Contractor Attitude Survey January - June 2014

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Now in its third year, SJD Accountancy's latest contractor attitude survey compares the contractor market from January to June 2014 against our previous surveys, reporting on trends within the current market.

 Contractor Attitude Survey Report: January - June 2014

Key results include:

  • 93% of contractors are currently in or about to start a contract - the highest percentage across all surveys.
  • 36% are on contract rates of between £500 and £750 a day - up from 34% in 2013.
  • 'Higher rates of pay' is the number one reason so many make the move into contracting - others include 'Flexibility', 'Freedom' and 'No office politics' to name a few. 
  • Over 3/4 find contracting more satisfying than being an employee - with over 88% unlikely to return to permanent employment. 
  • 72% have noticed a positive effect on their work/life balance since becoming a contractor - a 26% increase since our first ever survey.
  • 64% have found using a recruitment agency to be a positive experience - a 12% increase over the past two years. 
  • Over 9/10 are earning more as a contractor than they were as a permanent employee. 
  • IT still dominates as the most popular sector - unanimous across all previous surveys. 

To download our previous surveys, which span between 2012 and 2013, click on the following link: Contractor Attitude Survey Results.

If you have any questions about contracting or would like any further information about the survey please contact our New business team on 01442 275789 or email

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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.
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  • 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)

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