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  1. Thread: Agency Margins

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    Sounds a bit high for Hays, they tend to work...

    Sounds a bit high for Hays, they tend to work high volume and lower margin than some agencies as they are on a lot of PSLs. I had one client recently where they were the exclusive recruitment partner...
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    About 10 years ago I was working at a major...

    About 10 years ago I was working at a major company that used one of the smaller Indian outsourcers and to be honest they were fairly good, their onshore staff were very good. It will be interesting...
  3. Thread: Need advice

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    Yes, think very carefully about it. A friend of...

    Yes, think very carefully about it. A friend of mine ended up getting badly burned career wise after whistleblowing on her employer at the time. In the grand scheme of things, the matter wasn't so...
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    Might be better than mopeds for drive by handbag...

    Might be better than mopeds for drive by handbag thefts etc?
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    I've seen loads of xmas trees and lights put up...

    I've seen loads of xmas trees and lights put up in people's houses this weekend. IMHO it's a bit ridiculous but harmless...
  6. Thread: A Choice

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    Yep, great if you can make this work. A family...

    Yep, great if you can make this work. A family relative has been doing this with several sub-contractors during Covid and his margin is over 60% in one case.
  7. As said above, you need to get the contract...

    As said above, you need to get the contract reviewed. One time when I had a full contract review carried out (as opposed to just an IR35 review), my lawyer advised to remove the on demand audit...
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    All power to her and her vagina :wink

    All power to her and her vagina :wink
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    You couldn't make that up! :facepalm:

    You couldn't make that up! :facepalm:
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    There have been quite a few of these recently for...

    There have been quite a few of these recently for threads going back many years - what's going on?!?
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    I'm with Aldermore. They're advertising their...

    I'm with Aldermore. They're advertising their easy Access account with 0.5% interest p.a. I think it was about 1.4% when I opened it about 3 years ago.
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    How did you do this year? Finishing up a gig...

    How did you do this year?

    Finishing up a gig shortly, will end up billing around 190 days which is a bit above my yearly average of 180 but this year was at 30% less than normal rate.

    What went...
  13. Why is your CV 100% technical? Surely you can...

    Why is your CV 100% technical? Surely you can combine technical and soft skills in one CV?
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    I don't know where you've worked but I've never...

    I don't know where you've worked but I've never experienced this in almost 8 years of contracting in several different sectors. On the contrary, I've been treated as well as the perm staff.
  15. Thread: DOOM : UC Fraud

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    The whole universal credit system has been a...

    The whole universal credit system has been a fiasco from start to finish.
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    Congratulations to Scotland but let's hope they...

    Congratulations to Scotland but let's hope they don't get too carried away like before. Who remembers this famous Scotland 1978 World Cup song and the immortal lines:

    We're on the march with...
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    Consulting doesn't suit everybody but to say that...

    Consulting doesn't suit everybody but to say that it is worse than every aspect of contracting and has no positives is very narrow minded, especially for permanent roles. There is a wide variety of...
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    Yep, the FTSE100 is full of duff plodders that...

    Yep, the FTSE100 is full of duff plodders that have very ordinary long term growth prospects - there's a reason Apple alone was recently worth more than the entire index.
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    There's creepy and then there's Donald who's...

    There's creepy and then there's Donald who's allegedly sexually assaulted or harassed over two dozen women...
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    Good luck with that one - presumably you're not...

    Good luck with that one - presumably you're not trying to compete with any of the established social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn etc?
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    I wonder if in the long term cultured meat i.e....

    I wonder if in the long term cultured meat i.e. grown in a lab, will become the most popular alternative to animal meat?

    I can’t see mass consumption of whole insects in dishes really taking off...
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    It’s difficult to gauge rates at an ‘MBB’ firm...

    It’s difficult to gauge rates at an ‘MBB’ firm (McKinsey/BCG/Bain.) They historically priced up assignments (AKA cases) on an individual basis rather than use a rate card. According to a US...
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    Sorry I don't have any specific examples of CVs I...

    Sorry I don't have any specific examples of CVs I can link to. If you Google ATS CV tips, you'll find plenty of advice. The other tips came directly from a specialist IT career coach and a bigwig...
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    I thought there was a line in that scene from...

    I thought there was a line in that scene from Michael Caine when he says "you were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off" ? :smile
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    I've always advocated this but found the last...

    I've always advocated this but found the last time I was looking about a year ago that quite a few agents seemed much less likely to respond and especially take calls than in previous years. I saw on...
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    I hadn't really heard much of Rory Stewart before...

