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    Don't know if still the case but the Mail online...

    Don't know if still the case but the Mail online site was the most visited English language newspaper website in the world a few years back. Maybe that reflects the fact that several other major...
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    Is that a UK or global figure for the online...

    Is that a UK or global figure for the online version? About three quarters of the UK population is over 18 which would make it nearer to two thirds of UK adults read it which seems hard to believe?
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    I always ask for the spec and then ideally...

    I always ask for the spec and then ideally negotiate on the rate. Not sure it's that big a deal is it?
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    Which part is fake?

    Which part is fake?
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    IT Director contract £350/day inside IR35

    I know it's public sector but this is probably half the going rate for such an IT Director role. It's not even the money, but who would want all this stress for £350/day inside IR35?

    Northampton,...
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    Sticky: I can't believe I've missed seven years worth of...

    I can't believe I've missed seven years worth of shed maintenance tips! I need to go lie down and have a little cry...
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    Brighton is becoming a bit of a tech growth area...

    Brighton is becoming a bit of a tech growth area supposedly so maybe an influx of contractors explains all that kookiness!

    Having lived in Brighton I agree there are a lot of 'alternative' people...
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    Was WFH that important to you? I guess not? Or...

    Was WFH that important to you? I guess not? Or was the money that banking clients offered good enough that you would look past it?
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    Why not go straight for the PhD? :tongue

    Why not go straight for the PhD? :tongue
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    I think it's a reasonably good new idea. There...

    I think it's a reasonably good new idea. There are too many low grade UK universities churning out graduates who really aren't well equipped for the world of work.

    However, charging £9k p.a....
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    Sticky: I've been on CUK for over seven years and this is...

    I've been on CUK for over seven years and this is the first time I've ever viewed this thread! I had always assumed by the title that it actually was a place for people to make a test post. Now I see...
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    Not just the City or contracting but life in...

    Not just the City or contracting but life in general. We all live in our own echo chamber amplified by social media.

    Relatively few contractors or employees have worked in more than two or three...
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    I vaguely recall a rule a few years back that if...

    I vaguely recall a rule a few years back that if your tax due was over £1,000 then you would have to pay on account? I had a large overpayment one year of about £7k.
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    What's your dead skill? If demand is completely...

    What's your dead skill? If demand is completely dead, is this a sudden occurrence or could you have predicted it a while back? If you've been contracting without a break since 2004 you must have a...
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    Or are 50% of people worse than average?!

    Or are 50% of people worse than average?!
  16. A friend of mine did a procurement consulting gig...

    A friend of mine did a procurement consulting gig for a public sector body (I can't remember if it was central govt.) The scope included reviewing a long list of various product categories and the...
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    Screwdriving - that term is a new one for me -...

    Screwdriving - that term is a new one for me - thanks! :D

    IIRC there was a recent story about a Chinese company that made male chastity devices that had security flaws potentially making them...
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    If you're referring to the guy who worked for me...

    If you're referring to the guy who worked for me and not someone who might earn £1250/day in Zurich, then to be fair, he was only about 22 and a few months out of a junior desktop support role. He's...
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    That reminds me of the time I had a personal one...

    That reminds me of the time I had a personal one to one meeting with a junior-ish lawyer at a top 30 global law firm in the City. She came into the room and offered to make me a cup of tea. We had a...
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    Given the rise in sex toys that can be connected...

    Given the rise in sex toys that can be connected to the internet, maybe this is a growing niche that we need to look into? I wonder what certifications are available? :D
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    That's about £1250 a day? Sounds a tad...

    That's about £1250 a day? Sounds a tad optimistic. I had a junior support analyst/patching engineer working for me a while back and he wasn't even paid £35k salary...
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    It's 6-7 years since I contracted for a pharma...

    It's 6-7 years since I contracted for a pharma which had a Swiss operation that I visited fairly regularly. Others who have more recent experience are probably a better guide but I remember seeing a...
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    That's not an unreasonable question, surely? What...

    That's not an unreasonable question, surely? What I've heard anecdotally from friends who've worked in telcos is they do seem to be a bit of a PITA compared to some other sectors. Horses for courses,...
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    Being liked by the client is surely just common...

    Being liked by the client is surely just common sense as it generates goodwill? I made a few small individual donations to an ongoing charity event that my client was running in the run up to my...
  25. Thread: Final DOOM

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    On the scale of DOOM it seems a bit small beer....

    On the scale of DOOM it seems a bit small beer. Maybe that pastor should relocate to the Canary Islands where there is a volcano that could erupt and slide into the Atlantic Ocean and some scientists...
  26. On their website they're flogging a 50 pack of...

