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    That’s 10 years more than many of the posters on here.

    Congratulations, I hope your company bought you a gift.
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    This has made me realise I'll be 20 years in contracting next year.

    Though have had a few significant timeouts over those years but never went back to permie.
    Still feel relatively skint though, considering the amount I have invoiced over that time.
    Then again, my warchest means I could take 5 years off at current burn rate.

    I must be having a mid contractor life crisis as I've been mulling over going permie at current public sector client (they have a vacancy for a similar role I'm doing for them), and take the easy life to retirement like many there seem to be doing. May not be a completely bad idea when considering the pension and other salary package benefits they are potentially offering.

    I may string them along like a PM contractor I worked with over 10 years ago, who strung them along saying he was interested in going permie but needed better terms. I expect he's still there permitracting, making the brexit negotiations seem swift and sane.
    Maybe tomorrow, I'll want to settle down. Until tomorrow, I'll just keep moving on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobosapien View Post
    This has made me realise I'll be 20 years in contracting next year.

    Though have had a few significant timeouts over those years but never went back to permie.
    Still feel relatively skint though, considering the amount I have invoiced over that time.
    Then again, my warchest means I could take 5 years off at current burn rate.

    I must be having a mid contractor life crisis as I've been mulling over going permie at current public sector client (they have a vacancy for a similar role I'm doing for them), and take the easy life to retirement like many there seem to be doing. May not be a completely bad idea when considering the pension and other salary package benefits they are potentially offering.

    I may string them along like a PM contractor I worked with over 10 years ago, who strung them along saying he was interested in going permie but needed better terms. I expect he's still there permitracting, making the brexit negotiations seem swift and sane.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WTFH View Post
    That’s 10 years more than many of the posters on here.

    Congratulations, I hope your company bought you a gift.
    lightweights.
    45 years and counting ;-)
    divorce put paid to most of the funds, the rest was sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. although i HAVE squandered some........
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    I hit 9 years in June, haven't regretted it for a second, and long may it continue!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobosapien View Post
    This has made me realise I'll be 20 years in contracting next year.

    Though have had a few significant timeouts over those years but never went back to permie.
    Still feel relatively skint though, considering the amount I have invoiced over that time.
    Then again, my warchest means I could take 5 years off at current burn rate.

    I must be having a mid contractor life crisis as I've been mulling over going permie at current public sector client (they have a vacancy for a similar role I'm doing for them), and take the easy life to retirement like many there seem to be doing. May not be a completely bad idea when considering the pension and other salary package benefits they are potentially offering.

    I may string them along like a PM contractor I worked with over 10 years ago, who strung them along saying he was interested in going permie but needed better terms. I expect he's still there permitracting, making the brexit negotiations seem swift and sane.
    Permie at a public sector body?! Seriously Hobo take the red pill, wake up and see what's what.

    I suppose though it depends on your age and if you actually want to do anything interesting on the 9 to 5 rat maze.

    And 5 years warchest should be transferable into an (almost) unlimited timespan investment.

    But 20 years, wow. I'm at 13 years and running down this last client who have just asked me to renew under less-than-favourable terms. I've actually saved my pin-striped suit that I will be burning when I'm done with contracting (and possibly IT), in the not too distant future. Bit young to retire, but life isn't about working, there's more to do before we die.

    Good luck H.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaiser78 View Post
    Yes it is 10 years ago today that I started my contracting career

    Stuff....

    So here is to another ten years
    Poor sap, I did 10 years then retired.

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    20 years contracting with some permie stints to pick up new skills/make new contacts.
    Funnily enough thought it would dry up, but currently never had it so good.
    If you want a long contracting career, keep training is my advice, always try and pick up new skills - luckily I enjoy doing that.
    Could retire but still enjoying it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BR14 View Post
    lightweights.
    45 years and counting ;-)
    divorce put paid to most of the funds, the rest was sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. although i HAVE squandered some........
    Exactly. 10 years? - he's still a novice. Come back when you've done 25 years, banged two chief executives' secretaries, drunk each IT director under the table, and dropped a production database..

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    Quote Originally Posted by GJABS View Post
    Exactly. 10 years? - he's still a novice. Come back when you've done 25 years, banged two chief executives' secretaries, drunk each IT director under the table, and dropped a production database..
    Only 2 secretaries and one prod db? Unless that’s “per year”, I’m starting to think you might be ScooterCandy.
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