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What’s in the Candidate zone?

At the bottom of all Candidate (and Client) zone pages, you'll find the ‘See also…’ box, with links to all the other pages in that zone.

Contracting and IR35

If you’re new to contracting, or thinking about going freelance, there’s information from the Professional Contractors Group on the impact of IR35. See also our IR35 page.

Earnings calculator Use our handy earnings calculator – powered by «ContractorCalculator» – to see your likely earnings at different hourly and daily rates.
FAQs The most frequently asked questions about being a people4 Candidate.

Five easy steps

Our five-step guide to setting up as self-employed for the first time.

Hourly rates

About your hourly rate and setting a charity discount for charities registered with people4charity.

How to register Step-by-step guide to how to register, and what you need to know.
ID verification

We need to verify your right to work legally in the UK before you can begin a contract. On this page you’ll find all the information you need to supply us with.

Invoicing & Fasterpay

Everything you need to know about invoicing, timesheets and Fasterpay.


On this page, we explain IR35 – rules that are designed to prevent tax avoidance by people acting as contractors when they are, in effect, employees. These rules can apply both to sole traders and to those operating through their own limited company.

Limited company Candidates

If you are working through your own limited company, we recommend that you opt out of the Conduct of Employment Agencies & Employment Businesses Regulations 2003.

For all your contracts through people4 sites, you must be paid through a limited company.

Marketing yourself There’s some advice on how to make the most of being a people4 Candidate, by putting your brief description, and your CV, to work for you
The opt out A summary of the opt out of the Conduct of Employment Agencies & Employment Businesses Regulations 2003.
Premier Candidates

Premier Candidates get top position in all Client searches and a more prominent public profile, with twice as much space for your ‘brief description’. Premier Candidates also feature in our Contractor Showcase on the people4 homepages and get a 25% discount on Fasterpay.

FInd out more on our Premier Candidates page


Privacy policy

Our privacy policy for Candidates includes the use we make of the information we collect from you.


Candidates with ratings look far more professional than those without. You get ratings from Clients for your people4 contracts.

Premier Candidates are able to contact previous employers to provide retrospective ratings, for work you’ve done before you registered with us.

Sole traders

If you are trading as a sole trader, you should be aware that, to comply with employment and tax legislation, all Candidates currently need to be paid through a limited company. This can be your own limited company, or an umbrella company, which will manage payments on your behalf, deducting tax and national insurance.

Umbrella companies

If you are a sole trader, you will need to be registered with an umbrella company, so that we can be sure you are meeting your tax obligations.


last updated 29.02.12

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Candidate 240271 £211.76 p/hr

Heathfield, East Sussex, UK.

Chartered Director. Experienced International business Executive, having started, owned and sold several technology and media-based enterprises. Particularly strong on board-level strategic planning and execution. Seeking Board-level strategic appointments, Boardroom Performance appraisal and enhancement projects, and Non-Executive roles. Interested in UK and non-UK roles.

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