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  1. I reckon there is a major downturn coming with...

    I reckon there is a major downturn coming with inflation rising and pay and rate increases staying low. We never really got over the previous downturn and the next one may be on the way.
  2. Contractor National Insurance Increase Certain to Be Reinstated After Election

    Chancellor Hammond tried to raise National Insurance in his Spring Budget. When it was pointed out to Theresa May and him that there was a promise in the last Manifesto not to raise National...
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    Surely what IPSE are demanding would make most IT...

    Surely what IPSE are demanding would make most IT Contractors who work on IT projects as developers etc. squarely caught by IR35. This would include many of their members who are currently using...
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    IPSE are demanding that the Government, via the...

    IPSE are demanding that the Government, via the Matthew Taylor report’s definition of self employment should be based around the following:-

    Having autonomy in their work. For freelancers this...
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    Does anyone know what plans IPSE have to fight...

    Does anyone know what plans IPSE have to fight this? We don't know if these IR35 changes will be rolled out in the private sector or not but it would be best to be prepared.

    It would be best to...
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    The sky might not fall but contractors take home...

    The sky might not fall but contractors take home pay will - by up to 20%.
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    But the 64 million dollar question is, as the...

    But the 64 million dollar question is, as the article asks, will Hammond and May roll out the public sector iR35 changes to the private sector?
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    It's very clever of the Government to push the...

    It's very clever of the Government to push the decision on a contractors' IR35 status onto the hirers - with financial penalties possibe if they screw up.

    The hirers don't want to take any risks...
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    Will the roll this out in hte private sector too?

    Yes but is the article correct in what it says. If it is then not only public sector contractors are scuppered but private sector contractors will be too.

    "The report is going to recommend much...
  10. A bit of a barney here - umbrella company boss...

    A bit of a barney here - umbrella company boss says No vote good for contractors
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    All at it

    It looks like they're all at it - even Margarate Hodge who has been bashing the multinationals - Margarate Hodge is an offshore tax avoider
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    Norla

    If the companies went uder I doubt if they would have them in their profile. Certainly there is no Peter Lawrence with Norla in his profile.
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    I have up after 10 pages of Peter Lawrence on...

    I have up after 10 pages of Peter Lawrence on LinkedIn. It's quite a common name it seems.
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    Peter Lawrence and Grenville Norton

    Does anyone know the said Peter Lawrence or Grenville Norton of Norla and what happened to them if they have gone under?
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    Norla

    I was just reading this old thread and then had a check up on Norla. According to this they still seem to be active and filed accounts in September 2012. Anyone know anything to the contractory?
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    Leeds Utd fans had a lucky escape - Strong...

    Leeds Utd fans had a lucky escape -
    Strong rumour - LUFC talk
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    Darren Upton jailed for fraud

    He was using contractors' money to keep a blonde part time model as his lover in a luxury flat.

    Top IT Contractor Accountant Darren Upton gets 6 years in jail for Fraud

    Shame. I was thought he...
  18. As PCs are Computers and if it is not in the past...

    As PCs are Computers and if it is not in the past it is in the present or future.

    Ah, I've got it - Computer Presents.

    I'll avoid them in the future as I've avoided Computer Futures in the past.
  19. Thread: Contracted hours

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    The rule of thumb on this is that if you people...

    The rule of thumb on this is that if you people to take the Michael then they will.

    Everybody wants somethimng for nothing.
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    Did you opt out of the Agency Regulations? Did...

    Did you opt out of the Agency Regulations?

    Did the agency do everything correctly if they did getyou to opt out?

    If you didn't opt out then you quite both agencies for a lesser fee than 15K, I...
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    There is a danger here. When you say that the...

    There is a danger here. When you say that the agency has been taken over by another agency are you sure that's the situation? It could be that the directors of the original agency went into...
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    It's a home run. He only wants to have a look at...

    It's a home run. He only wants to have a look at you to make sure your face fits.
  23. Thread: Hired then fired

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    The first thing to do, though, is invoice for...

    The first thing to do, though, is invoice for whatever the terms of the contract are, i.e. the two days plus notice.

