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    I've been around long enough to see the peaks and...

    I've been around long enough to see the peaks and troughs of people entering the industry, there was a boom prior to the millennium as the world turned online, then a massive shake out after 9/11 and...
  2. It's their gig, if you want the money you need to...

    It's their gig, if you want the money you need to fit in with them, by all means give them advice if you feel it warrants it but not all clients will be appreciative. As for scrum and agile, that is...
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    This is why I love personality tests and...

    This is why I love personality tests and behavioural interviews. Wondering if your potential future work colleagues are borderline sociopaths or have other major psychological issues that will have...
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    The worse the market the more ridiculous the...

    The worse the market the more ridiculous the hiring process seems to be, the 5h unpaid work is a bit of a red flag to me. If it is genuine and not just a ruse for free labour what level of depth do...
  5. If you're comfortable outing your real identity,...

    If you're comfortable outing your real identity, drop it in here when you're done and we can give it a few likes.
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    Steve The thing to look for is the infection...

    Steve

    The thing to look for is the infection fatality rate and the truth is until we do mass testing nobody knows what that is although it could be extremely low.

    Of the countries that did any...
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    Absolutely, I could not think of a better time to...

    Absolutely, I could not think of a better time to go contracting could you? All we are missing are a few in bound asteroids, ICBMs and perhaps Godzilla and we are all set for a fill your boots boom...
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    I'm just grateful to have a job at the minute,...

    I'm just grateful to have a job at the minute, but nervously looking over my shoulder in case the axe falls, I suspect I'm not the only one. As you point out people are concentrating on surviving...
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    I have every sympathy for your position but fail...

    I have every sympathy for your position but fail to understand what decisions they could have made back in January to avoid this, in case you hadn't noticed the entire world is in the same mess, and...
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    Good on you Mephisto, it really is any port in a...

    Good on you Mephisto, it really is any port in a storm at the minute, I'd do just about anything to put food on the table and assuming you're working in the supermarket supply chain you can be...
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    Isn't it a loan? All you will be doing is...

    Isn't it a loan? All you will be doing is creating debt. Not sure if it's perhaps tied to business activity sector? Do IT consultants (I'm assuming) actually qualify? If you have cash in the...
  12. My Mrs is ward manager at a hospital, so long as...

    My Mrs is ward manager at a hospital, so long as she stays alive and the UK doesn't collapse into some kind of mad max scenario she will be the very last person to lose their job. We also have no...
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    I don't think they will have too, in a...

    I don't think they will have too, in a hyperinflation scenario all assets track the devaluation of money. Anything with tangible assets should do well, I bought shell in the dip, ready to hit the...
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    The only model we have for this in a Western...

    The only model we have for this in a Western economy is the Weimar republic of Germany, during hyperinflation stocks and gold went to the moon. Not too sure how crypto currencies will fare, it's not...
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    If HR departments did their job they shouldn't...

    If HR departments did their job they shouldn't exist, they are parasites and middle men of no discernible value whatsoever. The likeability aspect is part of the job and employed by con men and...
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    Everything is tickety-boo according to the pimps...

    Everything is tickety-boo according to the pimps in my linkedin feed, we are moving to a new model of remote Skype interviews despite the economy collapsing all around us. Back in reality I'm seeing...
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    If that happens one of the best places to be is...

    If that happens one of the best places to be is the stock market.
  18. Now I feel daft for responding, 2018 how we miss...

    Now I feel daft for responding, 2018 how we miss you.
  19. I’m not exactly sure when you are planning to...

    I’m not exactly sure when you are planning to travel but I would strongly suggest you don’t travel for the next 2 months anywhere.

    You do not want to end up quarantined and unable to return.

    I...
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    The next big shock on the horizon is 2 weeks away...

    The next big shock on the horizon is 2 weeks away when we go full Italy. How much of that is priced in it is hard to tell, we may also start seeing some major business failures. Chances are we are...
  21. They have used their massive natural resource...

    They have used their massive natural resource bounty to export hatred around the world and push their geopolitical agenda, it is difficult to have sympathy with the house of Saud. Compare and...
  22. Thread: Fake Contract

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    I'd love to know the true percentage of fake...

    I'd love to know the true percentage of fake roles, I bet it is currently quite significant. Most are just honeypots for cvs so agents can harvest the contacts and pimp out to companies. ...
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    That seems very cautious, you could be 25 years...

    That seems very cautious, you could be 25 years working and under 40% in the stock market, you'd be missing out on a lot of potential increase. A middle ground would go a more dividend yield blue...
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    There are a few things everybody needs ;) ...

    There are a few things everybody needs ;)

    Always.
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    It's got a strong dividend yield, I'm not a...

