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    Why would you expect freedom of speech on a...

    Why would you expect freedom of speech on a private platform?

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    Surely your pension isn't all UK based?

    Surely your pension isn't all UK based?
  3. Thread: Xmas Do 2020

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    Poll: Bristol works for me, but I know crap all about...

    Bristol works for me, but I know crap all about the place
  4. What is it about IT Contracting specifically that...

    What is it about IT Contracting specifically that makes being willing to work or live abroad so vital? Or is it you're just one of these tossers who drew that line for yourself and can't grasp the...
  5. So anybody who isn't willing to move or live...

    So anybody who isn't willing to move or live abroad isn't cut out to be a contractor? My builder doesn't want to move abroad either, shall I tell him to pack his business in and get a permie job? The...
  6. Ask your missus ;)

    Ask your missus ;)
  7. And some veggie substitutes such as almond milk...

    And some veggie substitutes such as almond milk are also absolutely awful for the environment. I guess that's somewhat inconvenient, though.
  8. But the two examples are NOT equal and would be...

    But the two examples are NOT equal and would be judged nothing alike whatsoever. A company doesn't have to provide anything whatsoever on a day to day basis - the cafe is a nice little perk and you...
  9. Ah that's good to hear - I must've missed that...

    Ah that's good to hear - I must've missed that update in my Railway Bogs magazine.
  10. You're now confusing a business decision with how...

    You're now confusing a business decision with how you handle employees H&S. Quite why, I'm not sure - did it sound clever in your head? I presume the client met their requirements under Health &...
  11. Fortunately judges in this country tend to take a...

    Fortunately judges in this country tend to take a far more sensible view - weaselling around via dictionary definitions tends not to go well. There's a clear argument that this policy places unfair...
  12. They said that they're unable to expense meal...

    They said that they're unable to expense meal claims that include meat. So de facto, yes - imagine a poorer employee going away on business. The choice is either be out of pocket for a meal they...
  13. It does, but as yet, they're not a protected...

    It does, but as yet, they're not a protected class.

    That said, I still reckon an employee would have an excellent case at tribunal over this as it's a huge overreach to dictate precisely what food...
  14. Thread: Super Mini Boom

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    Super Mini Boom

    Only a month or so, but outside, hugely prestigious client, going in badged as a Vendor (i.e., imagine going in on behalf of Microsoft) oh and near enough double my usual rate. (Though it's not day...
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    I've used those "Park on my drive" type sites...

    I've used those "Park on my drive" type sites with excellent success. Spent a few weeks in London parking on some persons drive a 30 second walk from the tube station. Also parked in some...
  16. Thread: Xmas Do 2020

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    Poll: Assuming my whole world hasn't fallen apart by...

    Assuming my whole world hasn't fallen apart by then (plausible) I should be in.
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    Just as an aside, I had two back to back...

    Just as an aside, I had two back to back contracts with Sonovate (Just by coincidence, totally different contracts, agencies etc) and I was pretty impressed with them. Worked really well, with no...
  18. Thread: Who was this?

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    Somebody deserves a pint! Nicely done.

    Somebody deserves a pint! Nicely done.
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    Recently interviewed for a short SOS mission (Get...

    Recently interviewed for a short SOS mission (Get in, fix, get out - literally no scope for anything else whatsoever) - even for that in the interview they commented favourably that my last few...
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    Long term relationships are great, but let's face...

    Long term relationships are great, but let's face it, as a PSC working somewhere full time for years you are going to become part and parcel. At that point it's more human psychology than anything...
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    Yes, permanent consultants exist. I'm.not one of...

    Yes, permanent consultants exist. I'm.not one of them, though. You can hire permanent plumbers and builders too, if you want.

    Anyway, just curious as to how the reforms come into play here? Can't...
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    Foreign Client Direct

    Sorry for the bone question - personally I'm not particularly worried but thought I should do my due diligence. I have tried to search, but get a lot of stuff about agencies and UK clients.

    I've...
  23. Yes, but some are better than others. Upwork in...

    Yes, but some are better than others. Upwork in particular seems less race to the bottom and there are customers like me who filter on UK only.

    I agree they aren't really competing with decent...
  24. Thread: 992

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    You say that like it's a bad thing!

    You say that like it's a bad thing!
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    Poll: Certainly has that feeling, doesn't it. Kojak...

