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    Possibly because they're terrified of having...

    Possibly because they're terrified of having hauled over the coals for unequal pay or something - if they can demonstrate criteria (a degree from so and so) then its easier to justify over the much...
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    I'm in the ICQ chatroom ready and waiting for...

    I'm in the ICQ chatroom ready and waiting for them to say eh-oh!
  3. For some of it, yes ;-) I was mindful of the...

    For some of it, yes ;-)

    I was mindful of the pipeline was all! :D
  4. Oh, sign up and bend over in that case ;)

    Oh, sign up and bend over in that case ;)
  5. Not having to go to company conferences (where...

    Not having to go to company conferences (where people pretend to be interested in their company/industry) or have to take training (where people pretend that it's useful, impartial, accurate etc.) is...
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    That's certainly been my experience. Rabbit hole...

    That's certainly been my experience. Rabbit hole links that lead to dead ends.

    People always tell me it's "great for networking", but I don't see how befriending randoms gets you anywhere, the...
  7. Agencies see no advantage in giving people...

    Agencies see no advantage in giving people paperwork early, it just encourages reviews and requests for changes... hold firm, and change the start date when they supply the paperwork and you can give...
  8. Keep looking until you're at their desk -...

    Keep looking until you're at their desk - physically or remotely - and you still want to come back the next day!
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    Loads seem to be doing it over Teams or similar...

    Loads seem to be doing it over Teams or similar these days, ask for that. Or take the risk and sit at the far end of the room!
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    Well, it's like employing people on zero hours...

    Well, it's like employing people on zero hours contracts - just because they can, doesn't mean that they do.

    A trend would need to establish which would take a while.
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    You still submit and claim company expenses when...

    You still submit and claim company expenses when on flat rate - so there's nothing about it to inherently understand that you've done something wrong.
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    Nothing like burning £400 of opportunity cost a...

    Nothing like burning £400 of opportunity cost a day waiting for a £500 gig
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    That seemed like more of a February/March thing...

    That seemed like more of a February/March thing when IR35 was still happening
  14. That doesn't sound very rewarding.

    That doesn't sound very rewarding.
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    I seem to remember £250ish being the point below...

    I seem to remember £250ish being the point below which it doesn't make much difference, can't remember how that was calculated though.
  16. Aldermore halves easy access savings rates

    Just a note of this as I know a few here use them. There are other 1% accounts available (for now at least) like TSB and Shawbrook but they'll be running them at cost to you, so I wouldn't expect...
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    And were 260 miles driven in the car each day?

    And were 260 miles driven in the car each day?
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    Maybe they were relaxed about it for people...

    Maybe they were relaxed about it for people working in-person, and thought "OK we need to take it seriously if we're never going to meet them"
  19. I work with some people who genuinely seem to...

    I work with some people who genuinely seem to enjoy what they do, be it running Azure projects or implementing eCommerce or security or whatever and I just don't get it, I think "don't you have any...
  20. Oh bugger...

    Oh bugger...
  21. It's funny isn't it how all the "sensitive"...

    It's funny isn't it how all the "sensitive" clients that got massively political, bitchy and back-stabby about working from home have suddenly discovered that actually it is possible, the same work...
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    In the same way a lot of 'outside IR35' roles had...

    In the same way a lot of 'outside IR35' roles had inside elements - I suspect a great many 'inside IR35' roles involve outside elements - where things like performance reviews, company cheerleading...
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    If the input rate is sufficiently high to make it...

    If the input rate is sufficiently high to make it worth your while, then it's still worth doing.

    Before IR35 changes were pulled, I was in talks with a client to do exactly that. My leverage was...
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    How much is it to put something on Jobserve, or a...

    How much is it to put something on Jobserve, or a free site that'll be gobbled up by one of the aggregators?

    Pay nothing and you'll get a quantity of rubbish, though
  25. Contractors aren't powerful enough to change the...

    Contractors aren't powerful enough to change the payment runs for established agencies. You get what they do.
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    Take the contract role - you either like it or...

    Take the contract role - you either like it or don't like it, or they extend or serve notice, but then you just get the next contract.
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    Just boomed the best rate of my career (two in a...

    Just boomed the best rate of my career (two in a row, in fact).

    Call the chancellor - tell him I'm coming off furlough :smokin
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    Having actually gone through a tax investigation,...

