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  1. Don't get into the trap of saying "but you're...

    Don't get into the trap of saying "but you're paying X more than me" - don't bring other people into it. This is between you and the agency.
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    This method isn't without merit, I've done loads...

    This method isn't without merit, I've done loads of roles in contexts I've had nothing to do with in the past. Some companies are cool with that. Your ability to change is important.
  3. The Scots and welsh only have to pay about a...

    The Scots and welsh only have to pay about a fiver of stamp duty as it stands - they're pre-discounted!
  4. 2 years later when a test case goes to court you...

    2 years later when a test case goes to court you mean
  5. Does that include us LTD directors who went on...

    Does that include us LTD directors who went on furlough for a bit :)
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    If the end result works financially then yes

    If the end result works financially then yes
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    You know that the point is to use QDOS's feedback...

    You know that the point is to use QDOS's feedback to get the contract change - which will almost always be agreed to?

    It's not like Permie land where you get what you're given, agencies won't say...
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    You'll get some Bertie big balls in here try to...

    You'll get some Bertie big balls in here try to give it the "I insist on being paid weekly" but the reality is you might get that, the norm is to get something around end of month + 14 days, give or...
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    Already seeing job ads stating "currently work...

    Already seeing job ads stating "currently work from home. After the coronavirus period, a 5 day week in the office is expected"

    :( what a missed opportunity. Yes let's make everyone unhappy again.
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    You've got 2 years from the end of an accounting...

    You've got 2 years from the end of an accounting period for simple investigations and 6 years for other stuff... I'd keep it going

    I worked out in another thread that after Sainsburys and Expedia...
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    Boomed for the 2nd time since lockdown :banana2: ...

    Boomed for the 2nd time since lockdown :banana2:

    Good luck everyone, the roles are out there. This is much better than the 'year of furlough pay and mortgage holidays' I was readying myself for...
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    Some agencies I'm working with have furloughed...

    Some agencies I'm working with have furloughed all but their team leads.
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    Seeing a very healthy market here too. Less in...

    Seeing a very healthy market here too. Less in terms of what's being advertised but direct calls are pretty decent. Survived another 'impending death of contracting', must be my 6th or 7th by now....
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    2019-20. Rates and non-arsey clients.

    2019-20. Rates and non-arsey clients.
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    Well that's obviously the best decider :D ......

    Well that's obviously the best decider :D ... still option 1, currently, that has produced that.

    Maybe option 2 will after their aptitude exam, who knows..
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    A tale of two contracts 1) Good rate from the...

    A tale of two contracts

    1) Good rate from the off. One telephone interview, talking about the project. Straightforward exchange of information. Not too bothered about industry experience, variety...
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    I think I'm about to make the leap but I think...

    I think I'm about to make the leap but I think you need a good 3 years of 'having an accountant' first to get used to it
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    It was my 'being asked to leave' that gave me a...

    It was my 'being asked to leave' that gave me a sizeable lump with which to try contracting. In many ways it's the nicest thing that company did for me, and I've never felt the need to go back to...
  19. You can furlough retrospectively I think? A 3+...

    You can furlough retrospectively I think? A 3+ week period from March 2nd to today can be designated as furlough if no revenue generating activity (i.e. paid work not answering emails as some...
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    I'd consider applying for 100 jobs a weeks work...

    I'd consider applying for 100 jobs a weeks work sometimes, and I wouldn't expect to get a call back for any of them either! it's a numbers game.

    An HR manager who resigns thinking her role was at...
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    Asking me how the market is going feels like...

    Asking me how the market is going feels like short hand for "I am disingenuous"
  22. Use the contract review time to weigh up your...

    Use the contract review time to weigh up your options.

    I did this once, I had a contract 'in the bag' which became my Plan B after something more interesting came along. I opened up a 5 day...
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    I don't wish to sound untoward but the accent of...

    I don't wish to sound untoward but the accent of the agent that calls you is often an indicator of where the parent company is based :)
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    Your mistake is getting involved with an Indian...

    Your mistake is getting involved with an Indian company, frankly... they don't seem to be big on sharing the fruits of success whenever they've called me up.
  25. Interviews are useless for both parties. The only...

