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Finding career advice isn’t always easy when you’re a contractor. There’s plenty of help available for permanent employees looking to find a job, to develop their skills and discover how to progress, but it’s not as easy to find for the self-employed.

When you work for yourself, you’re in charge of your career, so it’s up to you to make the decisions. You’re free to find your own niche and develop the skills you want. But do you know just how to go about this?

We created our industry specific advice to help the self-employed with their careers. If you’re wondering how to find your niche, where to source contracts or what earnings you can expect to take home, we’ve got you covered. Using our years of helping contractors from different industries, we are well placed to provide all of the support you need.

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Media and creative freelancers and contractors

Are you self motivated, creative and talented? You’ve probably considered freelance or contract work, but aren’t too sure how to go about it. Well, this guide will provide a few…

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What ‘not’ to do as an IT contractor

Before you’re on-site Don’t tell a recruiter you have not been presented to a role when you have already! If your CV arrives into a client from more than one…

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Accountants for Health and Safety Consultants

With ever changing health and safety regulations and best practice advice, health and safety consultants already have enough to think about without the worry of managing their tax affairs. Despite…

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Finding work in the Financial Services and Banking Sectors as a Contractor

You might also find the following pages useful: Typical rates of pay in the Finance and Banking Sectors Contracting in the the Financial Services and Banking Sectors Guide to Contracting…

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Guide to Contracting in the the Financial Services and Banking Sectors

You might also find the following pages useful: Typical rates of pay in the Finance and Banking Sectors Contracting in the the Financial Services and Banking Sectors Finding work in…

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A Guide to Becoming a HTML Contractor

Contracting in the technology sector is an extremely lucrative career choice, as the industry is constantly evolving and businesses are increasingly relying on contractors to cover spikes in demand –…

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Finding Security Clearance Contracts and Jobs

Let’s be honest, Security Cleared jobs aren’t necessarily roles contractors instinctively think about when considering contracting positions. It is also a sector some people feel apprehensive about pursuing due to…

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Security cleared jobs

Of course finding a job within security clearance is easier if you are already Security Cleared and have time remaining on your security clearance ticket; however this doesn’t mean that…

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IT Consultants

The following pages will give you more detailed information on the type of areas you can work within IT, the rates of pay available and how to find that all…

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Specialist Sectors

Being a contractor comes with many benefits, obviously the main one being higher rates of daily pay compared with being a full time employee. However, this is only fair bearing…

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Accountants for Project Managers and Project Management Consultants

The Wikipedia definition of Project Management is the discipline of planning, organising and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives. Nice definition. However,…

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Finding a Contract

The following pages in our dedicated Project Management section will provide you with all the information you need to know about contracting as a Project Manager Why Become a Project…

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Working as a Project Management Contractor

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…

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Why Become a Project Management Contractor?

Many large organisations have now grasped the benefits of working with external contractors as opposed to employing full time staff – and the hiring of Project Managers is no exception.…

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Finding a Renewable Energy Contract

You may also find our Guide to Becoming a Renewable Energy Engineer useful. Renewable energy is a source that is inexhaustible, so the contracting opportunities within this sector are endless. The government…

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Rates of pay for Renewable Energy Engineers and Consultants

You may also find our Guide to Becoming a Renewable Energy Engineer useful. Working as a renewable energy engineer means that as a consultant you can earn daily rates between £300 to…

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Finding an Oil and Gas Contract with Cheveron Texaco, Worldmald Tyco, Technip, Talisman and ConocoPhilips

You may also find our Guide to Becoming and Oil and Gas Engineer helpful. The price per barrel of Crude Oil is currently around $100 per barrel (February 2011), predictions are that…

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Finding an Oil and Gas Contract with Wood Group, Hydrasun, Subsea7, Shell, Exxon Mobil and BP

You may also find our Guide to Becoming an Oil and Gas Engineer useful. Demand for oil is so high that there is a struggle to reach demand. According to U.S Energy…

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Benefits of Becoming an Oil and Gas Engineer

You may also find our Guide to Becoming an Oil and Gas Engineer useful. The oil and gas industry is one of the few industries that with ever increasing job opportunities can…

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Solvency II Actuarial Contractors

