SJD Accountancy is the UK’s largest firm of contractor accountants providing tax advice to over 15,000 contractors, all of whom work through their own Limited company.
We have offices in Newcastle and across the UK and have won more awards for customer service and accounting excellence than any other firm in the contractor accountant sector, including three Accountancy Age Awards, six Contractor UK ‘Best Contractor Accountant’ reader Awards and two National Customer Service Awards.
What’s more, all clients receive their own dedicated accountant* who they can meet, call and email all for just £120 plus VAT per month.
The first thing contractors usually think of when looking for an accountant is to find a local ‘high street’ company, but they are rarely specialist contractor accountants, so may not have knowledge of specific schemes which can benefit you as a contractor. There are also telephone only and internet-based contractor accountants, however, we have always felt it’s far better for clients to have their own accountant that they can meet up with even if it’s just once a year to discuss their business and personal financial goals. Tax is complicated and sometimes there is simply no substitute for meeting with your accountant face to face. Your accountant needs to understand your goals and to be able to provide the highest level of tax advice, something we just don’t feel can be archived purely via a telephone/internet only relationship. Sure we could cut costs and reduce fees by closing offices and going telephone/internet only but this would ultimately reduce the level of service we provide. It’s also interesting that most telephone and internet only companies aren’t really that much cheaper anyway.
If you’re just starting out contracting in Newcastle, find below a few details which you might find helpful.
Contracting in Newcastle
In the last decade, Newcastle has transformed itself into one of Europe‘s most exciting places, and for four consecutive years, it was voted the nation’s favourite English city break destination in The Guardian/Observer Travel Awards. It also has a number of ‘claims to fame’, including being the place where Earl Gray tea first originated, having the first street to be lit by electricity (Mosley Street) and being the city where the Beatles’ classic ‘She Loves You’ was composed. A mix of world-class events and attractions, coupled with the city’s facilities, shopping, nightlife and of course contracting opportunities, make Newcastle one of the greatest places in the UK to live and work.
Without a doubt, the largest employer in the region is HM Revenue and Customs, which has a huge network of offices throughout the city. One such office in Longbenton houses over 3,500 contractors and employees. Indeed, it is estimated that 70% of all workers in the area are Government related. It, therefore, follows that the number one opportunity for contracting is going to be the public sector.
On the commercial side, Newcastle’s growth over the last decade or so has largely been thanks to its success in attracting large companies to the region. This, in turn, has attracted more workers – both permanent and contract based – and so led to greater community development and regeneration. Major industries include government, both local and central, IT and telecoms, finance and banking and construction. Large organisations with their head offices or decision-making management in Newcastle include:
Newcastle’s growth over the last decade or so has been thanks to its success in attracting large companies to the region. This, in turn, has attracted more workers – both permanent and contract based – and so led to greater community development and regeneration. Large organisations with their head offices or decision-making management in Newcastle include The Go-Ahead Group, The Sage Group, Bellway Homes, Npower Gas, Greggs, Fenwicks and of course the Newcastle Building Society and Newcastle United!
The Go-Ahead Group – one of the UK’s leading providers of quality public transport, carrying almost one billion passengers per year and employing around 25,000 people. The company operates many well-known travel brands including Go North East, London Midland, Gatwick Express, Meteor, Southern and MetroBus.
The Sage Group – a well-known supplier of business software and services, including software to manage business finances, run payroll, manage customer and supplier relationships, carry out business planning and support HR functions. Sage provides software and services to over 760,000 small and medium-sized businesses in the UK and has 5.7 million customers worldwide. It employs an ever-expanding team of over 2,000 highly trained people in the UK including industry experts, accountants and entrepreneurs who are all passionate about doing the best thing for its customers.
Proctor and Gamble – P&G really doesn’t need any introduction, it manages over 300 brands and employs over 135,000 people globally in over 80 countries.
Siemens – Employs over 16,000 people in the UK, including about 6,000 in the manufacturing sector. As well as leading global engineering company it also holds numerous outsourced Government contracts. Siemens has offices and factories throughout the UK, including facilities in Shields Road in Newcastle.
Bellway Homes – the fourth largest house builder in the UK. Since its formation more than 50 years ago, Bellway has enjoyed sustained growth and built over 100,000 properties – and in 2009 alone it sold 4,380 homes. The Bellway plc group employs approximately 2,000 people throughout the UK on a direct basis and many more on a contract basis. The group has long had a reputation as a good employer, and as a result, many employees have spent all of their working lives with the group.
Typical rates of pay for contractors in Newcastle do vary depending on individual skill-sets, but as an example, an IT Contractor could expect to earn between £300 and £450 per day on average at a Newcastle-based job. Most UK-wide recruitment agencies will carry a good number of Newcastle-based contractor jobs, so they should be quite easy to track down, and it’s also worth keeping an eye out in the local papers. There are quite a few to choose from, but the best-read ones are probably The Evening Chronicle (www.chroniclelive.co.uk) and the Northern Echo (www.thenorthernecho.co.uk).
There are a few pros and cons to working in Newcastle. On the downside, rates of pay are lower, it’s further to travel for access to the south, and there are congestion issues if commuting into the city by car. However, on the upside, there are a great range of opportunities available and a lower cost of living, with an excellent social life in one of the friendliest cities in the UK, and city living with fantastic countryside and great coastline nearby.
Newcastle City Council issued its Regeneration Strategy in 2006, titled ‘Newcastle in 2021’. The 15-year plan is now well underway and has already seen many notable developments taking place. The ongoing activity involves significant economic programmes in science, technology and design; improved transport links; high-quality cultural attractions and the transformation of education and skills. Specific projects include the development of a ‘Science City’ to stimulate the growth of science and technology businesses, as well as the development of a ‘leisure economy’ across tourism, culture and the city’s retailing offer. This detailed Regeneration Strategy is providing huge opportunities for contractors throughout the North East.
This detailed Regeneration Strategy is providing huge opportunities for contractors throughout the North East.
Things to consider when contracting in Newcastle:
- Great range of opportunities available
- Excellent social life and one of the friendliest cities in the UK
- Lower cost of living
- City living with fantastic countryside nearby and great coastline
- Lower rates of pay than in the South
- Further to travel for access to the Southern UK
- Congestion issues if commuting into the city by car.
For information on other regional contracting guides, see the links below (we will be adding more guides over time):
- Contractor Accountants London
- Contractor Accountants Reading
- Contractor Accountants Manchester
- Contractor Accountants Birmingham
- Contractor Accountants Milton Keynes
- Contractor Accountants Leeds
- Contractor Accountants Aberdeen
- Contractor Accountants Glasgow
- Contractor Accountants Edinburgh
- Contractor Accountants Bristol
If you have any questions about contracting or would like any further advice please call our new business team on the below form.