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    This year I will brag about how much time off I...

    This year I will brag about how much time off I took, which was a lot less than originally anticipated, I planned to have the whole year off, but out of the blue I got an opportunity in Europe after...
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    Yes sure,you are so right, all the wars,...

    Yes sure,you are so right, all the wars, massacres, bombs and chemical weapons drove them to 'Voluntarily' make a decision to run away with their young ones on a plastic inflatable boat !
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    During WW2 Sir Nicholas Winton picked up...

    During WW2 Sir Nicholas Winton picked up refugees from Europe brought them to the UK... he was hailed as a Hero/ humanitarian ... nowadays helping refugees a crime !!


    Kindertransport -...
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    3) fairness of the English system, English...

    3) fairness of the English system, English tolerance attracts many



    Agree
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    Actually I believe migrants from outside the EU...

    Actually I believe migrants from outside the EU chose the UK because of its well known tolerant of others, most of EU (from what I saw -apart from Scandinavia) people are not intolerant of others,...
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    She actually described exactly what would happen,...

    She actually described exactly what would happen, economically, example is what happened in Greece/Italy/Cyprus ...increased debts and transfer of money from what was perceived as 'richer' to...
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    By dull you mean professional behavior, focusing...

    By dull you mean professional behavior, focusing on your relatively more complex work than you'd get in the hip sector??

    A friend of mind, barely thirties worked for years at a big bank, she...
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    Margaret Thatcher predicts the mess of the EU

    Sorry if this was posted before !

    YouTube
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    The trials of a seasoned contractor

    Here in Switzerland, age discrimination is rampant !! Quite open as well, many job adverts would specify age limits! HR am told would filter on age and dismiss anyone reaching 50!! Mainly because...
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    I remember prior to 2005 we contractors used to...

    I remember prior to 2005 we contractors used to get B2B contracts all over Europe like Holland, France, Belgium etc, I consulted there through my UK ltd, I invoiced through the Ltd and got paid...
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    FYI, many banks / bank accounts offer some...

    FYI, many banks / bank accounts offer some benefits one of which is half priced cinema tickets, I get it through Lloyds.
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    Poll: Oh yeh and Tories total innocence & total truth...

    Oh yeh and Tories total innocence & total truth party !!
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    Poll: Yes please do, somewhere very far. :laugh

    Yes please do, somewhere very far. :laugh
  14. Oh dear, I actually met a lady who came back to...

    Oh dear, I actually met a lady who came back to Europe from Venezuela recently, they had many properties, were quite well off, now her properties worth nothing, she has no money at all, she is trying...
  15. @NLUK??? How come you are not jumping at this...

    @NLUK???

    How come you are not jumping at this query?? Or were you awaiting for me to post before you reply??
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    What a surprise, my own Ltd Consultancy also has...

    What a surprise, my own Ltd Consultancy also has several clients and has an employee consultant who is a PAYE ( which happens to be me)
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    Sorry how can you purchase 2 or 3 hourses with...

    Sorry how can you purchase 2 or 3 hourses with 120K??
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    Not necessarily, I worked for a lot of...

    Not necessarily, I worked for a lot of consultancies in the past, and they have two model of working:
    1- Consulting project: they tender for a project, charge for delivering an end product (total...
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    No need to worry about whether BA is the right...

    No need to worry about whether BA is the right choice for her and the market situation, this doesn't apply to her, she lives abroad in a different European city where the situation is not as bleak as...
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    Totally, I got it from contractors who work...

    Totally, I got it from contractors who work there... I said what's the point of working for a bank for that much money when you can make more working for public sector noddy job?
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    Yep, heard from other contractors, Lloyd about...

    Yep, heard from other contractors, Lloyd about 45K, HSBC about 50 -55K
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    keep your hair on, I meant the new changes in the...

    keep your hair on, I meant the new changes in the IR35 it wont take affect until April 2020 , if they have already taken effect please correct me?
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    IR35 is not even a law yet for private sector!! ...

    IR35 is not even a law yet for private sector!!


    Yes agree.


    As I said since changes in Ltd company laws circa 2015, reduction of the dividend allowance, plus the changes in the law for BTL...
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    Nothing is worth your ill health, you must leave...

    Nothing is worth your ill health, you must leave if its making you ill, I was in similar situation a couple of years ago, doing 3 people's job, and working very late, doing business work for them...
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    You only lack excitement in your life, hence jump...

