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    Wandering off...

    Yep, I had a think about it and I can't think of a good reason to hang around. 4,000th post and it's an invoicing day so it's a good day, I've had enough and I'm wandering off. Don't worry, I won't...
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    And the international community brings sanctions...

    And the international community brings sanctions against Syria.



    And the international community brings sanctions against Russia.


    Thousands killed in Gaza by Israel (supplied, funded and...
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    :laugh The only post in this thread that makes...

    :laugh

    The only post in this thread that makes any sense. I'm sure that a lot of people here are good with regexps but this twat suity can't string two sentences together in a coherent manner yet...
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    :banana2::banana2::banana2::yay: Make sure...

    :banana2::banana2::banana2::yay:

    Make sure they aren't offering you a role of "Test Lead Engineer" though :laugh
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    14 weeks from the start or 8 weeks from the end,...

    14 weeks from the start or 8 weeks from the end, whichever is longer. :smokin

    Add a caveat that if the consultancy company no longer has a business relationship with the client then you are free...
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    :rollin: Me either - not happened once with at...

    :rollin: Me either - not happened once with at least 30 contracts or extensions.

    I'm the one who goes to the client and makes a pitch to win the contract or to drum up business for a contract...
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    Maybe it's something like weekly invoicing with...

    Maybe it's something like weekly invoicing with 30 day payment terms so your first invoice is paid after 37 days and then you are paid weekly (30 days in arrears) after that?
  8. Eh? After a whole day you think you can't cope...

    Eh? After a whole day you think you can't cope with it! What's so bad about it?

    I've worked at lots of places which start out looking like tulip but actually turn out to be quite good once you get...
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    I would love to take the extension and I really...

    I would love to take the extension and I really enjoy working with you guys but I've had a better offer and I will be taking that.

    If they call your bluff then you have to try and back pedal and...
  10. It's not always easy. I've seen some people get...

    It's not always easy. I've seen some people get really arsey about minor things and it really pisses the client off. Sometimes clients get really arsey about contractors and create petty rules though...
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    Done! :cool1:

    Done! :cool1:
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    Question for you: If agencies stopping pissing...

    Question for you: If agencies stopping pissing people off by cold calling them and wasting peoples time with fake jobs so they can do their phishing for references, would the contract jobs still...
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    Sometimes agents are genuinely cautious about...

    Sometimes agents are genuinely cautious about giving details for fear of other agents trying to muscle in on the job, other times it's just a fishing trip for the two references.

    Stick to it and...
  14. I never willingly opt out. I don't agree with the...

    I never willingly opt out. I don't agree with the idea that you can just go along with the opt out because it won't be valid either - I just don't do business that way. It could also be argued in...
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    They are a pretty big business so it's difficult...

    They are a pretty big business so it's difficult to make demands but go right ahead and negotiate with them if it's important. Someone I worked with managed to get them down to three week payment...
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    evilagent is just trolling, ignore it... If...

    evilagent is just trolling, ignore it...

    If the contractor and client can cut an agency out of the deal then why wouldn't they just split the agency commission 50/50....
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    So if your business is IT, you could argue that...

    So if your business is IT, you could argue that pretty much any IT course is claimable. It it came to an investigation then with a good amount of arguing you would probably just have to pay the tax...
  18. Typically what the agency will try to do is to...

    Typically what the agency will try to do is to not pay you what they owe, claiming that their damages (co-incidentally) amount to the exact amount that they owe you.

    However, if you don't opt out...
  19. Take a selfie at the client site every day for...

    Take a selfie at the client site every day for the last week to prove that you were in there at 09:00 and 17:00 every day? Ahh, there must be 101 ways to prove that you worked that week. In any...
  20. Thread: Boomed!

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    Boomed!

    Only a short extension so it's a mini-boom really but perfectly timed to keep me going for just the right amount of time before my Plan-B comes together. :smokin
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    Of course he will. That's the way these idiots do...

    Of course he will. That's the way these idiots do business...
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    Maybe. I've switched agencies before but only...

    Maybe. I've switched agencies before but only when the client was complicit in the deal.

    It depends on the client really because generally they are the ones who will make the decision to play ball...
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    No, we are sitting around the fire roasting some...

    No, we are sitting around the fire roasting some old chestnuts. Do feel free to grab one and jump on in. :)
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    The company's assets (including cash at hand)...

    The company's assets (including cash at hand) belong to the company and this is ultimately the property of the shareholders.


    If I were the director/shareholder of a non-trading and cash rich...
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    Agreed, It's a big problem. Israel are seen as...

    Agreed, It's a big problem. Israel are seen as the neighbours from hell by the Arab world and a large number of powerful but unstable Middle Eastern countries would dearly love to see the state wiped...
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    Yep, I've had a fair few gigs like this. The...

