Contractors information

Contracting is a great way to give you

  • Flexibility
  • The freedom of being your own boss
  • Financial Benefit
  • Development of current skills and opportunity to gain new ones
  • Self-determination
  • A variety of roles that fit into your lifestyle
  • The chance to experiment with new positions, companies and industries
  • Career progression
  • New environments, locations and people
  • Career breaks if you need them for further study, travel etc
  • The chance to establish good business contacts

What you need to do

Being a contractor means you need to set up a method in which to get paid by either setting up your own limited company or going under the umbrella of another company who will manage everything for you for a fee. See the links below for umbrella options or Companies House for setting up your own business.

If you are a contractor from abroad you will need a P46 and you will also need to apply for a National Insurance number. This is required to make you eligible for tax and legally allowed to work in the UK. For more information see

You will require Employers Liability insurance as a legal requirement and may need Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurances. Contact an insurance specialist to get the best advice.

The Citizens Advice Bureau -
This website provides a variety of Employment related issues explained with further recommendations and clear explanations of your rights in the work place.

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