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    This year for the pandemic and in all...

    This year for the pandemic and in all organisation restructures I've experienced in my career the same thing has happened: contractors go first, then MAYBE a small number of perms go. So yes, being a...
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    The market for my skillset (UX/UI/Product design)...

    The market for my skillset (UX/UI/Product design) seems to be shutting down for the year.

    I didn't remember the recruitment process for permanent roles to be this bad and long when I was a permie....
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    I spoke too early. In a super quick turn of...

    I spoke too early.

    In a super quick turn of events, I got offered a 6 months contract at an old client. The rate is far from spectacular but the work is easy and I liked the place last time I was...
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    You may want to pay more attention from now on,...

    You may want to pay more attention from now on, then.

    Despite being called contractorUK, you'll find that in here there are just as many permies are there are contractors. It's also very...
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    contracts? I thought we were talking about...

    contracts? I thought we were talking about permanent jobs....well, I surely was.

    does it happen to you often to read something but understand the opposite? maybe it's just not your day. Just relax.
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    Another time when you don't understand and just...

    Another time when you don't understand and just jump to conclusions...:rolleyes:

    Throughout my career I applied for I'd say around 10 permie roles for non banking companies: got job offers from 2...
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    Retail. One time, as a permie who wanted to...

    Retail.

    One time, as a permie who wanted to move out of banking, I applied for a permanent role in a non banking company. The recruitment agency I applied through (so, not sure if I can believe it...
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    Throughout my career I've worked in banking both...

    Throughout my career I've worked in banking both as permie and as a contractor and I can't really say I enjoyed my time in such industry, but personally I found it so difficult to move away from it....
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    How did you do this year?

    Usually would start this thread later on in the year, but given I'm done for 2020, here it is.

    How has your 2020 been so far? How many days have you invoiced/are you on track to invoice? More or...
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    So painfully slow. A few times I received...

    So painfully slow.

    A few times I received interview invites for roles I completely forgot having applied for. I'm talking about 3 months after I had applied...

    To avoid that, I keep a...
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    It depends on your skillset. Given you haven't...

    It depends on your skillset. Given you haven't had much luck in your search for contracts, I take it your skills are not that niche, in which case looking for permanent roles as well will open up...
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    yes okay but the fact that boris johnson is prime...

    yes okay but the fact that boris johnson is prime minister says more about the british electorate than the man itself.

    also says a lot about the competition (read corbyn).
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    and it will be entirely because of REMAINERS

    and it will be entirely because of REMAINERS
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    A quick search on jobserve for my skillset...

    A quick search on jobserve for my skillset returned around 10 relevant contract job opportunities posted within the last 7 days in the whole UK. Half of them at least are just for cv harvesting (same...
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    That's what I meant. People who know how to dress...

    That's what I meant. People who know how to dress don't wear the collar outside the sweater...they tuck it in.
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    I'd never hire someone who wears the shirt collar...

    I'd never hire someone who wears the shirt collar outside the sweater, unless I was hiring a gardener.
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    One slightly positive thing about the OP's...

    One slightly positive thing about the OP's situation is that he hasn't taken the contract yet, so even if he takes the contract, switches to inside ir35 comes april, and gets investigated by hmrc,...
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    That's what I would do if I was the consultancy;...

    That's what I would do if I was the consultancy; but I'd also look around to see if there are any desperate contractors willing to take the OP's role for OP's rate - 100 and bin the OP regardless.
  19. Clearly not intelligent enough to understand what...

    Clearly not intelligent enough to understand what the consequences of their votes were going to be.

    Oh gullible simpletons, what did you do?
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    Also I noticed quite a few properties going back...

    Also I noticed quite a few properties going back on the market and needing to sell quickly. Probably buyers got their mortgage rejected (or realised they might pay less in 6 months and pulled out at...
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    At the start, I only ask for the spec and for the...

    At the start, I only ask for the spec and for the name of the client.

    Good agents usually mention the rate (or ask me what rate I'm looking for) within the first couple of messages.

    If they...
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    Yes, that's a good strategy. Also because in a...

    Yes, that's a good strategy.

    Also because in a lot of areas the rental market is struggling, lots of empty places at the moment. Landlords are desperate for money so they should be flexible and be...
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    Worked with 3 banking clients (not London) and...

    Worked with 3 banking clients (not London) and they all had different approaches:

    - one had 2 mandatory wfh days because there were more people than desks so there was a rota
    - one had a no wfh...
  24. No no, Bojo said the nhs is OFF THE TABLE. Why...

    No no, Bojo said the nhs is OFF THE TABLE.

    Why would he lie about it?
  25. If the EU had to make a free trade deal, why...