    Yep, I've had a fair few gigs like this.

    The clients have been sold a pile of FUD by the agencies so they don't want to engage contractors direct for fear of them claiming employee benefits so...
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    I don't feel sorry for any profession where there...

    I don't feel sorry for any profession where there whole business model is screwing people over.



    Ahhh, normal service has been resumed. :happy
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    Too right. If it was difficult to code then it...

    Too right. If it was difficult to code then it should be difficult to understand too! :cool3:
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    You have no idea at all do you. Let's start...

    You have no idea at all do you.

    Let's start with the land stated as illegally occupied in the United Nations resolutions. Of course, you may think that the UN is wrong and you are right and that...
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    No, it doesn't help at all really. :laugh ...

    No, it doesn't help at all really. :laugh

    Manz is worried that talking to an agent could form a verbal contract for that agent to exclusively represent the contractor to the client.

    It is...
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    Poll: It's interesting to read what APSCo told the...

    It's interesting to read what APSCo told the House of Lords Select Committee on Personal Service Companies



    It is the same with the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses...
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    Make sure you also claim for the flat rate meal...

    Make sure you also claim for the flat rate meal allowance of £5/£10/£15 if you are travelling on business and you have incurred an expense for food (however small the expense was) because this...
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    Good point and you would be right to be concerned...

    Good point and you would be right to be concerned - this is known in law as Battle of the forms.
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    Wow. Thank you for that explanation. I thought...

    Wow. Thank you for that explanation. I thought this was a highly complex political problem but you have summarised it in such a simple way that anyone could understand it.

    Do you work for the...
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    Sounds like a pretty harsh lesson. To be...

    Sounds like a pretty harsh lesson. To be perfectly honest, all the places I have worked where they gave me a company laptop, they accepted that there would be a certain amount of private use of the...
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    Almost certainly. You should declare it up...

    Almost certainly.

    You should declare it up front and get in first with your side of the story about how you made a mistake that you are deeply ashamed of and remorseful for and you have now turned...
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    This ^^^ is probably what you should have done as...

    This ^^^ is probably what you should have done as soon as you were offered the contract. They may counter you by saying they have their own contract or they may just read it, get it reviewed and say,...
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    I discussed this with a friend who contracted...

    I discussed this with a friend who contracted through Alexander Mann and didn't opt out. The agent was keen to get an answer on the opt out question but would only say that the contractor had to take...
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    Depends on the client but it can be nice work if...

    Depends on the client but it can be nice work if you can get it and they forget that you are there...
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    What, like this: Petraeus scandal - Wikipedia,...

    What, like this: Petraeus scandal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  41. £12k salary on a £100k profit isn't going to be a...

    £12k salary on a £100k profit isn't going to be a commercial salary by any means. In my opinion, you should go for the minimum salary that you can legally pay and then put the tax saved into your...
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    Why can't these big agencies work with the likes...

    Why can't these big agencies work with the likes of the PCG to draft proper contracts. :mad
  43. If the contractor didn't opt out then the agency...

    If the contractor didn't opt out then the agency regulations say they must pay the contractor for the time worked.

    Now that doesn't mean that the agency can't attempt to recover their "losses"...
  44. Ahh, this is another gotcha. If you get made...

    Ahh, this is another gotcha.

    If you get made redundant and paid off then the first £30k is tax free, but I think there may be some restriction on this if you go back to the client within a...
  45. Good advice! The opt out status is...

    Good advice!



    The opt out status is important because if the worker doesn't opt out and the agency doesn't pay then they may be committing a criminal offence under the Agency Regulations...
  46. SueEllen is right - they would be IR35 caught and...

    SueEllen is right - they would be IR35 caught and there is also the question of the termination of the permie contract. I recommend legal advice from an employment lawyer on this.

    They can come...
  47. Ahh, you know about the opt out for next time. ...

    Ahh, you know about the opt out for next time.

    I wouldn't just let it go though - fight back!

    Have you spoken to the client to ask them if they have paid the agency and tell them the agency...
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    It's quite possible that you can put the PAYE...

    It's quite possible that you can put the PAYE thing down to a "misunderstanding" or perhaps the agency can cancel the PAYE payment and divert it to your LTD.

    Get yourself an accountant and talk it...
  49. Did you agree to opt out...

    Did you agree to opt out of the agency regulations? If you didn't opt out then they are acting illegally by withholding payment. See the Agency Regulations section 12(c). If you did agree to opt out...
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    I seem to remember that the passport office has...

    I seem to remember that the passport office has this problem every summer too...

    A friend just got new passports for his kids, the standard service took about 7 days. They weren't British...
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