    Interviews are useless for both parties. The only thing you can use them to gauge is "would I hate to be sat next to this person every day". You work the rest out in your first 2 weeks.
  26. Have you got leverage or do you feel lucky to be...

    Have you got leverage or do you feel lucky to be there? That'll give you your answer.

    There are exceptions, always.
  27. Have never heard of clients paying for their...

    Have never heard of clients paying for their contractors own IR35 reviews before... how independent is it? What did they tell them about working practises vs what actually happens? Whose contract did...
  28. Walk, then. Always use your leverage. The client...

    Walk, then. Always use your leverage. The client I was at last year went from "we're not paying" to "OK how much do you want" when it became apparent that over 50% would leave even with nothing to go...
  29. If I'd wound my company down when many on here...

    If I'd wound my company down when many on here were losing their heads I'd have no Ltd to run the 2 contracts I've found since. Keep a steady hand.

    Oh and if they make you inside, a blanket...
  30. I think it says in one of the links above,...

    I think it says in one of the links above, selling bulk sunglasses to his school friends in Essex ;)
  31. I had the misfortune to work at a couple of...

    I had the misfortune to work at a couple of places like that early in my career and for the longest time I thought that was how work was... I wasted years not changing jobs because I thought others...
  32. The "my contract doesn't say handovers" angle is...

    The "my contract doesn't say handovers" angle is one you'll see contractor theory obsessives pushing on here - but not real people in real contracts. I would steer away from that line of thinking.
  33. When does the new gig start? All I can see is...

    When does the new gig start? All I can see is that the current one ends at the end of June. Just use that time.
  34. Wouldn't even blink at such a simple and...

    Wouldn't even blink at such a simple and straightforward request. Remember, they're not testing you on how well the recipient 'gets' the information, just that they receive it.

    I've trained up...
  35. They've had another glowing review that also...

    They've had another glowing review that also takes time to mention the CEO. Must be a few dozen so far like that
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  36. You see this as a good thing?

    You see this as a good thing?
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    In fairness, the CEST tool would place a lone...

    In fairness, the CEST tool would place a lone mercenary or Batman inside IR35 so I wouldn't give it too much confidence
  38. With the title "Grateful" :winker: I have the...

    With the title "Grateful" :winker:

    I have the feeling we have the makings of a TheRegister story here or similar
  39. Had to double check that drawing on their right...

    Had to double check that drawing on their right hand, looked like a coded message to the outside world about their boss
  40. Someone's summarised my contracting personal...

    Someone's summarised my contracting personal brand there, what the hell
  41. That stuff about office hours tells you...

    That stuff about office hours tells you everything you need to know about how nice a place it is to work

    Bet its being run by a right a-hole
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    They ask where your money comes from, you say...

    They ask where your money comes from, you say your company.

    Guess Halifax is another organisation that's not wrapped up in contractor theory ;)
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    I've said this before but the cover worked nicely...

    I've said this before but the cover worked nicely for me when my company and I were investigated and they shortened the process by a few months (and possibly something more serious). Day to day I use...
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    it'd be great if recruitment agencies and other...

    it'd be great if recruitment agencies and other 'consultancies' would spend the next year giving advice that wasn't "just mark everyone inside", like they should've been doing all along
  45. "after discussing it with the client, they're...

    "after discussing it with the client, they're happy to recruit a contractor on £150 a day if you're interested"
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    No worries with Halifax taking my directors loan...

    No worries with Halifax taking my directors loan as I recall. It all looked the same to them anyway. Thinking back, I wonder if I specifically called 10k of it a directors loan or not in their forms....
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    Clydesdale seem to have forgotten about my...

    Clydesdale seem to have forgotten about my application for this. As have I, in fairness.
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    When I did it I did a directors loan of 10k and...

    When I did it I did a directors loan of 10k and dividend the rest. There's no hiding that amount of money, you have to take the tax on the chin but the 10k loan will allow 10k of it to effectively...
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    IR35 was set up to stop "Friday to Monday" i.e....

    IR35 was set up to stop "Friday to Monday" i.e. people leaving and being reemployed as contractors for any reason, so the assumption will be that you're IN as the day to day role won't change on the...
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    Depending on how quickly you find a job, you...

    Depending on how quickly you find a job, you might find being benched now more profitable than not... CJRS and payment holidays etc!
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