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    Yes I echo above, for 15 hours, you do not want...

    Yes I echo above, for 15 hours, you do not want to be quoting yourself in terms of time and materials. Firstly, the two things are not in anyway comparable, and so you don't want to give them an...
  2. Ouch. Heard many stories of end clients not...

    Ouch. Heard many stories of end clients not paying up but always thought the big agencies were reliable. Good luck feller!
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    You took a permy devops role? Is there something...

    You took a permy devops role? Is there something wrong with you? Serious question. The devops contractor market is insane. I have been scraping the ******* barrel for the past 5 years trying to find...
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    Expensing a pricey cycle on the company?

    Would spending £2500 on a cycle for commuting be considered excessive in anyway?

    At 6'4 and 130kg I'm finding it hard to find a cycle which is rated for such beastly proportions. Typical off the...
  5. Exactly. It's got nothing to do with ethics....

    Exactly. It's got nothing to do with ethics. That's why I said it. To highlight the stupidity in bringing ethics into a conversation on subjective value of an individual's worth.



    You don't...
  6. I don't blame immigrants. I blame successive...

    I don't blame immigrants. I blame successive governments immigration policy which has left us in the current situation with oversubscribed local services. There is a massive difference.
  7. It's also easier to criticise the source than...

    It's also easier to criticise the source than actually deal with the argument presented. Fail.

    Ask anyone who has experience working in the NHS and they will tell you the same. We are having to...
  8. Sounds like a load of rubbish if you ask me. ...

    Sounds like a load of rubbish if you ask me.

    Agents wanting to meet up face to face before they put you forward for a job are almost always a wind up in my opinion. Usually an imaginary job used...
  9. If you want to get into ethical then how ethical...

    If you want to get into ethical then how ethical is it to get paid £600/day to post on ContractorUK? Ethics are totally irrelevent in my opinion.

    If a DJ can get paid £10k for an hour pressing...
  10. Last time I got in for 8am appointment I was...

    Last time I got in for 8am appointment I was sitting around until past 1pm before I got seen. Is that lazy? Prat.
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    45p is just what HMRC allows you to claim. If...

    45p is just what HMRC allows you to claim.

    If your company is paying you less than 45p, you can claim the difference directly as a Mileage Allowance Relief.
  12. NHS is a ******* shambles. As much as I like free...

    NHS is a ******* shambles. As much as I like free healthcare, what we've got at the moment is crap.

    3 weeks for a GP appointment and then have to wait hours to get seen. And when I do go there,...
  13. If I'd have known it was going to get like this...

    If I'd have known it was going to get like this seriously I'd have brought my handbag in.

    It's not a personal dig at anyone, but I thought this was forum around contracting so I do find it a...
  14. Maybe there is a forum where you can go and...

    Maybe there is a forum where you can go and discuss all these benefits with like minded people?
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    Funny. If I'm asked to do something not on the...

    Funny. If I'm asked to do something not on the job description I roll my sleeves up and get on with.

    "Not my job" is what permies say.
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    A few years back I was in the same situation....

    A few years back I was in the same situation. Asked to train a clueless perm in the job, yes it involved a lot of technical training. Few months later he shat himself and disappeared, client called...
  17. Gave me a good laugh!

    Gave me a good laugh!
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    Yes. The gap between finance and the rest is...

    Yes. The gap between finance and the rest is shrinking, but it will depend on the specific niche.
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    If you have been given notice then it's expected...

    If you have been given notice then it's expected that there needs to be some flexibility.

    In that situation I just tell the truth that I have interviews to go to. Either that or make up some tulip...
  20. The right thing to do in permie land is take...

    The right thing to do in permie land is take advantage and spend your working hours working on your side business :tongue :tongue
  21. If you just want to take your money at the end of...

    If you just want to take your money at the end of the month then I understand why you might see things differently. Personally I'd rather have £9k untaxed in the business account than £3500 taxed in...
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    Far more interesting work outside of banking if...

    Far more interesting work outside of banking if you ask me.

    Everyone in banking I know is crying of job cuts and impending doom. Banking jobs tend to be very focussed roles with huge amounts of...
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    You generally don't get wealthy having to ask how...

    You generally don't get wealthy having to ask how to tie your shoelaces either.
  24. Sounds like you are suffering from a large dose...

    Sounds like you are suffering from a large dose of cognitive dissonance.

    1. Why are you only doing 2-4 month stints? I know contractor's work short projects but the vast majority are projects...
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    This is funny. From a wealthy family, earns...

    This is funny.

    From a wealthy family, earns good money, about to get a big chunk of inheritance.

    Asking people whether or not they should save £50/pcm?

