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  1. WFH - Bank of Englands top economist tells of its woes and its dark tunnels

    The BBC are posting some proper drivel today in their Business section. The BoE talking about creativity, the human mind and dark tunnels.. seriously ??

    Andy Haldane is the happy, optimistic and...
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    How dead are we talking? Sounds like you need to...

    How dead are we talking?
    Sounds like you need to spend a bit of time off upskilling, learning that new tech that is missing from your CV but is in every one of the job ads at the moment.
    Even if...
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    The old 'quid pro quo' .. Nice A contractor...

    The old 'quid pro quo' .. Nice

    A contractor was saved that blessed day.. HMRC wept a tear.. accountants ordered another round.
  4. I try to when I can remember the agency name from...

    I try to when I can remember the agency name from the list.

    I've encounered about 1/3 of them and they never result in any sort of gig, interview, lead or otherwise.
    They just spam your phone,...
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    Well I've just boomed again! 2nd time in 2 weeks....

    Well I've just boomed again! 2nd time in 2 weeks.

    Better/normal rate, remote work, and starts next week.
    My first one is still holding back on start dates, and the rate doesn't measure up so its...
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    Plant based roast 'Tofurky' anyone? ...

    Plant based roast 'Tofurky' anyone?

    Plant-Based Roast & Gravy - Tofurky

    https://tofurky-tofurky.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/tofurky-holiday-roast-gravy-main.png
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    Probably, after I was turned around and flung out...

    Probably, after I was turned around and flung out of it back into contractor land.
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    Both I guess. It sounded pretty good to sit in...

    Both I guess. It sounded pretty good to sit in for a while, in a stable industry during covid. The role gets to transform the IT estate for the business, and with clear progression into a CTO role....
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    I interviewed for a senior perm role a couple of...

    I interviewed for a senior perm role a couple of months ago.
    I made it all the way to a 4th stage interview (3rd if you don't count HR screener), finishing with the FD and my new boss to be....
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    This has definitely been the theme for the last...

    This has definitely been the theme for the last few months. Usually a short shart flurry of calls, followed by deafening silence.

    However this pattern has changed and I've noticed a more sustained...
  11. Has anyone seen this before? VOIP with UK mobile...

    Has anyone seen this before? VOIP with UK mobile number?

    Indian lady from Bluepace called today from a UK mobile number. Line very faint. Left a voicemail and later an email too.

    The voicemail...
  12. I've just done this and it was a really easy...

    I've just done this and it was a really easy process.
    There are quite a few questions, but having already applied for G-Cloud many of them were automatically answered for me.
    No PDFs of services...
  13. I guess that explains why the recruiters are...

    I guess that explains why the recruiters are trying to 'complete' on CVs that are a poor match for the role, but have rates that are within the desired range.
    If they're motivated and paid only for...
  14. I got a new one: VBeyond Corporation ...

    I got a new one:

    VBeyond Corporation

    Apparently US based but have offices all over including UK, Europe, Oz and of course India. The UK office seems to be in a council house in SW London.
    ...
  15. Glad I've now read this thread so I know better...

    Glad I've now read this thread so I know better next time they call.

    Had my first experience of dealing with them today...

    The agent gave very little info about the role but wanted to know a...
  16. I experienced a weird kind of drop-shipping...

    I experienced a weird kind of drop-shipping recently.

    I bought a small item from ebay, brand new sold as 'buy-it-now' with delivery included in price.
    It was only about a fiver and I could have...
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    ...Speaking of which I've boomed-ish. 6...

    ...Speaking of which

    I've boomed-ish.

    6 month gig in PS, fully remote, outside IR35.
    No start date or paperwork yet, so it isn't 100% happening yet.
    Rate is a bit 7 years ago, but I'll take...
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    Something is definitely going on in public sector...

    Something is definitely going on in public sector right now. Having quite a few chats about roles needing to be filled ASAP.

    Not worked in public sector much. Is this usually the time they review...
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    I think under the current circumstances changing...

    I think under the current circumstances changing this and improving the digital offering will be at the forefront of their minds.
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    Maybe you need to remove "slashed costs" and...

    Maybe you need to remove "slashed costs" and "saved customers £ thousands" from your CV?
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    Hmmm.. could create some interesting square root...

    Hmmm.. could create some interesting square root results, or divide by zero errors...
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    That would be very annoying as I'm about to fix...

    That would be very annoying as I'm about to fix on a new rate.

    I'm guessing rates would need to go some way into negative territory before consumers see any return on their mortgage.
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    Microsoft contracts, contractor rates and trends...

    Microsoft contracts, contractor rates and trends for Microsoft skills | IT Jobs Watch
    Jobs citing 'Microsoft', (advert count, percentage of all jobs) posted during 3 months to 12th October:
    2020:...
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    The regional factor is slowly becoming irrelevant...

    The regional factor is slowly becoming irrelevant in the IT industry. Sure there is still resistance amongst many clientco's, but over the last 6 months others are definitely seeing the light and...
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    Even if the public sector hasn't dropped off in...