    On their website they're flogging a 50 pack of basic looking masks and a 100ml bottle of hand sanitiser that goes for about £5 on Amazon for a mere £40.

    Presumably they will be charging the...
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    Her 'well earned break' will probably be to...

    Her 'well earned break' will probably be to eventually get a highly paid job on something of critical national importance where she has absolutely none of the experience or skills required. HS2...
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    That was an all time classic story. You wouldn't...

    That was an all time classic story. You wouldn't think anyone could be so ignorant but it was Portsmouth though .... :freaky:
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    For perm roles, whether contingent or retained...

    For perm roles, whether contingent or retained search, it's always wise to remember who the agent is representing. It's really the client as they are paying the agent. Once a role is down to the...
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    That's along the lines of my answer but a bit...

    That's along the lines of my answer but a bit toned down, without the last part about making the organisation better than the competitors.
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    I'm looking at going back to a permie role early...

    I'm looking at going back to a permie role early next year and the reason why you want to go perm and especially why now is a question you MUST have a very good plausible answer for (and not because...
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    Must be. If he was charging 10 shillings an hour...

    Must be. If he was charging 10 shillings an hour (50 pence in new money?) even in 1958, that's not much more than 10 quid in today's money.
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    I occasionally use a site called NextDoor which...

    I occasionally use a site called NextDoor which is kind of a local social networking site for news and stuff going on in your neighbourhood. Even that requires a OTC sent to your email address which...
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    Not all roles in the public sector need security...

    Not all roles in the public sector need security clearance. I can't imagine it is a requirement to work in further education, local government or the NHS for example?
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    I've heard that story several times and it always...

    I've heard that story several times and it always makes me smile. There's some truth in it too...
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    Maybe. A lot of councils in particular will be...

    Maybe. A lot of councils in particular will be challenged to make significant savings soon due to the overspend on dealing with Covid.
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    Had a couple of approaches for Head of Digital...

    Had a couple of approaches for Head of Digital type roles for two councils. There seems to be more activity in the public sector at the moment, including education and central government agencies.
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    When I say IT Director, I'm talking about the...

    When I say IT Director, I'm talking about the person who is leading the whole technology function. In my experience, I've never come across an organisation that would outsource that role.

    What...
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    I'm the IT Director.... if I get offshored, who...

    I'm the IT Director.... if I get offshored, who else is left? :tongue
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    Fair point although I think it's still a bit too...

    Fair point although I think it's still a bit too early to understand the full impact of what is happening at a regional level.




    Luckily for me I have worked in many different sectors...
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    Maybe it was just Karma... Pompeii is a...

    Maybe it was just Karma...

    Pompeii is a magnificent site. Nobody deserves to get cancer like the lady in question but hopefully the story highlights that tourists should just appreciate it and...
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    One time I ended up with several colleagues in a...

    One time I ended up with several colleagues in a hotel about 20 miles NW of Copenhagen centre as everywhere in and around the city was rammed. I remember how a return taxi journey was a mere £200....
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    This. Plus security. IMHO there isn't a thing...

    This. Plus security.

    IMHO there isn't a thing called 'the market'... there are sector/regional/skillset variances that make that too general a term to be of too much use for me. It's true that...
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    I spent some short spells out there on a project...

    I spent some short spells out there on a project for a UK based client. Enjoyable place, Copenhagen is a lovely city but it is very expensive. Probably not an issue at this current time but it was a...
  45. Yes, I might be stating the bleeding obvious (and...

    Yes, I might be stating the bleeding obvious (and I have been a consultant at a big global firm that did a lot of government work) but there are a lot of other companies involved in the programme too...
  46. I've worked with Deloitte consultants in the past...

    I've worked with Deloitte consultants in the past and in my experience they are generally better than the other Big 4 consultancies or near equivalents. But WTF can 1,100 of them be doing on Test &...
  47. That could really put the cat amongst the pigeons...

    That could really put the cat amongst the pigeons if true.
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    Sounds fishy to me. When I spent 6 months...

    Sounds fishy to me.

    When I spent 6 months backpacking around Asia, including China, there were a lot of western backpackers who taught English, some with the TEFL qualification. Although the...
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    Funny how boxer comes up a lot. I saw a female...

    Funny how boxer comes up a lot. I saw a female headhunter on LinkedIn also posting she got boxer just like the two of us... :laugh
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    That sounds a promising idea....

    That sounds a promising idea....
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