    When the statutory period for paying in the contract is up then the agency are...
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    I agree that what he did was bad. He just didn't...

    I agree that what he did was bad. He just didn't seem that kind of guy. I have to say I'm astonished.
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    Must say I always liked him. Seemed a nice guy. I...

    Must say I always liked him. Seemed a nice guy. I think it was a case of he kept digging himself in deeper.
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    He appears to be in a bit of trouble Darren...

    He appears to be in a bit of trouble
    Darren Upton IT Accountant pleads guilty to fraud and awaits sentencing
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    Rioting in Knightsbridge and Sloane Square

    The Dail Maily reported clashes tonight in Knightsbridge and Chelsea between rival groups of Sloane Rangers and Sloane Celtic.

    The Hooray Henrys were caught in two minds as to which side they were...
  28. Somebody made $1bn betting the US would lose its AAA rating

    Did Soros Make $1B Betting on U.S. Downgrade? - George Soros - Fox Nation
  29. Are you working there?

    Are you working there?
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    George Soros dunps Gold

    Soros Dumps Gold, Inciting Fear of Plummeting Price
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    THis is currently the most viewed thread on the...

    THis is currently the most viewed thread on the front page of the CUK Forum today (non sticky).

    Pat yourselves on the back posters.
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    What about sim121 who has been banned 4 times...

    What about sim121 who has been banned 4 times since joining in June.
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    As an investment, not to be sneezed at. Didn't...

    As an investment, not to be sneezed at.

    Didn't the Romans pay their soldiers in salt - which is the derivation of the word 'salary'?
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    I think that an analysis of the bannings would...

    I think that an analysis of the bannings would show that the rules are not the same. I would invite you to go and look at bannings over a period of time to see whether they are more harshly applied...
  35. Man City are good value at 9/2. They are still...

    Man City are good value at 9/2. They are still relaively new to each other and should improve as the season goes on. Remember they only lost yesterday because of one moment of stupidty in the 94th...
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    "Second, insulting other members isn't in and of...

    "Second, insulting other members isn't in and of itself an infractable offense, you overblown tart. It's got a lot to do with context, frequency and the time of the month".

    You missed one out,...
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    Another one from the Board's Uriah Heap.

    Another one from the Board's Uriah Heap.
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    What about buying gold or silver or some precious...

    What about buying gold or silver or some precious commodity? If there is going to be inflation these should soar.
  39. Surely that must be just where you work. ...

    Surely that must be just where you work.

    Figures recently published showed Public sector IT contract ads down by 50% in the past year - although they do appear to have bottomed out.
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    What are your assets? Cash, property, shares,...

    What are your assets?

    Cash, property, shares, cash?
  41. Do you ever take a lunchbreak from posting here?...

    Do you ever take a lunchbreak from posting here?

    From the amount of time you spend here one would guess that it wouldn't matter which sector was doing well or badly - none of them wants to hire...
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    The elephant is a bonnie bird....

    The elephant is a bonnie bird,
    It flits from bough to bough,
    It makes its nest in the rhubarb tree,
    and whistles like a cow.
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    That's good coming from the site's biggest whiner.

    That's good coming from the site's biggest whiner.
  44. Get out of Public Sector and into the Financial Sector

    A new survey has show that Financial Services is the new boom area for IT Contractors and the Public Sector is a no-no due to Government cutbacks.

    Hope you are all in the right sector - for those...
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    If it was just me then you could say that - but...

    If it was just me then you could say that - but another newbie has been banned 4 times since he joined in June.

    Also, the absence of much in the way of newbies here would tend to suggest newbie...
  46. Poor response! Must try harder.

    Poor response!

    Must try harder.
  47. You put me in mind of the recipient of the quote...

    You put me in mind of the recipient of the quote from the film Good Morning Vietnam "Of all the White Men I've every met, he's the most in need of a blow job".
  48. It would be a first.

    It would be a first.
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    Are you a hoarder?

    Are you a hoarder?
  50. Anyone with anything interesting to say?

    Anyone with anything interesting to say?
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