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  1. Sorry, yes, I should've been more clear. The...

    Sorry, yes, I should've been more clear.

    The communications quite clearly state that you have to either go "PAYE" or umbrella. The ClientCo in question are banning the use of PSC's, they aren't...
  2. So my question was is anyone else in this...

    So my question was is anyone else in this situation and what are people actually doing.. The answers are mostly all whether semantics around the wording are right / what is legal or lawful..

    In...
  3. Blanket IR35 Determination / "HR Policy Against PSC's"

    Here we go again. Clientco decided they will not engage with contractors via a ltd in a recent HR Policy change. Company in question is one of the larger energy businesses.

    I'll have been there 9...
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    I've only ever used tenant find services from...

    I've only ever used tenant find services from agents, I've self managed from there and saved myself the fees. Sometimes it can be frustrating but, for the sake of 5-10 hours of effort per property...
  5. Thread: Covid-Boom

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    100% remote, with the expectation to go into the...

    100% remote, with the expectation to go into the office 1 day a week once measures have been relaxed.
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    Good. People were flagrantly ignoring the...

    Good. People were flagrantly ignoring the "polite" requests to stay at home, anyway.
  7. Thread: Boom!

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    :banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:...

    :banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

    One for every month of your extension. Grats!
  8. Thread: Covid-Boom

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    Covid-Boom

    Started a new gig which frankly I didn't think was going to come off on Monday. Start date had been delayed 3 times. Ooosh! Best day rate out of the four gigs I've done so far as well.

    Brucey...
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    If you're contracting for a consultancy company...

    If you're contracting for a consultancy company they will usually front your travel cost. You claim it back from them. This is assuming you're working on their client site and not commuting into...
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    Contract to Perm

    Looking quite likely that I am going to have an offer in the post this week for a niche Modern Workplace consultancy company. WFH when not at client site, come into the office for shindigs and free...
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    If this was my view on people why would I be...

    If this was my view on people why would I be bringing this up, saying this IS NOT okay, trying to bring the issue to peoples attention and fighting for change? Did you read my article? I feel that...
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    As long as you're offering services based around...

    As long as you're offering services based around core products which have mainstream learning capability, why not? You set the expectation for the permietractor to know XYZ before they start. For...
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    Thank you to those that read my article :-) I am...

    Thank you to those that read my article :-) I am no writer, and haven't ever written anything massively impacting, my only hope is that if enough of us write enough content, eventually maybe the...
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    A view of IR35 from a hiring manager

    Hi CUK. For the first time in a while I posted a new article on LI about IR35 and why from a hiring perspective, actually, hiring workers under a brolly looks more attractive than using a permie...
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    I have a really funny way of scouring JS to make...

    I have a really funny way of scouring JS to make sure I don't miss anything; I just look at every job in "IT" posted "today" and sort by latest.. Seems a bit crazy but some of the job titles...
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    So I was very confident in December; I was...

    So I was very confident in December; I was getting a few calls a week to discuss various infra roles, then the New Year rolled around and the first few days was a flurry of activity... However, the...
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    On the infrastructure side of the house, anyone...

    On the infrastructure side of the house, anyone with messaging, migrations and Office 365 seems to be in demand at the moment. It's been a slightly less quiet 3 weeks looking than i'd be used to, but...
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    Currently hunting around looking for roles whilst...

    Currently hunting around looking for roles whilst still in contract which is coming to an end. Market seems very strange at the moment; infrastructure does have projects on and doing but I think...
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    12 days!? I want to come and work where you are...

    12 days!? I want to come and work where you are WooHoo!
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    Not sure what pipe you've been toking from but...

    Not sure what pipe you've been toking from but going inside is nowhere near a permie in terms of overall package when you consider the following:

    - Holiday and sick pay
    - Insurance / dental /...
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    Mine said they won't take on any new contractors...

    Mine said they won't take on any new contractors unless PAYE as of now and each BU has until end of Jan to get everyone out the door or under a PAYE brolly.

    Why are clientco's aiming at dates so...
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    My ClientCo Just Blanketed Everyone Inside

    Another blow for us contractors and another win for Accenture, Cognizant, IBM, Delloite, etc.... My clientco (30,000+ people, FTSE:100) has just blanketed all their UK contractors inside. Their...
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    I have a 9 month war chest to work with before I...

    I have a 9 month war chest to work with before I start having to cut back on lifestyle choices to eek out a further 3 months left in the tank. I then have personal finance to fall back on outside of...
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    Thanks for all the replies. I am well aware...

    Thanks for all the replies.

    I am well aware there are large consultancies and small shops already doing this stuff. However, a friend of mine worked at Rackspace who employed a small 10 man co to...
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    Good question. I am well aware it's all about...

    Good question. I am well aware it's all about value proposition and what value would my PSC bring above any others? Well, in a nutshell... rather than target any and every project like most MSP's do...
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    Building a PSC from Scratch

    Hi all, long time no post. I've actually had some project work to be getting on with; whew.

    Obviously we are all aware of the pending reforms to IR35 and I don't know about everyone else, but my...
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    Holy moly you guys astound me. Don't buy or...

