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    Agree with this, however, in cases where you've...

    Agree with this, however, in cases where you've been direct, they'll need the name/contact details of your direct co. - I just email them to ask if they're happy to provide a ref for the period I...
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    I've worked through Hays a couple of times,...

    I've worked through Hays a couple of times, generally they're quite good.
    With one (non-banking) client there was a mountain of paperwork to complete, plus the Disclosure Scotland requirement at...
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    I tried Opera (on win 10 desktop) as of yesterday...

    I tried Opera (on win 10 desktop) as of yesterday & really like it. Thanks for mentioning it.
    It's certainly as good as Firefox or Edge.
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    Yep I get that, but when I ask for a higher rate...

    Yep I get that, but when I ask for a higher rate than advertised, & they tell me the client won't pay a higher rate, but I know the agency margin & I can see that there's scope, then that pi55es me...
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    Agency want to pay me £400/day, & are charging...

    Agency want to pay me £400/day, & are charging the client £510.
    I raised the point at interview with the client who kindly shared their rate parameters, as provided to agency. They weren't aware of...
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    WIP...

    WIP...
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    All good & reasonable points, thanks. Normally...

    All good & reasonable points, thanks. Normally it's been £50 margin but this £100+ seems a bit OTT.
    Yes Mal, next step is negotiating with agent to see if I can push it more in my favour.
    Not...
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    Agency Margins

    Recently had interview for role, went well, sounds good.
    We discussed rates, & it transpires agency margin is £100+/day which I think is unreasonable.
    Thoughts?
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    Sorry but I think this thread on IR35 reform is...

    Sorry but I think this thread on IR35 reform is drifting off course a bit. Just sayin'.
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    Thanks, yep, thought so.

    Thanks, yep, thought so.
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    Has this idea from Labour been...

    Has this idea from Labour been ditched/cancelled/withdrawn?
    I'm sure I've read somewhere that Esterson has deleted tweets which alluded to the idea.
  12. Sticky: As ever, all good points, much appreciated. ...

    As ever, all good points, much appreciated.

    Edit: Forgot to ask how long would it take to get set up with umbrella, & once a gig finishes (say 6 months), do you need to terminate arrangements with...
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    I agree, I think HMRC are the dog, & the Gvmt the...

    I agree, I think HMRC are the dog, & the Gvmt the tail...dog definitely wagging the tail, & they'll do whatever HMRC want them to do; too much power & out of control as far as I can see.
    HMRC have...
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    Interestingly a previous pub sec outside role, &...

    Interestingly a previous pub sec outside role, & checked by QDOS, has returned an inside result.
  15. Sticky: Cheers...therein lies a slight problem, it's not...

    Cheers...therein lies a slight problem, it's not local it's 60 miles away (120 return) = 1.5 hrs driving one way. Is it a major issue? I don't know; might be doable. It's 6 months.
    I think I maybe...
  16. Sticky: Cheers. I'll dig further with the agency & see...

    Cheers. I'll dig further with the agency & see where the rate tops out, just wanted to do some research on here beforehand, hence the questions.
    The figures look depressing but, if it went to...
  17. Sticky: Thanks for this, just reading through as someone...

    Thanks for this, just reading through as someone has just called me about an inside IR35 job (never considered one before), so trying to get it clear in my head.
    So, no mileage, no expenses, looks...
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    Yep, had experience of ROC; they are one of the...

    Yep, had experience of ROC; they are one of the worst for this type of thing.
  19. Couple of things could arise here: If you...

    Couple of things could arise here:

    If you were to do it, then it could just be the thin edge of the wedge insofar as if you refuse to do it the next time, the client might say 'well, you did it...
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    Different times now...how & in what way? More...

    Different times now...how & in what way?

    More recent context, female friend of mine started contracting 5 years ago...she actually hired me as a contractor some time ago..she's now 55 or 56 and...
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    Before this thread gets dragged off at a tangent,...

    Before this thread gets dragged off at a tangent, I thought I'd let the OP know, & maybe offer some reassurance by mentioning that, a few years back I was on a contract with a pub sec organisation &...
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    These clowns are always advertising these low...

    These clowns are always advertising these low rate roles...I'll bet the initials of the agent are JMc…?
  23. It's often the case, but not always, that many of...

    It's often the case, but not always, that many of these roles don't exist at all, they're put there for the agent to harvest fresh CVs.
  24. Are you sure you mean 'contractor friend'? I...

