Contractor Rate Checker

Deciding what to charge as your contractor day rate can be difficult. You don’t want to overcharge and risk being undercut by other contractors, but similarly you don’t want to undercharge and not get paid enough for your hard work.

We’ve put together the below calculator so you can see the average up to date contract rate for your skill set. It features the average daily rates for a variety of contractors including Project Manager, Business Analysts and Finance Contractors as well as IT contractors with specialist skill sets such as PHP, SQL and Java.

Simply choose where in the UK you’re located and what your contracting specialism is in and our handy calculator will do the rest for you, including show you how much of that daily rate you’d take home working as a limited company. We have also included a link to finding contracts in the area based on skill set.  

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If you compare your current rate with the ‘average net pay through a limited company’ and find that you’re not taking home as much as you’d like, going limited is something you might like to consider. For an illustration of take home pay through a limited company you could also try our contractor take home pay calculator.

If you're new to contracting, working through an Umbrella company can be the easiest option when getting contract work through a recruiter. However, the most tax-efficient way of working to maximise your income as a contractor is through your own limited company.

I know what you’re thinking – setting up your own limited company is complicated. Well, you may be surprised to know that it takes under five minutes to form a limited company and it’ll only take around 15-20 minutes a month to administer your company with the help of a good accountant such as SJD Accountancy.

If you're interested in finding out more about going limited, you may find the below pages useful: 

If you'd like to speak to a member of our new business team, call us 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. 

You may also find the following pages, guides and case studies useful:

*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.