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  1. K

    UK Self employed electrical improver

    Hi all, I recently qualified myself to City & Guilds Level 2 & 3, done 18th edition and found myself a job on site as a subcontractor. I’m told to invoice the business owner directly, and I’m self employed (registering with CIS tomorrow) but I need a better understanding of the tax as I always...
  2. N

    Employed electrician debating self employment

    Hi all - First post Been with the same Firm I served my apprenticeship with. (over 12 years ago now). Been very good to me and put me through all courses (2391, 18th edition, Compex etc) and pay me very well. But my dilemma is I'm picking up more and more private jobs and paying others to sign...
  3. S

    Becoming self employed

    hi there, i am new to this forum and any help would be appreciated. I have been a fully qualified electrician for nearly two years. I completed an apprenticeship with laing o'rourke and i have just passed the 2391 test and inspection course making me an approved electrician. I am looking to...
  4. J

    Going self employed

    Sorry for long post in advance After some honest advice about making the leap from being an employee to being my own boss, Been working as a spark for nearly 12 years and feel I've amassed a decent amount of experience and knowledge to have a crack myself, I've always worked for companies from...
  5. J

    Getting employed with epilepsy

    Hi guys, I've completed the city and guilds level 1 electrical installation at college now. Level 2 starts in September. I have epilepsy and also have had a brain tumour removed from my right temporal lobe back in 2009. They had to also put a little metal plate above my ear as they had to take...
  6. nicnic66

    18th Edition course prices, self employed only please.

    Just wondered what sort of prices people were paying for the full course? Seen varying costs advertised. TIA
  7. E

    Could anyone self employed help

    Hello, does anyone possibly have a “terms and conditions” for electrical works template i could use? To stick along side with quotations etc? Tia
  8. Gakure

    Starting to become self employed (own)

    Many in the forum are self employed with own companies. If given opportunity or you were to start again from square 1, which plan route/step will you take when setting up? I.e Qualified and you have bags of experience in many past years while employed, have hands tools but no power and MFT Open...
  9. redzero

    Self employed domestic sparks in West Sussex

    First post to say hello. My background is a traditional 4 year apprenticeship in industry 1979-1983, gradually moving off the tools and into management. Jobs with several brand name companies, followed by a jump into self employment as a domestic electrician when Part P came in, in 2005. I...
  10. littlespark

    Self employed through C.I.S? Any benefits?

    As some of you guys and gals might know, I have been self employed for a couple of years now. I send my books to my accountant who files it with HMRC. I've been approached by a company who will be working on a local hotel in the near future and I was wondering if it was going to be worth my...
  11. G

    Industrial Self employed Electricians looking for work.

    We are looking for Industrial and commercial works. JIB Gold card Electricians with 18TH Editon, SSSTS, IPAF, PASMA, FIRST AID also own transport and tools. Any one who needs any extra labour please message me. Cheers.
  12. M

    Just gone self employed...

    Hi all, been on my own for about 5 months now and working all around the M25 area, based in Berkshire. Joined up as there is a well of knowledge here and every now then I have a few questions!
  13. G

    Self employed electrician looking for work

    Hi , I’m a self employed installation electrician currently coming to the end of a job and starting to look for work , I have my own large van and willing to travel also work away from home , my own tools and have been running commercial jobs for the last 15 years for various different...
  14. C

    Thinking of self employed

    Hi all, Been reading quite a lot of threads around here and I hope to pick your brains with some thoughts I have been having. I am a time served Electrical Engineer with 8 years experience working mainly industrial (installation/maintenance/testing/fault finding). I have done small amount of...
  15. C

    Electrician Self Employed Qualified Electricians Required Commercial Job Gatwick

    Temporary 2-3 months work on a large commercial job near Gatwick immediate start available. Likely to be longer term for the right person/persons. Must be fully qualified with valid ECS and commercial experience. We are based in Ashford Kent but work generally in and around London. For more...
  16. C

    Full time work and self employed on side, tax?

    Hi, I currently work full time for a housing association but i am looking to sign up with Napit separately so i am able to sign off the jobs i do for myself outside the 40 hours. Ive got quotes for public liability and an install for Napit to inspect but i was wondering on the tax situation...
  17. S

    NICEIC Certification Scheme Going Self Employed NICEIC

    I have recently qualified and plan on going self employed in the near future. if i wanted to sign off my own work am i able to register with NICEIC without having my inspection and testing cert or does this not apply as i will have covered it in my apprenticeship? and be able to certify my works...
  18. happyhippydad

    Do you have Personal accident cover? Just for those self employed.

    Afternoon all... Just reading through Professional Electrician and got to the article about the self employed chap with the broken wrist. This poll is just for those self employed as if you're employed you can probably get sick pay. I'm considering getting this insurance and wondered how many...
  19. S

    Self employed electricians mate

    I’m currently training to be a spark. I’ve got my level 3 C & G quals. I’m currently working as a mate to gain experience and earn a bit, but I’m getting stung by being paid by a payroll firm. Between having to pay my NI and tax and their NI and fees, I’m loosing nearly 150 a week. Does anyone...
  20. MDJ

    For a new self employed Person

    If your within 20-25 miles of Gloucester and starting up, let me know, I have a bender, cable jacks, hundreds of bits of kit all types etc in my shed which was in my store before I shut my company down. I would suggest if you are and interested you PM me and we could meet and maybe I could sell...
  21. littlespark

    Self employed spark wanting to broaden his skills...

