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  1. No, Professional Passport is just something that...

    No, Professional Passport is just something that came up when I was searching for stuff about them.

    My due diligence usually amounts to Googling, "[name] + scam", "[name] + avoid". Not sure how...
  2. Thanks but it is just a four week contract and...

    Thanks but it is just a four week contract and not sure how much I'll be using umbrellas so as long as these guys work for now I'll stick with them - but I'll bear it in mind for future.
  3. Yeah, not ideal, but they've generally been good...

    Yeah, not ideal, but they've generally been good when I do get through - and very quick to get back after I rang up the agency.
  4. It would indeed but not great enough to sacrifice...

    It would indeed but not great enough to sacrifice 7 day payment terms, which is the one really good thing I'm getting out of the arrangement.

    Might as well be in nanoseconds compared to how long...
  5. Hey, I did give Contractor Umbrella a ring and...

    Hey,

    I did give Contractor Umbrella a ring and was happy with how they explained everything.

    I've ended up going with MangoPay because they seem fine and my agency said that, although they will...
  6. Thanks for all the responses. I'll definitely...

    Thanks for all the responses. I'll definitely check out Contractor Umbrella. Not sure about pensions - up until now I've been saving up to buy property as security.
  7. Advice on using an umbrella company for first time (& query about why contract with u

    I have been offered a contract with a university client.

    I was told that the contract would fall under IR35 and they would try to get me a higher gross rate to cover the difference (normally I...
  8. = half of immigrants are *not* from India or...

    = half of immigrants are *not* from India or China.

    If you think *all* the EU workers who will be put off coming to the UK (or unable to) post-Brexit will be replaced by non-EU workers, what do...
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    From being a good and conscientious person? ...

    From being a good and conscientious person?

    Don't you think an excess of loyalty and fellow-feeling is a liability whatever the contractual arrangement?

    As a contractor you'll end up...
  10. Surely the whole point of Brexit was to say we've...

    Surely the whole point of Brexit was to say we've had enough of talented Lithuanian developers coming over and taking our Laravel contracts?
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    -- Careful there! That's probably sound counsel...

    -- Careful there! That's probably sound counsel for the most part but could be dangerous advice in the hands of, for example, the dice man.

    Maybe I should just roll and see what number comes up?...
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    Thanks for the responses. Of course it's a...

    Thanks for the responses.

    Of course it's a personal choice & I'm not trying to crowd-source this decision! OTOH, it's worth bouncing these thoughts off around to get some perspective.

    Agree...
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    How to decide whether to switch to permie?

    I have a possible job offer in Barcelona & after 7 years of contracting, I'm considering it. I know the city quite well (I spent 6 months there as an Erasmus student). In the UK, contracting has been...
  14. I just wanted to close this off and note that I...

    I just wanted to close this off and note that I was paid as normal without any hassle.

    Thanks again for all the advice and the links to reading on implied contracts - it can't hurt to be more...
  15. Thanks, that's encouraging. Two questions, 1....

    Thanks, that's encouraging. Two questions,

    1. "The fact you turned up and the agent acknowledged I believe means there is a contract in place with the previous terms still in effect". - What do...
  16. It is my fault I didn't get this sorted. All I...

    It is my fault I didn't get this sorted. All I can say is:

    * The contract had been extended many times, always with the same terms.
    * In the past, when I had sent the agency a copy to...
  17. Thanks for the advice. In fact I didn't send...

    Thanks for the advice.

    In fact I didn't send them a signed copy (until last week) but, as I say, it is evident from the e-mail exchange that I am accepting the extension*. So yes, not smart.

    *...
  18. Is it bad not to have a signed/countersigned copy of a contract?

    Hi,

    I have recently finished a project for a client.

    I don't have a countersigned copy of the contract from the agency. This is not ideal but should I be worried? The commercial reality of the...
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