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce, which means that it offers world-class manufacturing facilities, and hence employment opportunites for over 40,000 skilled workers. Added to this, an amazing 60% of the world’s top 50 chemical companies also have a presence in the region. Firms such as Shell UK and Unilever work alongside a number of Universities that feed the sector.

The area is also home to major players in the automotive industry, making the North West the UK’s second-largest region for vehicle manufacture. Companies such as Vauxhall, Jaguar, Bentley and Land Rover have major plants and, along with over 200 supply chain companies such as Getrag Ford, employ over 40,000 people in this sector.

The North West is also home to ITV, Granada, Media City UK the new home to the BBC and a thriving TV industry in general, which creates over 500 productions a year. There is also a successful digital games development scene, with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe having one of the oldest studios in the world - which was where the famous Lemmings game franchise was originally developed.

With such a diverse range of industries in the region, typical contractor rates of pay do of course vary depending on individual skill-sets, but as an example, an IT Contractor could expect to earn between £300 and £400 per day on average in a Manchester-based job, whilst a non - IT or less specialist contractor is probably looking at around the £250 to £350 mark. However, contractors with specialist skills in aerospace or automotive engineering will be able to secure much higher rates.

Most UK-wide recruitment agencies will carry a good number of North West-based contractor jobs, so they should be quite easy to track down. There are also a number of quality local newspapers in the area. The best read ones probably being the Manchester Evening News ( and the Lancashire Evening Post (  

There are a few pros and cons to working in Manchester. On the downside some people think, incorrectly, that workers from outside the region will not be as welcome as ‘local’ workers, some areas are still undergoing regeneration and, as with all large cities, there is some traffic congestion. However, on the upside, Manchester offers high rates of pay for industry-specific contractors and a diverse range of industries, as well as an excellent social life with lower cost of living and good transport links with large international airports and motorways.

For information on other regional contracting guides, see the links below (we will be adding more guides over time):

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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.
  • Our Customer Promise. Respond to any question sent to your accountant or any dedicated department within 24 hours.  If we need more time, we will update you as soon as we can and we promise to keep you informed of the progress we are making in answering your question.
  • 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 business team on 01442 275789 or email: Our new business team is open Monday to Thursday (8am to 8pm), Friday (8am to 7pm) and Saturday (10am to 4pm)

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. 

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*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.