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  1. I really don't get why people put the...

    I really don't get why people put the employer/consultant thing at the heart of all these discussions. It's nowt to do with whether you're an employee or not, it's their confidential information,...
  2. I was out of the contracting market for just over...

    I was out of the contracting market for just over three years with a little dabble in the permie market, coming back was a nightmare with agencies treating my CV like it was plagued because I had no...
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    Those of us who are moderately multi-lingual, and...

    Those of us who are moderately multi-lingual, and can order beers in plenty of other languages, are quite happy with our two-way street :) I've never had a problem across Europe when trying to...
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    A couple of years ago I got £2k from a...

    A couple of years ago I got £2k from a Barclaycard I had in the late 1990s to mid 2000s. I had no idea I had PPI on it, I'd have cancelled it in a second if I'd known. Most of the money was...
  5. We block all "withheld" and international numbers...

    We block all "withheld" and international numbers for our landline. Only my in-laws and my gran still phone us on our landline, my gran's number show's up, my in-laws withhold their number. Ah...
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    Here's a copy of an email I sent to one agency...

    Here's a copy of an email I sent to one agency when they said "the client won't accept any opted-out contractors".


    Hi (deleted),

    Thanks for that confirmation. With that in mind, can I...
  7. Another thing that just occurred to me: if she's...

    Another thing that just occurred to me: if she's getting paid company invoices into her personal bank account, her account and all her spending will be fair game for HMRC's rubber glove investigation...
  8. First up, did the company submit annual accounts?...

    First up, did the company submit annual accounts? Have a look on Companies House for them. That's always a useful baseline.

    Second, has she been "paid" since the company was dissolved using a...
  9. Barely, we're more Facebook friends than proper...

    Barely, we're more Facebook friends than proper friends now. He seems to still hold a grudge about it, either that or he's so embarrassed by his Elton John style diva moment that he's hoping I never...
  10. A friend of mine, used to be a reasonably good...

    A friend of mine, used to be a reasonably good friend, now more of an acquaintance, got me a gig working with him running a programme of work. He had the same role but on a different programme. He...
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    Just out of interest on this. My nice new...

    Just out of interest on this. My nice new consultancy piece is with the NHS on a direct contract with them, weekly bill/14 day terms. Three invoices in and so far they've been paid on weekly terms,...
  12. Many permie contracts have exclusivity clauses...

    Many permie contracts have exclusivity clauses that stop you making money through employment elsewhere without their permission, including self-employed work. Check your contract before you spend 1p.
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    Weekly bill/weekly pay is not unheard of in...

    Weekly bill/weekly pay is not unheard of in direct work. My standard terms are fourteen days from invoice but I worked for one global law firm who were happy to do weekly bill/weekly pay. I worked...
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    I aim for 160-200 worked billable days in a year....

    I aim for 160-200 worked billable days in a year. 220 is a busy year where I'm probably not going to get much time for training and development as well as the off-time that I want. My "record" is...
  15. Thread: AdBlock

    by craig1
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    NoScript works a treat for me on Firefox. I...

    NoScript works a treat for me on Firefox. I allow the sites I like and if others don't want me to play then I won't. So far, absolutely nothing that I would miss gets huffy with me for hard-line...
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    I was thinking about the midges thing. It'd be...

    I was thinking about the midges thing. It'd be like the scene in Aliens with the autoturrets, the lasers would probably burn out then the humans would be sucked dry in "punishment".

    I may have...
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    I'm an IEEE member and the Spectrum mag is a...

    I'm an IEEE member and the Spectrum mag is a must-read for me when it comes out. It often has articles that are adult professional versions of the type of stuff we saw on Tomorrow's World, they just...
  18. My HP Microserver is getting long in the tooth...

    My HP Microserver is getting long in the tooth but it still does more than any NAS box for the needs I have.

    I run MS Home Server 2011 on it and use the iHomeServer plug-in to run it as a headless...
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    It's another idiot move from an idiot government...

    It's another idiot move from an idiot government who are driven by the Treasury and counting beans. The old saying that they know the cost of everything but the value of nothing applies very much...
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    There have always been a good few gay folk in the...

    There have always been a good few gay folk in the army. I think it's probably the uniform that does it for them and the units with ceremonial duties with their furry hats... When I was in, one lad...
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    Whereas I remember my mate in 1989 being jailed...

    Whereas I remember my mate in 1989 being jailed overnight for saying he was an atheist to the CO before a Sunday church parade we had during an adventure training fortnight away. Being a committed...
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    I think it had to change, we're not in the 1970s...

    I think it had to change, we're not in the 1970s and 80s any longer. The rather daft idea that 50% of kids should go to university has set up an entitlement view with the military being a very last...
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    I'd hate to have served with his unit then if...

    I'd hate to have served with his unit then if they didn't see each other as family, maybe it's just how he defines "family". We clearly did. I served as part of an artillery forward observation...
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    You aren't going to get someone who sniffles at a...

    You aren't going to get someone who sniffles at a small bit of criticism joining the special forces. Just as you aren't going to get many SAS types serving as REME techs. The army is far, far more...
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    Snowflakes :D Said almost unanimously by civvies...