    I'm looking to further my knowledge in CCTV, alarms and door entry systems. I am already working as a self employed electrician but would like to specialise in the electronic security fields. I've installed systems in the past, but what do I need to be 'certified' ie which courses should I take...
  22. L

    Hourly Rates for employed spark??

    Hi guys, Just wondered what the average hourly rate is for a PAYE employed spark. Ive worked for local government for a few years and they are not the best for good rates of pay. Been offered a start for a private firm for around £13.50/hr. Is this anywhere near the mark?? Not...
  23. B

    Finishing my Portfolio self employed subby

    Can I finish my portfolio as self employed as long as I have a qualified person to sign my witness testimony?
  24. Katfinnuk

    The trainee has returned asa the qulified and employed!

    Hi folks, I was a memeber a few years ago like many trying to get experience and qualified. I didn't manage to get the support from the forum, mostly geographical issues there but I've done it and I'm back! I have worked for qualified cowboys, bullies, worked for free with a good outfit in...
  25. B

    Going self employed, with level 3 portfolio to complete

    Hi guys, I've just finished my college course, with my portfolio to start/complete. So could I work for another firm as an improver or self employed subby, and finish my portfolio? Due to a change in circumstances I need to be in a job earning more money but I want to finish my apprenticeship...
  26. Loki

    Anyone using Quick books self employed

    Hi, Anyone using Quick Books Self Employed? if so i was just wondering what your thoughts were? Is if user friendly? Do you use the invoice part? Or is it too basic? Is the end of year self assessment any good? Etc What other software's options would you recommend if not this? Thanks...
  27. FISH

    Self employed or not ?

    Hi, I've recently been made redundant. Im looking into either going self employed or starting up on my own. I've been told to go as a sole trader rather than ltd company. Does anyone have any advice ? Im not sure of pay rates etc. Hope you can help Paul.
  28. Apeglar

    New member looking to upskill from self employed electrician to work in a larger firm.

    Hi All I am an self employed electrician for the past 12 years and I am now looking to upskill and get involved in facility management. I have just booked on a city and guilds 2396 course and I am hoping to progress to a degree once completed as this seems to be basic entry level for this type...
  29. O

    This caught my eye today:

    Court case against Pimlico Plumbers: Plumber wins workers' rights battle against Pimlico Plumbers - BBC News - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38931211 The bit that stands out is: "The case is about the distinction between Mr Smith's status as either a self-employed contractor or a worker...
  30. S

    Electrician 17th edition Electrician required mid Cornwall Permanent Pos.

    We are looking to take on electricians to our fairly small team nr. Truro in Cornwall. Applicants must have: A clean drivers licence 17th edition 2391 testing or similar and be able to work alone or as part of a team. Ideally we are looking for an employed position offering 40hrs per week but...
  31. S

    17th edition Electrician needed in mid Cornwall

    We are looking to take on electricians to our fairly small team nr. Truro in Cornwall. Applicants must have: A clean drivers licence 17th edition 2391 testing or similar and be able to work alone or as part of a team. Ideally we are looking for an employed position offering 40hrs per week but...
  32. bcm_spark


    Evening all, just wondered if there are any contractors here who have recently got a mortgage and who they are with and any issues etc. Just been turned down by Post Office as I've only been using my ltd company on and off for past few years rather than 3 straight years. Nevermind that I can...
  33. M

    Typical earnings in First Year

    Hi, I am currently employed full time. However i have been self employed before for several years and i used to work as a labourer for 5+ years. I am considering going back to being self employed and on top of my other business in IT, i was thinking of becoming a fully qualified Sparky...
  34. R

    Maintenance - claiming VAT back?

    Hi all, I have just started my first electrical maintenance job employed full time. Am I allowed/is there a way I can claim back the VAT on my future tool purchases? As it's my first job I will need to build up the tool list. Many thanks!
  35. 2

    Going self-employed as a domestic electrician

    20alActive EF Member Hello everyone, I need some advice. I am a 61 year old apprentice served electrician. I have been " in the game for 45 years ". Mostly I have been employed by companies in the commercial and industrial side. After arecent illness and a lot of thought I've decided I don't...
  36. akwoody2

    Is it worth going LTD?

    Evening, Im currently employed working shifts, on my days off i work for myself as a sole trader, roughly 2-3 days a week. Every penny i earn self employed i get taxed 40%. It got me thinking, is it worth going LTD to avoid this? To the people that are LTD whats you experience and what are...
  37. M

    Applying for a ECS trainee card

    Hi I've hit a bit of a dead end and would like some advice. How can you applying for a ECS trainee card without being employed? and how can you get employed to finish your NVQ without and ECS card? Providing I've completed C&G level 2/3, 17th Edition, Pat, Testing and Inspection and Testing...
  38. L

    Confused about qualifications

    If someone could help me I'd be eternally grateful. My husband is looking to train as an electrician. He's 27 so an apprenticeship is all but impossible. We are finding it inordinately difficult to work out what training he needs to do. He wants to work on a self employed basis as he...
  39. S

    Warning: Do not work for ahearne agency

    Just a heads up for anyone doing agency work. If you come across an agency called Ahearne stay well clear. They used to be called Gulmanda. I worked for them for 8days hired by an Irish woman called Jackie. She always uses a mobile never an office number. Tried to force me to go under the...
  40. S

    2394/2395 in Scotland

    Does anybody know of anywhere I can study/take assessments for C & G 2394 and 2395 in Scotland? I'm having a bit of a job finding somewhere. Would prefer an independent provider as I suspect colleges will only deal with apprentices and former apprentices. I would be happy to study at home and...
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