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  1. If the payments have been prompt to this point, I...

    If the payments have been prompt to this point, I wouldn't jump into debt collection for 1-2 weeks of payment delay that hasn't even occurred yet.

    If the agency isn't getting paid form the end...
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    Technical role, infrastructure...

    Technical role, infrastructure engineering/architecture. Current job is bog standard infrastructure engineer 50/50 BAU/Project work, which tops at about £80k, but the organization is growing and...
  3. Thread: Face masks

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    Poll: We got 20 masks from Screwfix at the start of the...

    We got 20 masks from Screwfix at the start of the panic buying. Used about 5 thus far, keeping the used ones in a sealed bag, supposedly the virus dies in 2-3 days on it's own so they are...
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    Back on topic: Finished my last contract at...

    Back on topic:

    Finished my last contract at the end of February. First half of March was promising, even though there were like 1-2 roles Outside IR35 per day I managed to get a couple of...
  5. Thread: Antibody tests

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    To begin with they are the only ones being tested...

    To begin with they are the only ones being tested currently anyway.

    Taking a cheek swap is trivial, there are plenty of examples like DNA test kits etc. There might be some higher degree of...
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    Poll: Where is the option "I already kicked it's arse,...

    Where is the option "I already kicked it's arse, but it wasn't pretty"?

    Pretty sure the whole family beat it already with a various degrees of suffering. Can't be sure without anti-body test though
  7. Thread: Antibody tests

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    It's mindboggling they haven't done this already...

    It's mindboggling they haven't done this already (not via Amazon per say). The majority of the NHS workers should be more than capable of taking their own swab test, why are they forced to drive...
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    The goal of the lockdown is to allow expansion of...

    The goal of the lockdown is to allow expansion of healthcare capacity to allow the 50% of the ICU survivors to get ICU bed and get the 50% chance of survival in the first place, not to save the 50%...
  9. The fact is that Teams is effectively free for...

    The fact is that Teams is effectively free for most large enterprises that are firmly in MSFT's grip, even if it's inferior to Zoom (which it really isn't, or at least not in a significant way) it's...
  10. Thread: Panic buying

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    On one hand you have advice to stay put or even...

    On one hand you have advice to stay put or even self isolate, in the other you are not supposed to stockpile food, how is this supposed to work? You can get a delivery slot for any supermarket and...
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    Even car will be useless as security unless it's...

    Even car will be useless as security unless it's a £10k+ as debt enforcement and auction fees it will eat a couple of £1000s. Not many skint tenants with expensive non-leased cars.

    Making them...
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    If you can't easily afford 2 weeks without pay, I...

    If you can't easily afford 2 weeks without pay, I would strongly suggest you exit contracting ASAP and go to "secure" permanent employment.

    Can't comment on all skill sets, but for me it makes...
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    If councils are allowed to again borrow money to...

    If councils are allowed to again borrow money to build homes, it will be cheaper for them to build houses and blocks of flats instead of subsidising rent for private tenancies. Definitely cheaper...
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    Red lights district...

    Red lights district...
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    I would be enquiring about a payroll / PAYE type...

    I would be enquiring about a payroll / PAYE type of arrangement where you don't have liability for tax falling on you.

    Expat forums are better source of info on working abroad.
  16. Forget the life in the UK test, it well known to...

    Forget the life in the UK test, it well known to be rubbish. The bigger problem is the level of English that is required. Even on some of the promotional videos the candidates can barely speak...
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    Like I have said before - if there is any...

    Like I have said before - if there is any positive aspect of the changes - it will be to purge the market of the permitractors.

    Hopefully with time the market will calm down and private sector...
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    One week to go at current ClientCo, last 3 weeks...

    One week to go at current ClientCo, last 3 weeks have been sloooow like 2-3 roles tops.

    I had 1 phone interview for +30% my normal rate for an inside IR35, didn't progress further as my skill set...
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    Yes it can. Don't know where you got the idea...

    Yes it can. Don't know where you got the idea that O365 is web only. with MAPS you get 5 O365 E3 licenses:

    Office 365 E3 | Office 365


    So you get 5 users with 5 devices each for a total of 25...
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    Desperate for new membership fees to fund the...

    Desperate for new membership fees to fund the impending raft of claims for agents going bust without paying and retrospective IR35 investigations?
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    Hurrah for sanity

    Hurrah for sanity
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    The "official" MS exam courses are a waste of...

    The "official" MS exam courses are a waste of time and money. They are aimed at permies who are not bothered by time wasting and expense.

    Plenty of free or cheaper resources on the internet if you...
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    Remind me again who is leaving the CU? I...

    Remind me again who is leaving the CU?

    I don't understand why people expect the EU to rollover and accept whatever trade deal terms the UK wants. The EU warned you there is no way for a...
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    Pray tell, how do they plan on increasing their...

    Pray tell, how do they plan on increasing their market share 5 fold?
  25. Thread: Streatham

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    That makes no sense, if they new about the vest...

    That makes no sense, if they new about the vest this should have only expedited the arrest. I understand how buying a kitchen knife could be taken as non-terrorist related activity and the...
  26. Thread: non-EU trade deals

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    non-EU trade deals

    Now that we are out of the EU and have reclaimed Sovereignty and can make trade deals with the whole world on our own terms.

