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    Having spent august and September depleting 2...

    Having spent august and September depleting 2 months worth of war chest this year, I'm not going to disagree!

    That was voluntary, too - I must've really hated that contract.
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    An old comment I've thought of around this time...

    An old comment I've thought of around this time of year (or a few other, times of year)
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    All part of the deal. Which feeds into the...

    All part of the deal. Which feeds into the general advise here to "not let up on applying, keep applying at the same rate and even going to interviews until you're sat down at the client's desk on...
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    I have, and twice got a contract in the first...

    I have, and twice got a contract in the first week of January. Enjoy your holiday :)
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    Sound like some of the outfits offering 'free...

    Sound like some of the outfits offering 'free webinars' that IPSE seem so fond of
  6. Just the Christmas week itself. I think the first...

    Just the Christmas week itself. I think the first time for me it hasn't been 2 weeks.

    Gig is WFH so any surrounding days shouldn't be too much trouble!
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    They've said a few things in recent years ;)

    They've said a few things in recent years ;)
  8. Made a right impression by my last hiring manager...

    Made a right impression by my last hiring manager - in an office full of presentees, I'd leave at 4:40PM every day to get the 5PM train.

    I was coming in at 8:30 so I said I wasn't leaving early,...
  9. Remember that words, of clients and agents mean...

    Remember that words, of clients and agents mean nothing. I don't count a renewal as 'in the bag' until I'm sat there on day one.

    No matter how much of a cert it is, start looking a month before,...
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    I made them all agency references as opposed to...

    I made them all agency references as opposed to client. So even if I hadn't been great for them, they wouldn't burn any bridges.

    Some former clients I wouldn't trust to wee on me if I was on fire.
  11. Gotta say I think the Lib Dems have the edge on...

    Gotta say I think the Lib Dems have the edge on the big 2 here
  12. Much like being asked to meet an agent in person,...

    Much like being asked to meet an agent in person, nothing ever seems to come of these interactions. You start to filter them out after having given the benefit of the doubt too many times.
  13. No. I find refusing to do this from the off, and...

    No. I find refusing to do this from the off, and cheerily explaining why, nips it in the bud (all the way up to renewal, or not!)

    Lives are made miserable by over-dedication to work. We do have...
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    There is a massive pay disparity in this country....

    There is a massive pay disparity in this country.

    Some of the people on this site could certainly pay a bit more back in.
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    And a cancellation of the loan charge, for those...

    And a cancellation of the loan charge, for those involved
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    No issues if it's on billable time or a quick...

    No issues if it's on billable time or a quick phone thing

    Rigidly finding reasons to whinge about IR35 isn't real world.
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    Those ones are alright - set some time to talk...

    Those ones are alright - set some time to talk about what you're up for, where you've been, they get a feel for your personality etc.

    Don't take up the offer to meet recruiters in person unless...
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    Got asked for my last 4 years worth at my current...

    Got asked for my last 4 years worth at my current gig - this was well after contract arrived, mind.

    Meant asking for a favour from some individuals I hadn't given my best work to!
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    Plenty greetings - now make sure you're good and...

    Plenty greetings - now make sure you're good and do the needful.
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    I've had a few of these interviews over the last...

    I've had a few of these interviews over the last few years. What it normally consists of is a PM who to all intents and purposes is the hiring manager, who then brings in a robot BA/robot developer...
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    Was the Blackpool role being offered by an Indian...

    Was the Blackpool role being offered by an Indian chap? :glasses
  22. Always take the contract option

    Always take the contract option
  23. Thread: Warchests

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    Aldermore is 1% with payments taking 2 hours on...

    Aldermore is 1% with payments taking 2 hours on weekdays.
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    Thats the first I've heard that. I'd imagine...

    Thats the first I've heard that.

    I'd imagine it'll stay as presumably it's a revenue earner (of sorts), and they already have the process in place for public sector stuff.
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    Wouldn't be a bad idea. Or a search for '£x in,...

