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    +1 to all of that. The era when companies...

    +1 to all of that.

    The era when companies used contractors to replace / supplement permanent employees has gone with these changes. The greatest fear of most companies is that HMRC will find one...
  2. There is a possibility that being forced to use...

    There is a possibility that being forced to use an umbrella company who take Employers NI out of the advertised rate may be illegal but we are still waiting for the results of court cases regarding...
  3. Um I suspect those Loan charge people didn't...

    Um I suspect those Loan charge people didn't check things with HMRC or if they did they were being very generous in their interpretation of the responses.

    The issue I've found is that umbrella...
  4. I used to think that but over the years the...

    I used to think that but over the years the schemes have got far more sophisticated to the point that I've even seen agencies fall for their statements.

    If HMRC want people to use umbrella...
  5. Thread: Home NAS with SSDs

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    While there is a use case for fast write / read...

    While there is a use case for fast write / read from a NAS, video streaming (except for say a Netflix gateway proxy device or a plane) is not really that use case.
  6. Thread: Home NAS with SSDs

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    Why would you need SSD's? For video's you really...

    Why would you need SSD's? For video's you really don't need anything more than a hard disk - speed is never going to be an issue. As a NAS is a low touch system which if configured correctly only has...
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    And as I asked in my last comment - when did you...

    And as I asked in my last comment - when did you move to London - it was a far easier decision to do that in the 1990's than it was to do so today...
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    I think you've proved my point. As an...

    I think you've proved my point.



    As an aside when did you purchase in London. Was it back in the early 1990's when a suitable flat was £70,000 or so or nowadays when its upwards of £500,000..
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    For most clients there isn't - why take the risk...

    For most clients there isn't - why take the risk of HMRC investigating your decisions and presenting you with a large bill when you can just insist on an inside IR35 contract.

    And I'm sure that's...
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    The point is that I'm more pessimistic. Even in...

    The point is that I'm more pessimistic. Even in the middle of nowhere you can find people who can just about do the job required. Companies are very unlikely to pay expenses unless they really have...
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    Why would they when there are other local...

    Why would they when there are other local candidates who won't need those costs covered.

    Granted the local candidate may not be as good but if they are £200 a day cheaper (after expenses) that...
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    Ever tried herding cats? It's far harder than you...

    Ever tried herding cats? It's far harder than you think.

    Which is why I've gone the ISV approach - find a niche (or in my case a large gap) and go for it.
  13. Nope - as of now it's just a difference of...

    Nope - as of now it's just a difference of opinion

    You see yourself as a business sadly the client sees you as an employee.
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    Not quite - the issue is as follows - from the...

    Not quite - the issue is as follows - from the time when HMRC was trying to remove all expenses not just from those inside IR35 (we won that battle BTW).

    As a contractor I compete against larger...
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    No - I can follow the logic:- 1) agencies only...

    No - I can follow the logic:-

    1) agencies only have 2 chances so they read the specification and second guess what the candidates needs to be to get the interview slot.
    2) Agencies chose the top...
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    Right - let's give you a sensible answer - as...

    Right - let's give you a sensible answer - as this is how I make my money.

    Action Pack won't give you Dynamics 365 or Power App licences so don't waste your money.

    The usual advice now you...
  17. It would have been contractor umbrella but Dolan...

    It would have been contractor umbrella but Dolan got rid of all their staff. Lucy and co went on to form Home - Clarity Umbrella Ltd - UK PAYE Umbrella Company so I would try there first.
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    And at some point the companies will discover...

    And at some point the companies will discover that the friction is too expensive and move the factory out of the UK as the next car is designed and the production line is re-engineered.

    The only...
  19. It's worth emphasising as no-one seems to have...

    It's worth emphasising as no-one seems to have picked it up that Banks have a 20% leeway that other companies don't have as they cannot claim back the VAT on invoices. So for every £500 a bank pays...
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    I know people who went perm in January this year...

    I know people who went perm in January this year and others who did it 3 years ago (Cojak) for exactly that reason

    I know that personally I can't stand fools so could never go permanent anywhere...
  21. You don't need to be in the cloud - Azure...

    You don't need to be in the cloud - Azure functions can be used on premise.

    See

    Azure Functions 2.0: Create, debug and deploy to Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

    and

    Azure Functions on...
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    As far fetched as an IPSE Board member using a...

    As far fetched as an IPSE Board member using a Sockie account to personally attack me...

    Yet things have played out exactly how I said they would...
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    And that's my point - there will be a lot of...

    And that's my point - there will be a lot of shaking the money tree letters going out...

    Which may or may not lead to enquiries being made - of course we don't know if the letters will lead to...
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    To contradict this point may I refer you to the...

