Contracting as an engineer is a great way to choose the projects that you are most interested in. Many engineers from a variety of fields sectors, such as civil engineering, mechanical engineering or electrical engineering, choose to be contractors due to the variety of work and higher pay available.
Whilst engineering contractors enjoy more autonomy and professional opportunities, there is still a responsibility that comes with working for yourself – and finding the best way to be paid.
There are a few ways you can operate as an engineering contractor in the UK – limited company director, umbrella company employee or sole trader. As many engineers are higher-earners, most find that being a limited company director is the best way to maximise their take home pay.