    Certainly has that feeling, doesn't it. Kojak indeed.
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    Either way, he was dull as **** and the forum is...

    Either way, he was dull as **** and the forum is better off without
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    Bugger :( Sorry to hear that LM

    Bugger :( Sorry to hear that LM
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    I'm starting to think it's some kind of weird...

    I'm starting to think it's some kind of weird kink of his to look like a complete and utter moron.
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    I'll go against the thread and say rates in my...

    I'll go against the thread and say rates in my sector have definitely increased - not by much, but I'd say a good £50 increase on advertised rates. That's a VERY niche sector though, with a single...
  30. Thread: Remote day rate?

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    It's not normal or standard, but at the end of...

    It's not normal or standard, but at the end of the day, it's a business to business relationship and both parties can agree whatever they want.

    I've taken lower rates contingent on the role being...
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    I had this once - they missed the first interview...

    I had this once - they missed the first interview and then the actual interview turned into a massive argument because they asked me a couple of non-sensical questions, and then tried to say I was...
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    I assumed that would be part of the vetting...

    I assumed that would be part of the vetting process to ensure bonafide contractors only
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    Yeah, that wasn't a chance I was willing to take!

    Yeah, that wasn't a chance I was willing to take!
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    I once wrote a pretty scathing e-mail about a...

    I once wrote a pretty scathing e-mail about a tricky customer of mine (I was an account manager at the time) to send to senior management. Of course, I then instinctively put the customers name in...
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    No, another in Bury. That was NL's confusion,...

    No, another in Bury. That was NL's confusion, which went down fantastically every time he referred to the head guy by the wrong name.
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    If nothing else I know of one sportswear company...

    If nothing else I know of one sportswear company that I won't be applying to...

    I am still getting flashbacks of "Did you really do/say that" from that night.
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    Yes, I took a calculated risk given the nature of...

    Yes, I took a calculated risk given the nature of the requirement. Worst case is I take some days off and get paid for them, so I'm not going to "lose out", I'd just rather the cold hard cash.
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    I'm pretty left, but in the context of the...

    I'm pretty left, but in the context of the article I really don't think Bongo Bongo land was as bad as people make out. He was using it to criticise and mock other peoples views on it, in a sort of...
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    Remember no expense deductions, if you're doing a...

    Remember no expense deductions, if you're doing a like for like comparison.
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    Not a conversation I've had yet - just my initial...

    Not a conversation I've had yet - just my initial findings after a cursory job search. I will say, however, that rates aren't too bad so that gives me some hope that it's feasible.
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    M-m-m-m-mega unboom

    Jeez, what a day. None of it entirely unexpected, but so far I've had confirmation that the project, and therefore the budget for me, is indeed closing in a few weeks. I've also been informed that...
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    Siblings aren't allowed to marry, are they?

    Siblings aren't allowed to marry, are they?
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    I'm sure that'll hold up in court.

    I'm sure that'll hold up in court.
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    But, I mean, you're literally arguing with...

    But, I mean, you're literally arguing with Original PM. You said this:



    I think that's demonstrably untrue. I think there are fools out there who believe it, sure - there are also fools who...
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    I think this is A) Overly pessimistic and B)...

    I think this is A) Overly pessimistic and B) Perhaps says more about your view on people than anything else

    Plenty of organisations don't engage contractors today, or avoid them where possible -...
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    No it doesn't, because you can say that about...

    No it doesn't, because you can say that about anybody doing anything. You can reduce any argument down to something silly.
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    Yeah, we know eek. I think you may have mentioned...

    Yeah, we know eek. I think you may have mentioned it before. Good for you.
  48. It's very unusual and I'd not be happy with the...

    It's very unusual and I'd not be happy with the terms you describe.

    However.......it kind of sounds to me like they've been bitten, so perhaps the route forward is to go back and negotiate in that...
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    Hey guys, does anybody remember that time Scooter...

    Hey guys, does anybody remember that time Scooter couldn't even get basic facts right in a thread about his own supposed expertise? Can you imagine somebody like that trying to make predictions like...
  50. Okay, I'm not really sure what you're on about...

    Okay, I'm not really sure what you're on about now if I'm entirely truthful. You brought up a legal case, initially, but now you seem to be backing away from the legal argument.
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