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    Default How does freelance software development contracting in US differ from that in the UK

    Background
    I have done 5 years of software development as an independent contractor in the UK, after working in permanent posts for 10 years. I now want to pursue contracting work in the US. I am a US citizen so visas, etc. are not a problem.

    In the UK I have contracted onsite out of my own limited company, of which I am director and sole employee. I have paid IR35 tax on temporally-defined contracts (e.g. "Senior Java and Scala Developer, London, 6 months, salary £X / day"). On some contracts I have been the sole contractor hired; on larger projects, especially in London, I might work on a larger Agile team of say 4 other backenders and 15 developers altogether.

    I have been hired primarily because I am an experienced developer with solid general--not extremely expert or specialized skills.

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    Is the contracting arrangement I describe above to be found in the US? How does US contracting typically differ?

    --For example, which US tax/company structure is most similar? I see W2, W4 schemes offered. Do US contractors set up 1-person companies like their UK counterparts often do?

    --Are contractor wages comparable? For example, the large UK job sites indicate typical salaries: Java and Scala contract developer, £520/day.

    --Are contractors in the US typically hired onto teams, or individually?

    --Are temporally-defined contracts frequently done in the US; or are 3rd party contracts for deliverables more common?

    --Are contractors in the US more frequently hired only as expert consultants?

    Any perspectives, comments or advice on contracting in the US is greatly appreciated and welcome!

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    It differs in the following ways....

    You've got to group hug at the end of meetings
    You've got to high 5/fist bump every 30 minutes
    You've got to order your skinny vanilla mocha frappuchino by saying 'Can I get a...'
    You've got to call everyone 'dude'

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    I think you need a US site to answer those questions. How would people in the UK know the details of how contracting works in the States?
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    Quote Originally Posted by eek View Post
    I think you need a US site to answer those questions. How would people in the UK know the details of how contracting works in the States?
    Perhaps there are more like me, with experience working in both places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by contractingMan View Post
    Perhaps there are more like me, with experience working in both places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    It differs in the following ways....

    You've got to group hug at the end of meetings
    You've got to high 5/fist bump every 30 minutes
    You've got to order your skinny vanilla mocha frappuchino by saying 'Can I get a...'
    You've got to call everyone 'dude'

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    MF has been to the other place......
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    I would have thought being a US Citizen you would have known more than most on here.

    Or maybe I'm missing something.

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    Contracting's considered a very poor mans option in the US compared to perm.

    HTH.

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