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    In my experience, this is fairly common. I’ve...

    In my experience, this is fairly common. I’ve noticed it’s more onerous now compared to when I first started contracting six years ago.

    I think by law, your identity has to be verified along with...
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    It's not financial services and it's somewhere...

    It's not financial services and it's somewhere I've worked before as a permie many years ago.

    I've actually been dealing directly with the end client (they originally approached me to work for...
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    Hays onboarding timescale

    I'm waiting for a contract to come through for a new client via Hays. It's been a week since I received the verbal offer from the client but I haven't even heard from Hays yet never mind received any...
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    It would be interesting to see what proportion of...

    It would be interesting to see what proportion of people are deemed outside using the revised CEST.

    It's use in 2017 and 2018 seemed like it was assessing 85-90% plus of people to be inside IR35.
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    I think it's more a case that a large proportion...

    I think it's more a case that a large proportion of existing contractors will long term find it hard to get outside IR35 gigs.

    I don't know the proportion of public sector gigs that are outside...
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    It might be years before the full picture emerges...

    It might be years before the full picture emerges as there are still investigations in progress and more courts cases to come.

    What does appear to be becoming clearer is that Asian gangs...
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    This is a really good point. I've lost count...

    This is a really good point.

    I've lost count of the number of recruiters who've been publishing articles and guidance about IR35, claiming that you can increase your rates by X% to offset any...
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    Right idea in principle but doesn't really help...

    Right idea in principle but doesn't really help given the many well documented flaws in CEST. One of the main ones being that HMRC won't even accept the results of their own tool at a tax tribunal...
  9. As some have already replied, you need to have a...

    As some have already replied, you need to have a very clear business proposition. I think you are conflating several different types of work or proposition under the catch all of 'contract' and each...
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    Unfortunately gigs getting canned due to budget...

    Unfortunately gigs getting canned due to budget pressure is an occupational hazard, particularly at certain times in the typical annual budget cycle where business functions, including IT, are...
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    Yes, Jobserve is probably one of the better ones...

    Yes, Jobserve is probably one of the better ones but there are lots that are really poor.
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    Well I’ve been a contractor for almost seven...

    Well I’ve been a contractor for almost seven years...

    I think reference to what’s happening in e.g. permanent recruitment is relevant given the wider context of recent events like Brexit and the...
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    Contracting in the financial services sector is...

    Contracting in the financial services sector is currently in turmoil due to the impending changes in IR35 rules being rolled out to the private sector from April 2020. There are many threads on this...
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    Had an interview with them many years ago for a...

    Had an interview with them many years ago for a perm role. Interview process dragged on for almost 3 months and four rounds of interviews. Just before the final interview their HR bod told me that...
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    It's a fact of life that most recruiters and job...

    It's a fact of life that most recruiters and job board websites are rubbish.

    It never ceases to amaze me how many sites don't have even a half complete set of filters like by rate, date posted, or...
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    Persistence pays off - new contract

    Two weeks ago I started to individually contact 200 connections via LinkedIn about a bit of research I've been doing. About 30 of those were recruiters who I casually mentioned to that it would be...
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    133. Was working full time Jan to May then...

    133.

    Was working full time Jan to May then extended with the client on a part time basis over the summer which suited me fine. Unfortunately I had to take a couple of months off in the autumn for...
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    It will be interesting to see if this takes off....

    It will be interesting to see if this takes off. I've got clients to sign these types of letters a few years ago but when I worked at a bank in 2017, the agency specifically told the client not to...
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    Yep, this. PWC are possibly not the worst...

    Yep, this.

    PWC are possibly not the worst offender, but the Big 4 have a string of scandals with their audit operations advising end clients. I'm not sure they really have any competence to be...
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    This is still quite common for interim roles.

    This is still quite common for interim roles.
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    Same for me. They have been terrible over the...

    Same for me. They have been terrible over the last year and made a couple of ridiculously stupid mistakes. To be fair, they can be good - I once had a complicated dispute with HMRC and ended up with...
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    Absolutely this. Most...

    Absolutely this.

    Most techies/consultants/start up entrepreneurs have little idea of selling and marketing. If you don't know what a B2B sales funnel is, understand what yours looks like in your...
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    An upmarket hotel converted from a prison in...

    An upmarket hotel converted from a prison in Basel, Switzerland. A lot of it still looked quite like a prison and there were a few jokey signs making reference to it's original past.

    A Levi's...
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    So true. I've had some pretty useless recent...

    So true.

    I've had some pretty useless recent experiences with three well known big recruiting firms when I asked for a bit of help with some introductions to suitable people to discuss potential...
  25. As others have said, breaking into contracting...

    As others have said, breaking into contracting will be very challenging in the current market. However, even getting back into a perm role will be difficult.

    As someone who has done a lot of...
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    I'm similar, 80% of my contracts have been found...

