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    Great advice, plus I think leasing you can claim...

    Great advice, plus I think leasing you can claim 50% of the VAT back even if the vehicle is used for non-business mileage, whereas that's not the case if you bought it outright.

    Anyhow, and...
  2. Thread: Burnout

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    I felt the same a few years ago, probably around...

    I felt the same a few years ago, probably around 2014/15, but those feelings have now passed me by. I made a couple of posts about it back then I recall, but I can't be 4rsed hunting them down. ...
  3. Possibly but I'm too lazy to bother with it. ...

    Possibly but I'm too lazy to bother with it. Isn't that the kind of thing permies do? ;-)
  4. Depends when you book it and when you travel. ...

    Depends when you book it and when you travel. There's a 'window' of opportunity for lower fares but you have to book a few weeks in advance. Leaving it to the day before is asking for whopping...
  5. I live in the North but contract predominantly in...

    I live in the North but contract predominantly in London, perhaps 10 out of the last 15 years. Some good advice has been given in this thread but I'd rule out the London/Brighton mainline as an...
  6. Sticky: I AM a Yorkshireman!

    I AM a Yorkshireman!
  7. Sticky: You need a reality check. Try threats by the...

    You need a reality check. Try threats by the revenue and your bank to wind up the company, try massive arrears on corporation tax and VAT, try getting kicked out of your contract property rental,...
  8. Sticky: Similar here. I had a terrible run when the...

    Similar here. I had a terrible run when the financial crisis hit. The London banking sector was dreadful and my skills weren't in demand outside of that. I spent a few periods of 2-3 months on the...
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    Don't you find them a bit tight? Still at least...

    Don't you find them a bit tight? Still at least you avoid the VAT. :-D
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    You can't just expect contract work on your...

    You can't just expect contract work on your doorstep or throw in the towel. You have to be mobile to be a contractor. In my 15 years I've had probably less than 5 years in my own locality with half...
  11. I'll give it a miss then seeing as I just escaped...

    I'll give it a miss then seeing as I just escaped the place. Table for 1 it is!
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    So, what's the crack here then? Is it on and if...

    So, what's the crack here then? Is it on and if so, when and where (Scabby Taps again?).
  13. Bl00dy hell that's come around again quickly. ...

    Bl00dy hell that's come around again quickly. Only seems like yesterday I had to pull out (no pun intended) of last years. I'll try to make this one seeing as my new contract takes me home, giving...
  14. It really can vary. I'm a contract dev, mostly...

    It really can vary. I'm a contract dev, mostly in London finance. Typically you'll have a telephone interview where they'll ask technical questions, tell you about the role, etc. If all goes well...
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    ha ha, what a clown. I think the last 15 years...

    ha ha, what a clown. I think the last 15 years on big rates is working out quite nicely don't you?

    You know, some people out there might actually find this information of use, particularly those...
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    KPMG - Enforced Leave (2018-19 edition)

    Nothing if not consistent. Three years on the trot. KPMG score a hatrick of Xmas furloughs.

    Finish Friday 14th December 2018, back Monday 7th January 2019. Applies to all associates, temps and...
  17. you think forcing a contractor into a permie job...

    you think forcing a contractor into a permie job would motivate them?
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    I have an 'interview' every Tuesday evening in...

    I have an 'interview' every Tuesday evening in Wetherspoons, Canary Wharf with my pal. All expenses paid ;-)
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    At least we have culture ;-)

    At least we have culture ;-)
  20. I've sacked it off as I already have an offer...

    I've sacked it off as I already have an offer elsewhere and two other strong possibilities waiting in the wings.
  21. sometimes you don't need to read the whole thing...

    sometimes you don't need to read the whole thing to realise its not for you. That would be a waste of time wouldn't it? Fail fast.
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    As a developer I'm seeing rates improve in the...

    As a developer I'm seeing rates improve in the north but I was on £ 450 fourteen years ago. Rates are only just around that now! £ 450 back in 2004 was a lot of money. According to sites like...
  23. I read enough for it to put me off. The very...

    I read enough for it to put me off. The very first page saying it's a legally binding document is OTT. Only to be submitted? I'm up at the end of this month and have been put forward for several...
  24. Docusign document a requirement for representation

    Reasonably interesting role came my way and gave the agent my approval to represent me exclusively, etc, etc. Then a mail comes through with a Docusign electronic document to be signed in order to...
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    Father forgive me for I have sinned! Now...

    Father forgive me for I have sinned!

    Now repented by removing said photo.

