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    In a practical sense I agree. In fact, in a...

    In a practical sense I agree. In fact, in a practical sense personally speaking they've never been of much use.

    I do however know that I wouldn't have made the interview list for any of the roles...
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    My experience of engineering rates in the oil and...

    My experience of engineering rates in the oil and gas industry is similar. From an offshore perspective - there's one regular contract position onboard who I'd say is on more than £1000/day. I'd...
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    Watersports aren't my thing. If I remember...

    Watersports aren't my thing.

    If I remember correctly I took an umbrella to work but the testing improved, relations became more cordial and deployment wasn't required. The umbilical was loaded...
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    I once did a 2 week stint witnessing a subsea...

    I once did a 2 week stint witnessing a subsea umbilical being tested for a client at a manufacturing facility at the Walker quayside in Newcastle.

    I turned up on day one with my sandwiches and...
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    An old oil company I worked staff for had a habit...

    An old oil company I worked staff for had a habit of doing this. They binned 4 or 5 guys over a period of a few weeks for "underperformance". They would give them 6 months pay plus a separate line...
  6. I don't think you meant to contradict this, but...

    I don't think you meant to contradict this, but worth stating nonetheless:

    A fail on the contract by Qdos does not invalidate the insurance providing that you can agree to the application...
  7. Check here too: Compare the UK’s cheapest...

    Check here too:

    Compare the UK’s cheapest online brokers

    I have one SIPP with Iweb and one with HL. HL are one of the more expensive platforms to hold funds. If however, you hold individual...
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    I used VitalTax and it worked fine. Its just an...

    I used VitalTax and it worked fine. Its just an excel add-on - nowt fancy.
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    There are other cheaper/free bridging "software"...

    There are other cheaper/free bridging "software" providers mentioned here.

    https://www.contractoruk.com/forums/accounting-legal/131392-mtd-vat-4.html
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    You can read the story without subscription by...

    You can read the story without subscription by typing "HMRC targets GSK" into google, hit news and click on the article.
  11. If you have any lingering health concerns which...

    If you have any lingering health concerns which might raise eyebrows with some of the main OPITO medical providers, PM me. I know of a doc that would've signed off Jocky Wilson and George Best for a...
  12. I have never invoiced any client for medical or...

    I have never invoiced any client for medical or BOSEIT courses nor have I ever heard of an offshore contractor doing so.
    I consider it part of maintaining the ability of my company to continue...
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    Sticky: He is a guest writer on the monevator website...

    He is a guest writer on the monevator website also. His article on the merits of owning a total world equity index tracker (like VWRL) is worth a read.

    Kroijer
  14. I expect to be determined outside but I expect to...

    I expect to be determined outside but I expect to use this as the catalyst I need to retire nonetheless. We settled on 15%.
  15. My current client just asked me to sign a 12...

    My current client just asked me to sign a 12 month contract with a 2.5% rate escalation. I asked 4 permanent members of staff on the planned approach to IR35 reform as part of the contract...
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    Vitaltax. Free for the first year. Good...

    Vitaltax. Free for the first year. Good support. Doddle to set up - just an add-on to excel then specify which cells have the correct outputs. The add-on has the same format as the old gateway...
  17. I would go with your hunch. I have been put in...

    I would go with your hunch. I have been put in similar situations when I was staff. Being told to leave my hard hat and coveralls at home "in case I get my bag searched".... "just tell them you're...
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    Agree. My redundancy deal with my last permanent...

    Agree. My redundancy deal with my last permanent gig was six months salary plus a month for every year capped a 20 years. £30k tax free plus your stock vested tax free. The coffin dodgers were...
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    This is all well and good. But I work on an oil...

    This is all well and good. But I work on an oil rig. If he can't use the IR35 bus, I'm worried I'm going to have to buy myself a helicopter.
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    Indeed. Although this is far and away the best...

    Indeed. Although this is far and away the best general contractor resource I've found - IT or otherwise. Any O&G specific forums are mostly (I'm told) unstructured rantfests on Facebook which I...
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    Insurance - Manual labour %

    I contract offshore to oil company clients. I took on a contract which involves the decommissioning of certain elements of topsides and subsea infrastructure for an oil production facility. It's a...
  22. Thread: MTD & VAT

    by sludgesurfer
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    Fair enough. I'll be in touch in a year. All...