    I hadn't really heard much of Rory Stewart before the 2019 Tory leadership election. From what I remember of the TV debates, he was the one candidate I thought came across as the least dishonest......
  27. Exactly, which is why the size of one's warchest...

    Exactly, which is why the size of one's warchest in months is probably the only useful comparison. 6-12 months often used to be the advice on here. After Covid hit in March, 6 months seems too low...
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    It's staggering he was ever even allowed to buy...

    It's staggering he was ever even allowed to buy such a large company like BHS in the first place with his previous business track record.
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    A fairly basic one but make sure it is compatible...

    A fairly basic one but make sure it is compatible with Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) that many recruiters and portals use for uploading your CV. Many CVs can be hampered when a search is carried...
  30. This is very true and unfortunately people also...

    This is very true and unfortunately people also don't realise how complicated the law is in this area. My dad had a very slow progressing form of dementia over a decade and we got an Enduring Power...
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    I don't think it's necessarily if there are zero...

    I don't think it's necessarily if there are zero roles but at some point if you haven't even had an interview for 'X' months then maybe that's a better sign? For me personally, I reckon a year and...
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    Unfortunately I am no longer recruiting...

    Unfortunately I am no longer recruiting...
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    I get around 600 views every 90 days, peaks at...

    I get around 600 views every 90 days, peaks at around 50-75 in a week. Usually the peaks coincide with me posting content. I used to get a lot of requests from recruiters/agents, many who wanted to...
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    I've always loved that saying! :laugh

    I've always loved that saying! :laugh
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    Odds of 1/5 ('five to one on') is a 5 in 6 chance...

    Odds of 1/5 ('five to one on') is a 5 in 6 chance of winning i.e. 83%.

    1/6 is almost 86%.
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    Biden's now 4/11. CNN reporting Biden has...

    Biden's now 4/11.

    CNN reporting Biden has narrowed the gap in Michigan by 150,000 votes in the last few minutes and there are still some Democrat strongholds to be counted with the gap at just...
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    Biden is now almost 1/2 on Betfair's exchange....

    Biden is now almost 1/2 on Betfair's exchange. Not sure why he's now considered a warm favourite to win. He was about 5/2 around 3am.
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    Maybe not - a young woman tried the same trick...

    Maybe not - a young woman tried the same trick outside a station recently (might have been Scotland or northern England) and she got over a dozen interviews for data analyst roles IIRC. Her story was...
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    500CHF per day? That will barely cover your daily...

    500CHF per day? That will barely cover your daily expenses! :laugh
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    Don't know if still the case but the Mail online...

    Don't know if still the case but the Mail online site was the most visited English language newspaper website in the world a few years back. Maybe that reflects the fact that several other major...
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    Is that a UK or global figure for the online...

    Is that a UK or global figure for the online version? About three quarters of the UK population is over 18 which would make it nearer to two thirds of UK adults read it which seems hard to believe?
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    I always ask for the spec and then ideally...

    I always ask for the spec and then ideally negotiate on the rate. Not sure it's that big a deal is it?
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    Which part is fake?

    Which part is fake?
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    IT Director contract £350/day inside IR35

    I know it's public sector but this is probably half the going rate for such an IT Director role. It's not even the money, but who would want all this stress for £350/day inside IR35?

    Northampton,...
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    Sticky: I can't believe I've missed seven years worth of...

    I can't believe I've missed seven years worth of shed maintenance tips! I need to go lie down and have a little cry...
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    Brighton is becoming a bit of a tech growth area...

    Brighton is becoming a bit of a tech growth area supposedly so maybe an influx of contractors explains all that kookiness!

    Having lived in Brighton I agree there are a lot of 'alternative' people...
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    Was WFH that important to you? I guess not? Or...

    Was WFH that important to you? I guess not? Or was the money that banking clients offered good enough that you would look past it?
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    Why not go straight for the PhD? :tongue

    Why not go straight for the PhD? :tongue
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    I think it's a reasonably good new idea. There...

    I think it's a reasonably good new idea. There are too many low grade UK universities churning out graduates who really aren't well equipped for the world of work.

    However, charging £9k p.a....
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    Sticky: I've been on CUK for over seven years and this is...

    I've been on CUK for over seven years and this is the first time I've ever viewed this thread! I had always assumed by the title that it actually was a place for people to make a test post. Now I see...
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