Rates of Pay for Oil and Gas Engineers

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It is important to be aware of the range of daily take home pay in your industry, so that you can ensure you are charging a fair price for your services.

Interested in developing your career and becoming an Oil and Gas Engineering Contractor, but not sure how financially lucrative your new career path might be? It is important to be aware of the range of daily take home rates that may be available at your level, so that you can determine whether the life of a contractor is the right one for you.

The amount you can earn as an oil and gas engineer will vary wildly based on your level of experience and your skillset. If you work in a highly sought after and niche industry, with several years of experience, then you will earn considerably more than if you are freshly qualified engineer. It is difficult to put an exact figure on your potential earnings, but research suggests that your earning potential can vary from as little as £300 per day to as much as £2,000 per day, for specialist experts. On average, an experienced oil and gas engineer can expect to earn around £1,000 per day, although it is important to remember that you will have to deduct your own tax payments and national insurance contributions from this figure, as well as any pension, holiday pay and sick pay contingency. It is also important to remember that you cannot expect to earn the same high figure if you are just starting out in the industry, compared to if you have decades of experience.

The good news though, is that average project values for contractors have increased considerably in recent years, meaning that there is no better time to take the plunge and begin your life as a contracting oil and gas engineer than right now.

Determining Your Value

When deciding which contracts are best suited to your skillset and which rates of pay are most relevant to you, it is important to determine your value. What unique skills can you bring to a company? How can you enrich their business? What are those skills worth? Asking yourself these questions and determining your value will help you significantly when you begin negotiating your contract rate, with your client. Whilst this process can seem uncomfortable at first, it is the best way to ensure you are being paid the highest available rate. When negotiating with a potential client you need to both understand and discuss:

  • The level of experience you have and how you can use this experience to their benefit
  • The demand for your specific skillset within their field
  • Your interest in the role and the success of any similar projects you have already completed.

Negotiating your rate of pay can be difficult, particularly if you are new to contracting. You may be concerned about losing the role or alienating your potential client. However if you don’t negotiate your rate, then you could end up working for much less than you are worth and more importantly, than for a much lower rate than your peers within the same organisation. It is important to remember that there is no harm in asking for a higher daily rate – the worse that can happen is that you are told no!

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Why Choose to Work With Dolan Accountancy

When you are working as an Oil and Gas Engineering contractor you will be regularly working on different contracts and dealing with different rates of pay from your clients. This means that the rate of tax and national insurance contribution you will pay from each contract will vary too. This can be complicated to process but, luckily, we can help. At Dolan Accountancy we specialise in the accounting needs of independent contractors and freelancers who are working via their own limited companies. We will work hard to help you retain as much of your income as possible. When you choose Dolan Accountancy you are choosing the best. We understand contracting and we understand the tax implications of establishing your own Limited Company. Whether you are new to the contracting industry or have years of experience, we will be with you every step of the way.

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We take our role as your accountant so seriously, that we believe choosing to work with Dolan Accountancy could actually save you money. Most of our contractors retain between 70%-80% of their income on an annual basis. Freelancers and contractors that work under an umbrella company only retain between 60-65% of their income. If you have any questions about working as an oil and gas contracting engineer or would like any further advice about contracting, call Jaime on 01442 795 100 or email jaime.thorpe@dolanaccountancy.com.

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Why Dolan Accountancy?

With over 25 years experience in contractor accountancy helping thousands of contractors, freelancers and the self employed, Dolan Accountancy has the specialist skills, reputation and credibility you can trust. Working closely with our sister company, Contractor Umbrella, it means we can offer one low cost, fixed fee package at £105 + VAT per month. This gives you the flexibility of using both our Limited Company Accountancy Services and our award winning Umbrella Service, for one inclusive cost. We don’t believe in tiered packages or hidden extra fees, instead we aim to give you everything you need, including:

  • Free Company Formation – This is where it all begins. Once you have decided on an available name, we will form your company free of charge (if using our accountancy services) and it will be ready for you to use in as little as three hours.
  • Free use of Contractor Umbrella – With IR35 Legislation changes we understand that sometimes you are required to contract via an umbrella company. We will keep your limited company ticking over, while you work margin free via our sister company, Contractor Umbrella.
  • A Dedicated Accountant – Your accountant will be there for any company or personal tax advice that you require. We will never outsource work, even to internal teams.
  • Free Access to FreeAgent – The founder behind the multi award winning FreeAgent platform was one of Simon’s first clients, therefore it only seems fitting that we offer all of our clients access to FreeAgent, free of charge.
  • Free Business Banking – We have decided to waive our commission so our clients can use Tide free of charge for the first year.
  • Unlimited IR35 Status Reviews – We will review all of your contracts for IR35 purposes and provide you with our professional opinion as to its status.
  • Free Registered and Director’s Service Office Address – Sometimes you just don’t want your home address on display at Companies House. When you sign up to our accountancy services, we will offer the use of our address as an alternative.
  • Your Business and Personal Taxation Needs – This includes Company Accounts, Director’s Personal Tax Return, VAT Returns, Payroll, Corporation Tax and Dividend advice, to name just a few.

If you’d like to find out more about how Dolan Accountancy can help you and your business, please give us a call on 01442 795100 or email sophie.lewis@dolanaccountancy.com or jaime.thorpe@dolanaccountancy.com.