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  1. Too late probably.

    Too late probably.
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    Do you have highly specialised skills hobosapien?...

    Do you have highly specialised skills hobosapien? What prevents a prospective client from saying no thanks to your 'suitable rate' ?
  3. Tried talking to the agent? (assuming there is...

    Tried talking to the agent? (assuming there is one as you haven't mentioned). Tried bringing up the Apr20 IR35 changes with them?
  4. Thread: Good news

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    Good luck! You reminded me of the heady times of...

    Good luck! You reminded me of the heady times of landing my first contract - and saying goodbye to boringness of permiedom... good times
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    Not sure about that. Migration Advisory Committee...

    Not sure about that. Migration Advisory Committee (a body that Tory government tends to listen to) has said today that as a result of curbing EU migration Britain should post Brexit (1) rely more on...
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    Thanks

    Thanks
  7. Look up Primus who're based in Warrington...

    Look up Primus who're based in Warrington (Golborne). I've been with them 8 years and they're excellent. I'm not able to PM you, let me know if you want further details.
  8. Surely there needs to be a contractor group...

    Surely there needs to be a contractor group mounting a legal challenge to this? IR35 cases have gone to court and HMRC have consistently lost over the years. What has changed from a legal perspective...
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    I'm like you in a field of dev with loads of...

    I'm like you in a field of dev with loads of opportunities. I begin to limit my exposure to a project as soon as offshore training becomes a part of it. Not worth my time when I could be on the same...
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    Good to see some spine on the contractor forums

    Good to see some spine on the contractor forums
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    Is it deception though? From what I understand...

    Is it deception though? From what I understand these firms (that sponsor these folks' tier 2s) work much like an agency or an umbrella or a consultancy firm, a middleman that finds the work basically...
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    Look for lower-paid contracting, £200 ish or...

    Look for lower-paid contracting, £200 ish or lower. Look for things in the provinces away from big cities. Also try people per hour. Try bite consulting, give them a call and see how they can help .
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    I would refuse based on OP's description of what...

    I would refuse based on OP's description of what they are asking for. Happy to provide references and dates for previous roles/university degrees/any certifications claimed. But I will not provide...
  14. Interesting comment. Re: £500pd being a low...

    Interesting comment.

    Re: £500pd being a low or 'lazy' rate, question is how to negotiate upwards to a rate that is not initially on the table ("We're paying between £450 and £550". "Actually I...
  15. Day rate charged by IT Consultancies to end clients

    Curious as I've just started working with a small-sized London based consultancy. I'm being paid circa £500 a day, curious as to what they (and those like them) charge end clients. Anyone with...
  16. Sql Server R Services would seem a natural way to...

    Sql Server R Services would seem a natural way to progress into data science / predictive analytics type work.
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    Year 7 contracting, had about 3.5 years of that...

    Year 7 contracting, had about 3.5 years of that off work in total, by choice.

    Last 1.5 years roughly as follows: 4 months on, 5 months off, 1 month on, 2 months off, 2 months on this spring, now...
  18. When I'm asked I tell them the rate I want to...

    When I'm asked I tell them the rate I want to get. This may or may not be equal to my last achieved rate (but that's for me to know). Like the previous poster says, I may adjust the number based on...
  19. Laying the blame on the foreigners again I see,...

    Laying the blame on the foreigners again I see, when we should perhaps be asking the (mostly white, British/American/European) boardrooms and SMTs why they go ahead with offshoring operations in the...
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    ginjar, it seems to me that while you've listed...

    ginjar, it seems to me that while you've listed out in good detail the pros and cons of contracting/permiedom in general, you haven't said enough about your own priorities and desires.

    You ask at...
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    Umm, sorry to disappoint you but Developer...

    Umm, sorry to disappoint you but Developer Programmer, Analyst Programmer and ICT Business Analyst are all still on the shortage occupations list in Australia.
  22. Thank you I will be bookmarking this. Cheers!

    Thank you I will be bookmarking this. Cheers!
  23. What to look when checking an Agency on Companies House

    Been following the thread on Coal IT's troubles, and I realised that while I do have a quick look on Companies House before signing a contract with an agency, I don't really know what I'm looking...
  24. Hmm. My plan is also to settle down somewhere...

    Hmm. My plan is also to settle down somewhere "way further East" in the far future (where I'm originally from). Is there any scope for you to keep paying in to that state pension - maybe do a month...
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    On the contrary, with Tier-2 ICT Short Term...