    You only lack excitement in your life, hence jump on any post I make !!
    Had to leave the UK as there were no contracts, and UK is home, hoping to get back, yes I have every right to have a say,...
  26. Thread: Germany

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    They were not correcting !!! they were copying,...

    They were not correcting !!! they were copying, redoing things, pointless tasks repeating what was done... no one knew why they needed to do these pointless task, everyone knew it was just for the...
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    NLUK, I am working abroad at the moment, been...

    NLUK, I am working abroad at the moment, been for a while, so haven't followed in details with all the Brexit mess... I am working through a 3rd party payrolll as working with Ltd in this country...
  28. Thread: Germany

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    Correction, having worked with Japanese, yes...

    Correction, having worked with Japanese, yes they do work long long hours, but nothing of use, some just re-do the same work others did, total crazy... I worked for a Japanese bank, that sent...
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    The only way to force the banks to review their...

    The only way to force the banks to review their position is what the public sector contractors did, so now even HMRC are advertising contracts outside the IR35....

    I think if the contractors...
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    Thanks cojak, was thinking of PMing you anyway as...

    Thanks cojak, was thinking of PMing you anyway as I know you were a trainer and took training yourself. Will PM you re her.
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    Contractor IT/BA Trainers

    Any Trainers here? I have a query from a lady who wants to retrain as a BA/IT analyst, but she has been not working for a few years now because of her young kids, now that they started school, she...
  32. If an agency tells me about the role first, they...

    If an agency tells me about the role first, they think of me and contact me first before other agencies , then I believe they deserve to be my sole agency for that role... they did the ground work,...
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    Oh sorry, thought you declined it... its OK when...

    Oh sorry, thought you declined it... its OK when the market is tough, usually its a matter of luck, and its like a very think line between candidate, or most likely someone somebody already knows...
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    Why wouldn't want to give it a try? If you...

    Why wouldn't want to give it a try? If you didn't have the technical knowledge, it would be a great experience to add the extra knowledge to your CV...no?? I personally prefer contracts that would...
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    Happy Birthday Jacko ...

    Happy Birthday Jacko :banana::banana::cheers::cool1:
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    The important thing here to ask your accountant...

    The important thing here to ask your accountant (or any experts here) would the other business of yours necessarily be another Ltd ? Or can it be a business that is not officially a Ltd? e.g. Sole...
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    Well my accountant advised to pay for any...

    Well my accountant advised to pay for any business related expenses using the company card, its the clearest and best method, been following his advise for years, it makes my end of year so simple to...
  38. Thread: GSK Crackdown

    by SandyD
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    :laugh :mad::rolleyes::winker:

    :laugh :mad::rolleyes::winker:
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    I think CC here means company card, not credit...

    I think CC here means company card, not credit card... never applied for a company credit card!! perhaps I should
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    In fact I always think how will you proof that...

    In fact I always think how will you proof that expenses have actually gone out to whoever is on the receipt? I remember when I was a consultant claiming expenses taxi drivers used to give us a bunch...
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    Well if they block no deal exist, and no deal,...

    Well if they block no deal exist, and no deal, got an extension, it will be dead until forever !! :violin:
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    If you paid using your company card, there should...

    If you paid using your company card, there should be a statement record of the payee, the amount, and date etc...
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    Doubt it, they will just get another desperate...

    Doubt it, they will just get another desperate one... I've seen many fresh from uni contractors, one one leaves another replaces them.
  44. Thread: GSK Crackdown

    by SandyD
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    I think you guys are missing the rest of the...

    I think you guys are missing the rest of the issues, IR35 the big one, add to it the almost non-existing div allowance, the tightening on all expenses, not to mention the recession due to Brexit...
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    To the OP, sorry didn't read all the replies...

    To the OP, sorry didn't read all the replies above, but in the first few pages, no one suggested you should try to create your own tasks, you know what's the project about I hope, look at project...
  46. Thread: Zurich

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    Zurich the city in Switzerland :)

    Zurich the city in Switzerland :)
  47. Thread: Zurich

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    Zurich

    Who is here working / contracting in Zurich at the moment?
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    100%.... working for big names in the UK/ London...

    100%.... working for big names in the UK/ London in the last 5 years or so has been a nightmare !
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    I would continue if I were you... When I was a...

    I would continue if I were you... When I was a consultant at a couple of the big five, we often our of contract, they called it, worked at risk, you seem to have reasonable reassurance that the...
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    How do you justify writing it off entirely...

    How do you justify writing it off entirely immediately? I got a hybrid last year, and was seriously going to do it through the Ltd, but decisive factor I think is whether you want to keep the car...
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