    Do you always ask advice for minutiae...
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    Only you can decide however in my opinion it's...

    Only you can decide however in my opinion it's sometimes better to get out before you get too soft.

    I've known a few guys stuck in contracts too long who took the easy money and then got screwed...
  27. I would expect the agent to enforce the notice...

    I would expect the agent to enforce the notice period because that's comission for them. Unless they already have a lot of business with the client and see fobbing you off as a favour to the client....
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    In my experience the jobs dry up from...

    In my experience the jobs dry up from November->Feb. Anywhere in-between is usually fine.
  29. You can't. These clauses are specifically...

    You can't. These clauses are specifically designed so you can't just fob off your existing agency and go with someone else doing the same job.
    asd
    Your best hope is finding out if your original...
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    How about everyone stops being a mug and giving...

    How about everyone stops being a mug and giving out references until they've signed a contract.

    Then the agents will eventually stop asking. It's annoying enough without some of you giving them a...
  31. I guess it depends on the sector but try and make...

    I guess it depends on the sector but try and make the recruiters understand that you are in demand. That way they will rush to get the contract out and signed. I always tell agents I've got stuff on...
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    Smoke and mirrors in my opinion. All this...

    Smoke and mirrors in my opinion.

    All this means is that contracts have to be re-written so that liability shifts to the 3rd party, eg. agencies or consultancy companies who public bodies engage...
  33. In my experience the rates aren't half. It really...

    In my experience the rates aren't half. It really depends on your sector.

    I was getting calls earlier this year for jobs in Sheffield and Manchester which were within 20% of my London rate....
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    Exactly. This is a weak effort to try and appear...

    Exactly. This is a weak effort to try and appear tough on PSC's, when in fact it's a basic mandate to government departments on the way in which they hire people.

    Business as usual in my opinion,...
  35. That's your own stupid fault, sorry to say. It's...

    That's your own stupid fault, sorry to say. It's so simple to run a LTD< i wonder how you got into so much bother.

    All you have to do is call up one of the reputable accountants, intouch, SJD,...
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    If you don't need the money I'd be tempted to...

    If you don't need the money I'd be tempted to leave it in the business until you do need it.
  37. I'm not worried about tax changes impacting...

    I'm not worried about tax changes impacting contracting, any impact will be short term whilst the market readjusts. Businesses will still need contract workers, so the demand will be there and where...
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    I really wouldn't judge a job based on the...

    I really wouldn't judge a job based on the titles, they vary hugely from company to company.

    Whether you are a System Analyst, Administrator, Operations or Consultant, it's all the same tulip.
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    Well yeah.... it's a day rate, the time aspect of...

    Well yeah.... it's a day rate, the time aspect of the rate is included by the fact it's called a days rate :)
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    Lots of people here saying the right thing but...

    Lots of people here saying the right thing but what they don't seem to realise is it's very dependent on your specific job and the projects you are working on.

    It's technically possible for us all...
  41. Yes but we aren't talking about individuals are...

    Yes but we aren't talking about individuals are we, we are talking about an entire industry being hit with the same tax increases.

    I would expect that most would seek to pass those costs onto...
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    They seem to be aiming for low hanging fruit....

    They seem to be aiming for low hanging fruit. I've had lots of calls and the rates are always far below market that it's laughable.
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    In my experience the total price of a project is...

    In my experience the total price of a project is usually double the day rates but that will be because there is a business behind the quote.

    You as a one man band should stay away from a fixed...
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    Any current new laptop can do this to some...

    Any current new laptop can do this to some degree. It comes down to your budget and specific requirements. The more ram the better.

    I run a macbook pro with 16gb ram and VMware fusion. Works well.
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    Is this a trick question? Supplying the exact...

    Is this a trick question?

    Supplying the exact measure of your previous role is exactly what employers want because then they know exactly how much money they can get away with paying you. This is...
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    Renamed your icons? As in your desktop icons? ...

    Renamed your icons? As in your desktop icons?

    Sounds like a really stupid idea. Passwords should go in a secure password dump.
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    Cheers for the information chaps it's much...

    Cheers for the information chaps it's much appreciated. Little apprehensive but lets see, will be an experience I'm sure.
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    Anyone contracted for the Police before?

    Just wondering any information on experiences? Seen and read the SC clearance stuff but not seen much on what it's like contracting for a police force.
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    Poll: you tell the ladies you running 19s? what's that...

    you tell the ladies you running 19s? what's that like a honda civic type R. ahaha.
  50. LOL quote of the week. As someone who lives...

    LOL quote of the week.

    As someone who lives within 20 minutes of the city is pretty difficult to use the travel excuse as reason to wanting to wfh. I just ******* hate being in the office 5 days...
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