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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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    Yes, Hays seemed to be one of the first of the...

    Yes, Hays seemed to be one of the first of the big agencies to start addressing IR35 challenges for 2020.

    At my last client, I used Hays quite a bit as they were one of the preferred suppliers. I...
  16. That's a good suggestion, I might look into that...

    That's a good suggestion, I might look into that as I currently have my company listed as one 'role' on my profile with a one line summary for each client.
  17. Totally agree. I've met/worked with many people...

    Totally agree. I've met/worked with many people from those countries who do pay more in tax but get better public services and crucially, on many indices, have a better quality of life than people in...
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    Something doesn't seem quite right. According to...

    Something doesn't seem quite right. According to LinkedIn they are an Executive Search firm but unlike other exec search firms, their website doesn't seem to mention executive search... they look...
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    Hays are on a lot of company PSLs (Preferred...

    Hays are on a lot of company PSLs (Preferred Supplier Lists.)

    For senior roles (more than £100k salary or equivalent contract rate) they are definitely one of the best of the big agencies in terms...
  20. You automatically become a follower of anyone...

    You automatically become a follower of anyone that becomes a connection of yours AFAIK.

    You don't have to be a connection to follow someone. Just go to their profile page and to the right of their...
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    That isn't the case in my experience. For...

    That isn't the case in my experience. For example, I lost a really good member of my team this year who suddenly resigned not long after I had agreed for him to be promoted. I bent over backwards to...
  22. I think you're far off the mark, it's definitely...

    I think you're far off the mark, it's definitely not just a version of Facebook.

    It's becoming more useful for jobs being advertised and more companies are using it for direct recruitment. I'm...
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    Yep - I've even had agents be quite candid to say...

    Yep - I've even had agents be quite candid to say that's what the client is doing. For perm roles, this isn't uncommon as what the company thinks it wants/needs at the start of the process can be...
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    I think it is good practice to feed back to the...

    I think it is good practice to feed back to the agency so long as it's a debrief and not a formal exit interview which is usually an HR process with a standard checklist of questions. You might work...
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    That's a good point. About 60% of my contracts...

    That's a good point. About 60% of my contracts over the last 6-7 years have come from one agency. Interestingly, the contract I had with them during 2018/19 had some significant material differences...
  26. Thread: Is it me?

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    I've seen it used many times, sometimes in...

    I've seen it used many times, sometimes in conjunction with something like JIRA.

    It never ceases to amaze me how organisations can skimp on investing in proper tools for such an important part of...
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    Maybe, but in the current climate, it seems that...

    Maybe, but in the current climate, it seems that there are lots of potential substitutes on the bench. I know at least five people I 've worked with closely who would be a suitable substitute for...
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    Possibly one of the worst retailers in the UK...

    Possibly one of the worst retailers in the UK over the last 15-20 years. It's had so many mishaps and unsuccessful turnarounds. If it was a dog it would have been put down years ago to save it from...
  29. I was going to mention Jim Davidson. And Phil...

    I was going to mention Jim Davidson.

    And Phil Collins (who did move), Frank Bruno and various other C list celebs...

    No doubt this will get trotted out again during the election campaign.
  30. Maybe the super wealthy are right to be worried...

    Maybe the super wealthy are right to be worried but I sincerely doubt many of them will leave on day 1. The UK is much too good a tax haven for them and is likely to be for a while yet.
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    I think football tickets are much cheaper in...

    I think football tickets are much cheaper in Germany than England too?
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    You're way off the mark. Paid cinema admissions...

    You're way off the mark. Paid cinema admissions have been on a broadly upward trend since the early 80s and were the highest last year since 1970. UK cinema admissions and box office | Annual...
  33. I haven't done it specifically for my ltd company...

    I haven't done it specifically for my ltd company warchest but I have done it in a slightly different way for other savings.

    I have my own SIPP pension and ISA and had the foresight (luck) to...
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    Two of my accountants have advised in the past...

    Two of my accountants have advised in the past that these 'expenses' get classified as Cost of Goods sold. However, there seems to be no agreement as one of their colleagues told me something...
  35. I used to get a Confirmation of Arrangements...

    I used to get a Confirmation of Arrangements letter signed for my earliest contracts, as advised by QDOS. For my first contract, the client manager was happy to do it as her husband was a contractor...
  36. News hot off the press - Alcock successful in...

    News hot off the press - Alcock successful in appeal against HMRC. Sounds like the HMRC case was a bit of a fiasco in the end.

    RALC Consulting IR35 case - IT consultant wins latest IR35 case...
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    About 4-5 years ago I had a legal (not IR35)...

    About 4-5 years ago I had a legal (not IR35) review done by QDOS on one contract with 24 hour turnaround from memory. It was expensive though.

    There were a few clauses that the lawyer highlighted,...
  38. Wonder what the private equity firm that bought...

    Wonder what the private equity firm that bought SJD Accountancy for £70m are thinking now?
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    Interesting theory. I might not have been...

    Interesting theory.

    I might not have been clear earlier, the job has already been advertised for three weeks. 800+ seems high though for this role as it's Global Head of of Engineering. Usually at...
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    There has been a lot of debate recently about the...

    There has been a lot of debate recently about the merits of going perm until the market recovers post IR35 shakeup in 2020.

    It's not going to be plain sailing for everyone to find perm roles...
  41. Retail banking failures are the ones that affect...

    Retail banking failures are the ones that affect ordinary consumers and the public in large numbers. I guess there are investment banking failures, we just never get to hear much about them in the...
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    Sounds plausible for capex budgets, not sure for...

    Sounds plausible for capex budgets, not sure for opex budgets and six figure salaries.
  43. I haven't got access to the latest year's Gartner...

    I haven't got access to the latest year's Gartner figures but alongside professional services, banks and other financial services companies spent the highest percentage of revenue on IT amongst 20...
  44. One major factor whether you like it or not is...

    One major factor whether you like it or not is your age. I've worked at several FTSE100 and Fortune 500 firms and hardly anyone in the IT department was much over 50. Without knowing your skills and...
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    I can only speak for myself and a few...

    I can only speak for myself and a few ex-colleagues who are experienced contractors but considering perm (salaries up to £150k plus) ... That market seemed really quiet in Sept and early Oct and...
  46. Thread: Warchests

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    Must have done a Boris and spaffed it all up a...

    Must have done a Boris and spaffed it all up a wall?

    Maybe gambling? Or drugs? I've been surprised by the number of people I've come across who've lost a lot of money either of those ways.
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    I'm aware of DuckDuckGo but it's a bit of a...

    I'm aware of DuckDuckGo but it's a bit of a stretch to call it an 'international tech business famous for its defining search engine.'

    I'm not aware they make any other products either. It is...
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    I've made this point many times about there being...

    I've made this point many times about there being lots of market segments. If you've got skills in cyber security, AI, big data analytics etc then you are very likely to find it easier to get a role...
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    Damn, I thought it would be a lot harder to guess...

    Damn, I thought it would be a lot harder to guess :tongue
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    Agents not revealing the name of the client

    We can argue whether it's pointless for an agent not to reveal the name of the client until after having had a first discussion/seen your CV etc.

    But I wonder what this agent was thinking of - who...
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