    If the EU had to make a free trade deal, why would they do it with the uk? Surely would be better to make a deal with a bigger economy?

    Same reason why the uk hasn't been able to secure a deal...
  26. Will eventually happen? Maybe... How much...

    Will eventually happen? Maybe...

    How much progress has been made so far, after years of discussion? And how long can the crippled uk fishing industry survive in a no deal scenario?

    Serves them...
  27. Free trade deal with whom? Doesn't look like EU...

    Free trade deal with whom? Doesn't look like EU and uk will get any deal agreed in time.
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    Have you tried this? Skills assessment |...

    Have you tried this?

    Skills assessment | National Careers Service

    I've heard it's flawless.
  29. They'll still eat fish, but they won't get it...

    They'll still eat fish, but they won't get it from the uk if they can get it for cheaper from somewhere else.
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    Worst place I've been for this reason was a...

    Worst place I've been for this reason was a company called Aegon up in Edinburgh. No free coffee, no kitchen area, no kettles, nothing at all.

    If you wanted a coffee or a tea it was canteen or...
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    Poll: That shouldn't be a long term situation given the...

    That shouldn't be a long term situation given the NHS should now get 350 million a week. That's quite the funding
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    Lol I'd never be able to tell that sort of overly...

    Lol I'd never be able to tell that sort of overly elaborated and majestic crappy lie. Nobody would buy it.

    So far I've leaned towards an exaggerated version of the truth and it's been well...
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    So much truth. I briefly considered buying a...

    So much truth.

    I briefly considered buying a house (2nd property, so huge Additional Dwelling Supplement) and renting out my current flat in the city centre of Edinburgh.
    I dodged the bullet big...
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    It's very tough. There are plenty reasons a...

    It's very tough. There are plenty reasons a contractor might be okay with actually moving back to permanent employment, even at a lower salary.

    In these situations, would be very useful if along...
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    Yes, I think I read something about that....

    Yes, I think I read something about that. Landlords will need to give a 6 months notice if they want tenants out; sounds like a loooog time.

    Especially if you rent to some scumbags who can just...
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    The lowest I'd take would obviously have to be a...

    The lowest I'd take would obviously have to be a salary that just about covers my minimum expenses, so something around 30k. Just enough to pay mortgage, utilities, council tax and food.

    And, to...
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    Yes, I read that as well. Also I read a lot of...

    Yes, I read that as well.

    Also I read a lot of horror stories on the money saving expert forum of people waiting for weeks/months for their mortgage application to be processed and approved. So...
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    It's not gambling when you know what you're doing...

    It's not gambling when you know what you're doing :igmc:
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    Another deal? Who holds all the cards here?

    Another deal? Who holds all the cards here?
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    That's why I said "depending on the areas" London...

    That's why I said "depending on the areas" London is doomed; I'm actually surprised those ridiculous prices held up this long.
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    it's a good luck to whoever is wanting/needing to...

    it's a good luck to whoever is wanting/needing to buy a house now.

    prices will drop more or less depending on the areas, but that's not going to last long; people are always going to need houses.
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    yes, those numbers do sound made up to make a...

    yes, those numbers do sound made up to make a story.

    having said that, if you go have a look at the mortgages section of the moneysavingexpert forum, you'll find a few people having this problem...
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    Ok, now that I didn't get the contract and won't...

    Ok, now that I didn't get the contract and won't have anything to do with the company, I can say who the company was: JP Morgan.

    Not sure if I dodged the bullet or not as I don't know anyone who...
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    It cannot be enforced. It relies (it has to rely)...

    It cannot be enforced. It relies (it has to rely) on the common sense of the citizens and the trust they have in their governments.

    Which is why countries like Sweden are doing OK and country of...
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    so how many hours a day will you be working?

    so how many hours a day will you be working?
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    58 - 42 and growing

    58 - 42 and growing
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    I like this idea. Or, also, we can try and...

    I like this idea.

    Or, also, we can try and catch flies with honey. Let's put all these dickheads on cruise ship (which are all empty now so plenty space) for a month. They catch the virus, they...
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    The problem seems to be all the assh0les who want...

    The problem seems to be all the assh0les who want to party and get drunk, which they will do in house parties when the pubs eventually get shut. Everywhere there is booze, there's going to be...
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    Won't change much. People will still meet up...

    Won't change much.

    People will still meet up outdoors.

    There need to be more deaths for people to start behaving appropriately. Give it a couple of months.
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    But unfortunately I'll never know what the permie...

    But unfortunately I'll never know what the permie offer would have been as I didn't go past the 1st interview stage.

    A bit sad :( but also glad :) that I wasn't invited to the 2nd stage: 2 hour...
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