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Do IR35 changes apply to your private sector business?

Reports recently surfaced which suggest many of the private sector companies that will be responsible and often liable for IR35 from April 6th 2020, have no idea about the legislation,…

Busted! The Top Five Contracting Myths

More and more people in the UK are choosing to become contractors, whether it’s due to benefits such as the flexibility of being your own boss or the increased earning…

Freelancers earn double the rate of employees

While Brexit, along with various government policies impacting freelancers and contractors, has contributed to a difficult start to 2019 for independent professionals, there are reasons to remain positive. According to…

Tweaks to simplify HMRC’s IR35 tool on the horizon

There has been increasing pressure to improve the CEST tool, discover how these improvements will benefit you.

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Demand for contractors grows in an uncertain economic climate

The jobs market has adapted well to the current economic climate. This is positive news to contractors, with a recent increase in vacancies.

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Brexit uncertainty fails to halt freelancer earnings increase

Freelancers and contractors reported a remarkable 21% increase in day rates in Quarter 4 of 2018 to record earnings of £24,776. According to SJD partner, IPSE, this is a 21.5%…

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Lorraine Kelly’s IR35 Tribunal Success

With only a year to go until IR35 changes are enforced in the private sector, it emerged last week that HMRC lost a £1.2m IR35 tax tribunal involving the TV…

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Top Tips for End of Tax Year Allowances 2019

As a contractor or an independent professional if you don’t have the 5th of April etched as an important date on your calendar then you definitely should. This is the date…

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Spring Statement 2019

Great Britain is currently in the midsts of making crucial decisions that impact the future of the nation. However, that does not stop from budgets, growth targets and fiscal announcements…

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How SJD Rewards Could Benefit You

As a contractor, you can miss out on some of the benefits which permanent employees enjoy. That’s why we offer SJD Rewards to our clients, so you can have some…

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What Does 2019 Have in Store For Contractors?

2018 was an eventful year for contractors. Above all, it’s likely to be remembered by many as the year the government confirmed IR35 reform will be extended to the private…

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IR35 Forum Round-up

After IR35 reform was introduced in the public sector in 2017 and private sector changes were recently confirmed for 2020, contractors have started to wonder how the government is going…

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Out with the old, in with the new…ly designed website

If you’re a regular visitor to the SJD Accountancy website, then you may have noticed we’ve made a few changes. We believe that your experience with us begins right from…

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What might a Brexit no deal mean for freelancers and contractors?

In some ways, contractors could find themselves more at the sharp end of feeling the effects of Brexit than full-time employees. If trade is impacted as much as many commentators…

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National Freelancers Day: Celebrating the Self-Employed

Find out how to get involved with National Freelancers Day this year.

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Spring Statement 2018

We’ve recapped the key points from the 2018 Spring Statement which could affect you.

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5 Time Saving Mobile Apps for Contractors

Make the most of your working day with these time saving mobile apps.

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December Contractor News Roundup

Got a minute? We’ve rounded up some of the biggest contractor and small business news stories of the last month here.

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SJD’s Accounting for Time Campaign is Now Live

Read about SJD’s new campaign and find out how we could help contractors like you.

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How to Create a Productive and Organised Home Office

Give your productivity a boost by making a few simple changes in your home office. Read for more information.

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The pros and cons of becoming your own boss

We take a look at the pros and cons of becoming your own boss and why working for yourself is becoming a popular choice.

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What makes a good accountant?

Choosing an accountant can be difficult. We’ve put together a short guide to help.

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SJD Nominated for British Accountancy Award

We have been nominated for this year’s British Accountancy Awards. Read for more information.

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SJD Insider News – July 2017

Read our roundup to of some of the latest news in the contracting industry over the last month

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Finance & Insurance is the Place to be for Contractors!

New figures released last week by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) have clearly indicated that the financial services industry is the place to be for limited company contractors…

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Good News for Contractors in the Manufacturing Sector

The latest monthly IHS Markit/CIPS PMI survey was published at the end of June, and this shows that British manufacturers are reporting further growth in production and in new order…

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When it comes to your next career move, London is the place to be

New data from a poll by global jobs platform Jobrapido shows that 35% of people who are looking for their next career challenge consider London to be the most likely…

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10% of All New Opportunities Are in the IT World

According to a new industry data released by Indeed, one of the largest worldwide recruitment and job listing companies, a tenth of all new positions created in the UK over…

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Positive growth and new opportunities in the manufacturing industry

We often focus on IT contractors and related disciplines, so it’s good to see a story in the news which looks at the positive trends in the UK manufacturing industry….

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New APSCo research indicates an increase in contractor opportunities

The latest survey from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) was designed to gather the views of recruitment leaders in relation to current marketplace, and the challenges which are…

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A quick round-up from our ‘Insider’ newsletter

Our latest SJD Insider newsletter was published at the start of May, containing a variety of interesting industry articles.

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April REC Report on Jobs shows sharp rise in non-permanent opportunities

The latest Markit/REC Report on Jobs was published just a few days ago, and is definitely good news for those in the UK workforce that prefer the non-permanent working lifestyle…

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What are your alternatives to the Flat Rate Scheme?

In the 2016 autumn statement, a major change to the Flat Rate VAT Scheme was announced – which came into effect on April 6th 2017. It’s quite a big change,…

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Contractors and other self-employed people are happier than employees

According to the findings of a new survey, 48% of permanentemployees are often not happy at work, and almost 20% are ‘rarely or never’ happy at work. Meanwhile, a huge…

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What’s so good about working for yourself? New report has the answers!

We were interested to read some new survey results from Newcastle-based property letting agent CityBreaks – which focused on what people love about working for themselves. Of course, we know…

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Two thirds of European employees are thinking of becoming self-employed

We weren’t surprised to read that new research from Human Capital Management solutions firm ADP has found that 68% of Europeans are considering setting up their own businesses. In the…

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London is ‘the place to be’ for freelancers and the self employed

A new report has been published by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE), which shows that the number of freelancers operating within Greater London has grown…

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CV-Library data shows positive economic outlook for the UK

The latest economic data from job site CV-Library is certainly positive for limited company contractors, despite the ongoing uncertainly around Brexit. Job opportunities and pay rates have increased across the…

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the Spring Budget 2017

Key points from the Spring Budget 2017 Personal Tax Personal Tax Free Allowance in 2017/18 will increase to £11,500 and the higher rate threshold increases to £45,000. IR35 in the…

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Contracting could be the way to go for the over 50s

Over the last few Contractor Attitude Surveys that we have carried out, we’ve noticed an increasing number of older limited company contractors. Over 30% of the UK’s working population is…