Nationwide Contractor and Self-Employed Mortgages

The flexible choice for contractors and self-employed professionals

With consistently competitive rates and a contractor-friendly lending criteria, Nationwide stands out as a top choice for self-employed professionals, contractors and those paid through limited or umbrella companies.

Nationwide contractor mortgages

Nationwide is the largest building society in the country and one of the most familiar names in high street banking. In recent years, they have proactively redefined their approach, positioning themselves as the preferred lender for contractors, especially first time buyers.

Nationwide contractor mortgage criteria

Nationwide no longer limits contractors based on industry or daily income, choosing instead to prioritise flexibility by permitting up to 12 weeks off contracting annually and relaxing contract run-out terms. Their criteria is straightforward: contractors are required to have a minimum of 12 months' experience in a similar industry, while documentation is kept to a minimum, focusing on ID, recent contracts and personal bank statements.

As part of the mortgage application process, contractors would normally be required to provide the following:

  • ID and proof of address
  • Evidence of income
  • Evidence of current contract
  • Proof of deposit
  • Latest bank statements

For more information on Nationwide’s lending criteria for contractors, speak to one of our expert mortgage consultants today on 02394 212912.

Nationwide self-employed mortgages

Self-employed professionals, including Ltd company directors and sole traders, will be expected to provide the following documents during the application process:

  • Previous two years’ SA302 forms and corresponding tax year overviews
  • ID and proof of address
  • Copy of current contract
  • Signed business accounts from previous two years

Cleerly has established a lasting collaboration with Nationwide, striving together to ensure self-employed professionals secure the best deals on the market. Our specialist consultants will work with you to present a compelling application to the lender, optimising your chances for mortgage approval.

Nationwide contractor mortgage FAQs

Yes, however if you have been employed through a UK-based umbrella company for less than 12 months, you must provide evidence of a minimum 12 months continuous consecutive Fixed Term contract history to meet Nationwide's FTC criteria.

If you are paid through an umbrella company, contact the Cleerly team today to find the right mortgage product for you.

Nationwide will complete a soft credit check during the Agreement in Principle process, but will usually carry out a final hard credit check prior to completion to ensure that your credit score hasn't declined since the initial application.

Nationwide consistently offers good rates for contractors along with flexibility around gaps between contracts and run out periods. For instance, while many lenders will only allow a six week break between contracts, Nationwide permits up to 12.

Additionally, if a contractor is close to the end of their contract, the lender will consider other factors, such as experience in the profession, contract renewals and industry demand.

Navigating the mortgage process as a contractor is never easy. This is why the best way to secure a mortgage offer from Nationwide is to work with a specialist contractor mortgage broker.

Cleerly’s mortgage consultants are experts in the field of contractor and self-employed mortgages and can guide you through the process to enhance your chances of approval. For more information on how Cleerly can help you secure your dream property, contact us today on 02394 212912.

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Looking for a stress-free remortgage process that helps you enjoy life while getting you the best available deal?

Whether you’re looking to get the ball rolling on a mortgage application or you’re just after some friendly advice, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 02394 212912 or request a call-back.