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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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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 &...
  17. 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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    I answered the questions truthfully and was...

    I answered the questions truthfully and was suggested boxer, funeral director and cake decorator amongst others :laugh

    Seriously, who created this completely and utterly tulipe system???
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    Got to be lion taming Monty Python's - Lion...

    Got to be lion taming

    Monty Python's - Lion Tamer Accountant - YouTube
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    If you have a contractual paid notice period then...

    If you have a contractual paid notice period then your employer is obliged to pay you if you 'work' during that time. There's no legal definition of what is a minimum threshold of work I've had to...
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    That reminds me of a perm job I once saw probably...

    That reminds me of a perm job I once saw probably around late 90s/early 2000s for a VBA 'expert' that was something like £250k salary. Crazy to think so much was spent on, well, so little.

    During...
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    I've definitely seen more FTC roles this year for...

    I've definitely seen more FTC roles this year for middle-senior management roles, typically £100-125k p.a. and seems to be becoming more noticeable in some parts of the public sector like the NHS. I...
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    I don't know what kind of organisations you've...

    I don't know what kind of organisations you've worked in but having worked for one major bank and several FTSE100 companies, your approach of blatant lying isn't one I would want to follow.
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    Curious as to what contractors on £2k plus a day...

    Curious as to what contractors on £2k plus a day were doing at RBS in those days?
  28. That doesn't sound very plausible to me, at least...

    That doesn't sound very plausible to me, at least in my experience. I've managed several large IT recruitment campaigns and most internal hiring managers are hard pressed to devote the time to doing...
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    Having been on both sides of the fence as a...

    Having been on both sides of the fence as a candidate and hiring manager, I think up to 6 months gaps is usually not much of an issue. I've seen a lot of CVs that have partly explained this by...
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    I don't know about being 'smart' but when I've...

    I don't know about being 'smart' but when I've not had London gigs, I've found decent paying gigs in Cambridge and Milton Keynes. There's a corridor that runs roughly Swindon - Reading/Oxford-Milton...
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    Move out of the way grandad! Every generation...

    Move out of the way grandad!

    Every generation bemoans the state of music and how it was best in their day. Music is in a constant state of renewal and there has been good, bad and terrible music...
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    Maybe he should have stuck to culture and swerved...

    Maybe he should have stuck to culture and swerved being Health & Social Care Minister?
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    I'm working as a consultant for a council and one...

    I'm working as a consultant for a council and one of my close colleagues regularly lights up in online meetings I have with her and occasionally other people. I haven't seen anything from the council...
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    Having once worked in Havant and lived in...

    Having once worked in Havant and lived in Portsmouth, I'd want at least £200 pd just in danger money...
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    Tech aside, unfortunately many industries are...

    Tech aside, unfortunately many industries are heavily concentrated in London. Media, advertising, broadcasting, big law firms and financial services just for a start. For many people, to get on the...
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    I used the cinema industry body figures but...

    I used the cinema industry body figures but you're right, I was out by a year. 2018 was the peak but even so, the 2019 number was the second highest number in the last 50 years.

    Now that Cineworld...
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    It's too soon to say if cinemas are dead - the...

    It's too soon to say if cinemas are dead - the announcement only affects Cineworld in the UK, for now at least.

    But saying cinemas have been in decline for years is way, way off the mark. UK...
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    I don't meet with total newbie agents because...

    I don't meet with total newbie agents because they don't really handle the sort of roles I go for. I have met some who were on their way up the agent ladder, as it were, for lunch/a coffee etc. I...
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    I think in most large consumer organisations,...

    I think in most large consumer organisations, there is at least one person in a complaints team who manages complaints that have been sent to VIPs like Directors. In one that I worked in they...
  40. Those of you who are quoting org structures from...

    Those of you who are quoting org structures from banking are off the mark when I mentioned an Assistant Director role in the context of the NHS. That role reported to the CIO. That's a fairly senior...
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    Based on what we did with our kids (youngest is...

    Based on what we did with our kids (youngest is approaching 12), I'd say about 8 years old.

    More importantly, I now say my own age is forty twelve...
  42. True, but my example of an Assistant Director is...

    True, but my example of an Assistant Director is surely a fair bit above what most people think of as a middle manager?
  43. It's agile terminology innit. Along with squads,...

    It's agile terminology innit. Along with squads, chapters, blah blah...
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    Works sometimes though. A young woman did the...

    Works sometimes though.

    A young woman did the same outside Stockport train station whilst looking for a data analyst role. It's been featured widely in the media, but I can't find the link which...
  45. I don't know where people get this sort of...

    I don't know where people get this sort of rubbish from. I was recently approached for an interim Assistant Director role at one of the largest London NHS trusts in London. Out of curiosity I Googled...
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    I've worked in seven FTSE100 and Fortune 500...

    I've worked in seven FTSE100 and Fortune 500 companies and believe me, there were plenty of useless permies and contractors in some of those companies which wasted many millions on IT, you just...
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    I once applied for a perm ERP Consultant job at...

    I once applied for a perm ERP Consultant job at Oracle. I got a reply from them inviting me to an interview - almost 9 months after i joined their main competitor, SAP! :laugh
  48. You can start off with the Foundational Cloud...

    You can start off with the Foundational Cloud Practitioner certification. I'm not a techie but even I have found it relatively straightforward to learn the content (although I haven't scheduled the...
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    Possibly yes - Apple is on a high PE ratio but it...

    Possibly yes - Apple is on a high PE ratio but it is still a growing company with promising revenue and profit growth categories in wearables and services. It also is still generating large amounts...
  50. As Ladymuck says, if it was that unappealing in...

    As Ladymuck says, if it was that unappealing in the first place maybe swerve number 1 but it depends on how confident you are of finding something soon and your financial situation.

    I turned down...
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