    Fair enough. I'll be in touch in a year. All the best with it.
  23. Thread: MTD & VAT

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    VitalTax and TaxOptimiser are both free for the...

    VitalTax and TaxOptimiser are both free for the first year. I've used VitalTax and it worked a treat. Their second year price is £1/month. Given the simplicity of an Excel based bridging solution...
  24. The desert outside Palmyra, Syria. Seeing the...

    The desert outside Palmyra, Syria. Seeing the sunrise at Palmyra was the most incredible spectacle - It broke my heart to see its demise and that of the director of antiquities at the hands of Daesh.
  25. I use free bookeeping software which can export...

    I use free bookeeping software which can export to an excel format. I recently registered for the MTD pilot programme and installed the free VitalTax add-on to excel.

    I've just submitted my first...
  26. You're correct. It should be Out of Scope.

    You're correct. It should be Out of Scope.
  27. I think your accountant is right based on my...

    I think your accountant is right based on my experience of work outwith UK territorial waters.

    For work related to North Sea activities, your answer will likely be found here:
    UKOITC: North Sea...
  28. Were you to transfer out of the Aviva scheme, you...

    Were you to transfer out of the Aviva scheme, you may have to pay an exit penalty. These tend to sit somewhere on a scale of "that seems reasonable" to "christ on a bike that's ridiculous". Some...
  29. There are likely to be a few free HMRC approved...

    There are likely to be a few free HMRC approved bridging solutions purely for VAT entry by April next year.

    Here is one already - not tried it & can't vouch for it. Free for the first year.
    ...
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    There's plenty of chat on other threads on this...

    There's plenty of chat on other threads on this subject.

    Whilst HL is very uncompetitive for funds where a % fee is charged, for larger portfolios consisting of ETFs, individual shares, bonds and...
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    See below. I can't recommend monevator enough. ...

    See below. I can't recommend monevator enough.

    Weekend reading: Yes, even brokers can fail you

    What you need to know about nominee accounts | Monevator

    Investor compensation schemes – are...
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    manager.io Free desktop download then all...

    manager.io

    Free desktop download then all offline. I'm a simpleton but it does the business for me (and my accountant)
  33. I'm in a similar field albeit contracting...

    I'm in a similar field albeit contracting offshore. This is all pretty standard stuff. As the others have said - you're not looking for travel insurance - business or otherwise. You're looking for...
  34. ....and offer the substitute which your contract...

    ....and offer the substitute which your contract will say you can provide.
  35. Very few (posters at least). Perhaps the recent...

    Very few (posters at least). Perhaps the recent perk up in oil price will coax a few more back into the o&g market as rates start to recover. I'm in operations (with a small software side-hustle)...
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    Double repeat condescension....all we need now is...

    Double repeat condescension....all we need now is for someone to tell you to "speak to your accountant" or "use google to find your answer" or tell you "you're really not cut out for this contracting...
  37. "2017/18 will be a relatively complicated tax...

    "2017/18 will be a relatively complicated tax year for a simpleton like me what with having worked in a PAYE position for most of last year, then taken redundancy pay, invested in a SIPP and...
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    As an consultant engineer contracting offshore,...

    As an consultant engineer contracting offshore, I'd say its pretty unusual not to see either an uplift built into a contractors day rate or a clause stating that an offshore day constitutes a 12 hr...
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    As I said, a cloud-based version is also...

    As I said, a cloud-based version is also available for a price. For me, mailing one file, once a year isn't a hassle especially given it's free.
  40. I posted this link in another forum about the...

    I posted this link in another forum about the same topic.

    I'd encourage you to visit. Its the best resource I've found on investment platform cost comparison.

    Compare the UK’s cheapest online...
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    I use manager.io for my limited company books. ...

    I use manager.io for my limited company books. The desktop version is free. I save the file and mail it to my accountant (or mail a google Drive link). He does his bit and mails me the amended...
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    As others have said, check with your provider. ...

    As others have said, check with your provider. Post RDR, the offerings of many brokers have been subject to change often at relatively short notice.

    I have two SIPPs. One with HL and one with...
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