Are you ready to take the plunge from a permanent career to contracting? The benefits of contracting offer an exciting career move, with plenty of varied opportunities available. The below guide will help you to make a more informed decision.

Is contracting for me?

Contractors are self-employed workers that have the freedom to work for different employers for varied sets of time. They usually have the following characteristics:

  • Work for multiple employees for fixed terms
  • Paid hourly or have a fixed fee for the duration

What is CIS?

As a contractor, it’s important to know about the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS), which it’s a tax deduction scheme, which involves tax being deducted at source from payments relating to construction work.


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What work is covered by CIS?

According to government guidelines, CIS covers the following types of construction work:

  • Site preparation, such as providing access works and laying foundations
  • Demolition and dismantling
  • Building work
  • Repairs, decorating and alterations
  • Installing important systems like heating, lighting, power, water and ventilation
  • Cleaning the inside of buildings following construction work

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