    Are you sure you mean 'contractor friend'?
    I think any contractor (on here especially) would have been able to give you that kind of response if he/she has kept up to speed with the latest...
  25. FWIW, my 2-penneth; I'd be seriously considering...

    FWIW, my 2-penneth; I'd be seriously considering the perm role from a work security point of view until all these IR35/off payroll changes have had the chance to get embedded & everyone knows the...
  26. Link: Barclays contractors hit as bank insists...

    Link: Barclays contractors hit as bank insists PAYE only | eFinancialCareers
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    Do this, now. You'll thanks us later. Seriously.

    Do this, now. You'll thanks us later. Seriously.
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    Congrats SS on the new role. I refuse to do...

    Congrats SS on the new role.

    I refuse to do London, & haven't considered anything down there for years. Rates usually decent but costs can wipe out a huge chunk of that unless you're prepared to...
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    I should have maybe added, after speaking to the painter guy he recommended getting 'trade' versions of paint as the seemingly same stuff you could get from B&Q (Sandtex, Dulux et al) are weaker...
  30. Yeah but Zinsser is used (as far as I'm aware)...

    Yeah but Zinsser is used (as far as I'm aware) for 'difficult' surfaces, where you might struggle to get the base coat to take & there's a risk of it peeling/cracking if you were to use conventional...
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    You're on the bench too?

    You're on the bench too?
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    Get out of the house, leave your phone at home,...

    Get out of the house, leave your phone at home, and go walking or something & get away from it all for a few hours...& give yourself a break from 'contractoruk', would be my advice. All intended in a...
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    Yep, the iconx ones have 'ambient sound' function...

    Yep, the iconx ones have 'ambient sound' function which you can have on or off...it enables you to choose to either listen to, or block off, the outside world.
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    I don't have Airpods (I think they look naff...

    I don't have Airpods (I think they look naff tbh); I use Samsung phone & have been using Samsung Iconx2018 Bluetooth ear buds (not the recently released Galaxy Buds - no onboard storage with these...
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    Just bought a replacement win 10 pro laptop, more...

    Just bought a replacement win 10 pro laptop, more or less identical to what you mention (8gb, i5, 256gb ssd storage, 14-15"), it's a Lenovo...no touchscreen but I never use that anyway. £668...
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    You are correct, of course.

    You are correct, of course.
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    Yes that what I was seeing, but others above in...

    Yes that what I was seeing, but others above in thread seemed to disagree with that.
    Yes, I'd want it done sharpish, so cost would increase accordingly; not looking for a full review just the...
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    I started to fill in their online form to get a...

    I started to fill in their online form to get a quote for the cost of the review but it then started to get a bit complex before I could actually get a quote, so I'll just call them at some point...
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    I'll give QDOS a call & see what's what...costs...

    I'll give QDOS a call & see what's what...costs seems to vary quite widely from what I saw this morning.
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    Ok ok, most cost effective, qdos, other? I've...

    Ok ok, most cost effective, qdos, other? I've seen £50/£60 which I think was for 24 hrs turnaround...sound typical? Who do you use for this?
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    Contract review costs

    Anyone know/suggest the cheapest 24hr turnaround contract review (for IR35) service? Any discounts available anywhere? Cheers.
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    Well after a lengthy flatlined period, I recently...

    Well after a lengthy flatlined period, I recently ended up with 2 choices, & just accepted one of them today. Role availability depends on your specialism, & demand for that specialism; in my area...
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    Hmm, wife's a PSC & not keen on this, she's a bit...

    Hmm, wife's a PSC & not keen on this, she's a bit tech-paranoid so might need a rethink or get her temporarily removed as PSC...:ohwell
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    Freeagent?

    Freeagent?
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    Thanks Maslins. Do RBS/Natwest offer free...

    Thanks Maslins.
    Do RBS/Natwest offer free banking too? Not sure what the application process might be, or how long it might take, but suspect longer than Starling if they're 'traditional' banks. I...
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    Cheers...I'm still reading, but what's with the...

    Cheers...I'm still reading, but what's with the short video bit for application?
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    One last thing, do you need to provide funds for...

    One last thing, do you need to provide funds for an opening balance, token £1 or something?
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    Yep, that's the thread I referred to at the...

    Yep, that's the thread I referred to at the outset of this post when I said 'Been reading some good things on a previous thread'
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    Good news, thanks, I think with this and the...

    Good news, thanks, I think with this and the other research I've done, I'm persuaded.
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    Yep that looks like the thing I'm after, cheers....

    Yep that looks like the thing I'm after, cheers. What's the cycle time from initial set-up request to being open?
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