    Having actually gone through a tax investigation, I will say that this sort of thing really wasn't part of it. Has anyone been asked to justify an expense on an individual item level ever?
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    I've had the grand total of one email and a text...

    I've had the grand total of one email and a text message from Clydesdale.
  30. Same. It's hard enough being expected to...

    Same. It's hard enough being expected to cheerlead for the company as a contractor, but as a Perm you're genuinely expected to believe in it.
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    My unit is currently sat in my WFH office and......

    My unit is currently sat in my WFH office and... it never crossed my mind to claim for it. As it really comes into its own in the bedroom at night ( ;) )

    Your accountant is right, IMO. To me it...
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    If they do, the money will be conveyed to you in...

    If they do, the money will be conveyed to you in the form of postal orders over the course of a month

    Gone for less than 50k (unfortunately did not have £200k turnover in 2019), let's see
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    In terms of banks actually suppling this (as you...

    In terms of banks actually suppling this (as you have to go to one to get the money, not the government) am only aware of Barclays so far... no one else appears to be showing their hand publicly. It...
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    In terms of where to put the money - I can't find...

    In terms of where to put the money - I can't find better than Redwood 1.55% with a 95 day notice. So if the loan matured on May 4 2021, you'd serve notice in late January (for example)

    95 Day...
  35. I didn't get an end of the month payment, so I'm...

    I didn't get an end of the month payment, so I'm guessing that while Nixon Williams are doing it for free, they're not doing it 'on time', or perhaps, at all...

    Business as usual :rolleyes:
  36. If there were such gigs available, I'd probably...

    If there were such gigs available, I'd probably take one and if the rate wasn't derisory, I wouldn't claim
  37. As has been explained - this is an extraordinary...

    As has been explained - this is an extraordinary situation where learning on your 1% money that you normally reserve for a dry spell won't be enough.

    We'll still be losing money hand over fist,...
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    The trouble with this "I don't own all the...

    The trouble with this "I don't own all the shares" stuff is that, so often, the other shareholders duties are based around hoovering the first director's carpets and cooking the first director's tea...
  39. Wow.. even Nixon Williams are doing this for free

    Wow.. even Nixon Williams are doing this for free
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    If that's your interpretation of not being "the...

    If that's your interpretation of not being "the company owner" it sure as hell wouldn't be mine...
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    They could do everyone a solid favour and knock...

    They could do everyone a solid favour and knock out corporation tax for a year

    (if anything of course, it'll need increasing to pay for all these schemes the government is forking out for)
    ...
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    These types of test are there to justify Karen in...

    These types of test are there to justify Karen in HR and/or Karen in Learning and Development's existence.

    They'll have nothing to do with you once you've joined, and the people that actually do...
  43. more specific responses. With them telling me...

    more specific responses. With them telling me what was fair for them to ask and what wasn't.

    So I could've handled it on my own, but it may well have gone on for longer and I wouldn't have the...
  44. They've found some extra capacity now:

    They've found some extra capacity now:
  45. My investigation didn't begin as an IR35. It was...

    My investigation didn't begin as an IR35. It was a straightforward "we think you've been coming into money in a way we can't explain" which was actually rather easily explained. They queried my IR35...
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    Deferring it does mean another quarter sat in the...

    Deferring it does mean another quarter sat in the Aldermore pot for income. So there is that, at least.

    The financially savvy thing, therefore, is to defer and pay the lump sum on the last day.
  47. I appreciate your points. However, the sales...

    I appreciate your points. However, the sales person's role ends with doing the sales job. Nothing happens for them after that, apart from selling more work.

    To counter your (excellent) point, as...
  48. Wondering when I've ever had a client that's...

    Wondering when I've ever had a client that's given me 3 whole days before a start date... let alone 5.

    Not nice to have to play hard ball. I have had to get clients to change start dates to fit 1...
  49. Good question. I think I put through enough in...

    Good question. I think I put through enough in shopping vouchers to offset a lot of it and the tax cover got me out of a lengthy investigation with both myself and my accountants.
  50. Accountants probably being a bit OTT there. Even...

    Accountants probably being a bit OTT there. Even the government sites don't say you can't *look* for business

    Think about it, what would the government prefer - you looking for work so you can...
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