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    usually at the point where you say an agency can...

    usually at the point where you say an agency can represent you for the role, you are a long way from having an actual contract to review

    i was placed with iKas years ago for a perm role, no...
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    yep, i was close :P sorry to hijack the...

    yep, i was close :P

    sorry to hijack the thread, but as i'll be going through a similar process later this year, is it worth me calling now and speaking to someone so i have an idea of the costs...
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    I plan on doing the same later this year....will...

    I plan on doing the same later this year....will be emigrating so just figuring out the best way to do things. I think there is a poster on here who handles the MVLs.....Maskins, I think, he might be...
  4. seems like a sensible approach cheers for the...

    seems like a sensible approach

    cheers for the advice all, was expecting a barrage of "unprofessional behaviour etc"
  5. agreed, I will definitely follow whatever the...

    agreed, I will definitely follow whatever the notice period is in the contract. I feel even doing that will be upsetting people so I don't want to rock the boat any more than I have to, even though...
  6. well that's it, my option is to just do that and...

    well that's it, my option is to just do that and not really care about the consequences! i'm posting incase someone else had been in a similar position and came up with a creative solution other than...
  7. Taking a contract you know you won't finish

    My current gig is up next month and I am in the process of interviewing for my next gig, most of which are 6 month contracts. The problem is, I plan to emigrate in just under 6 months so I know I...
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    my friend was with them for about 12-18 months...

    my friend was with them for about 12-18 months before I finally convinced her to move away! I had almost joined but did some reading up and didn't like their model, so avoiding it! they didn't sort...
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    I'm with Gorilla accounting, who use freeAgent,...

    I'm with Gorilla accounting, who use freeAgent, no complaints at all, decent service, answer all my queries.
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    ignoring the mockery from the rest, there are...

    ignoring the mockery from the rest, there are some important lessons here for you

    1. anything to do with your contract (rate/terms/extensions), you have to get it in writing, never presume verbal...
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    worth checking the contract for a probation...

    worth checking the contract for a probation period, just to have it up your sleeve if they don't like that you have gone for the other contract.

    I had this before as a permie where I accepted an...
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    +1 this go to interview B, see how it goes....

    +1 this

    go to interview B, see how it goes. It's not impossible that A could cancel your contract before you even start so cover yourself until you are 100% sure and in the door of client A.
    ...
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    probably depends where you are and in the...

    probably depends where you are and in the industry

    in London working in finance, getting £500+ still for PM role
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    if it's a renewal, which you seem to be implying,...

    if it's a renewal, which you seem to be implying, then I'd argue the case that the pimp didn't have to do any work for this contract, so you want to reduce his share......but they won't be happy so...
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    thanks, very useful to know

    thanks, very useful to know
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    haha fair enough....hoping for logical reasoning...

    haha fair enough....hoping for logical reasoning from them might be a bit much

    I'll check how much i have receipts for, put them in , then make a decision on the remaining
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    i'm just not sure what difference the receipt...

    i'm just not sure what difference the receipt makes

    if i had a receipt from a pub for 2 pints or a card statement for £10 (London prices!!!) , the receipt doesn't explain or justify the expense,...
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    understood, but when it's just a business...

    understood, but when it's just a business entertainment expense from a bar/coffee/shop restaurant, does it still matter? (I'm talking expenses under <£100) I can understand that if you are claiming...
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    receipts vs credit card/bank statements

    does anyone has experience of HMRC demanding receipts for expenses and a bank statement/credit card statement not being deemed sufficient evidence of the expense?

    I totally understand that you...
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    technically, if you contract expires at the end...

    technically, if you contract expires at the end of Feb and you don't renew, you don't even have to give them notice. You can just start another contract elsewhere. It would be good business practice...
  21. Thread: MVL Clarity

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    has there been any clarity around what happens if...

    has there been any clarity around what happens if you move to another country and then setup a company there in a similar trade/activity within the 2 years? I would have thought that be closing the...
  22. the money anyone is on shouldn't really come into...

    the money anyone is on shouldn't really come into it

    if you are being treated unfairly (which I'm not saying she is or isn't in this case), then you have a right to complain and for things to...
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    very interesting I suspect something similar...

    very interesting

    I suspect something similar has happened in my instance. It was my first contract, I was keen to get in so dropped my rate by £50, which I'm pretty sure the pimp pocketed. All...
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    Interesting to hear some people say you'd never...

    Interesting to hear some people say you'd never find out (without accessing finance systems), and others have found out from client/agency.

    Will speak to agency, but not holding much hope there. ...
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    if you want to get childish about reading...

    if you want to get childish about reading abilities, you said "So you have nothing on the table, at the present time, to back up this raise?
    Good luck with that "

    when in the OP I said " but...
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    I'm not asking for it now, I'm thinking of doing...

    I'm not asking for it now, I'm thinking of doing it at renewal time.

