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  1. I seem to recall Liam Fox going to India in...

    I seem to recall Liam Fox going to India in search of a trade deal and more or less being told they would want increased immigration into the UK from India before it went any further.
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    At the level these decisions are made they won't...

    At the level these decisions are made they won't care - or possibly even know - what delivery methodology is used.

    That said you are correct that it is up to companies how they resource these...
  3. Current contract has been deemed outside. Will...

    Current contract has been deemed outside. Will take it from there.
  4. I haven’t actually got any but what happens about...

    I haven’t actually got any but what happens about student loans?
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    My problem with permanent employment is you can't...

    My problem with permanent employment is you can't just be good at your job. I found technical skills weren't respected in terms of salary and if you were good at something you were stuck doing it and...
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    The fact remains no contractor has ever had to...

    The fact remains no contractor has ever had to hold a gun to a clients head to get a contract. There is a need for us and there still is.

    The game may change but it goes on.
  7. Why haven't they done that already then?

    Why haven't they done that already then?
  8. If they don't make it worth it people aren't...

    If they don't make it worth it people aren't going to travel from round the country to the City. Money talks and by doing this they are putting themselves in the pack with other industries.
  9. The reason the City got very good people is...

    The reason the City got very good people is because it paid well. If they are going to stop doing that they will lose a lot of talent long term.
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    Got my first contract in 2009 and rates have more...

    Got my first contract in 2009 and rates have more or less remained static since then. My worse time was after the Referendum in 2016 where I had a year out (although I suspect I would be going...
  11. Here we go round the Mulberry Bush again. ...

    Here we go round the Mulberry Bush again. Companies tried this and generally speaking it didn't work out.

    As for getting Visas, the current Conservative government are more pro-nationalism than...
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    Somewhere in the region of 125-130. Had four and...

    Somewhere in the region of 125-130. Had four and a half months off between May and mid-September.

    Hoping the election and (the first part of) Brexit improve things when I am looking again in...
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    1 - Quite probably true 2 - Doesn't that depend...

    1 - Quite probably true
    2 - Doesn't that depend somewhat on the agreed contract?
    3 - Depends largely on working practices. If, has been suggested, contractors have been there a decade then quite...
  14. I have developed a sense for these things that is...

    I have developed a sense for these things that is more often or not correct but other than the obvious project about to end I couldn't really describe what it is.
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    You entirely miss the point. It is not...

    You entirely miss the point. It is not financially worth me, or presumably anyone else in my circumstances, doing it anymore and they were seemingly incapable of finding someone locally to do it.
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  16. Had it a few times. Current contract didn't even...

    Had it a few times. Current contract didn't even ask!
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    Possibly for the best!

    Possibly for the best!
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    Exactly. You can tell the treasury is based in...

    Exactly. You can tell the treasury is based in London where an Oyster Card takes you everywhere.
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    I worked 150 miles from home and had to stay up...

    I worked 150 miles from home and had to stay up in the week. Cost me about £1,000 in expenses. The other contractor I started with lived 150 miles away in the opposite direction, suggesting they...
  20. Not sure this is anything new as a lot of...

    Not sure this is anything new as a lot of companies don't like taking on contractors. Then they go and do it anyway.
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    The 24 month rule for expenses should be extended...

    The 24 month rule for expenses should be extended to being able to stay outside IR35. I know projects can be multi year and with good working practices you can not behave like an employee but you...
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    If I am paying the same tax as the person next to...

    If I am paying the same tax as the person next to me as from March next year I think it is time to start pushing for the same protections.
  23. It changed in about May this year overnight. I...

    It changed in about May this year overnight. I was looking for a new contract then and the first couple of weeks suggested no problems but then everything seemed to go into slow motion or stop.
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    I think the Banks are doing the thing they do on...

    I think the Banks are doing the thing they do on the back of every setback they encounter and they bring in a knee jerk reaction to reduce costs and as soon as one of them do it the rest will follow....
  25. Presumably wouldn't have got renewed.

