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    Poll: Gladly mate, any time. I'll be at any Christmas...

    Gladly mate, any time. I'll be at any Christmas Meet, and any other forum meets I can get to. See you there, I gather.
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    Poll: Oh, I'd always wondered who had Thursdays

    Oh, I'd always wondered who had Thursdays
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    Poll: I dunno if we're arguing across each other here,...

    I dunno if we're arguing across each other here, or what. I'm not saying the gulf is huge as it is, I'm just stating part of why we get so much heat is that plus lack of NI etc.

    The realistic...
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    Poll: Moron.

    Moron.
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    Poll: Are you saying the formal government statement on...

    Are you saying the formal government statement on the NI accounting is wrong? This is Scooter levels of idiocy. It even includes the numbers FFS, let me help you out:
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    Poll: Oh dear oh dear: How the NHS is funded | The...

    Oh dear oh dear:

    How the NHS is funded | The King's Fund


    ...
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    Poll: Not sure what you're point is here. Regardless of...

    Not sure what you're point is here. Regardless of what you earn elsewhere, if you take dividends out of a Ltd you get £2k free - so if you earn £50k and go and do £2k's worth of work on the side, you...
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    Poll: That's just useless semantics. NI is a tax in...

    That's just useless semantics. NI is a tax in every useful sense of the word, and your second line is just untrue. You don't get turned away from A&E because you haven't been paying NI.

    This kind...
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    Poll: I mean, no they're not. You have a £2k tax free...

    I mean, no they're not. You have a £2k tax free element before you even start, and no NICs. I agree the difference isn't as much as any people think, especially since the changes over the last few...
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    Poll: I still maintain the answer is to tax dividends...

    I still maintain the answer is to tax dividends the same as PAYE, but keep everything else the same.

    I.e., no IR35, can still work away claiming expenses - but any actual income from the company...
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    Uhm, you mean the "Routing Table" that you need...

    Uhm, you mean the "Routing Table" that you need to create to do, well, most things involving firewalls and site to site?
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    I always wonder if such blanket bans would stand...

    I always wonder if such blanket bans would stand up against something like the Unfair Contract Terms Act. I know they're common clauses, but then so are signs saying "We take no liability" and we...
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    Just recruitment stuff. I'm a vindictive...

    Just recruitment stuff. I'm a vindictive arsehole, but even so, like - it was a process, it didn't work out. Yeah, they wasted your time a bit but in fairness, at least you were given the opportunity...
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    It's easy making up the words - saying it in a...

    It's easy making up the words - saying it in a way that's believable and convinces people is a different prospect. My "long term" contracts are 12 months, it doesn't exactly scream "this guy is gonna...
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    My laptop is 17" - I admit having mulit-monitors...

    My laptop is 17" - I admit having mulit-monitors at home is a nice bonus, but outside of COVID I spent half of my life on the road working in offices and hotels with just my laptop. Sometimes you can...
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    It's "Working Time", so that's hours.

    It's "Working Time", so that's hours.
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    Cheers LM - unfortunately I'm in the sticks so...

    Cheers LM - unfortunately I'm in the sticks so options are few and far between, and I really don't want to invent my own commute :D Might help some others though

    Will certainly do some more digging
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    Oof, sorry to hear that! Was it a role you really...

    Oof, sorry to hear that! Was it a role you really fancied, or were just looking for something to get some cash through?
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    Yeah, as above - I'm not implying going direct is...

    Yeah, as above - I'm not implying going direct is automatically better. But, like I say, in my case all of my direct work has been ad-hoc, project by project roles with a lot more accountability on...
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    Cheers all! Accounting agrees with the overall...

    Cheers all! Accounting agrees with the overall approach/view here. Obviously, there's always a risk that HMRC choose to disallow in the event of an investigation but I'm pretty happy to justify that...
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    This is honestly, a serious issue. When I first...

    This is honestly, a serious issue. When I first went contract my fall back was always "Grab a random, two a penny £30k engineering role" which, at the time I'd have walked into. 6 years on and it...
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    Zero hours contracts at Maccy's don't count NLUK!

    Zero hours contracts at Maccy's don't count NLUK!
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    I've done a lot of direct work. All T&M, but no...

    I've done a lot of direct work. All T&M, but no "traditional" contracts - in my world, direct implies ad-hoc. So, generally better rates and a proper B2B relationship, but lots of juggling and less...
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    This might sound a bit cocky, but given what a...

