Working as an Engineering Contractor Through Your Own Limited Company

It's often said that contracting through your own limited company is a daunting task, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, administering your own limited company, with the support a dedicated firm of accountants like SJD Accountancy, is simple, efficient and inexpensive. 

It is also the most tax efficient way of working, meaning you will take home more money - as much as £15,000 more on a £350 daily rate when compared with using an umbrella company. Other benefits include:

  • Ability to claim a wide range of expenses - accountancy fees, equipment, software...
  • Access to the Flat Rate VAT scheme.
  • You keep complete control of your financial affairs, which means that you don’t have to risk your money with any third party administrators.

Working as an engineering contractor through your own limited company does require a little more work than using an umbrella company as there is a certain amount of paperwork involved, but only about 10 to 15 minutes per month. Here is a quick overview of what’s involved:

  • Firstly, you'll need to check name availability and form a company, but this takes just five minutes through our online Company Formation facility.
  • You’ll then need to open a business bank account, and SJD can also help with this.
  • Once you’re up and running you will need to send in a spreadsheet each month, just as you would if you were using an umbrella company
  • From time to time you will need to send cheques off to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. When that time comes, we will help you to understand exactly how much you need to send.

Still not sure if becoming an engineering contractor is right for you then read our other informative pages relevant to engineers:

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

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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.