    Amen
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    came on here expecting to find the conversation...

    came on here expecting to find the conversation about convents and nuns getting out of their skin tight habits :-(
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    well, that's worrying for him. Glad I'm only on...

    well, that's worrying for him. Glad I'm only on site 2 days a week and when that ends I think I can squeeze in another couple of years down there before either a) I hang up my keyboard or b) IR35...
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    That's a good read, thanks for the link. ...

    That's a good read, thanks for the link.

    Situation is Manchester -> Euston (I think) and tube to whatever site he's at then staying over at rented accommodation in the same place it's been for...
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    I suspect this has been asked before but say you...

    I suspect this has been asked before but say you live in Manchester and contract predominantly in London - Canary Wharf for 2 years then City for 2 years then Back to Canary Wharf for whatever. ...
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    Blast from the past. I haven't seen an RBS...

    Blast from the past. I haven't seen an RBS contract spec. since they nearly went under. Prior to that, they were the lions share of specs in my inbox, along with Lehman Brothers.

    I remember...
  31. I'd tell them we'll meet up to discuss it, when...

    I'd tell them we'll meet up to discuss it, when and if it happens. Right now it's only speculation. If he wants to meet with the client, so be it.
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    Ultimately what the hell can they do? Your...

    Ultimately what the hell can they do? Your company doesn't have the money (yet) so they'll just have to wait for it won't they? Can't get blood out of a stone. Sure, they may threaten you with...
  33. Thread: Oxygen360

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    yeah, they can survive without oxygen for 5 days...

    yeah, they can survive without oxygen for 5 days of the year, 6 in a leap year.
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    Much as I'm rapidly falling out with contracting,...

    Much as I'm rapidly falling out with contracting, I'd rather eat my own excrement than take a permie role.
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    Came across this: Bond Mckenzie - Bond...

    Came across this:

    Bond Mckenzie - Bond mckenzie is a scam company, Review 824043 | ComplaintsBoard

    Amazing what you can find on Companies House though. The two Directors are a David John...
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    Bond McKenzie 'executive search'

    Advertised a dev role on Jobserve at a very good rate (£800). Ticked every single box, told it was with Blackrock in the City so was interested in pursuing it. Nothing for a week or so and so I...
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    I've done both and for the same client, first...

    I've done both and for the same client, first time through agency and second time direct, after client bunged agent a few quid to 'go away'. The issue I had was that payment dates were known when...
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    Interesting article. I am of the same view. If...

    Interesting article. I am of the same view. If they apply it to the private sector, I'm selling up and moving to Spain continuing my contracting pursuits over there. That's over £ 50k of tax (corp...
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    Yes you can, that's what I did but there was an...

    Yes you can, that's what I did but there was an element of luck. I took a sideways step in the same firm from one project/team to another one and delivered it in the new tech. stack. But I had...
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    I think the problem is you've been there for so...

    I think the problem is you've been there for so long. Previous best as a permie for me was 5 years. I can't imagine any longer than that.
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    I think some contractors just get complacent. I...

    I think some contractors just get complacent. I was one of them and contracts in my speciality were appearing less frequently. So I reskilled, actually I'm still reskilling, and the problem has...
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    £0 Several months out of work after redundancy...

    £0

    Several months out of work after redundancy due to the dotcom crash forced my hand. Never looked back.
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    If it comes in, I'm exiting the UK and plying my...

    If it comes in, I'm exiting the UK and plying my trade remote only from Spain (assuming I still can!).
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    After 18 months of hammering it, the gravy train...

    After 18 months of hammering it, the gravy train is coming to an end. Decided I need to take a couple of months off at least but it's difficult when the market is so buoyant with big rates to be...
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    But what a terrible name anyway, sounds like...

    But what a terrible name anyway, sounds like somebody selling burial plots.
  46. No, I saw that one but clearly the guy is a...

    No, I saw that one but clearly the guy is a psycho. I figured if I responded to that one he'd hunt me down and try to extract a pound of flesh from my first born (which I don't even have).
  47. Couldn't resist it. Possibly the most boring...

    Couldn't resist it. Possibly the most boring self-obsessed thread I've read on these boards (aside from my own!)
  48. Good, will you now go f*** off and get your...

    Good, will you now go f*** off and get your shoeshine box?
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    Very interesting and useful insight, thanks. I...

    Very interesting and useful insight, thanks. I am leaning to the hourly model because as you say, odd phone calls here are there, how do you bill for that on a daily basis? But I would say that...
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    No, it's their IP, they just need somebody to...

    No, it's their IP, they just need somebody to support/enhance it moving forward but no on a full-time contract basis. A figure of 3-5 days a month was banded around. I like the idea of not rolling...
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