    Even if the public sector hasn't dropped off in terms of contracts advertised, the numbers of people applying for those contracts will be off the scale. Its not a closed shop.

    Those with the...
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    Could be. They claim to be a TEFL scheme which is...

    Could be. They claim to be a TEFL scheme which is a real teaching abroad organisation, but something doesn't smell right.

    Firstly they say the salary is paid into a Chinese account that is set up...
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    Had a random call from a lady in China today.. ...

    Had a random call from a lady in China today..

    "Hello CS, I found your profile on JobSite and you look like an ideal match for this job."

    Turns out they're trying to fly me to China to teach...
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    I'm seeing a rotation away from contract calls to...

    I'm seeing a rotation away from contract calls to permie recruiters again.

    Had a call about a perm job today directly from a company that laid off about 300 people as soon as lockdown struck.
    HR...
  29. Not sure I can help, but you haven't said if its...

    Not sure I can help, but you haven't said if its a Hyper-V cluster (sounds like it is one) and your vNET is the network defined in Hyper-V not at the WSFC level?
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    I've noticed the market seems to have plunged...

    I've noticed the market seems to have plunged again since Gove told people to WFH and Boris told everyone to expect more lockdowns etc for the next 6 months.
    I think this was another clear 'signal'...
  31. Thread: Boomish

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    How are you going to work out how to do 10% less...

    How are you going to work out how to do 10% less work?

    Seriously though, its better than a 100% rate cut
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    Poll: So looking at the current stats and removing the...

    So looking at the current stats and removing the 'gone perm' and the 'others', we're looking at roughly 1 contractor on the bench to every 2 contractors working. :(
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    If you're interviewing through an agency, just...

    If you're interviewing through an agency, just ask them for advice.

    I'll always wear a shirt with tie for the big boss though.
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    Apparently he's been injected with 2 experimental...

    Apparently he's been injected with 2 experimental drugs to help fight the virus.

    I wonder which brands of disinfectant they used?
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    Isn't it one of those money laundering scams that...

    Isn't it one of those money laundering scams that students are getting targeted for? Move some dirty money through a clean account and get a wedge..
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    I found my own answer from the one-star reviews...

    I found my own answer from the one-star reviews on Google

    Google Reviews: Premier Group Recruitment


    "SCAM! Call fishing asking for references and offering a fake role. The recruiter who...
  37. "we operate a Guild/Tribe structure to ensure...

    "we operate a Guild/Tribe structure to ensure that we provide skilled resources to enable us to meet the needs of our customers in an Agile way helping to drive high levels of collaboration and...
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    Well whatever happens this winter, the NHS has...

    Well whatever happens this winter, the NHS has 30,000 ventilators now:

    Coronavirus: NHS well stocked for ventilators this winter
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    Premier Group

    Had a couple of calls from these jokers lately. Not a great experience TBH.

    First one was to ask to submit my CV for a non-specific contract with no JD, that has only been communicated verbally,...
  40. DOS vs G-Cloud explained (with relaxing music and...

    DOS vs G-Cloud explained (with relaxing music and no talking)


    https://youtu.be/Izw1gm40r0Y
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    Their gigs on JS are very odd. They'll post the...

    Their gigs on JS are very odd.
    They'll post the same job or contract JD twice on the same day with different rates or salary. This is done every time.

    e.g.
    React Dev - contract...
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    The bottom feeders are starting to come back.. ...

    The bottom feeders are starting to come back..

    I received a voicemail the other day:

    "Hi CS, its Alex here, we've spoken before.
    I'm keen to find out what you're current doing as my client in...
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    The other common issue sits between the ATS and...

    The other common issue sits between the ATS and the client.

    I responded to an ad yesterday, got hold of the agent on Linkedin, and he gave me his direct number.

    Called him up, and he said he...
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    Not my skillet but have you tried contacting the...

    Not my skillet but have you tried contacting the agent directly via phone or linkedin?

    They're probably swamped in CV hell and just want to speak to someone.

    Bypassing the ATS is also essential...
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    There was a lucrative contract going for any out...

    There was a lucrative contract going for any out of work fellas based in Belfast.

    Donor Sperm [2576139] [Notice]

    A £220k 4 year contract for 'Donor Sperm'.. needs commitment as they want a...
  46. Poll: Is this hypothetical, or is this a situation...

    Is this hypothetical, or is this a situation you're currently faced with?
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    I think the new green circle is required to be...

    I think the new green circle is required to be visible to everyone on Linkedin.
    There is an existing status thats been around for years, but without circle that is visible only to recruiters.

    I...
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    A client who I've interviewed with about a month...

    A client who I've interviewed with about a month ago calls me up once per week to tell me they're still interviewing more candidates and they haven't made any decision yet. Its really annoying now...
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    By the sounds of it they're expecting the...

    By the sounds of it they're expecting the contractor to have their own campervan.
  50. and me too! Live from the 28th Sept apparently.

    and me too!
    Live from the 28th Sept apparently.
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