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    This happens and its more than likely the agent...

    This happens and its more than likely the agent trying it on IMO. I had it recently, agent tried shaving it down prior to interview claiming the clients budget had shrunk. Told them I was...
  2. Yes, during a permie job when I was a lot...

    Yes, during a permie job when I was a lot younger.
    Thought it was a bit odd, but figured it must be OK since my older colleague showed me how :eyes

    Looking at it another way, it was a choice......
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    How can you be sure? Did you get the contract...

    How can you be sure?
    Did you get the contract reviewed for IR35?
    Is there a notice period for you to terminate the contract?
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    Most agencies have broadly the same formula, but...

    Most agencies have broadly the same formula, but there are exceptions where they chuck in a few unnecessary steps or ask for way too much info for the CV submission stage.

    Had one agent who...
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    When weird tulip like this happens I think a GDPR...

    When weird tulip like this happens I think a GDPR Subject Access Request is in order.

    You or your wife could craft one (in her name) and send it to Travellodge asking for all data held on your...
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    Giving notice according to a notice period isn't...

    Giving notice according to a notice period isn't necessarily the only way a contract can be terminated by the contractor. There should be a section in the contract to list various methods of...
  7. I guess it depends how different the setup and...

    I guess it depends how different the setup and role actually is. A managed service implies that the maintenance of an app or some other tech is being outsourced, and would now have an SLA etc....
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    This morning Agent: "Hi CheeseSlice.. are you...

    This morning

    Agent: "Hi CheeseSlice.. are you available?, I have an urgent contract that needs to start Monday ideally.. can you be on a call with the client this afternoon?.."
    Me: "Yes I am.. My...
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    Give the PI insurance company a call and ask how...

    Give the PI insurance company a call and ask how they would treat it?
    The clause looks shoddy to me but I'm no expert. I'd be interested to see if there is a real 'damage' here for the agent. If the...
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    Good point. The OP has a hunch that HQ is dealing...

    Good point. The OP has a hunch that HQ is dealing with IR35 but that may be incorrect if its seen as a local issue. We don't know anything about the supply chain here either. Invoices paid from UK or...
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    Feels like things are picking up in my area...

    Feels like things are picking up in my area (architecture). Not getting too excited yet until I've secured something, but I'm getting more calls about relevant roles (location, skills, not too...
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    If anything, your friend should be glad of that 1...

    If anything, your friend should be glad of that 1 week of free money for just sitting around drinking tea and ideally reading and posting on CUK..
    What am I saying?.. I meant applying for new...
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    First, I agree with the others. Getting away from...

    First, I agree with the others. Getting away from this situation is the best thing for you, especially now you're losing sleep, doubting yourself etc.
    ...But, if you really need to stay until you...
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    Not just good. It means you wiped the floor with...

    Not just good. It means you wiped the floor with the competition, or the client just didn't need to interview anyone else because the decision was too obvious :smokin
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    I agree if its possible. I'd only do this if they...

    I agree if its possible. I'd only do this if they hired you or if they have influence over recruitment and contract extensions. If the lead is permy and climbing the greasy pole, they'll need good...
  16. To deal with that low level stuff, have a look at...

    To deal with that low level stuff, have a look at IoT gateways. Device sits at the remote location talking RS232 or whatever, and forwards telemetry etc onto the IoT hub,... if you were considering...
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    And if the client changes their mind, the agent...

    And if the client changes their mind, the agent may need to pick sides in any dispute.
    In my experience of this (not IR35 but a very stressful legal matter) the agent sides with the client....
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    Or skill up?

    Or skill up?
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    Training included.. Dressing up in a red suit...

    Training included.. Dressing up in a red suit with a false beard?
    ...its got disguised employment written all over it
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    I've started to play the haggle game as they seem...

    I've started to play the haggle game as they seem to like that.
    On Monday I was put forward £200 higher than the initial figure the agent quoted, but I was still 'giving' him a £50 discount on my...
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    150,000 people are on holiday with them right now...

    150,000 people are on holiday with them right now apparently, so yes they do.
  22. Thread: Snowflake

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    I wasn't commenting on Brexit here, just in...

    I wasn't commenting on Brexit here, just in general. Would the UK do that to the US, or China?
  23. Thread: Snowflake

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    I have to agree here. This is international...

    I have to agree here. This is international relations not domestic politics. Politicians need to engage with the local population so having the mobs present is appropriate so long as it doesn't turn...
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    I had something like this too. Its always worth...

