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    I would have thought anyone who was going to...

    I would have thought anyone who was going to offshore would have done it years ago but seemingly not.

    There is a lot of uncertainty in business about spending any money, even for what seem like...
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    Finding it really slow at the moment. I know...

    Finding it really slow at the moment. I know Jobserve isn't a scientific measurement but the amount of adverts appearing on my searches are way down.

    Got through two phone interviews but both...
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    I have a couple of contract opportunities in the...

    I have a couple of contract opportunities in the world's slowest race to come to fruition.
  4. Thread: Burnout

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    Problem is you can start with a three month...

    Problem is you can start with a three month contract and think you might as well work through it. The three months becomes six months then becomes twelve months and you realise you hadn't had a...
  5. Thread: Burnout

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    If you have got the money then take the Summer...

    If you have got the money then take the Summer off then look again when everyone returns to work in September.

    The bigger question is how it got to this? If it is a simple as not taking breaks...
  6. Sticky: Thing that never gets discussed here is personal...

    Thing that never gets discussed here is personal circumstance. If you are married to someone who earns enough to pay the mortgage and bills you might be able to take six months out on the chin. ...
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    Been looking for a month. Started quite briskly...

    Been looking for a month. Started quite briskly and got through two phone interviews. One contract hot pulled and the other has gone quiet, presumed dead.

    Been quite quiet the last couple of...
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    Is it me becoming an increasingly grumpy old man...

    Is it me becoming an increasingly grumpy old man or are agents becoming worse at doing the actual basic tasks of being a recruitment agent?

    I had a phone interview on Friday which went well, so...
  9. Hindsight is a wonderful thing but this should...

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing but this should have been checked with the agent first.
  10. For once I will defend agents. When a client...

    For once I will defend agents. When a client comes to them and tells them to find someone for a contract it isn't an unreasonable assumption that the client will go through with it.

    There are...
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    Quite like the idea of Disguised Permie Club Ltd...

    Quite like the idea of Disguised Permie Club Ltd v HMRC reaching the courts in about 2023!
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    Always the way! Well done though.

    Always the way!

    Well done though.
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    If it comes up as a question then mention it but...

    If it comes up as a question then mention it but if not there will probably be an anything else to declare bit at the end. If so mention it.

    I would have thought a you would be ok unless you try...
  14. Shortest - 3 weeks (planned) Longest - 2 and a...

    Shortest - 3 weeks (planned)
    Longest - 2 and a half years. To be honest I went one or two extensions too long and should have quit earlier.

    Apart from one personality clash all my contracts have...
  15. I barely look at the notice period anymore as it...

    I barely look at the notice period anymore as it is fairly academic, although in fairness most clients do honour it.
  16. Sticky: Can only speak from personal experience but I am...

    Can only speak from personal experience but I am not sure Contracting has got much better or worse in the last decade. I have varied from getting a contract within two weeks of leaving the previous...
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    If being in IR35 becomes the new norm in the...

    If being in IR35 becomes the new norm in the private sector it will kill contracting being a mobile resource, especially at the lower end of the rate scale.
  18. I personally have a daily rate I won't go under...

    I personally have a daily rate I won't go under (unless the wolf really is at the door) and even then I take into account expenses.
  19. Thread: FTCs

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    No, but might have to see how the land lies after...

    No, but might have to see how the land lies after April 2020.
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    In the words of the great philosopher Jimmy...

    In the words of the great philosopher Jimmy Greaves it is a funny old game at the moment. Not seeing much come through on Jobserve but the few things I am applying for have largely led to phone...
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    Play it by ear. I tend to be a bit more...

    Play it by ear. I tend to be a bit more forgiving of (probably) spurious attempts to get references by agents if they actually land me a contract.

    Just make sure there is an actual contract...
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    Unexpectedly back on the bench from the beginning...

    Unexpectedly back on the bench from the beginning of May as the next phase of my project has been held back.
  23. I have been manual testing for 20 years, the last...

    I have been manual testing for 20 years, the last 10 contracting. Only times I struggled to find a contract were post crash (where most were struggling) and after the Referendum when industry seemed...
  24. A building site in Wolverhampton A surgical...

    A building site in Wolverhampton
    A surgical theatre just before they did and endoscopy (they offered to let me stay and watch it but I politely declined!)
  25. You joke about Swindon but in my permit days we...

    You joke about Swindon but in my permit days we installed some software overnight for an insurance firm there (Eagle Star?) and the Project Manager wanted to go to the cashpoint to get some money to...
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    Had an interview today followed by an offer. Had...

