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  1. Thread: BIG GROUP

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    Sticky: Hi, I was with Lutea in 2008/09/10. Could I...

    Hi,

    I was with Lutea in 2008/09/10.

    Could I have PM access pls.
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    Things Can Only Get Better

    Well according to this post, things are getting better.

    Not seeing a lot of this in my market (.NET) or area (South Wales) but who am I to argue with stats.

    For those that can't be @rsed to...
  3. Thread: Market very quiet

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    Come round to this way of thinking myself. Been...

    Come round to this way of thinking myself. Been cointracting 19 years and first 15 years or so was flat out, gigs back to back. Seen this slow down over last few years with my biggest bench time (5...
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    Well I eventually landed a 'rolling' 1 monther...

    Well I eventually landed a 'rolling' 1 monther yesterday, start Monday. That'll be 5 weeks on the bench. Rate's not so good but local gig with flexible hours.

    My last gig was for just over 3 years...
  5. Thread: Market very quiet

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    Share same skillset as OP and been on the bench 5...

    Share same skillset as OP and been on the bench 5 weeks, just landed a rolling one monther yesterday. From what I'm seeing on the job sites and talking to agencies, it looks like things are just 'too...
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    Seems the good old days of a call on Thu,...

    Seems the good old days of a call on Thu, interview Fri and start on the Mon are gone.

    Cheers for the 'chin up', much appreciated.
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    Sound piece of advice for the future though...

    Sound piece of advice for the future though...
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    You are are completely right mate and appreciate...

    You are are completely right mate and appreciate you saying so. I've been reckless with cash over the last 2 decades of contracting (threw a lot of cash at family & friends for the first few years)...
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    That's what I keep telling the wife :spank:

    That's what I keep telling the wife :spank:
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    Well if I've learned anything over the last few...

    Well if I've learned anything over the last few weeks (aside the joys of PluralSight) is that LinkedIn does appear to be the professional network it always wanted to be.

    I agree with your point...
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    Been at it almost 20 years, moved to Wales (from...

    Been at it almost 20 years, moved to Wales (from Newcastle) in 2000, and 6 clients since then but yes, have prodded them all. A repeat client on the CV does look good.
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    Good for you.

    Good for you.
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    Things defo seem different to me, even the...

    Things defo seem different to me, even the downturns of 00 and 03 seemed more lively than this.
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    Yep, that was my thread, was also asked about war...

    Yep, that was my thread, was also asked about war chest in that one to which I replied "wife & 2 kids". In reality, I can't blame them, ploughed thousands per year into several Plan B failures. The...
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    Yeh, got JobServe on constant refresh and jumping...

    Yeh, got JobServe on constant refresh and jumping on anything that looks good. CV went forward for 2 gigs last week and another early 2 this week but heard zilch back from all.

    Only recently...
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    A month on the bench

    As the title says, been 4 weeks since last gig and the only calls I’m getting are for PPI or claiming for an accident I never had.

    Got the CV out to the usual sites, updated LinkedIn profile etc....
  17. In my experience, if there's even a snifters of a...

    In my experience, if there's even a snifters of a chance of making money form you, they'll be on the phone. They don't forget potential cash cows.

    Also, IMO, chasing an agent could look like you...
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    Started in 1995, still skint!

    Started in 1995, still skint!
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    Good call.

    Good call.
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    I wish! Wife & 2 young children, not a job...

    I wish! Wife & 2 young children, not a job between them but all very good and spending the dosh. :o
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    A bit of time on the bench

    Last contract ran for over 3 years so it's been a while since I've been on the bench. Now into my 3rd week and starting to sweat it a little.

    Still, taking the time to make use of my PluralSight...
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    As I said earlier, it was a punt sending in the...

    As I said earlier, it was a punt sending in the invoices, was expecting client to say either they had paid monies to liquiidator or simply that they're not legally obliged to pay. Was well shocked...
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    No idea. I was effectivley an emplopyee of this...

    No idea. I was effectivley an emplopyee of this firm so no involvement in raising invoices etc. I simply completed a weekly timesheet.
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    Well, to complicate things, I was operating...

    Well, to complicate things, I was operating through an offshore (don't ask :frown), being based in Cyprus meant that their correspondence was sporadic to say the least. This meant the liquidators...
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    I had assumed all outstanding payments would have...

    I had assumed all outstanding payments would have been made by the client to the liquidators but since my contact 5 months ago they've never claimed my invoices have been paid (initially said all had...
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    Yeh ,we tried cutting a deal with the client at...