    To contradict this point may I refer you to the Glaxo letters. I suspect HMRC may willingly open up a lot of such campaigns, knowing that a lot of people will just en up paying due to lack of...
  25. Thread: test please delete

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    Sticky: I remember being tasked by my hall warden to take...

    I remember being tasked by my hall warden to take the nicked traffic cones that had appeared and shift them to another hall overnight. Castle (s)Leazes at the time was 3 different halls. This went on...
  26. Thread: test please delete

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    Sticky: Other rums - St Nicholas Abbey which now has a...

    Other rums - St Nicholas Abbey which now has a Heritage Railway (built 2018) are also available
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    Sticky: Just back from holiday in Barbados to mark our...

    Just back from holiday in Barbados to mark our 25th Wedding Anniversary.

    Real #FirstWorldProblems is that the sea was too loud from the front of the suite.

    time to get back to the projects I...
  28. Thread: test please delete

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    Sticky: A flying visit :happy Just turned down a...

    A flying visit :happy

    Just turned down a renewal which was probably 18 months of work and £250,000+... The last 6 months have been so painful even after a week of reflection my reaction was still...
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    Sticky: Waves from Sofia. See you in January (or...

    Waves from Sofia.

    See you in January (or December if someone organises a Xmas do)...
  30. Thread: Ir35 2020

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    Well that was what occurred the last time around...

    Well that was what occurred the last time around so don't expect things to be different this time around.

    Hope everyone has plan b or d prepared and ready to go...
  31. Thread: Ir35 2020

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    Hmm - I wonder who pointed that out before all...

    Hmm - I wonder who pointed that out before all this began but was chased off this site.
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    :wave:

    :wave:
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    But the OP is not talking about a contract paying...

    But the OP is not talking about a contract paying twice the perm rate he's talking about £110k (£125k package) versus £600 a day (say £132k as a contractor) and he hasn't got the child benefit trap...
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    But is that argument still true when contracting...

    But is that argument still true when contracting as we know it, is likely to be different in April 2020. It may be better to go permie now rather than later especially if you already know the people...
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    Deleting a post in anger rather than answering...

    Deleting a post in anger rather than answering that the allegation is without merit could be seen to give the allegation more value than it would otherwise have...

    As for the above did I hit a...
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    In the past the IPSE board denied attacking me...

    In the past the IPSE board denied attacking me anonymously even though the mods on here had confirmed the identity of the culprit via their IP address - so shall we just say that some IPSE members...
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    Interesting comment here from a former CC member...

    Interesting comment here from a former CC member LinkedIn which seems to have been intentionally hidden by the author of the article.
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    There is only 1 Flagship BBC film program -...

    There is only 1 Flagship BBC film program - Wittertainment
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    I just do it as they call in between their house...

    I just do it as they call in between their house down south and their flat up north...
  40. I would refer you to the CAB low pay report I...

    I would refer you to the CAB low pay report I commented on and linked to a couple of years back where it included bar maids being told they were self employed in an attempt by the landlord to keep...
  41. Technically it's not the first £40K into a...

    Technically it's not the first £40K into a pension it's the first £40k after you've been paid the minimum wage for the hours worked. So assuming you earn £40 an hour you would be paid £7.83 and...
  42. Your typical umbrella has the marketing budget of...

    Your typical umbrella has the marketing budget of £2.50 while your offshore scheme has 10-15% of every contractors turnover to spend on marketing. Yes you can hope that many won't fall for a dodgy...
  43. No but you only have to look in the HMRC Tax...

    No but you only have to look in the HMRC Tax Enquiries thread to see how things will play out for a lot of people as they will listen to the smooth talking salesman and let greed do the rest...
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    FTFY although I think it should be "Are you a...

    FTFY although I think it should be

    "Are you a clueless Muppet? Have an ill-informed opinion on the UK and EU? Feel free to waste your day in here."
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    It also allows scripts to be hung off an action...

    It also allows scripts to be hung off an action to say grant a user permissions once the approvals have been made.
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    And I can already see how that played out - going...

    And I can already see how that played out - going for the board removes any personality argument and would have meant the board would have had to explain rather more instead of just saying they...
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    Since when did facts matter. Personally...

    Since when did facts matter.

    Personally you've played this wrong - the EGM should have been for the removal of the entire board as it would have given the board far less option to a) make / imply...
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    Wait for the anonymous (Board) member to attack...

    Wait for the anonymous (Board) member to attack you here using a sockie account...
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    Well they are trying to find a way to survive...

    Well they are trying to find a way to survive beyond April 2020. After all in a Public Sector contract, if you are deemed outside IR35 as a contractor you've got nothing to worry about so when that's...
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    The IPSE board wishes to change the way it is...

    The IPSE board wishes to change the way it is appointed, as having lost the battle against IR35 (sorry to be blunt) it's trying to maintain its existence...

    In separate news Contractor Calculator...
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