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    Personal experience, actually. This was done to...

    Personal experience, actually. This was done to me in a previous downturn. I thought the client was underpaying me till I saw the agency invoice. Quite a lot off a daily rate for 8 months.

    Not...
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    Maybe work 60% as hard as you normally would? I...

    Maybe work 60% as hard as you normally would? I suspect the agent may be taking a bigger-than-usual cut also, they would see the current climate as the perfect chance to do this and blame the client....
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    I read a post on Linked In yesterday from a...

    I read a post on Linked In yesterday from a recruiter saying he was just posting roles on Linked In rather than Jobserve, as he would have had 400 applications to sift through.

    Then again, from...
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    Just landed a 4 month contract. It was the only...

    Just landed a 4 month contract. It was the only one I interviewed for, and I only received two agency calls during the 6 weeks I was looking. Decent role with decent rate, remote for the duration. I...
  5. I'm 4 months into a perm role, at a place I...

    I'm 4 months into a perm role, at a place I wouldn't have considered before Autumn's dire job market. It is super-friendly and laid back, but the pace is incredibly slow.

    The slow pace was...
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    Take whichever one you think you'd enjoy the...

    Take whichever one you think you'd enjoy the most. Seriously. Nothing is certain these days.
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    Indeed. I contracted since 2004 but just started...

    Indeed. I contracted since 2004 but just started perm in January. Few roles doing what I do as a contractor, fed up with the uncertainty of the IR35 position, fed up with Quickbooks and MTD aka Big...
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    Yes, the words 'You aren't in settlement talks...

    Yes, the words 'You aren't in settlement talks with us' probably means they wrote to anyone they knew had ever had a loan.

    I'm going to call them tomorrow too, along with a lot of other...
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    I arrived home to this letter tonight also. I...

    I arrived home to this letter tonight also. I settled in 2015, I also had the loans written off and paid the IHT in 2016. I have no other loans. I emailed them with a copy of their Acceptance letter...
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    I also have used Firefox for years, and prefer it...

    I also have used Firefox for years, and prefer it to Chrome.
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    Hmm, you've got a point there... It's also the...

    Hmm, you've got a point there...

    It's also the sort of tulipty perm role I'd never have applied for except under the current circumstances.
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    Haha!Questions were the usual stuff 'Why do you...

    Haha!Questions were the usual stuff 'Why do you think you are suitable for this role?' etc. except delivered by text onto the screen.

    It was a weird experience, quite alienating. Maybe I should do...
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    Some young interviewer in a startup digital...

    Some young interviewer in a startup digital agency I interviewed at a few years ago was not happy when I asked about the project management process there. Agent fed back that I wasn't 'flexible'...
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    I just completed a stupid video interview - not...

    I just completed a stupid video interview - not even with an actual live person, because the candidates aren't worth that, apparently. Nope, questions on a screen and you record your answer.

    They...
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    Poll: I think they'd manage to find a way to blame...

    I think they'd manage to find a way to blame someone or something else, and feed this through our scummy tabloid press, and hence convince the public. :(
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    Yes, that was my take on it too. As long as...

    Yes, that was my take on it too. As long as someone can turn up on time and do their job, it's no-one's business what they do in their spare time.
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    Or an American co. perhaps? Never heard of anyone...

    Or an American co. perhaps? Never heard of anyone doing this.:confused:
  18. Wouldn't that still allow us to whack a lot of...

    Wouldn't that still allow us to whack a lot of cash into the pension from the limited and reduce corp tax though? Still an advantage there.
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    What industry do you work in? :confused:

    What industry do you work in? :confused:
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    Ditto with the flirty behaviour/remarks. If the...

    Ditto with the flirty behaviour/remarks. If the person is not responding, just stop it. Keeping on is creepy.

    Romantic films bear some responsibility for this behaviour where dogged persistence...
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    The power dynamic is somewhat different,...

    The power dynamic is somewhat different, admittedly, based on all sorts of things I won't go into here.

    There was one guy in particular, she used to constantly perch on his desk, arrange...
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    There were stories at a certain telco about...

    There were stories at a certain telco about someone doing just that. Before my time, so no idea who.
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    Let's hope Barry doesn't find out.

    Let's hope Barry doesn't find out.
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    I'm not sure they did change, to be honest. Women...

    I'm not sure they did change, to be honest. Women are starting to speak up about everyday stuff they just used to feel obliged to keep quiet about. It's not the trivial little things like door...
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    Haha! Not sure about that. :p I'm older now...

    Haha! Not sure about that. :p

    I'm older now so it's less of an issue. Make of that what you will.

    Did feel sorry for a girl recently getting a creepy shoulder-massage by the guy who signs her...
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    Nyah, someone said that to me once and I didn't...