    I had something like this too. Its always worth another go if time has passed. There may have been a change of guard and you may find the interviewer has only recently joined the company. This was...
  25. Its not my style to give ground when nothing...

    Its not my style to give ground when nothing concrete was given in return.
    I know its probably not a big deal here, but just feels wrong.
  26. Actually I did get a client name on this...

    Actually I did get a client name on this occasion, so I didn't bin it immediately.
    I read the JD, shared my CV, but not the authority.
  27. Agent wants sole agency rights before the role is live

    Hi all,

    Agency tricks again. Had a couple of these lately, is this a new one?

    Agent calls up about this great role, only problem is that it isn't live yet, no job reference, and all they have...
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    Last monday I had a lot of calls for a change,...

    Last monday I had a lot of calls for a change, and put forward for 3 roles over the course of the week. Haven't heard back yet.
    Today is just :tumble:
  29. Thread: Hi?

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    Dear Colleague(s),

    Dear Colleague(s),
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    You could counter offer that by supergluing the...

    You could counter offer that by supergluing the keys together on their keyboard, and leaving a nice fish to decay in their pedestal.
  31. On the contrary, I'm currently thinking of...

    On the contrary, I'm currently thinking of relocating to where I'm statistically more likely to find contracts.

    I've done the maths and that place to move closer to is London.
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    He probably had his appointment that morning

    He probably had his appointment that morning
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    I used to argue with them, but now they just hear...

    I used to argue with them, but now they just hear this reply from me:
    <click>
    <continuous disconnection tone>
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    Its not the distance, its the time. 2 hours...

    Its not the distance, its the time.
    2 hours plus or minus 10 mins each way on this contract. 2 hours has always been my red line so I've now given in to 1 night hotel each week.
  35. Yes smoke and mirrors. Note that you still have...

    Yes smoke and mirrors. Note that you still have to demonstrate your contract is one of services. The fixed 'fair' salary/dividend part is very unhelpful. Who decides what this ratio is?

    I don't...
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    I get phone calls about roles in Dublin quite a...

    I get phone calls about roles in Dublin quite a bit. They're all for tulip rates and worse again for being in Euros. One had no expenses paid, and asked if I could go over there from UK for a first...
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    Used CBS. A few payment cock ups and they didn't...

    Used CBS. A few payment cock ups and they didn't make any contact with me about potential renewals prior to the contract ending. I had to remind them it was about to end.
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    Digital Media Baron

    Digital Media Baron
  39. Sorry to sound unhelpful but this is a contractor...

    Sorry to sound unhelpful but this is a contractor forum. This sounds more like a permanent job issue. You're in the wromg place.
  40. Thread: Testers

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    Personally I think the Gervais Principle best...

    Personally I think the Gervais Principle best descibes most organisations.

    http://www.ribbonfarm.com/2009/10/07/the-gervais-principle-or-the-office-according-to-the-office/
  41. Thread: Testers

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    I've got a lot of respect for testers compared...

    I've got a lot of respect for testers compared with developers.

    Too many times have I seen a developer sit back in their chair slowly sipping a cappuccino trying to explain to a tester that some...
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    For goodness sake. Who let this old married...

    For goodness sake. Who let this old married couple take over me thread? Just kiss and make up already
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    Cool thanks. I read something about USB cables...

    Cool thanks. I read something about USB cables for chargers being different to data cables by having two pins shorted out or something like that.
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    Phone is a modern Android. I'm not allowed to use...

    Phone is a modern Android. I'm not allowed to use my own laptop on the network so I have one of theirs and they dont allow me to plug devices into USB sockets. Also USB from PC never charges very...
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    Hotdesks and clientco offices

    I've been reasonably lucky so far at clientcos offices. Normally I'll be given a desk for the duration, and if not the office is suitably under capacity that its easy to get a spare desk or hotdesk...
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    I don't bother. I actually like a little time off...

    I don't bother. I actually like a little time off at the end of a contract.

    ...except when it turns into 2 months bench time :eyes
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    Actually that is what the artificially...

    Actually that is what the artificially intelligent robots are going to be wondering.
    First they're realise they're being underpaid somewhat for their services.
    Second they'll ask what their...
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    I work in business process automation :devil

    I work in business process automation :devil
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    Your clientbase sounds quite specific. Have you...

    Your clientbase sounds quite specific. Have you tried actually sending introductory letters via snail mail (on your letter headed stationary of course) to the firms in your geographic reach that...
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    Or shot... The transport police have had the...

    Or shot... The transport police have had the armed units out and about this week.
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