    I'm similar, 80% of my contracts have been found in July or December.
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    Hmm, not sure I agree, I think it's long been...

    Hmm, not sure I agree, I think it's long been like this. Back around the early to mid-90s, over half of jobs open to graduates didn't specify a particular degree subject. 18 is still too young IMHO...
  28. Why did you assume you would be getting any hours...

    Why did you assume you would be getting any hours 'back'? What was written in your contract in terms of working hours? Did it say that weekends would also be billable? It's usually a bland statement...
  29. It would be interesting if any analysis has ever...

    It would be interesting if any analysis has ever been done on what the effects would be on contractor incomes and tax raised if the standard model was for contractors to engage directly with the end...
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    Got in contact with an agency today that has got...

    Got in contact with an agency today that has got me three previous well paid gigs and spoke to one of their agents that placed me in my last role. He was quite candid, saying that there is nothing in...
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    If I was a dump truck driver I would feel quite...

    If I was a dump truck driver I would feel quite insulted that I'm only being offered similar money to an Access/Excel developer :tongue
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    The problem is if you get one person in at say,...

    The problem is if you get one person in at say, £3.5m, the rest of the exec board would be on say 150-250k e.g. the FD. I can't think of many organisations where the CEO is earning 10-15 times the...
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    Go to QDOS and they will review the whole...

    Go to QDOS and they will review the whole contract and even negotiate any clauses that they deem might put you inside IR35.

    I've had some annoying admin mixups with SJD recently, I wouldn't...
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    I'd disagree as it's at least indicative.

    There is an approximate relationship between contract rate and permanent salary equivalent. Of course, it also depends on several market factors but it is...
  35. I think so - as per my previous reply. You could...

    I think so - as per my previous reply. You could get a bit more but I don't think that much more.
  36. If you've got a part time role you like and more...

    If you've got a part time role you like and more importantly, fits in with your life, think carefully about leaving.

    An old friend of mine had contracted from the mid 90s for about 15 years in...
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    Some fairly significant changes were made in this...

    Some fairly significant changes were made in this case by myself after consulting with the CIO. This coincided with a review/restructuring of the IT function and some perm staff were given a pretty...
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    That is very true. Had some good and then...

    That is very true.

    Had some good and then mixed experiences with some of the 'provincial' offices. One of the London staff was absolutely shocking though. He literally had no clue about how...
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    I asked whether having worked as a...

    I asked whether having worked as a contractor/interim for over 6 years would be an impediment to becoming a perm CIO and the speaker said not necessarily. Admittedly perm recruitment at that level is...
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    I went to a Future CIO networking event yesterday...

    I went to a Future CIO networking event yesterday with a guest speaker from one of the big exec search firms who specialises in CIO recruitment. They said they have never been busier handling perm...
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    It's fair to say there was a lot more friendly...

    It's fair to say there was a lot more friendly 'mingling' amongst the younger staff in those 'hip sectors' :hug::wink

    However, they were much faster paced sectors than banking or life sciences...
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    I'm still seeing lots of recruiter led IR35...

    I'm still seeing lots of recruiter led IR35 briefing/seminar event invites in my LinkedIn feed. We're surely getting to the point where if companies haven't started preparing by now, it's too late to...
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    I don't think you can go wrong the next coupe of...

    I don't think you can go wrong the next coupe of years if you're in security and to a lesser extent DevOps. I might be being dumb but what's ED transformation?

    There is definitely some movement at...
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    Good tactic! :grin I expect most of the time...

    Good tactic! :grin I expect most of the time they'll reply they've just moved from working in an estate agent or a bar or they're a new grad.

    Having once worked as a young-ish graduate for a...
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    I'd say there's more correlation between age and...

    I'd say there's more correlation between age and cultural fit compared to age and ability though it might be sector specific.

    I've worked in the holiday, retail fashion and health and beauty...
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    Yep, that sounds about right. A recruiter I know...

    Yep, that sounds about right. A recruiter I know actually posted an article on LinkedIn yesterday about why people don't get contacted after they send in a CV and he quoted a figure of 3-4%.

    It's...
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    Not in this case. One works for a big recruitment...

    Not in this case. One works for a big recruitment firm that I've known for years. The other works for a boutique firm who are one of the top players in executive search. Between them they know about...
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    You'd think that would be the case but not always...

    You'd think that would be the case but not always perhaps. I recently had two Partner level recruiters approach me on LinkedIn and once connected they refused to answer any of my messages even after...
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    I'd say level of the role's seniority has an...

    I'd say level of the role's seniority has an impact too. For IT leadership roles, senior programme managers etc then aged 50-60 isn't necessarily a barrier. I think organisation culture is more of a...
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    Not had any experience of the EY tool but...

    Not had any experience of the EY tool but apparently Grant Thornton (5th biggest UK accountancy firm) also has an IR35 tool. They don't have a consulting arm AFAIK so less likely to be a potential...
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