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    :laugh :facepalm:

    :laugh :facepalm:
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    Shirley they were never contractors to begin with...

    Shirley they were never contractors to begin with :freaky:
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    One client had some rough ground attached to a...

    One client had some rough ground attached to a working men's club for contractor parking. We weren't allowed to use the tarmac on clientco property.

    Bit of a walk but suppose it was nice of them...
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    :hug: No news?

    :hug:

    No news?
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    Unboomed due to 'budget rethink' :frown I asked...

    Unboomed due to 'budget rethink' :frown I asked if it was Brexit related and response was 'unofficially and indirectly... yes...' :facepalm: Somewhat of an irony given my apathy around it all (and...
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    :laugh uncomfortably familiar last few posts.

    :laugh uncomfortably familiar last few posts.
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    Unreal. Phone call this am about a role I had a...

    Unreal. Phone call this am about a role I had a vague chat with ClientCo about (no way was it an interview) a couple of weeks ago. Had completely forgot about it tbh.

    Lo and behold BOOMED I...
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    Been a dire summer :ohwell serves me right for...

    Been a dire summer :ohwell serves me right for being surplus to requirements mid July.

    On the plus side I have spend a productive summer with my son who has been off school.

    Doing activities...
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    Yip agree with that. Slight aside but I've...

    Yip agree with that.

    Slight aside but I've even had one ClientCo where the 'Line Manager' said ''I can't be arsed with doing that. Here...'' and gave me her login details to approve my own...
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    Started a gig once with a few other guys. Myself...

    Started a gig once with a few other guys. Myself and one other were through Agency A and the other 7 were through Agency B.

    Agency A were fine, had contracts ready before start date (just!) and...
  11. Eh what's all this previous rate carp :confused:...

    Eh what's all this previous rate carp :confused: Don't we just say my 'daily rate is...' and we give a predetermined figure based on the role/location/client/etc. as kevpuk alluded to earlier?
    ...
  12. Sounds a fair compromise. Means I don't have to...

    Sounds a fair compromise. Means I don't have to talk to them and can get the work done :ohwell
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    Took over a month for a basic to arrive recently....

    Took over a month for a basic to arrive recently. Applied end of March arrived early May. Ridiclous but I guess it is down to the new financial year and flurry of applicants.

    Their SLA was just...
  14. Thread: Africa

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    :laugh Oh go on and troll them pleeeaaassssee.

    :laugh Oh go on and troll them pleeeaaassssee.
  15. When I was there in 2011 the message was...

    When I was there in 2011 the message was immediate termination if you didn't comply with the rate cut. Then the bounders finished us all by Christmas (instead of March) anyway :frown
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    Did a stint last year in Wythenshawe. Struck me...

    Did a stint last year in Wythenshawe. Struck me as quite a disconnected company especially following the C&W acquisition.

    I suppose just about any scenario is possible with any company though. I...
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    You'll notice more of weird things like this the...

    You'll notice more of weird things like this the more out of luck/work you seem to be.

    Most of the multi-millionaire contractors on here are fending off multiple clients who want them to go direct...
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    For some the opportunity to acquire one of these...

    For some the opportunity to acquire one of these never arises thus they end up going round in circles :(
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    :eek: I'd have put my house on you telling him to...

    :eek: I'd have put my house on you telling him to do a search instead of starting a new topic :tongue
  20. Are you still at Radbroke? I nearly returned...

    Are you still at Radbroke? I nearly returned twice last year but was scuppered due to two separate idiotic reasons. On this year's rounds I've not even had an interview!

    Don't remember p*****g...
  21. Seems to have been pleasantly paced for the time...

    Seems to have been pleasantly paced for the time of year though stiff competition and rates are both against the lowly PMO lacky.

    Oh yeah I'll say it quietly though - BOOMED! :music:
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    Always reminds me the story of a guy I knew...

    Always reminds me the story of a guy I knew started with a bank and all his equipment and logins were waiting for him on gig day 1. The worrying false sense of efficiency soon abated when he tried...
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    Good idea. Where do they sell these if you're...

    Good idea. Where do they sell these if you're currently short of one...?
  24. *Snigger* Sorry I have nothing constructive to...

    *Snigger*

    Sorry I have nothing constructive to add...
  25. I have an awful suspicion that there are a lot A...

    I have an awful suspicion that there are a lot A LOT of good contractors taking these roles to 'ride the storm' waiting for the next big ticket to come along. They'll put on their CV that they were...
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    Yep seeing this a lot recently :mad: Have...

    Yep seeing this a lot recently :mad:

    Have started to google the agent and find their direct email address then follow up with a phone call
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    People make phone calls with these contraptions...

