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kingsrhere
7th November 2010, 07:31
Hello – Another new kid on the block looking for a job. Actually I’m not really a new kid, more like an old soldier to refuses to die or fade away – or fall over at the bar unless I really have to.

I haven’t been contracting for over 15 years so I’m assuming things have changed a bit, that’s why I’ve signed-up to ContactorUK. There seems to be a lot of good/generous people here who are willing to share their knowledge and experience, something I will need as I go through the motions of finding that elusive contract, setting-up a company, finding the right accountant etc etc etc. Obviously I’m also hoping there will be somebody here who has heard a rumour and can point in the direction of that all-important contract – who knows, I can but hope !

Having read a few notes/comments here I think the biggest change I will have to come to terms with is this IR35 business. Something I will have to investigate further ‘cos what I’ve read so far doesn’t make too much sense in my tiny head.

Again, hello to all and thanks for having me – as they say !

cojak
7th November 2010, 10:15
Welcome to the board, Kingsrhere :smile

As soon as you've got yourself settled, make your way over to General, the regulars usually throw a (virtual) house warming party for newbies.

Stock up your fridge...

EternalOptimist
7th November 2010, 10:17
did somebody mention a bar ?

RichardCranium
7th November 2010, 10:47
I haven’t been contracting for over 15 years so I’m assuming things have changed a bita) You can't claim expenses anything like the way we could then.
b) VAT now has a Flat Rate Scheme that makes you a few extra quid.
c) Yeah, IR35. Bastards. You can tell what a mess this caused, and is still causing, by the amount of (confusing and contradictory) advice there is. Link (http://www.contractoruk.com/ir35/index.html).
d) Indirectly, the big consultancies have managed to take most of the contracting market for themselves; and there are now far more people going for fewer contract roles.
e) Remember how going to the Middle East for a 2 year contract meant you could buy a house when you got back? Just memories, I'm afraid.

kingsrhere
7th November 2010, 13:12
Welcome to the board, Kingsrhere :smile

As soon as you've got yourself settled, make your way over to General, the regulars usually throw a (virtual) house warming party for newbies.

Stock up your fridge...

Thanks, will do. Everytime I stock up my fridge (i.e. my real fridge in my real kitchen) my daughter & her friends get a thirst.

:happy

kingsrhere
7th November 2010, 13:18
a) You can't claim expenses anything like the way we could then.
b) VAT now has a Flat Rate Scheme that makes you a few extra quid.
c) Yeah, IR35. Bastards. You can tell what a mess this caused, and is still causing, by the amount of (confusing and contradictory) advice there is. Link (http://www.contractoruk.com/ir35/index.html).
d) Indirectly, the big consultancies have managed to take most of the contracting market for themselves; and there are now far more people going for fewer contract roles.
e) Remember how going to the Middle East for a 2 year contract meant you could buy a house when you got back? Just memories, I'm afraid.

Thanks for the tips. It looks like I've a couple of assumptions to bin and a few things to learn. I suppose I should have guessed that things wouldn't be as good, or as straight forward, as the 'good old days'. Cheers.