    Wouldn't be a bad idea. Or a search for '£x in, £x out' . You could specify that on your profile as well.
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    Not as much as savings accounts do, you're better...

    Not as much as savings accounts do, you're better banking all your company money (minus a grand or so) in one of those.

    Taxes will all need paying so makes sense to never draw down on the amounts...
  27. Was there a crackly phone line, a bit of...

    Was there a crackly phone line, a bit of satellite delay in the call perhaps...
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    This sounds more anger inducing than not doing it...

    This sounds more anger inducing than not doing it at all

    Compromise and give them a stool sample. It's one of those annoying things really that you may just have to take on the chin for a quiet...
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    Long-time gighunters from the summer lull -...

    Long-time gighunters from the summer lull - anyone still looking? What's your running total of months out now?
  30. YANCOTBAC :D Common practise in my...

    YANCOTBAC :D


    Common practise in my experience.
  31. I made this mistake quite early on in my career...

    I made this mistake quite early on in my career thinking that people wanted timesheets completed with laser accuracy.

    They don't. It's a finger in the air.

    Roughly apportion the proportion of...
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    Not sure I could support such a service as I...

    Not sure I could support such a service as I dread to think what some of my clients would say about me... :eek:
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    Indeed. Getting home just in time to fill your...

    Indeed. Getting home just in time to fill your overnight bag and start the process again
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    :D What banks say and what they do in the...

    :D



    What banks say and what they do in the fullness of time are two different things. They may well get to March/April and start offering bumped-up IR35 roles. They're not immune to the forces...
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    "everything" could be as easy as clients paying...

    "everything" could be as easy as clients paying largely increased rates to operate inside IR35.

    The 'sky falling in' hysterics on here will be great for those of us looking to adapt and overcome
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    I got that one too! I wouldn't consider a job...

    I got that one too! I wouldn't consider a job home based if I had to go into London 4 times a week!
  37. Go for it - you'll equal or better that money for...

    Go for it - you'll equal or better that money for a lot fewer sleepless nights, bollockings, company culture/politics and so on
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    It's a numbers game. I applied to around 50 a day...

    It's a numbers game. I applied to around 50 a day to get my current gig after 2 months of looking.
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    I think if you refuse every bit of work that...

    I think if you refuse every bit of work that comes your way that isn't strictly within the schedule but nonetheless quite linked to it, you'll have a very short career
  40. "(Contract) outside of IR35" then ;)

    "(Contract) outside of IR35" then ;)
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    Because it's a reasonable ask, I can do it very...

    Because it's a reasonable ask, I can do it very easily, and I can invoice for the trouble.
  42. Let me guess, it was from a withheld number as...

    Let me guess, it was from a withheld number as well..
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    Training others is a big part of being a...

    Training others is a big part of being a contractor. Take that extension.
  44. Thread: Warchests

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    Very good point. One of the first things I did...

    Very good point.

    One of the first things I did when I had a decent 'chest going was clear down an old (and horrifically APR-laden) credit card from a debt I'd taken on in more desperate times. The...
  45. Simply put (Contract) after your role title to...

    Simply put (Contract) after your role title to immunise yourself from them
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    I managed to pull together a house deposit - in...

    I managed to pull together a house deposit - in London prices - using mine.

    £400 a day * 5 days * 46 weeks is £92,000. That's an awful lot of money even on a slightly lower day rate.

    There's no...
  47. What I used to do was take up to the higher rate...

    What I used to do was take up to the higher rate limit on day one of the tax year and put it in high interest current accounts (Santander 123 gave 3%, TSB gave 5% and so on)... there are no issues...
  48. Oh bugger... got my mailing lists mixed up! :D

    Oh bugger... got my mailing lists mixed up! :D
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    My current gig started with those. ...

    My current gig started with those.

    Availability for meetings is the same as it is for contracts: I'm immediately available for everything, all the time, unless I'm really really not. And I'll...
  50. IPSE - A letter from the CEO about IR35 in Finance (ref: Lloyds, Barclays)

    A letter from the CEO: IR35 in the finance sector | IPSE
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