    Yeh ,we tried cutting a deal with the client at the time but they didn't want to know (public sector).

    My entire reason for submitting invoices now is all based on the fact that the agency is now...
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    That is true but I know another contractor who...

    That is true but I know another contractor who was working for a different client at the time, was paid some 4 weeks of invoices directly from the cleint when Pendragon went t1ts up.

    What I'm...
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    The agency went into liquidation in 2009 and was...

    The agency went into liquidation in 2009 and was declared dissolved in Sep 2013 and I left the client end of 2010. The client is public sector otherwise I proably wouldn't have bothered trying at...
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    They only didn't pay what we hadn't submitted and...

    They only didn't pay what we hadn't submitted and so the agency was only down on their commission.
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    ... as long as you can prove you done the work....

    ... as long as you can prove you done the work....
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    Yes I am DD and that's somthing I'll be doing...

    Yes I am DD and that's somthing I'll be doing over the weekend.
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    You don't actually need a contract in place to...

    You don't actually need a contract in place to submit invoices, I've done it many times on new contract or renewals, as I’m sure many others have. The fact that you’re actually doing the work is a...
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    To be honest, always thought the chances of the...

    To be honest, always thought the chances of the client paying me directly was slim to say the least. So it was really a punt when I sent off 11 weeks of invoices to the client back in Sep 2013. When...
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    I asked that question in my initla contact with...

    I asked that question in my initla contact with thme as I had no way of knowing if the agency had ever been paid. To date they've never said the invocies wree paid to the agency/liquidators has been...
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    Witholding further invoices was our only leverage...

    Witholding further invoices was our only leverage with the agency to get them to pay outstanding invoices. Without them they couldn't invoice the client and so we hoped it would motivate them into...
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    Back in 2009, a colleague contractor in the same...

    Back in 2009, a colleague contractor in the same boat had a barrister girlfriend who ran our situation by one of her colleagues who specialises in this area.

    He advised that if the client refused...
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    Yes, I was amazed when client first said they'll...

    Yes, I was amazed when client first said they'll be paying full amount but now suspect that was simply an error by the individual I've been dealing with.

    As it's public sector, I know they will...
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    Agency was declared dissolved in Aug 2008 so in...

    Agency was declared dissolved in Aug 2008 so in theory the liquidators are done & dusted. The cleint owes somebody 11 weeks of invoices......
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    Never had PCG+ at the time :(

    Never had PCG+ at the time :(
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    Agency was declared dissolved in Aug 2008. All...

    Agency was declared dissolved in Aug 2008. All monies have been distributed to creditors so yes, I'm not sure why the cleint is saying the liquidators are still involved?
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    I haven't been paid for 11 weeks of work but for...

    I haven't been paid for 11 weeks of work but for 6 off them I didn't submit timesheets back in 2009. The other 5 were submitted to the agency but I don't know if the client ever paid the agency for...
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    Unpaid Invoices - But Rather Complicated

    In 2009 my Agency went into liquidation and I lost some 11 weeks of money (as did several others). The writing was on the wall so I had not submitted invoices for some 6 weeks.

    The agency was...
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    Exactly!!!!!! Had this conversation with...

    Exactly!!!!!!

    Had this conversation with several agents who've attempted to explain how 'networking' is how this whole contracting game works. So if it's part of the game, like DodgyAgent said,...
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    Just like any other industry, there are some...

    Just like any other industry, there are some cowboys around. For best part of 2 years, my agency played every trick in the book when it came to delaying payments before finally going bust...
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    Good to hear someone surpasses even my extended...

    Good to hear someone surpasses even my extended bog trips.:yay:
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    True, but as you say, under the laws of this...

    True, but as you say, under the laws of this country, we have to operate as a business and so have to accept that's how firms will regard and treat us.
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    Remember, you're not an employee, this isn't...

    Remember, you're not an employee, this isn't personal, your a business and it's not in the best interests of your business to accept a renewal. If the clients circumstances change, they'd have no...
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    As other have said, get this altered before...

    As other have said, get this altered before signing. It's really no more than the changing of the phrases used but that's enough for Hector to grip onto should he come knocking at your door.
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    You're a business and this is how business works....

    You're a business and this is how business works. They didn't employee you, they hired your company to provide a suitably experienced and skilled resource. When that resource was no longer needed, as...
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    Most contracts are quoting a 'professional day'...

    Most contracts are quoting a 'professional day' which is generally seen as 40 hrs per week inclusive of 30 minutes lunch break - so 37.5hrs graft. Just like others have said, you should always seek...
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