The introduction of the Solvency II Directive in 2012 means that there has never been a more exciting time to consider becoming an Actuarial Contractor. This is the most comprehensive…

Retired and former police consultants

Retired & Former Police Officer Consultants

With most public sectors being hit by swathing government cuts is it any surprise that retired and ex-police officers are being attracted back to the Police Service to provide managerial,…

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Limited Company Guide for Management Consultants

Whether you call yourself a management consultant, freelancer or contractor, this article will provide you with useful hints and tips on starting out as a management consultant and setting up…

Contracting as a locum vet

Becoming a Limited Company Locum Vet

From domestic pets to zoo animals, the opportunities and variety involved in working as a vet are endless. The versatility of this sector sees many veterinary professionals not only working…

Contracting as an agency nurse

Becoming a Limited Company Agency Nurse

In 2014, The Royal College of Nursing reported that London was facing a “critical” shortage of nurses with 14% of nursing positions remaining unfilled, up from 11% in 2013. 77%…

Contracting as a telecommunications engineer

Becoming a Telecommunications Engineer

As a nation, we have never been more dependent on the internet and mobile phones to keep us connected with the world around us, and we are always striving for…

limited company doctor

Becoming a Limited Company Locum Doctor

With the National Health Service (NHS) spending £83.3 million on locum doctors for ‘Accident and Emergency departments’ alone (2013), it comes as no surprise that more doctors are deciding to…

Becoming a health and social care consultant

Limited Company Health & Social Care Consultant

With the NSPCC reporting a 47% increase in new cases over the past year (2013 – 2014) alone, it comes as no surprise that the government are leaning on contractor…

Becoming a government contractor

Contracting for the Government

The government takes on contractors, consultants and interim managers to work in a range of areas across the public sector from human resources to social work. In fact, at SJD…

Contracting as an IT architect

How to Become an IT Architect Contractor

Cyber attacks are continually evolving and companies are struggling to keep pace to protect their information. IT architecture contractors are uniquely positioned to quickly respond to such threats by plugging…

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Oil & Gas Contractors

Contracting in the oil and gas sector opens up a world of opportunities, Crude Oil for example, is found in some of the warmest climates and most exotic places in…

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Becoming an Engineering Contractor

Click on the below link to download our free, quick and easy to read Becoming a Contractor Fact Sheet: Becoming a Contractor Fact Sheet Depending on your level of experience,…

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Rates of Pay for IT Contractors

Special update: Click the link for SJD’s latest and constantly updated IT contractor daily rates checker. Just enter your location and skill set to see the current average daily market…

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Becoming an IT Contractor

Click on the below link to download your free, quick and easy to read fact sheet to Becoming a Contractor: Becoming a Contractor Fact Sheet A lot of organisations now…

IT Contractors

IT Contractors

Accountancy services for IT Contractors and Freelancers SJD Accountancy provides proactive tax advice and accountancy services for IT contractors who choose to work through their own limited company, all backed…

Project management contractors

Becoming a Project Management Contractor

Depending on your level of experience, on where you are based and on the state of the economy at the time you start contracting, you could expect to earn twice…

Renewable Energy Engineers

Becoming a Renewable Energy Engineer

Travelling around the world, beautiful scenery, worthwhile projects, a genuine feeling that you can make a difference…plus a higher daily rate than permanent employees would earn. Of course, it’s not…

Nuclear energy engineers

Nuclear Energy Contractors

Becoming a nuclear energy contractor at Sellafield or Capenhurst With more than 10,000 employees and 3,400 contractors working at Sellafield and Capenhurst at any given time, it’s not hard to…

Becoming a security cleared contractor

Security Cleared Contractors

Find below everything you need to know about becoming security cleared and the various levels of security clearance. Firstly, what is Security Clearance? ‘Security clearance’ is a status granted to…

Working as a mobile developer

Benefits of Becoming a Mobile Developer Contractor

Java, iPhone, Apple, Strawberry! (Ok so we were just kidding about Strawberry, but who knows what the next programming language or platform will be called). We’re not here to tell…

.NET contractors

.Net (dot Net) Contractor Guide

Find below the benefits of becoming a .Net contractor, why you might want to become one and how much you might earn. Basically, the benefits are very simple: higher daily…