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  1. Sticky: I don't think it is luck, I would say one is...

    I don't think it is luck, I would say one is probably unlucky to not be able to secure a contract - even in more niche skill set roles. Really, over the years, some of the most disastrously...
  2. Sticky: I actually think the other stickies themselves...

    I actually think the other stickies themselves are fine and helpful and I confess even this one could be, perhaps my comments maybe relate more to the reason it appeared to be stickied (warn others...
  3. Sticky: Points taken but I think the part in bold isn't...

    Points taken but I think the part in bold isn't really true, I think rather than me speaking for all contractors, it is that I think that that the forum is not representative of what the real world...
  4. Sticky: There are people who can't get another perm job...

    There are people who can't get another perm job after having to leave a perm job - be it by redundancy, coerced redundancy or a myriad of other factors. It is no different to not finding another...
  5. Sticky: Well if it helps, the 1 month notice usually only...

    Well if it helps, the 1 month notice usually only kicks in after probation, i.e. 3-6 months, so you will likely have only a week or so notice period. If you leave within a month or two, does the...
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    If I was to engage in many other types of...

    If I was to engage in many other types of businesses, being rentals, building work, even appointing an estate agent , notice periods are not meaningless and are enforcable.

    So why is it...
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    Give it at least another month or two before...

    Give it at least another month or two before worrying I think. It could just be a dry 4 week spell.
  8. Is your name nowhere in the contract - eg as a...

    Is your name nowhere in the contract - eg as a consultant?
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    I always use current co name with no mention of...

    I always use current co name with no mention of previous name (don't see any real tangible benefits of doing so) except maybe if the old co name was really recognisable and the new one may not be?
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    Shame they didn't teach you how to read the whole...

    Shame they didn't teach you how to read the whole sentence (thus identifying the comma error) to comprehend what the OP meant.
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    He was referring to an accountancy firm as being...

    He was referring to an accountancy firm as being "nationwide", not a bank...
  12. Well I heard him arguing with his accountant over...

    Well I heard him arguing with his accountant over it - so I don't think he is talking rubbish. The idiot part I agree with.
  13. I was more leaning to someone who uses it quite...

    I was more leaning to someone who uses it quite significantly for personal use (e.g. when they finish work, they use it as their primary laptop for streaming porn and playing WoW).
  14. I hope so. People will say that if you also use...

    I hope so. People will say that if you also use it for personal use that it will create some BIK, but who's checking? ;)

    On a funny note, one of my developer colleague puts through £10,000 a year...
  15. To be fair, the fact he was offered something is...

    To be fair, the fact he was offered something is better than just being let go (which happens to people where budget constraints need to be met).

    Even more surprising that they are offering it to...
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    There is a lot of misinformation in this thread...

    There is a lot of misinformation in this thread about you are providing the same services and thus you aren't going to get a raise/having to justify your raise. All rubbish. At the end of the day,...
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    Not enough information really. I would factor the...

    Not enough information really. I would factor the type of work/company you are in and the type of work you'd like to do in the future or there might be high demand of. I mean if the contract for...
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    You can be certain that no agency will have the...

    You can be certain that no agency will have the apetite to sue you.



    This was in December, where I ended up getting multiple offers in a short space of time - I end up signing them to secure...
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    I don't always agree with a lot of your posts,...

    I don't always agree with a lot of your posts, but this x1000.

    OP, Why are you letting a recruitment agency bully you because they want their commission?

    You need to ask yourself, what end...
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    This is great for the short term yes - I think...

    This is great for the short term yes - I think long term is what OP is thinking. The perm job might be a rare opportunity in terms of location, which is what is drawing her to it. She could apply to...
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    NL is the most IR35-phobic person I know :laugh.

    NL is the most IR35-phobic person I know :laugh.
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    How would Bill give a bad reference for Dave and...

    How would Bill give a bad reference for Dave and make sense of the fact that he hasn't fired Dave for his poor work?
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    Did you analyse their financial statements? Do...

    Did you analyse their financial statements? Do you not see the economic flaw in your view?

    Seriously, sometimes the contractors here have such ridiculous theories you wonder why they didn't become...
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    Yes, Dubai love people visiting and working...

    Yes, Dubai love people visiting and working there, hence they will appear nice. The UAE vision however, doesn't incorporate having expats making themselves home in their countries unfortunately...
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    It is something I considered before, but I...

    It is something I considered before, but I decided not to go ahead with it due to citizenship laws.