    It's got a strong dividend yield, I'm not a professional investor and trying to time the market is an impossibility for me, so the divi should offset a good bit of downward movement. I think if...
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    Just bought into the dip in the market, I think...

    Just bought into the dip in the market, I think this could go lower but I've bought at a 5 year low for the share I was after. I think a lot of the disruption is starting to get priced in now, if...
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    Exactly this, the incentive to work hard and...

    Exactly this, the incentive to work hard and provide a better life for your children is pretty close to a primal need. If it were taken away by government I'd take the coke, hookers and dignitas...
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    Give your head a shake, my mother got pneumonia a...

    Give your head a shake, my mother got pneumonia a few years back and is currently operating with one and half lungs, amongst other things she worked on electronics for the Apollo project. There are...
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    Education, work opportunities and affordable...

    Education, work opportunities and affordable housing were the main drivers of social mobility from the 40s to 80s. That is now gone and all we have left in the future is an exploding population,...
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    I completely agree, the worry is some deluded...

    I completely agree, the worry is some deluded soul might believe this will turn into paid work and take it. I've been offered a cut in a company for my time on a project outside my day job, and...
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    Unless the dramatic changes include work at gun...

    Unless the dramatic changes include work at gun point and the removal of JSA I think most people would prefer a day in Wetherspoons.

    Who on earth would want to be a BA for fun?
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    An employee with no rights, the worst of all...

    An employee with no rights, the worst of all worlds as you have found out.
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    I'm not sure where to start with this, are you...

    I'm not sure where to start with this, are you saying you want to have the same rights and treatment as an employee? You are a company providing services to another company no?

    If you don't like...
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    Merry go round

    Some anecdotal evidence that the market has picked up for a few of my contacts on linkedin, I think this is the much talked of merry go round of contractors hopping from one recently determined...
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    Given the recent government announcements the...

    Given the recent government announcements the ramping up of fear and negativity is getting very serious. If we aren't currently in deep recession we will be very soon. Quite hard to conduct...
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    I was just thinking that, could this get any...

    I was just thinking that, could this get any worse? We have IR35 changes killing the contracting market, continuing Brexit uncertainty and now coronavirus. If there are permie jobs to be had I would...
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    Pussies, I thought traders were meant to die at...

    Pussies, I thought traders were meant to die at their desks, that's what they get paid the mega bucks for.
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    Exactly this, it is only an issue is the losses...

    Exactly this, it is only an issue is the losses are realised. If you are 20 years to retirement then it is not an issue.
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    Is this any good to you? NEXTFREE - Changing...

    Is this any good to you?

    NEXTFREE - Changing how Freelance Contractors and Consultants share their availability with the World
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    Probably for the best, although there are only so...

    Probably for the best, although there are only so many times you can say the market is dead.
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    I started in 97 in much the same environment in a...

    I started in 97 in much the same environment in a finance house, the code was a bug ridden mess hacked together by a room full of C and Cobol contractors on eye watering day rates. The only bugs...
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    Good point about functional languages, it might...

    Good point about functional languages, it might take me a good 10-15 mins pondering a line of Haskell, but it is packing in a load of work. If you drop down and start churning out ASM I can see how...
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    Traditionally the US is to the right of the UK...

    Traditionally the US is to the right of the UK and more laissez faire about workers rights, so I'm not sure if you can apply a straight comparison. I agree with Unixman, NREs are not sustainable...
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    IR35 happened in April 2000, it’s been happening...

    IR35 happened in April 2000, it’s been happening for 20 years. The recent changes have been around who makes the determination, previously in the private sector that was the PSC. Now it is the...
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    Is the train not an option for you? Most of the...

    Is the train not an option for you? Most of the big companies are not more than 10 mins walk from the station. I couldn't think of anything worse than slogging through to a city centre at rush hour...
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    Perm and chill is the way forward if you can...

    Perm and chill is the way forward if you can afford it, after the last few gigs it feels like a paid holiday.
  47. Unfortunately the decision makers are often none...

    Unfortunately the decision makers are often none technical and have no understanding of what a good delivery looks like. They are loathed to do any lessons learnt as the come back will be on them...
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    Cashed in my chips, gone perm and bought some pop...

    Cashed in my chips, gone perm and bought some pop corn. If the private sector get their heads around determinations and risk then there may be a viable contract market, but it will take at least a...
  49. If I trusted them to spend the money sensibly and...

    If I trusted them to spend the money sensibly and not p--- it up against a wall they would have my vote. For subjects where we have a shortage of qualified people, STEM for example then I don't see...
  50. Too late Tony, Labour are a hostage to Momentum...

    Too late Tony, Labour are a hostage to Momentum and are doomed to be a student protest movement in perpetuity.
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