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KimberleyChris
8th July 2011, 14:53
Hello All,
I signed-up to this site after seeing 'Contractor' but before noticing the 'IT' bit :-) All the stuff about regulations / expenses / IR35 etc is really useful, no matter what job you actually do.

Is the site only for IT types?. I'm a Technical Author, but of the 'Engineering' variety rather than Software. We are all 'IT-savvy', but as users rather than programmers etc.

Ho hum...still stuck in a place called Whitehaven, and still waiting for the happy days to return at Sellafield before the whole county goes into its final death spiral. Think very long and hard before you come here :-)

kaiser78
12th July 2011, 07:46
Hello All,
I signed-up to this site after seeing 'Contractor' but before noticing the 'IT' bit :-) All the stuff about regulations / expenses / IR35 etc is really useful, no matter what job you actually do.

Is the site only for IT types?. I'm a Technical Author, but of the 'Engineering' variety rather than Software. We are all 'IT-savvy', but as users rather than programmers etc.

Ho hum...still stuck in a place called Whitehaven, and still waiting for the happy days to return at Sellafield before the whole county goes into its final death spiral. Think very long and hard before you come here :-)

Welcome - primarily IT although some of our fellow members are engineering focussed. Have a scan through the posts - there is something for everyone !

northernladuk
12th July 2011, 09:46
Many of the questions are about how to run a LTD company, regulations, rules, accountacy etc all of which will be pertinent to most one man band LTD so if you are in this situation then still very useful information.

The Whitehaven bit...well no one can help you with that one :D

KimberleyChris
12th July 2011, 14:08
Thanks.
True...nobody can help you in Whitehaven.

For 25 years I listened to people when they said "Work contracts at Sellafield, but never move to W Cumbria, because it's a one-employer area. If you get sacked you stay sacked".

After 26 years, moved to W Cumbria. Duh.... :-)

DaveB
12th July 2011, 15:37
We do have a variety on here.

At least one marine engineer, another who does something involving oilrigs and risk management, a smattering of accountants and the odd (very odd in some cases) recruitment agent. But yes, it's mostly IT people.

yasockie
12th July 2011, 20:47
There's at least 2 tech writers here, I hope that helps.

KimberleyChris
12th July 2011, 21:17
Splendid, I thought it was just me.

Nobody at the job centre even knows what a Technical Author is, and don't mention the word 'author' when you insure your car - say 'engineer' instead or they lump you in with Salman Rushdie and add a nought to the premium :-)

KimberleyChris
22nd July 2011, 16:18
According to this week's 'Whitehaven News' (where there are a total of twelve jobs and two self-employed 'opportunities' advertised down at the bottom of Page 36) response has been pretty good to Sellafield's recent recruitment 'drive' for mainly trainee process staff.
80 jobs were advertised, and so far just under seven thousand people have applied, and rising!
Do the maths for yourself.
Sellafield says: "It's a remarkable response and indicates clearly how Sellafield remains a very attractive place to work"
Ermmmm... :-)

KimberleyChris
27th July 2011, 19:00
By the way, I didn't notice that I had to actually tick a box to let the system send me personal messages. I've ticked it now.
Since the last 'contractor cull', I have been a bit out of the loop for a while at Sellafield itself, but I'm still in contact with some of the local agencies and still live nearby. The rumour mill is turning again, albeit slowly. If you need any info about W.Cumbria, I'll try and dig it out for you.

northernladuk
28th July 2011, 16:41
According to this week's 'Whitehaven News' (where there are a total of twelve jobs and two self-employed 'opportunities' advertised down at the bottom of Page 36) response has been pretty good to Sellafield's recent recruitment 'drive' for mainly trainee process staff.
80 jobs were advertised, and so far just under seven thousand people have applied, and rising!
Do the maths for yourself.
Sellafield says: "It's a remarkable response and indicates clearly how Sellafield remains a very attractive place to work"
Ermmmm... :-)

Is that 6956 with the same last name and 44 southerners?

KimberleyChris
28th July 2011, 18:51
Probably the same people they sacked last year, and who they will probably sack all over again next year.

Don't get me wrong. I've worked on a few of these 'old nuclear' sites (like Aldermaston and Harwell) and there's really nothing wrong with Sellafield per se. I enjoyed it there. When times are good they are good, and the natives are friendly. The problem is that Sellafield is at the end of the road to nowhere; the only show in town. It's like being on an island.

The NDA is a quango and gets used as a political football sometimes. When the Admirals tell the Captains to lighten ship, they are at the back of the queue to walk the plank. Contractors first :-)

KimberleyChris
3rd August 2011, 17:18
Sellafield have just announced that the Mixed Oxide (MOX) fuel plant (main customer - Japan...Oops!) is to be shut down with the loss of 600 jobs, who 'may' be offered redeployment elsewhere. or then again may not.
Although the much-vaunted future UK power stations will burn similar fuel, apparently the MOX plant is not suitable to produce it.
However, the 'French Sellafield' (at La Hague near Cherbourg) is.
La Hague is operated by French giant Areva, who will be a major player in building the new power stations. and also form part of the alliance which runs Sellafield.
Things to make you go hmmmmm....

Born2BSlow
19th September 2011, 11:59
I hope it's not IT only, surely general stuff like negotiating contracts is pertinent regardless of the services/skills you offer.

I'm an accountant working on a LTD Co basis, but I'm relatively normal apart from that

:D