    This might sound a bit cocky, but given what a small world I operate in and how long I'd have to put up with being perm so as not to burn any bridges it's pointless me taking a perm role with a take...
  25. Sure, but that's still over 6 months away. A life...

    Sure, but that's still over 6 months away. A life time in contract terms.
  26. You are.

    You are.
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    Same - got a lead on a permie position, two cold...

    Same - got a lead on a permie position, two cold contacts over LinkedIn (One normal contract, one a bit more of an unusual ad-hoc thing) and a lead on a possible contract through an old contact.
    ...
  28. You should have answered "Not relevant, it is...

    You should have answered "Not relevant, it is highly skilled work". If you answer untruthfully and ignore the guidance then you can get the CEST tool to make any determination you like, but it won't...
  29. I've already pointed out at least one question...

    I've already pointed out at least one question you've answered incorrectly. Unless you don't consider yourself an expert, of course.
  30. Because when the permies are doing the same thing...

    Because when the permies are doing the same thing as you, you're no longer being set apart. If every permie is 9 - 5, in the office and you're flexible hours at home then that's a great...
  31. No, and if anything the more permies WFH the more...

    No, and if anything the more permies WFH the more it dilutes the argument
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    Cafe shop working

    Yeah, I've e-mailed my accountant but always good to open it up to the class! Feel like I might get some heat for this, but whatev

    Despite having a fairly decent home office, I've been near 100%...
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    I'll never understand why people want to paint a...

    I'll never understand why people want to paint a massive great target on their back.
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    Still, the important thing is that we're going to...

    Still, the important thing is that we're going to get those bloody middle class contractors.
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    Ever feel like you've been broken :D

    Ever feel like you've been broken :D
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    Sorry to hear that - psychologically, it's no...

    Sorry to hear that - psychologically, it's no joke when you're used to being self-sufficient. A few years ago I had to set a client straight about our relationship - partly to keep the IR35 dragons...
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    I genuinely can't believe there are people here...

    I genuinely can't believe there are people here naively thinking the world is chugging on as normal. I literally specialise in remote working - and, as you'd expect, I was *stacked* at the start of...
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    Some days, I just despair with people like you. I...

    Some days, I just despair with people like you. I try and be pretty professional on this board, but jesus christ man, are you literally hard of thinking?

    In what way is it clutching at straws? I...
  39. Thread: Dangerous Lies

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    Maybe work on getting your IQ above 100 and you'd...

    Maybe work on getting your IQ above 100 and you'd post less tulipe?
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    Utter nonsense.

    Utter nonsense.
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    Full suit, no tie, same as I do for interviews. ...

    Full suit, no tie, same as I do for interviews.

    I also wear shoes else it feels weird otherwise
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    Poll: Ad-Hoc projects here and there. Good day rates,...

    Ad-Hoc projects here and there. Good day rates, but very inconsistent - only have work lined up for another 2.5 weeks
  43. I dealt with a literal bank a few years back (As...

    I dealt with a literal bank a few years back (As in, my direct client was *the* bank) and they insisted on sending me a cheque. US banking is bizarre and antiquated.
  44. +4 I've taken something like £30k through...

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    I've taken something like £30k through TransferWise in USD and it's been absolutely fantastic. It's great being able to hand over US info, invoice in USD etc - just makes everything easier on...
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    Nice one, especially in todays climate! Gotta...

    Nice one, especially in todays climate!

    Gotta say though, I never in stayed in a permie job that long :D
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    The worst bit for me is that mine should be in...

    The worst bit for me is that mine should be in huge demand right now, but nobody wants to spend any money
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    I have niche skills ;) The rate is purely due to...

    I have niche skills ;) The rate is purely due to COVID - even the lead up to IR35 didn't dent rates, if anything they improved. So I'm pretty confident of a return to a real normal eventually.
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    I've had a few conversations recently where I was...

    I've had a few conversations recently where I was told the client had outright dropped the rate because they know people are desperate. And when I say dropped, I mean ~£150 below where it should be....
  49. I think the middle of COVID in September 2020...

    I think the middle of COVID in September 2020 answer is different to normal - i.e., take whatever you've got on the table because you don't know where your next meal is coming from.

    Take the...
  50. Thread: Croydon Again

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    On the other hand, my Mrs likes me to come home...

    On the other hand, my Mrs likes me to come home of a weekend not find out I've been stabbed for my laptop. Sometimes it's best just to read the atmospherics and drop your pride :)
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