Becoming an IT Contractor

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A lot of organisations now understand the benefits of working with external contractors instead of employing full time staff, and the hiring of IT contractors is definitely no exception. Appointing an IT contractor provides employers with the option to bring in specific resources for particular projects when required.

There are many reasons why you might choose to work on a contract basis with money being the one of the major factors. Contractors almost always earn more than permanent staff which takes into account the lack of pension, holiday pay and sick pay. Our online take home pay calculator can show you exactly how much more you could take home by contracting through your own limited company.

Pay is however just one of many of the benefits of contracting. Others include flexibility, development of a wide skill set, ability to claim expenses. For a more detailed list on the benefits, and disadvantages, to contracting click here.

Once you have decided that contracting is the route for you then you will need to decide how you want to work. There are two options available to you:

  1. PAYE umbrella
  2. Limited company

Which route to take will depend upon your circumstances although any accountant will tell you that working through your own limited company is the most tax efficient way of working, meaning you will take home more of your hard earned money. If you are unsure which option is best for you then have a look at our comparison table.

Once you have decided how you are going to work you need to secure a contract. Your CV is one of the most important tools to getting that contract. The right CV will get you a foot in the door and as long as you sell yourself in the interview then the contract will be yours. For further advice on writing that perfect CV and performing well during an interview visit our Contractor Careers Centre

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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.