    People make phone calls with these contraptions :confused:
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    Apparently it's easier to confront someone from...

    Apparently it's easier to confront someone from behind a few lines of text finished with a 'lol' :confused:
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    :laugh They'd call bulltulipe on me straight away!

    :laugh They'd call bulltulipe on me straight away!
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    :rollin::rollin: I've just about stopped roffling...

    :rollin::rollin: I've just about stopped roffling at this after reading it :laugh

    I mentioned I 'worked in IT' to the Landlady of a B&B once. Big mistake. She had me fixing a 'broken' TV in one...
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    It's nothing personal.... If they think you're...

    It's nothing personal....

    If they think you're good enough to be submitted to ClientCo. (i.e. potential to make them cash) or you've been successful at interview when you're awaiting feedback from...
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    This sounds like an agency I have had indirect...

    This sounds like an agency I have had indirect dealings with that put in unrealistic (and totally non-enforceable I would assume going off what NLUK says) clauses to their contracts. One recent...
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    Don't bother as the market is frigging saturated...

    Don't bother as the market is frigging saturated with PMs and when they can't get a PM or JPM role they 'drop down' to PMO support roles :tantrum:
  34. Thread: LinkedIn Oops

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    No I quite agree however it just seems to be the...

    No I quite agree however it just seems to be the way with some - both Hays and Lorien have asked me to visit a local office in the past so they can count my heads.

    I'd never do the lunch, coffee...
  35. Thread: LinkedIn Oops

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    :laugh They wanted a scan of my passport - her...

    :laugh They wanted a scan of my passport - her words were 'to ensure I didn't have four heads' so three or less is acceptable then. Why don't they just say to ensure I'm not Bob Shawadiwadi with much...
  36. Thread: LinkedIn Oops

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    Love this on LinkedIn - you can get in a never...

    Love this on LinkedIn - you can get in a never ending chain of lovely laydees who all seem to be in recruitment. If they ever check their 'Who's Viewed Your Profile' do they see the opposite i.e. a...
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    Can't get a look-in :frown Several roles that...

    Can't get a look-in :frown

    Several roles that in Telco or Banking world would have seen me at least get an interview have produced diddly squat.

    Perhaps they're more intuitive :laugh
  38. Thread: New car time

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    Used my mum's C1 (which is effectively the same...

    Used my mum's C1 (which is effectively the same as nearly every car quoted in this thread so far) during a dire need period last year, found it absolutely fantastic for the job and would have one if...
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    Advertising works... :emb

    Advertising works... :emb
  40. It's a method I don't agree with but can see the...

    It's a method I don't agree with but can see the reasoning for. I'd still like every Agent to have at least half an idea of what the role entails even if they don't get all the technical jargon. I...
  41. Recent conversation with an agent who had posted...

    Recent conversation with an agent who had posted a role on Jobserve only 10 minutes earlier - 'Oh I'm ringing people as the CVs come and will just stop when I've got enough that fit the bill'.
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  42. Thread: Rock music

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iwC2QljLn4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iwC2QljLn4
  43. Thread: Rock music

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    Tsk you're doing it wrong! ...

    Tsk you're doing it wrong!


    http://youtu.be/CD-E-LDc384
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    Poll: Me me me I want to have a crack at this one...

    Me me me I want to have a crack at this one although I support Blackpool and if not for them I would have left the stupid money driven festering sack of s**t they call a sport behind long ago. I'm...
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    Ooooooh yeah! Agree with this...

    Ooooooh yeah! Agree with this timeseleventymillioninfinitys and would even say it's tame. Can I add:

    - Permies who get entwined in their employer like it's their own company

    - People who watch...
  46. Yes although they've left that client now but...

    Yes although they've left that client now but this thread reminded me of the situation. His 'action' was to nuke the email from orbit :eek
  47. Hypothetically... If one's contract was fine...

    Hypothetically...

    If one's contract was fine with no obvious IR35 bother but then when they start they receive a 'contractor care pack' via email from HR when would the worry start? If said pack...
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    So... 1. Assemble CUK Rabble 2. Initiate UKC...

    So...

    1. Assemble CUK Rabble
    2. Initiate UKC (for cojak) Agency
    3. ????
    4. Profit

    Are we all in? :cool:
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    I'm convinced something like this could work...

    I'm convinced something like this could work though I have no idea how pimps get their foot in the door to become 'preferred' (phone number client has on a post it I imagine) other than hammering...
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    That's bonkers - must be addicted to invoicing? ...

    That's bonkers - must be addicted to invoicing?


    Married? Kids? Holidays? Are you cut out to contract... :tongue
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