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    Bloomin' eck. I've been told I'm off from December 15th! Bring it on.

    There are employees with their fixed annual leave allocation, then there are contractors who work every hour that god sends (who don't realise that nobody will thank them for it, other than the taxman), and then there are contractors who realise that contracting is all about flexibility and having lots of time off - some of it of our choosing and some of it of someone else's choosing.

    I did 220 billable days last year and 213 billable days this year. Why you'd choose to work 240 or more days per year is beyond me.

    Work to live or live to work and all that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oziwalkabout View Post
    Well I can only say that I wish was in a fortunate situation such as those who may have the luxury of taking more than 20 working days per year. But if you do the maths you're effectively left with only 8 days between January to December 2018. I certainly plan my leave well in advance to capitalise on cheaper fares and also have family commitments like most people. There is no 'twisting' of words just 'screwing' with people's lives.

    You also miss the point that their employees have no say or negotiation powers. For the past 4 years they have had to suffer furloughs at very short notice and without any consultation or grounds for redress - and longer periods....thus the draconian label stands.
    You're clearly not contractor material, if you can only allow 20 unbilled days a year. Most of us allow for two to three months of unbilled time, and if it's less, that's a bonus. The fact you call yourself an employee speaks volumes. If you were an employee, they'd still be paying you during the Crimbo hols, so I suggest you quit whining and ask them nicely if they'll kindly take you on as such.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lance View Post
    It’s not really 3 weeks though. It’s 11 days that aren’t public holidays.
    And not much would happen in that period so they’re not going to want to pay people to do nowt (well no more than usual anyway). Most of their customers have a change freeze over those weeks as well.
    Exactly, I don't see the problem with this. I'm contracting with a large UK insurer and they have just announced the same furlough dates. (Funnily enough we use DXC (unfortunately)). I look forward to time off over xmas anyway so it's never an issue, although myself and a few other contractors usually get offered exemption from the furlough if we're working on important projects, which is usually the case!

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    No issue, always at least 2 weeks off over xmas for me, finish up 22nd and back on the 2nd for me this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willapp View Post
    Exactly, I don't see the problem with this. I'm contracting with a large UK insurer and they have just announced the same furlough dates. (Funnily enough we use DXC (unfortunately)). I look forward to time off over xmas anyway so it's never an issue, although myself and a few other contractors usually get offered exemption from the furlough if we're working on important projects, which is usually the case!
    Virtually all the clients I have had have had furlong dates that cover Xmas and New Year for contractors for various reasons, yet every year a few posters start threads like this surprised they have to take time off.

    I guess the OP will be saying on their death bed "I wish I worked more over Christmas"
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlipTheJab View Post
    No issue, always at least 2 weeks off over xmas for me, finish up 22nd and back on the 2nd for me this year.
    That's not 2 weeks its only 10 days. Ideally i'm hoping for the 22nd through to the 8th but it will depend on what this new end client is doing...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Willapp View Post
    Exactly, I don't see the problem with this. I'm contracting with a large UK insurer and they have just announced the same furlough dates. (Funnily enough we use DXC (unfortunately)). I look forward to time off over xmas anyway so it's never an issue, although myself and a few other contractors usually get offered exemption from the furlough if we're working on important projects, which is usually the case!
    Exactly and has already been mentioned HP/HPE used to do exactly the same thing.

    It's not as though DXC have been very publically stating they plan to cut costs is it......

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    Quote Originally Posted by eek View Post
    That's not 2 weeks its only 10 days. Ideally i'm hoping for the 22nd through to the 8th but it will depend on what this new end client is doing...
    Sorry I meant the 8th, will be a bit difficult going back to work on the 2nd as I don't land back in the UK until the 6th

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlipTheJab View Post
    Sorry I meant the 8th, will be a bit difficult going back to work on the 2nd as I don't land back in the UK until the 6th
    AYCOTBAC?

    A proper contractor would send a substitute from 2nd to 5th...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chopper View Post
    AYCOTBAC?

    A proper contractor would send a substitute from 2nd to 5th...
    A proper contractor would bill from the beach...
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