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  1. The FS company I'm currently with will go public...

    The FS company I'm currently with will go public in about 3 weeks' time to declare that from April 2020 all contractors will have to go through an umbrella - so effectively an inside decision.

    My...
  2. Is it just me or is anyone else suspicious of...

    Is it just me or is anyone else suspicious of Hammond using the label ‘synthetic self-employed’?

    He’s such a donkey he wouldn’t have come up with this term. It feels like an emotive label used by...
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    Yep, been there, done it and came off much poorer...

    Yep, been there, done it and came off much poorer for it. You'd be taxed at least 45% on the full slice of your income (back in my day I was taxed at 52% on what equated to a GBP £45,000 income...
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    Oh I'm sure the OP will confirm the clause is in...

    Oh I'm sure the OP will confirm the clause is in there, but as so often happens, the client has no operational intention to abide by it.
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    If it is indeed your role then I think you're off...

    If it is indeed your role then I think you're off the hook. Just don't expect the agency to tie it all off nicely for you, they will still be hopping mad.
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    There will be enforcement, and it will be easier...

    There will be enforcement, and it will be easier to enforce GDPR regulations than it was for the DPA 1998, e.g:
    - data subjects no longer have to prove that there was a data breach, they just have...
  7. Thread: Scooter

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    Thanks all for the continued excellence of your...

    Thanks all for the continued excellence of your comments.
    Tw@tness is a risk, but if scootering helps to make me an 11st tw@t instead of 13st tw@t, I'm ok with that.

    Seriously, the more I read...
  8. Thread: Scooter

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    Great contributions as always folks. However I'm...

    Great contributions as always folks. However I'm keen to do the fitness thing, so no engine and no expensive round thing from the Tron film. The scooter's got to be compact and train-friendly.

    Any...
  9. Thread: Scooter

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    Scooter

    Folks,
    For my next gig I am thinking about getting something like this:

    https://www.oxelo.co.uk/town-9-ef-15-adult-scooter-titanium-id_8240435

    I could drive to client site but it's an M25...
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    ..and don't go for perm interviews.

    ..and don't go for perm interviews.
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    +1. I work with procurement teams that...

    +1.
    I work with procurement teams that negotiate with the large consultancies. For transparency they insist on this minimum level of invoice breakdown. So if it's OK for the large consultancies to...
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    This has indeed been done to death already, and...

    This has indeed been done to death already, and yes, the guy who raised the petition could have worded it better. But look, he was at least trying. He was limited to a certain word count, so probably...
  13. Agreed Mal, although I just see IPSE et al...

    Agreed Mal, although I just see IPSE et al mounting a defence at the moment. I think they will need to build consensus and support outside of their traditional networks and aggressively take the...
  14. And don't forget the VAT. I had 30 mins with my...

    And don't forget the VAT.
    I had 30 mins with my local MP last week, taking him through exactly this point with a number of worked examples. I explained to him that I would deliberately choose to...
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    I'm still going ahead with the meeting with my...

    I'm still going ahead with the meeting with my (Conservative) MP this week. Gonna rip him a new one, let him know we'll all be ready for Round 2.
  16. Yep, that seems to be the case. For a projected...

    Yep, that seems to be the case. For a projected gain to Treasury of just £1bn, this is nothing more than political populism at play by Stride, Hammond et al. With all the other horrors going on in...
  17. Can you explain that? I don't understand.

    Can you explain that? I don't understand.
  18. Agreed. What I could have said more clearly...

    Agreed. What I could have said more clearly though is that by pushing through the IR35 extension into private sector, converting contractors to PAYE means Treasury suffers the opportunity cost of no...
  19. Surprised and disappointed the FT would headline...

    Surprised and disappointed the FT would headline an article "Hammond aims at employment tax cheats". That's more Daily Mail language. If that's how the FT positions it, then their journalists have...
  20. A lot also depends on recruitment agencies, their...

    A lot also depends on recruitment agencies, their knowledge of the issue and their appetite to unify behind a counter-solution. I've spoken with a number of agencies in the last week or two. I'm...
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    Jack Dromey and Margaret Hodge in this...

    Jack Dromey and Margaret Hodge in this article...Oh perleese, their influence will still lead to disaster.
  22. HMRC must prove all three are present.

    HMRC must prove all three are present.
  23. My letter below (adapted from IPSE template) that...

    My letter below (adapted from IPSE template) that I sent to my (Conservative) MP last week, adapted from the IPSE template. I also have a surgery mtg with him later this week.
    I appreciate it won't...
  24. I think Bobspud's comment was illustrative. I...

    I think Bobspud's comment was illustrative.

    I think the larger firms in a number of verticals (e.g. fintech, pharma) would go down the option b) route. Not for being altruistic towards...
  25. Folks, I have sent a letter to my MP...

    Folks, I have sent a letter to my MP (Conservative), and will be going one of his surgeries later this month to put my point across.

    Will let you know how it goes. I'm sure it will be a drop in...
  26. I think it's been raised on this thread already,...