    As it stands, you can't be granted citizenship, so in essence, as soon as you are out of work...
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    Think you are not correct about agencies sending...

    Think you are not correct about agencies sending who will bring them the most profit. They will go for who they think will win the contract - what good is a guy who's willing to take a low rate...
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    These stats are not very interesting at all. What...

    These stats are not very interesting at all. What did we expect was going to happen when we told people "We are going to reduce your pay for no good reason, but make you continue to do the same work...
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    Are there any get out of jail clauses in the...

    Are there any get out of jail clauses in the contract that they can use to bypass the notice period?

    As for a legal stand point, do you want to burn bridges to try win a case against them at an...
  29. It is pretty alarming to hear how much money...

    It is pretty alarming to hear how much money people have donated for a good cause is being spent on salary :eek
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    Nothing is ever guaranteed either way, so I'd...

    Nothing is ever guaranteed either way, so I'd take the £20k uplift.
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    No matter the other factors, go with the £150...

    No matter the other factors, go with the £150 extra a day. If you're getting paid that much more, you'd hope that means you are doing more meaningful work - if not at least it sets you up for future...
  32. Not gunning for the 2018 award then :laugh.

    Not gunning for the 2018 award then :laugh.
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    Ditto, started beginning of year (was...

    Ditto, started beginning of year (was deliberating taking it up vs two good perm offers I had), now got an extension to the end of the year (and probably subsequent extensions due to the workload)....
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    I guess they are gambling on the possibility that...

    I guess they are gambling on the possibility that most people end up staying in the UK.
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    Really, is there any difference to those...

    Really, is there any difference to those complaining being stuck on the bench, to the grumpy old graduates complaining they havne't found work a year on still living with their parents? Both are...
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    Pretty much this. You can even learn unrelated...

    Pretty much this. You can even learn unrelated skills to your current in some form or manner (even if only a little) in your current role, so you can advertise as having experience in using the tools...
  37. Thread: Premature end

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    Bar the rare case of extenuating circumstances -...

    Bar the rare case of extenuating circumstances - people who leave early probably don't want to return I would have thought.
  38. Both contract and perm.

    Both contract and perm.
  39. If your skills are in demand and your in an area...

    If your skills are in demand and your in an area with a lot of job opportunities - I would say yes you are mad.

    You'll be getting around double after taxes in the contract job. The benefits I...
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    I started with negative equity, I was probably...

    I started with negative equity, I was probably overdrawn a few £thousand, plus had a new born.

    Despite having several perm offers, I took the first contract beginning of this year, mainly to help...
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    It is believed a lot of this could have been...

    It is believed a lot of this could have been avoided if it weren't for IR35.
  42. You're fishing. There is no conspiracy against...

    You're fishing. There is no conspiracy against you, whatever happened in the construction industry is not relevant with regards to you. It is, as others said, personal - we don't know the whole story...
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    If the UK could go back to how it was before it...

    If the UK could go back to how it was before it joined all those years ago, I would probably not be in favour of it (due to economic reasons) but I wouldn't really mind it. But the way it is now, I...
  44. Sticky: What are some accountancy recommendations who...

    What are some accountancy recommendations who offer both FreeAgent and also provide insurance as part of their service/package?
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    The problem with Brexit is, you are losing...

    The problem with Brexit is, you are losing all/most of the benefits of being in Europe, without gaining fully the benefits of being outside of it. It is a marshmellowy soft Brexit at best. We will be...
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    London seems to be very high in demand. I work in...

    London seems to be very high in demand. I work in Testing and the rates are between £450 and £600, and tbh I do feel bad as I don't feel like I work hard enough to be earning that kind of money.
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    Relax, I am set up happily as a ltd company and...

    Relax, I am set up happily as a ltd company and wouldn't risk it (who knows when the umbrella company would become insolvent/disappear) - my question was really that, are there potentially quite a...
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    I noticed there are still some loan schemes that...

    I noticed there are still some loan schemes that exist (e.g. comparetheumbrella.co.uk are a broker for them). They state they are UK based and that they use commercial loans (with a 3%+ interest) to...
  49. Sticky: Oh I did, I’m just wondering what trickery they...

    Oh I did, I’m just wondering what trickery they used to get the inflated figure. Multiple directors perhaps or use of director loans? *shrugs*
  50. Sticky: I did say I may be missing something having only...

    I did say I may be missing something having only been in the contracting world for 3 months.

    I should be quite well versed with most or at least pick it up quickly as, although I’m now in the IT...
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