    Presumably wouldn't have got renewed.
  26. I would have a party with such things. In my...

    I would have a party with such things. In my current contract I got offered a month extension on the proviso I didn't have any time off. As it happened I didn't have anything planned so not a...
  27. I am led to believe the bigger red flag is having...

    I am led to believe the bigger red flag is having too much money, not too many loans.
  28. Not that I am planning to but if I did go from...

    Not that I am planning to but if I did go from Contractor to Permanent I am sure my working practices would change because they would have to. It is perfectly possible to be a contractor on Friday...
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    Another contractor and I got extended until just...

    Another contractor and I got extended until just before Christmas this week (each by about a month) to keep all contractors in sync. Depending on what sector you are in they might not be thinking...
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    Offshore consultancies are great up to the point...

    Offshore consultancies are great up to the point your Business Expert changes their mind half way through the project and they quote how much more they will charge to change the system.

    The banks...
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    When it becomes a buyer’s market I think clients...

    When it becomes a buyer’s market I think clients feel they should do increasingly more outlandish things during the recruitment process because they can and it means they will find some sort of...
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    If they are insisting that contractors have the...

    If they are insisting that contractors have the same - or indeed worse - tax arrangements than salaried employees I am struggling to think what more they could do!
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    The IT industry is going through one of it's...

    The IT industry is going through one of it's occasional periods of thinking testing isn't a specialist discipline. It will eventually pass.
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    Thanks. I can commute into London although it...

    Thanks. I can commute into London although it does make for an early start.

    Wish I could offer some pearl of wisdom but someone I used to work with noticed I was still looking on LinkedIn and...
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    After a whirlwind couple of days I start a new...

    After a whirlwind couple of days I start a new contract tomorrow. Rate a bit down on what I am used to and have to go to London but needs must.
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    I mean the existing consultancies.

    I mean the existing consultancies.
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    I think there will be a period - of several years...

    I think there will be a period - of several years - before things become clearer and the new normal emerges. Problem is people have mortgages to pay and have to eat so I am not sure there will be...
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    This is all good advice. Obviously bear in mind...

    This is all good advice. Obviously bear in mind you can stand looking at your phone for 5 hours and an agent will ring you the minute you go into the kitchen to get a drink!
  39. I am! Community are moving into self employed...

    I am! Community are moving into self employed people.

    Anyone forced to go through an Umbrella would be covered by them.
  40. Not that I think it will do them any good but I...

    Not that I think it will do them any good but I imagine someone will.
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    You kind of expect that though. There was a bit...

    You kind of expect that though. There was a bit of a bounce first week in September but other than that absolutely terrible.
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    Speaking as someone who has been out of contract...

    Speaking as someone who has been out of contract since May, I would be tempted to grin and bear it at least to the point you would be hit by the IR35 changes.
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    QA/Test in SE England. Problem is that when...

    QA/Test in SE England. Problem is that when applications get into the hundreds it becomes a lottery and agents are only going to put people forward who match 100% of the requirements.
  44. I expect it to go through but the way Westminster...

    I expect it to go through but the way Westminster is at the moment it wouldn't surprise me if it got delayed.
  45. At least HR system providers might make a few...

    At least HR system providers might make a few quid on the back of the IR35 changes doing updates!

    Every cloud, etc.
  46. Take the 5 days and see if your old contract will...

    Take the 5 days and see if your old contract will take you back for any of the notice period.
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    Probably as bad as I have seen it. Reaching...

    Probably as bad as I have seen it. Reaching 08-09 levels.
  48. I have never worked in Banking but from what I...

    I have never worked in Banking but from what I read in here it does seem a lot of contractors there probably should be in IR35. More broadly I think it will vary and a lot of companies still haven't...
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    All the leads from last week seem to be...

    All the leads from last week seem to be evaporating away but I did get a phone call from a former client that there might be some work coming up for me.
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    I agree the default position from both sides...

    I agree the default position from both sides should be see a contract out but ultimately they signed up to have a notice period and they wouldn't think twice about invoking it the other way. ...
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