    Holy moly you guys astound me. Don't buy or install any mouse jiggling applications, build it in Powershell using the WASP add on module. Powershell comes pre baked in all but the most stripped of...
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    There's nothing wrong with contracting in London....

    There's nothing wrong with contracting in London. I don't consider myself niche and had no difficulty finding work. Fill 'yer boots.
  29. Thread: Cryptocurrency

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    I've given up looking at past performance. Every...

    I've given up looking at past performance. Every time I have I've been burnt and ended up trading at almost exactly the wrong time.

    Bitcoin has a constantly shifting market, one is as well off...
  30. I've had 3 gigs since I started contracting mid...

    I've had 3 gigs since I started contracting mid 2017 (currently on gig 3). Current gig and the one before both approached me and asked me to go perm! The questions you have to ask yourself are:
    ...
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    I've not been getting many calls, but then again...

    I've not been getting many calls, but then again when I have been I've been batting people away because I am booked until October.

    I am an engineer who can architect (rather than the other way...
  32. Thread: Metro bank

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    Share price seems to have recovered somewhat. I...

    Share price seems to have recovered somewhat. I don't think they're going anywhere anytime soon.
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    :banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::b...

    :banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

    Allllll of the bananas!
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    Rob Dix has a fantastic, no BS book about...

    Rob Dix has a fantastic, no BS book about property. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Complete-Guide-Property-Investment-buy/dp/0993497209/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=rob+dix&qid=1556726538&s=gateway&sr=8-1

    He...
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    To be fair NLUK, I am not aware of the other...

    To be fair NLUK, I am not aware of the other issues that come with them, if you want to PM them to me if you have experience, that'd be great and i'd appreciate any insight.



    The mortgage has...
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    OP I am in a similar situation to you. This is...

    OP I am in a similar situation to you. This is not in any way advice, just my opinion and an illustration of how I'd like things to pan out for myself.

    My strategy is admittedly, very property...
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    If you're into superhero / Stan Lee / Marvel...

    If you're into superhero / Stan Lee / Marvel stuff...

    Seasons 1-3 of DareDevil are all fantastic. Punisher Season 1 and 2 are also very, very good. Punisher is quite gorey and sometimes violence...
  38. Thread: BOOM! New Gig

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    BOOM! New Gig

    After a very pleasant year doing mail migrations for Avanade, I've managed to land myself a new gig in London! That's three on the bounce now since I started contracting in 2017 with no bench time!...
  39. Thread: Cryptocurrency

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    I had friends doing a similar thing at the same...

    I had friends doing a similar thing at the same time I was doing it; they were a far bigger influence. Probably wouldn't have done it if they didn't do it also.
  40. Thread: Skiing

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    Pretty sure if you asked NLUK and Brillo if they...

    Pretty sure if you asked NLUK and Brillo if they fancied a vigorous skiing session they'd happily oblige...
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    Save me a space next to you PS! Although to be...

    Save me a space next to you PS! Although to be fair - mine is by choice. I could've eeked out another extension but I need to get on to something different.
  42. Thread: Cryptocurrency

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    Before you jump too far on to the witch hunt...

    Before you jump too far on to the witch hunt bandwagon PC, there are plenty of posts in this thread of you hyping the market up / considering secure nodes and other types of further investment; don't...
  43. Thread: Cryptocurrency

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    Mining Update

    Update for those interested in my Mining Project:

    My electricity bill since the miner came into effect cost me £900. I've generated enough ETH in that time to cover the costs of that, based on...
  44. Thread: Cryptocurrency

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    Almost sure you're trolling Milan but i'll bite. ...

    Almost sure you're trolling Milan but i'll bite.

    Buy a Ledge Nano S, take delivery of said wallet, buy ripple on exchange, go to exchange wallet, transfer to hardware wallet, Store wallet in...
  45. I have run a couple of fixed fee pieces of work...

    I have run a couple of fixed fee pieces of work around some of my contract work in the past year.

    + You will double, or triple your day rate
    + You feel like a boss doing it
    + The jobs are often...
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    Just Completed my First Full Year Trading

    Cannot believe it. As the title says really; two contracts and three extensions (one still in progress 'til Dec) and I've completed my first year. Feeling pretty good about everything, definitely...
  47. Thread: Cryptocurrency

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    Duck Season.... Wabbit Season.... BULL SEASON!

    Duck Season.... Wabbit Season.... BULL SEASON!
  48. Thread: Cryptocurrency

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    Mining Rig Update

    The hot weather caused a slight issue in my flat - it got effing hot! Procurement of a desk fan and an open window to create some active cooling appears to have resolved the issue, but increased my...
  49. Thread: Cryptocurrency

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    Has it actually been confirmed that funds were...

    Has it actually been confirmed that funds were stolen?
  50. Thread: Cryptocurrency

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    I hadn't been paying an awful lot of attention,...

    I hadn't been paying an awful lot of attention, then I looked at all of the alts that were up at least 25% over the past 7 days. I am by no means a trader, I just lurk looking at the prices of things...
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