News and Opinion

The latest goings on in the world of UK contracting including news, opinion and feature articles

Request Callback
IR35 Forum - houses of parliament image

IR35 Forum Round-up

After IR35 reform was introduced in the public sector in 2017 and private sector changes were recently confirmed for 2020,…

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….


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…

National Freelancers Day

National Freelancers Day: Celebrating the Self-Employed

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

Spring Statement 2018

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

Top 5 Mobile Apps

5 Time Saving Mobile Apps for Contractors

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

December News Round Up

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…

Accounting for Time

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.

Productivity in the Office

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.

self employed

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…

What makes a good accountant?

What makes a good accountant?

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

SJD Accountancy Award Nomination

SJD Nominated for British Accountancy Award

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

SJD News Round Up

SJD Insider News – July 2017

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

Insurance industry

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…

Manufacturing contractors

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…

London Skyline

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…

iPad Programming IT

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…


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…


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…

SJD Helping your business 5

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.

SJD Helping your business 8

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…

SJD Helping your business 6

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…

SJD Helping your business 7

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%…

SJD Helping your business 2

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…

SJD Helping your business 6

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…

SJD Helping your business 7

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…

SJD Helping your business 2

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…

SJD Helping your business 8

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…

SJD Helping your business 3

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…

SJD Helping your business 6

More proof that the contracting life has huge appeal in the UK

Newly published research from specialist lender and savings bank Aldermore has supported last week’s findings from the Scottish Widows Centre…

SJD Helping your business 7

Latest CV-Library figures show a strong start to the new year

New figures published in mid-January indicate a significant increase in job searching activity across the board, with a 55% rise…

SJD Helping your business 0

Recent poll reinforces our findings on contractor benefits

From April onwards, in the public sector only, new rules mean that the end client or the ‘engager’ (which could…

SJD Helping your business 8

New opportunities for contractors in the manufacturing sector

According to new data released by Jobrapido, there was a 2.28% increase in new opportunities for contractors and other workers…

SJD Helping your business 9

January REC reports show significant opportunities for contractors

REC Report on Jobs shows a significant drop in availability of key skills, making 2017 an excellent opportunity for limited…

SJD Helping your business 7

Good news for the Service sector in the latest Purchasing Managers' Index report

The December Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) is now out, and the figures are looking good for the service sector. This…

SJD Helping your business 1

New report shows that rates of pay and opportunities for contractors are on the rise

New research from CV-Library indicates that average pay rates for contractors rose by 3% during October 2016.

SJD Helping your business 7

Survey Shows Contractors Are Happier Than Employees

A recent survey by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) has discovered that a resounding 97% of contractors and independent workers…

SJD Helping your business 7

Autumn Statement 2016

SJD Accountancy have been invited by HMRC to consult on developing the IR35 tool following the Autumn Statement results.

Contractor Stats

New OTS Data Indicates Clear Contractor Opportunity

Between July and September of this year, unemployment figures went down to their lowest point since 2005 – to just…

Top 5 IT Skills

The ‘Famous Five’ top IT Skills in demand

What this leads to of course is a need for some seriously talented people, who can get involved in all…