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    Sounds like a euphemism!

    Sounds like a euphemism!
  2. Fast forward two years and having just got back...

    Fast forward two years and having just got back on it's feet post April 2020 the contracting industry hits another crises after clients pull all new contracts to assess the impact of someone...
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    I like to pitch myself as confident but not...

    I like to pitch myself as confident but not arrogant in interviews. Just remember once in a while you will be interviewed by someone who really don't hit it off with. In that case just forget about...
  4. I stand corrected:laugh

    I stand corrected:laugh
  5. Going legal will be a complete and utter waste of...

    Going legal will be a complete and utter waste of your time and will gain nothing for the reasons stated above.

    Annoying but move on and find a new contract.
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    I didn't say I agreed with them, although clients...

    I didn't say I agreed with them, although clients paying more in the new world would be welcome, if unexpected!

    For one thing long distance contracting involving staying away from home in the week...
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    The Treasury would probably argue, with some...

    The Treasury would probably argue, with some justification, that contractors should be negotiating a higher rate from clients to 'buy' themselves out of paid holidays, etc. and not get it from paying...
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    Been dead in the last week or so. My fear is the...

    Been dead in the last week or so. My fear is the industry is packing up for Summer.
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    I get the whole tax and employment status laws...

    I get the whole tax and employment status laws should be aligned argument on a moral and to some extent logical level but no one has ever pointed out it's basis in law.

    At the moment similar...
  10. I have gone direct and that has led to other...

    I have gone direct and that has led to other problems, mainly getting invoices settled.

    They do have their faults (and looking for a contract at the moment I am seeing them!) but they are there...
  11. I am as critical of agents as the next person but...

    I am as critical of agents as the next person but all they do is bring the two of you together, write up a contract and settle invoices. They don't hold a gun to a contractor or clients head and...
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    I am as left wing as anyone on here and love co...

    I am as left wing as anyone on here and love co operatives but I don't think there is enough unifying factors to make it work for contractors. For one thing a lot of contractors still don't see the...
  13. Tax and employment laws are entirely separately...

    Tax and employment laws are entirely separately beasts. Incorrectly, some might argue. A future Labour government trying to tackle forced self employment in generally low paid jobs might change...
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    I suspect some will calculate that there is no,...

    I suspect some will calculate that there is no, or very little financial advantage, to continuing being a contractor inside IR35 and seek a permanent job but I can't imagine anyone doing a FTC unless...
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    On face value this would seem the most...

    On face value this would seem the most straightforward way of doing it. Problem is with the reduction in take home money it is going to limit the talent available to them.
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    Even then the devil will be in the implementation...

    Even then the devil will be in the implementation and enforcement.
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    So in summary we are broadly in agreement that we...

    So in summary we are broadly in agreement that we don't really know what is going to happen?
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    Plus it is all well a good the city having a...

    Plus it is all well a good the city having a blanket policy of everyone being in IR35 when a lot of the contractors either live in London or commute into the suburbs so have limited expenses. ...
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    Regardless of your views on the situation,...

    Regardless of your views on the situation, absolutely heartbreaking the individuals involved and their families.

    I did note they are investing 13 billion Euros in technology unto 2022 though.
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    If it was such a 'spiteful socialist tax' how...

    If it was such a 'spiteful socialist tax' how come it hasn't been repealed in the nine years since Labour left office?

    IR35 is a horrible mess but at times elements of the Contracting community...
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    It needs a massive culture shift from both sides....

    It needs a massive culture shift from both sides. Every client is different but quite a few of them want contractors to behave like permanent employees up to the point they want to get rid of them...
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    Not saying there aren't contracts being listed as...

    Not saying there aren't contracts being listed as inside IR35 but from what I am seeing a majority are still outside. As for the private sector being less risk adverse than the public sector, you...
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    I am not quite as downbeat as other people. From...

    I am not quite as downbeat as other people. From what I can see a majority of public sector contracts are still outside IR35 so why should the private sector be any different?
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    Up and down week. Had a phone interview on...

    Up and down week. Had a phone interview on Monday which went well only to discover it went to someone who knew someone who works there. At least this proves the point about networking, I suppose!
    ...
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    Depends on how much you want the work until...

    Depends on how much you want the work until October and how confident you are about finding something else (or not being bothered if you don't). Don't know how long you have been there but it might...
  26. Sticky: Three of my last four contract have come through...

    Three of my last four contract have come through my network noticing I was available through Linked In and the other through Jobserve.

    Of course it is easy enough to do both (and other job sites).
  27. Once gave notice on a contract following a...

    Once gave notice on a contract following a massive personality clash with a client manager. Never turned down an extension but at a couple of contracts would have done had one been offered as work...
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    What happens in the City tends to have a massive...

    What happens in the City tends to have a massive influence on every other sector (at least it certainly does in London and the South East).
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    I agree previous form is no guarantee of what...

    I agree previous form is no guarantee of what will happen next but we are a few weeks away from the Summer holidays when things tend to go quiet in the best of markets and in my experience this isn't...
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    I can't talk about the US but that report sounds...

    I can't talk about the US but that report sounds heavily biased and politically motivated. Any consultancy is going to try and get more of it's own people in and if it is an Indian one they are...
  31. Never seen it in contracting but heard about a...

    Never seen it in contracting but heard about a similar clause in a redundancy agreement a Director I had dealings with had.

    Basically unenforceable as they don't have any facility to gain access...
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    Seems to be happening quite a lot then. I...

    Seems to be happening quite a lot then. I wouldn't mind but I only heard of it on Wednesday with a view to a Monday start and the whole thing was derailed by Friday!
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    Got through a phone screener yesterday and was...

    Got through a phone screener yesterday and was going to have a longer interview today. Waiting around all day to be given a time and just been told the project has been pulled (I was being teed up...
  34. Sort of the whole purpose of it, isn't it? I...

    Sort of the whole purpose of it, isn't it?

    I have certainly got a couple of contracts in the last couple of years when people in my network noticed I was available.
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    Every circumstance, including skill set and...

    Every circumstance, including skill set and geographic area is different but unless you really can’t stand it so would urge caution.

    Have a word with a few tame agents before deciding?
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    This is it. Sometimes we forget that IT...

    This is it. Sometimes we forget that IT Contracting is just part of the wider economy.
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    When I looked for a contact in late February and...

    When I looked for a contact in late February and early March it took three weeks and one of them was waiting for background checks to happen. Also had another interview.

    My last project got...
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    Having talked to most of my network in the last...

    Having talked to most of my network in the last few days and experienced several weeks of near radio silence I am entirely comfortable in declaring it is a very bad contract market from my...
  39. Wasn't the one for you. Charge for your time and...

    Wasn't the one for you. Charge for your time and get to bed earlier.
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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.
  43. 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...
  44. 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...
  45. 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...
  48. Hindsight is a wonderful thing but this should...

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing but this should have been checked with the agent first.
  49. 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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