    Obviously you can't just turn around and say "give me more money" without being able to justify WHY you deserve it, and if I...
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    Actual offers, not ads I've seen on jobserve :P ...

    Actual offers, not ads I've seen on jobserve :P I had one fall through which I wanted and would have taken and another I turned down as I didn't feel it was worth jumping ship for mid-contract
    ...
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    as I explained in another reply, the point of the...

    as I explained in another reply, the point of the thread was not "how do I get a rate bump" or "I deserve a rate bump", but how do I find out what I'm costing the clientco

    I'm not questioning the...
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    I'm not sure that is true, I would normally...

    I'm not sure that is true, I would normally expect the agency to be on the ball around a month from renewal time, catch up and then chase the client for a renewal. In my case, I did that work myself...
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    ok, I didn't go into detail about why I wanted...

    ok, I didn't go into detail about why I wanted the bump my post was about how I go about finding out the rate, not how do I get a bump....

    Obviously you have to prove the reasons why you deserve...
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    Finding out the rate being charged?

    What is the general consensus when it comes to finding out what rate the agency is charging the client? And if I want to find out, who should I approach? if I ask the agency would they tell me? or...
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    always tricky to do it mid-contract IMO. I think...

    always tricky to do it mid-contract IMO. I think the best way to do it is to gather some information on how you have delivered what was required (and possibly more) in the previous contract. Why you...
  33. it's also very frustrating to come and ask for...

    it's also very frustrating to come and ask for advice and find snarky responses. it's a forum, where people come with questions to look for advice, if you haven't got any useful advice to give, then...
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    ER - for legitimate reasons

    What are people's thoughts on what will happen with ER? I plan on emigrating next year so I was planning on building up a nice warchest and then closing the company down and moving aboard, so...
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    This wasn't something the agent initiated, this...

    This wasn't something the agent initiated, this was a request from the end client. I don't have any real issue with it, I just posted the question as I hadn't come across this type of screening...
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    yes, that's exactly what I thought! in some ways...

    yes, that's exactly what I thought! in some ways I can understand them wanting to make sure I can speak clearly and how I present myself but I wouldn't be surprised if it was more about being part of...
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    so turns out it was standard enough, he dropped...

    so turns out it was standard enough, he dropped me a mail with a few standard questions (background, projects managed, problems encountered etc), then logged me into the hangout, turned broadcast on...
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    the contact came through linkedin, so he's a...

    the contact came through linkedin, so he's a legitimate recruiter (as much as they can be) or if not, he's gone to a lot of effort building up a profile, contacts and history

    he has sent on a spec...
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    haha I'll be telling them to jog on at the first...

    haha I'll be telling them to jog on at the first sniff of that line of questioning
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    no harm in it, I'm asking the question as it's...

    no harm in it, I'm asking the question as it's not an approach i'm familiar with and just checking in case countless others have done similar (and if it was worthwhile or not)!
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    exactly, it's just all a bit odd and i'm tempted...

    exactly, it's just all a bit odd and i'm tempted to tell him to jog on if he can't provide me with a spec

    if I was being nice and trusting of recruiters, the end client may have asked the agency...
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    I guess not, but usually I do interviews with the...

    I guess not, but usually I do interviews with the client, not the agency
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    thats what i'm thinking, which is why I've asked...

    thats what i'm thinking, which is why I've asked again for a spec and why I've asked on here in case this is now becoming more common and I just haven't come across it yet. Does seem a bit odd that...
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    interview with agency, via google hangout

    Has anyone else had this before?

    Agent called last week about a role, sounded somewhat interesting so I said ok, have twice emailed requested a job spec but none have been forthcoming.

    Agent...
  45. technically that blocks it yes, but for 99% of...

    technically that blocks it yes, but for 99% of people who get visa's to work in a foreign country, you basically ignore that and exaggerate something niche/different on the CV to get past it and it...
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    As a relative newbie myself, I agree with the OP...

    As a relative newbie myself, I agree with the OP about the negativity on here from quite a few of the regular posters, if I had read this forum before going contracting, I might well have given it a...
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    and you think everyone keeps hold of every...

    and you think everyone keeps hold of every business card they receive these days??? LI is an extremely easy and quick way to find people, rather than searching through your mails cos you remember...
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    the hiring manager was the person who informed me...

    the hiring manager was the person who informed me of their intent to dispense of my services....... (although I do believe she was just trying to play hardball to convince me to go perm, her people...
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    just as a FYI for everyone - timesheets have been...

    just as a FYI for everyone - timesheets have been approved

    thanks for help and advice, will make sure not to end up in a similar situation again
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    i'm 99% sure they aren't and wouldn't do...

    i'm 99% sure they aren't and wouldn't do something like that, but I take all your points and it's not a situation I need to open myself up to. They have said timesheets will be approved today so...
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