    Snowflakes :D Said almost unanimously by civvies who've fought nothing worse than a bad cold and General Melchett type ex-servicemen like IDS.
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    I don't trust accountants to answer things like...

    I don't trust accountants to answer things like this properly, they usually give the most cautious answer when they don't know.

    What I've done in the past when I have a query like this is call...
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    What part of my posts did you mis-read before...

    What part of my posts did you mis-read before dribbling that onto your keyboard?

    I'm asking for courtesy. If I had no roles for people then they'd get a polite note saying so. If people were...
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    It's nothing of the kind. Contracting is an...

    It's nothing of the kind. Contracting is an entirely personal thing, otherwise agencies and clients would take the first candidate on the list, and contractors would go to the first role they see.
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    I've got a few agencies that I trust and have...

    I've got a few agencies that I trust and have done plenty of good business with. They look after me in and out of contract, keeping up to date just for the sake of keeping up to date. I'd be happy...
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    Excrement agencies and agents

    Posting this on this forum as it's not exactly a professional rant.

    My first post here in three and a bit years. Redundant from my job after my entire service was closed due to the cuts being...
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    If you can't survive on 1/3 of your daily rate...

    If you can't survive on 1/3 of your daily rate then how are you putting enough away for the inevitable bench periods, future life, training courses, retirement, etc? It really hit me hard how...
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    Net daily rate over the year... or more...

    Net daily rate over the year... or more accurately put, your company's annual profit excluding all payments to you divided by 3.
  33. The thing that most people seem to forget that...

    The thing that most people seem to forget that typically your contract is with the agency, it's them you have to persuade. You must answer the agent's "what's in it for me?" thoughts. If he/she/it...
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    The other thing that's important is pimping...

    The other thing that's important is pimping yourself properly out to agents. If you've been contracting for 12 years then you must have at least a few agents who'll recognise you as someone who is a...
  35. The biggest one was a growing sense of...

    The biggest one was a growing sense of frustration at delivering all these wonderful projects, services and companies only to hand them over to numpties to ruin. I want to be part of the bigger...
  36. Approx £2m based on a rough calculation in the 19...

    Approx £2m based on a rough calculation in the 19 years 3 months. Would be a good bit more if I could be bothered to put it into today's values.
  37. Hanging up the stetson, stirrups and six-shooter

    Well, that's it. After just nine months shy of two decades of being a contractor I've sold out and have accepted a permie job. Nearly my current contract rate (albeit now on PAYE), plus a great...
  38. Thread: Opt out?

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    The easiest option is to sign then put a note in...

    The easiest option is to sign then put a note in a covering note that the opt out is irrelevant, More difficult options apply...
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    You could have bulletproof regulations with...

    You could have bulletproof regulations with substantial penalties and firm enforcement but if contractors can be bullied off-the-record to opt out then they're still irrelevant. All that would...
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    There's always those nice chappies often based on...

    There's always those nice chappies often based on the IoM who can completely solve your IR35 issues. ;)
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    Is their legal advice from a qualified solicitor...

    Is their legal advice from a qualified solicitor or their internal "legal advisor" who barely scraped a C in their A-Level Law course?

    I had a strong disagreement with the Senior Legal Officer of...
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    A lot of agents have in their personal employment...

    A lot of agents have in their personal employment contracts that their LinkedIn contacts are the intellectual property of the agency, not the agent. The agents with a bit of nouse about them will...
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    My CV has about half of my contracts on it, the...

    My CV has about half of my contracts on it, the other half aren't relevant for the work I'm after in my generic search. If I'm applying for a job that they'd be relevant for then I'll add them and...
  44. I had one on Monday who was flogging a service...

    I had one on Monday who was flogging a service returning "a minimum of 85% of your daily rate net of all taxation". I was working from home and felt a bit mischievous so did play him along a wee...
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    There's a long standing precedent for paying a...

    There's a long standing precedent for paying a base damage of £1 or similar in cases where the court is satisfied that the plaintiff is legally in the right but their conduct is such that they don't...
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    I agree entirely. There are a good number of...

    I agree entirely. There are a good number of judges who would find in your favour then award you £1 without costs. Yes, you're technically in the right but you also gamed the system by accepting...
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    The polite and also blunt way to finish it is to...

    The polite and also blunt way to finish it is to write a nice letter to the client manager saying essentially "Sorry I didn't get the chance to work for your outstanding company as a contractor,...
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    If it's in your company's bank account then it's...

    If it's in your company's bank account then it's the company's money unless it was paid there by mistake. The company is not you.

    Even if you did have it paid into your personal account then you...
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    Why? It's none of other agents' business what...

    Why? It's none of other agents' business what you earned in your last role and even then you're not committing a crime if you told them informally that it was higher than you actually earned. My...
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    Ask the client why they need to see it, there may...

    Ask the client why they need to see it, there may be a simple answer why that might actually benefit you. I had this once at one client who was just interested in finding out my day rate as they had...
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