    Nyah, someone said that to me once and I didn't mind. Kind of gender-neutral comment, I suppose.

    I open doors for men also if there first, it is just manners.

    Being patted, on the other hand -...
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    Surely no-one minds having a door opened for...

    Surely no-one minds having a door opened for them? Unless it is the creepy version where they try to make you walk under their armpit?

    Comments about looks or clothes aren't welcome, it just comes...
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    Looks like he paid his debt to society then...

    Looks like he paid his debt to society then :laugh

    The people who had the b*lls to tackle this man were incredible.
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    Ah, the Pot Head Pixies of the Planet Gong....

    Ah, the Pot Head Pixies of the Planet Gong. Lovely cups of tea, etc! :banana: Totally out there and fanciful.
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    Oh fantastic! Remember seeing them live when I...

    Oh fantastic! Remember seeing them live when I was 17. :music:

    This for me: YouTube King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: Mars for the Rich. Silly name put me off them for a while. This is their...
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    Thanks for posting this as I had a call from them...

    Thanks for posting this as I had a call from them a few days back about a role, a few details given, then the guy called back this afternoon to get my availability for an interview. He pushed hard...
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    The government will lose a lot of tax revenue if...

    The government will lose a lot of tax revenue if contractors go permie.

    Either HMRC can't do sums (well, we know this is true) or it's idealogically motivated. Remember all that guff a while back...
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    I try to avoid buying from them due to the...

    I try to avoid buying from them due to the conditions the warehouse staff have to work in, but then a local logistics firm is similar, so it's difficult to know where to buy stuff online where...
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    Yes, all the yoof at one place subsisted on Huel....

    Yes, all the yoof at one place subsisted on Huel. They also constantly went to the gym to the extent that they had separate 'leg day' and 'chest day'. They were constantly on Tinder dates also.

    I...
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    Wow that is really horrible. I'm 55 and haven't...

    Wow that is really horrible. I'm 55 and haven't experienced any overt ageism to my knowledge. I'm a BA though so tend to stick to the big corporates. Maybe being a woman has also helped, IDK.
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    So long as they'd be prepared to put up with the...

    So long as they'd be prepared to put up with the MASSIVE AMOUNT of resentment this would cause throughout the duration. :eyes

    Some of the permanent roles of this type seem to want to pay £30k or...
  37. I'm still paying myself a salary out of mine...

    I'm still paying myself a salary out of mine while I'm on the bench, which is why I'm keeping it open for the time being.

    Around about Feb I'll close it down, before next year end. I liked working...
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    I've never seen them be so overt about it, but...

    I've never seen them be so overt about it, but I've long suspected this is the attitude.

    Hirers really seem to struggle with the concept that people could switch between contract and permanent....
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    There were people like that at my last client....

    There were people like that at my last client. They would have been on generous day rates for the past two years at least, but when the programme was canned were shocked and started panicking. These...
  40. First you admit agents lie all the time. Then you...

    First you admit agents lie all the time. Then you get all uppity when accused of lying.

    Not very logical. :laugh

    So courageous though, being rude whilst sitting behind a keyboard.
  41. You appear to have spotted the first lie by the...

    You appear to have spotted the first lie by the OP.

    :smokin
  42. OK, I'll bite. An agent would have to have rung...

    OK, I'll bite. An agent would have to have rung the contractor on receiving their cv in order to even have the "200 cvs" conversation. So surely the agent is interested by definition?
  43. First review is very promising :laugh

    First review is very promising :laugh
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    I'm sure the exercise recommendation comes from a...

    I'm sure the exercise recommendation comes from a good place, but it's definitely one of the things that wind up depressed people. Someone said it to me when I was depressed, I was a gym-goer. She...
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    The contractors are the only people who do actual...

    The contractors are the only people who do actual work at the BBC.

    Probably they have gone through all the contractors in London again. :grin
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    Haha! We do kind of get used to being better off....

    Haha! We do kind of get used to being better off. :laugh which goes some way to explain their reluctance to hire us for permanent jobs.

    It's worth standing up to the person, but this can go either...
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    Ahaha! If only more people understood this is why...

    Ahaha! If only more people understood this is why contractors like contracting. Honestly, this is the major benefit of it, moreso than the additional money (which doesn't hurt of course).

    OP, lots...
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    Congratulations :banana::banana::banana:

    Congratulations :banana::banana::banana:
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    Bit quiet, but couple of calls yesterday. One of...

    Bit quiet, but couple of calls yesterday. One of which was about a perm role which I'm considering but the contract looks much better. No idea if I'll get an interview with either yet.

    Still...
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    The Olly Alexander one is really moving and...

    The Olly Alexander one is really moving and insightful.

    It's good to understand perspectives which are rarely explored (in any depth at least).
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