    Where are all the promised amazingly fantastic trade deals, that would...
  27. I understand that fisheries are a hot topic....

    I understand that fisheries are a hot topic. Still don't get it how anyone in their right mind would let this which forms like 0.05% of GDP jeopardise other areas like financial services with 15%+ of...
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    You hit send all, then someone replies all,...

    You hit send all, then someone replies all, warning you not to reply all, then someone else replies all scalding the other person for starting an e-mail storm.

    Then the messaging admin comes to...
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    I have seen it working properly with intra-Co...

    I have seen it working properly with intra-Co e-mails from the same Exchange/O365 server/organisation.

    As you said cross-organisations it's a hit and miss. I have only used it once or twice within...
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    UK had a lot of influence within the EU and in...

    UK had a lot of influence within the EU and in turn the EU have a lot of "clout" worldwide.

    Post Brexit we are on our own. The first trial will be trying to negotiate trade deal with our 2 biggest...
  31. It's even worse in the "real world". The regulars...

    It's even worse in the "real world". The regulars here tend to be more clued on average.



    You can't, but why risk it?

    The fact is that it would be too good of an opportunity for HMRC to miss.
  32. No one has experience with that as it's still not...

    No one has experience with that as it's still not in force until April. With the "old" IR35 rules the advertised rate has always been gross with YourCo/Umbrella paying the erNI out of it.

    I assume...
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    They just need to adapt, Inside/outside IR35...

    They just need to adapt, Inside/outside IR35 makes no difference to their cut. If anything it's getting better for some of the larger ones that are starting/expanding Umbrella capabilities...
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    Because thanks to Brexit everyone and their dog...

    Because thanks to Brexit everyone and their dog throughout the world has been exposed to the omnishambles UK politics for the last 3-4 years.

    Add a dash of foreign policy failure in relations to...
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    You can get a new phone and regain access in...

    You can get a new phone and regain access in minutes you know.

    No internet banking via website is a good thing in my books - less vectors of attacks.

    I have been using Starling as a main...
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    That his classic car collection is not going to...

    That his classic car collection is not going to devalue as a result of EU regulations, but a sovereign UK regulation.
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    It's rather stupid to keep over £85k in one...

    It's rather stupid to keep over £85k in one banking group, yet alone in a current account.

    So most people won't even notice your issue with Tide, but thanks for sharing.
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    Pro-tip No.2: Filing your SATR early doesn't mean...

    Pro-tip No.2: Filing your SATR early doesn't mean you will have to pay the tax early. It's still due by 31.Jan
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    From what I read, there aren't that many...

    From what I read, there aren't that many ClientCos that make actual blanket determination. Most of the big names are simply stating they are not going to engage with ltd. contractors - only Umbrella,...
  40. Last man standing at current ClientCo, everyone...

    Last man standing at current ClientCo, everyone else got binned before x-mas. They only kept me to wrap up the tail end of the project until end of February, then there will be no more contractors...
  41. Thread: Amazon Prime

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    Just have your butler flogged for missing the...

    Just have your butler flogged for missing the delivery, jeez...

    Anyway, it all depends on your location and luck of the draw, some delivery guys are great, others are tulip.

    Overall the Amazon...
  42. Thread: WAZE - GPS issues

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    Have you tried another app like Google maps for...

    Have you tried another app like Google maps for instance (uses same data as Waze) to confirm it's the app's fault and not the hardware - your phone/car?

    Last time I had similar issues it was the...
  43. Seriously? I get it that gun violence and other...

    Seriously? I get it that gun violence and other violent crime levels can be mitigated by choosing some specific areas of this fast country. But how would you handle their healthcare system and lack...
  44. Thread: Mortgage question

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    Do this: Instead of this: And you will...

    Do this:


    Instead of this:


    And you will be fine. There are lenders that will lend based on your day rate (that's how I got my mortgage) and/or company accounts, not on your self assessments....
  45. The question is not whether there are top notch...

    The question is not whether there are top notch Indians in IT, there are plenty of those. But most of them are not cheap or at least not for long.
  46. Thread: Inside IR35

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    I would suggest to read up on IR35 pronto. The...

    I would suggest to read up on IR35 pronto.

    The fact that you don't realise the IR35 determination is separate and independent for each individual contract, points that you don't have much clue...
  47. ClientCo might have as much opinions as they...

    ClientCo might have as much opinions as they want. As long as it's different from the opinion of the judge if it comes to a court case with HMRC and/or you have an insurance why do you care?

    Or do...
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    5 years ago, how many times have HMRC...

    5 years ago, how many times have HMRC successfully claimed Loan charge?

    Even if ER has been low on their radar thus far, the sweeping changes on the market and a wave of MVLs they will surely...
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    In the current climate I would go for whatever...

    In the current climate I would go for whatever rate I can get as long as it's outside IR35 and ride the wave for the next 6 months or so. As long as it's not less than what I can get as perm.

    Gone...
  50. Thread: You lost

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    The match haven't even started yet, we spend...

    The match haven't even started yet, we spend nearly 4 years trying to set the ball for the kick off. Imagine how long it will take to play the whole match...
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