    On the contrary, with Tier-2 ICT Short Term closing in a few days from now, and Tier-2 ICT Long Term's higher minimum salary (£41,500) higher than what the average Indian IT company pays its young...
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    This. 80-100 days a year is what I aim for...

    This.

    80-100 days a year is what I aim for too. On let's say £450 or £500 a day I see no reason to need any more than that.

    Time runs out much faster than the money does!
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    Very few countries advertise rates with the ad....

    Very few countries advertise rates with the ad. Britain is in a minority here..
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    Have multiple several-month long breaks in my...

    Have multiple several-month long breaks in my contracting (6y) career. I contract part time out of choice. Never had a problem getting back into it and getting the next gig. In my opinion a good cv...
  29. Interesting thread by the OP and I am on his side...

    Interesting thread by the OP and I am on his side in terms of not just being 'reactive' and us trying new things to improve the ways in which we bag business.

    But I'm not sure I would do what the...
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    Just wonder how specialised you (and other...

    Just wonder how specialised you (and other posters on this thread who have successfully part-timed) consider your skills to be? Say on a scale of 1-10. Obviously if your skills are highly specialised...
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    Any evidence to back that up? Or just your...

    Any evidence to back that up? Or just your scholarly opinion on the matter?
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    I'm afraid posts of a sensible nature such as...

    I'm afraid posts of a sensible nature such as yours, especially when it comes to "bobs", just will not cut it on this forum..!
  33. The question on many lips. There are a few...

    The question on many lips. There are a few members on this forum who claim that they simply slip it in during the final stages of (a successful) interview with client, something like "I usually...
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    I often look for 1-3 days/week roles too (without...

    I often look for 1-3 days/week roles too (without too much luck). DBA/Support roles seem more common. Dev not so much.
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    That's my understanding as well, which Hannan in...

    That's my understanding as well, which Hannan in that interview should have been clearer about: this 'free movement of labour' is something akin to the current Tier-2 visas that is in place for...
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    Limited here..

    Limited here..
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    Lots of similiarities with my situation. I do...

    Lots of similiarities with my situation.

    I do aim to find 1-day a week (for e.g.) work during 'off' periods. Typically this can be passed off as "x months of work", rather than "x months of work...
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    £1000 a day!

    Good to see these still around, that too for a techie role!

    https://www.jobserve.com/gb/en/JobLanding.aspx?r=1&jid=20B9DFE2F6A2233D
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    This is provably nonsense. These occupations are...

    This is provably nonsense. These occupations are still on the shortage list and people are being invited to come in every year (as of 2016). That 'Ceiling Value' is the number of people they have...
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    It isn't just a "suggestion" - I've been making...

    It isn't just a "suggestion" - I've been making it work for the past three years.

    So it does work, for some. Was hoping to find some others on this forum.




    This is a completely different...
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    Ok - any way for a member to move a post, or...

    Ok - any way for a member to move a post, or would the mod have to do it?
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    'Part time' contractors

    Would be good to hear from others who switched from perm to contracting because they are seriously pursuing something else as well (which has nothing to do with IT/your contracting skillset). People...
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    I see the EU referendum going the same way as the...

    I see the EU referendum going the same way as the Scottish referendum a couple of years ago.
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    Contract search in Europe

    Jobsearch is currently around 92-95 % UK it seems. (800+ UK jobs for 'sql', 14 in Spain).

    Any online forums (in English!) that allow me to look for jobs in Europe?

    Don't mind too much which...
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    I was told the same by my current agent - the...

    I was told the same by my current agent - the contract I eventually got through for had 300 applicants. "About half", he reckoned, were five-second dismissals, people just applying for everything...
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    Interesting. SQL BI dev here as well. I'm on...

    Interesting. SQL BI dev here as well.

    I'm on my way out of a contract so have just started looking. Seem to be enough jobs on jobserve but (is this a trend across the board?) far fewer in the 500+...
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    I'm finding the 'double of amount of roles' in my...

    I'm finding the 'double of amount of roles' in my line of work as well. But rates are dropping. Not seeing those 550-650 ones very much at all. 350-450 is far more common these days it seems.

    But...
  48. Finding other contractors to investigate

    A question for the OP (munchers), apologies I couldn't find your original post on this to quote here:

    You had mentioned somewhere in your thread that HMRE had/may have used the investigation into...
  49. Maybe you do. Not everyone does. It could be that...

    Maybe you do. Not everyone does. It could be that they're using the old-fashioned name because that's the one they're more familiar with. Equating with 'troll' seems ridiculous to be honest.
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