    I think it's been raised on this thread already, but the smart thing for recruitment agencies to do would be to develop insurance against incorrect outside IR35 assessments - assuming end clients do...
  27. This is a fair observation, however I work with...

    This is a fair observation, however I work with procurement teams and have seen all kinds of consultancy contracts where named individuals appear on the statement of work or services schedule. This...
  28. But not unheard of, NLUK. I was offered at a...

    But not unheard of, NLUK. I was offered at a tobacco client earlier this year. £50 p.d. more than current, but I declined. My grandfather died of cancer and it just didn't sit right with me. Also,...
  29. +1, but as others have said, HMRC is playing a...

    +1, but as others have said, HMRC is playing a cute publicity game with the wider earning population.

    I ran some numbers last night. Last year I was a PAYE perm, just under £100K p.a. The P60 tax...
  30. I realise this will sound naïve, but where is the...

    I realise this will sound naïve, but where is the debate, the balanced argument, on what contractors do pay that PAYE's don't? E.g. corporation tax, VAT (in some cases), dividend tax.

    Surely some...
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    +1. If a client asked me such a question I would...

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    If a client asked me such a question I would run a mile - what a peculiar question! I would equate it with the loaded questions of yesteryear, like "How old are you, I don't see your DOB on your...
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    Ah, erm. If you were on the packed Bakerloo going...

    Ah, erm. If you were on the packed Bakerloo going south at Charing X last Friday, 5pm - that would be me. Sorry :smile
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    I think the OP is playing for laughs now. Best...

    I think the OP is playing for laughs now. Best ignore.
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    My experience of different client managers to...

    My experience of different client managers to this issue can be roughly summed up as:

    IT manager: I don't want people working from home because they are only 70% productive as office based workers...
  35. Thread: CV Review

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    I used Matt's service about a year ago, when I...

    I used Matt's service about a year ago, when I was still in 2 minds about contract or perm. I first put out the chrono CV for perm roles. My original CV wasn't that bad, but I could see the...
  36. WHS. We're micro-businesses. We're not big or...

    WHS. We're micro-businesses. We're not big or ugly enough to cause an amount of harm to a client that would actually motivate them to sue you for damages. Really, their legal dept will be overworked...
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    As it looks like the OP won't be accepting the...

    As it looks like the OP won't be accepting the gig (prob the right decision), my thoughts going forward for anyone else in this position:

    1. IPR is normally an issue between contractor and end...
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    Reading this manifesto, I feel very depressed for...

    Reading this manifesto, I feel very depressed for this country that there is officially be no effective opposition to the next Tory govt.
    We'll now see TM for the Red Tory that she is and I'm sure...
  39. Thread: My Lunch

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    An irritating permie. (Wait, that was elevenses..)

    An irritating permie. (Wait, that was elevenses..)
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    Your contract has been terminated for convenience...

    Your contract has been terminated for convenience (not for cause), with 28 days' notice.
    As it's for convenience, clientco doesn't have to give you any reason.
    Just notch it up to bad politics and...
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    This is possibly true, but as a non-Labour...

    This is possibly true, but as a non-Labour person, I kind of tip my hat to McDonnell for tactics on the issue, effectively saying to the Tories, "That's what's in our manifesto - now what's yours?"....
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    The Rubbish Party

    Council election results: Rubbish Party candidate elected in East Ayrshire - BBC News

    Surely an allegory for the General Election in erm, general...
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    +1 It's all we can do in an otherwise rubbish...

    +1
    It's all we can do in an otherwise rubbish election with no real choice on the domestic matters that should concern us all beyond Brexit: NHS, education, police, jobs that actually grow GDP (real...
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    Indeed. Corbyn has done for Labour, and Abbott...

    Indeed. Corbyn has done for Labour, and Abbott has reminded us all why they are unelectable. Lib Dems: Nothing to say here, just ineffectual drivel.

    So I am voting...Lib Dem - in the vain hope...
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    Unfortunately I don't see the Tories thinking...

    Unfortunately I don't see the Tories thinking this way any longer. They're taking a binary approach to taxation i.e. Just increase direct taxes, because:
    - it's easier for the electorate to compare...
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    Well, I glossed over that one. Coming originally...

    Well, I glossed over that one. Coming originally from the mouths of Boris and Gove, that assertion is unsafe.
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    Gahh! I wish I could kick his teeth through his...

    Gahh! I wish I could kick his teeth through his smug head (Hammond that is). Why didn't he just leave the marginal band where it was last year? He's tinkering around (no doubt helped by advisors...
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    100%. I found the whole interface childish. Fine...

    100%. I found the whole interface childish. Fine for a Windows phone (which I use), but not desktop. Plus the OS kept cutting off wifi (it thought I was in flight mode...on a desktop, sheesh). And...
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    Have just done this (well for 10 months). After 9...

    Have just done this (well for 10 months). After 9 years of contracting I permed up at a client because the project was too good to pass up (perming up was the only way they'd let me do it). So I...
  50. And so endeth this thread. OP, you've got enough...

    And so endeth this thread. OP, you've got enough good advice here, there's nothing more to say. Let it go and focus on the next gig.
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