    Had an interview today followed by an offer. Had another interview later on and waiting for the outcome.

    Been out for two weeks and to be honest not busted much of a gut to get back in.
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    There should be a circle of hell reserved for...

    There should be a circle of hell reserved for clients who get you to the other side of the country where you do a perfectly good interview to find out they only want local people.
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    I am of the opinion that if an interviewer can't...

    I am of the opinion that if an interviewer can't tell the difference between someone who knows the job and a faker in an interview they shouldn't be doing interviews. With testing I often encounter...
  29. If you have any doubts about going into...

    If you have any doubts about going into contracting then don't.
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    Not getting renewed so am available again in 3...

    Not getting renewed so am available again in 3 weeks. Had a year out of them and will be quite nice to find something commutable from home so mixed feelings.
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    One of the main reasons I started contracting is...

    One of the main reasons I started contracting is to stop having monthly meetings where I had to justify my existence. If you are at the stage of your career where you can contract you shouldn't need...
  32. Thread: The end

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    Everything to play for. There will be a lot of...

    Everything to play for. There will be a lot of conversation s between Finance and HR departments in the next 18 months and it was never totally adopted in the public sector.
  33. I think it being in a budget is fairly much a...

    I think it being in a budget is fairly much a done deal, most probably this time round. I can then see a battle royale between HR and Accounts departments with HR wanting people outside and...
  34. When I started contracting about ten years ago it...

    When I started contracting about ten years ago it was fairly common to get rung up about a contract that 'might lead to a permanent role' or 'with a view to going permanent' but haven't had it happen...
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    Some people do walk between contracts as they...

    Some people do walk between contracts as they have this mythical thing called a niche. Now some people do have in demand skills but in my experience it is more people build up a network of contacts...
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    About two months. It then took me about two...

    About two months. It then took me about two months to find my first contract.
  37. Absolutely no legal basis whatsoever for getting...

    Absolutely no legal basis whatsoever for getting anything beyond the notice period (and as previously suggested here that would require some effort).
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    Another victory to aid the rise of the extrovert....

    Another victory to aid the rise of the extrovert.

    It will trigger all kinds of unconscious bias from the person reviewing the video including ageism, racism and sexism and will place another...
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    Am I missing something or doesn’t knowledge of...

    Am I missing something or doesn’t knowledge of GDPR have a very short shelf life?
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    I think people are perfectly aware of what has...

    I think people are perfectly aware of what has gone on.

    For what it’s worth I think the market is beginning to stabilise now. You can’t now get into the country to be a contractor (short of...
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    Jobserve has certainly changed in the last few...

    Jobserve has certainly changed in the last few years. Five years back if you had something to do first thing in the morning and didn't check your e-mail until lunchtime you could easily have a...
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    I think there is a lot in this. Putting sector...

    I think there is a lot in this. Putting sector aside for a moment, when you see adverts asking for specific versions of technology you know you face an uphill task.
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    I am no expert but I believe at the moment it is...

    I am no expert but I believe at the moment it is only salary taken into account, although there are moves afoot to change this:

    Child Maintenance Loophole
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    It depends on the end client. You read on here...

    It depends on the end client. You read on here of some people being rejected for a contract for being late with a credit card payment five years ago but for some companies they are more worried...
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    Funnily enough I start a contract in a couple of...

    Funnily enough I start a contract in a couple of weeks with a day's notice in the first week then a week's notice for the rest of the duration.

    Really can't get excited about contract lengths or...
  46. I would have thought if you submitted the invoice...

    I would have thought if you submitted the invoice and it was 10 day terms then it should have been paid after 10 days. However, it would probably be a lot of effort to enforce this point, especially...
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    At least you have been paid for work done so far!...

    At least you have been paid for work done so far!

    As others have suggested I would give them a cut off date for continuing the project and if they don't get back to you then move on.
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    Received an offer today. Even better waiting to...

    Received an offer today. Even better waiting to hear back from a nearer and better paid contract.

    January was deathly quiet but the move into February seemed to wake the market up for me.
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    All I can say is my last but one contract...

    All I can say is my last but one contract finished June 16 and it has been nothing but hard work finding new contracts or getting a decent rate ever since. I am reluctant to blame the result for my...
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    Last week was wiped out by the flu but not...

    Last week was wiped out by the flu but not finding any New Year bounce so far. Agents who seemed quite bullish lat week have suddenly gone quiet.

    Time to dig in. Again.
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