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    :laugh This is why I only check in every now...

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    This is why I only check in every now and then to see what's what. It's thoroughly depressing on here generally.

    Contracting is finished, Bob's taken all the good gigs for 100 a day and...
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    Boomed! Start Monday and already have login info,...

    Boomed! Start Monday and already have login info, timesheet portal etc. set up. Am still cautious of course until at least one billing cycle.

    Elsewhere I spotted a PHP Dev role in the north west...
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    Yep on Opus. Very frustrating and I have now...

    Yep on Opus. Very frustrating and I have now decided they are called Opeless.

    To answer the thread it does 'feel' like the market is moving again, albeit very slowly.
  4. Sorta the same but for a temp role in a...

    Sorta the same but for a temp role in a warehouse. Didn't make it in time and they decided to put the brakes on all hiring unsurprisingly.

    Dunno if anyone has considered it but volunteer work can...
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    Dire :ind

    Dire :ind
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    Just to echo what a few have said I'm surprised...

    Just to echo what a few have said I'm surprised it isn't more the norm these days. I was WFH full time in 2008 for Virgin Media.

    Less people in an office is less bills, travel etc. which is good...
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    This was the perspective I needed even though...

    This was the perspective I needed even though it's probably obvious thinking rationally. It is however utterly soul destroying trawling the usual sites, jobserve, cwjobs, JC+ etc. and finding nothing...
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    Impossible to say probably I know but I'd still...

    Impossible to say probably I know but I'd still be curious as to what you all think will happen when(if) things start to recover?

    Is it going to be a cup runneth over situation / turning down...
  9. Thread: Black listed

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    I was a bit paranoid of this when I first started...

    I was a bit paranoid of this when I first started turning tricks (some of it stemmed from reading this forum though I may add the consensus then was as now that it isn't a thing). I even had a pimp...
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    Might be extreme but I have taken a min wage job...

    Might be extreme but I have taken a min wage job temp role in a warehouse until it all blows over. Assuming we aren't banned completely from leaving the house that is!

    I was damn lucky to get in...
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    Tax dodgers! :moon:

    Tax dodgers! :moon:
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    I'll take one of those £200 a day roles pls. Last...

    I'll take one of those £200 a day roles pls. Last lump of coal going on today :cry1:
  13. Just checked that website Find fairer IR35...

    Just checked that website Find fairer IR35 clients. OffPayroll.org.uk and they have changed the layout slightly. It gives little pie charts for each sector. Banking/finance is nearly all red but...
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    Also the general quiet before the new financial...

    Also the general quiet before the new financial year?
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    Also on the bench now after all. This game is...

    Also on the bench now after all.

    This game is tulip :mad
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    Feels like 2008 again :ohwell

    Feels like 2008 again :ohwell
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    But HMRC have pinky-promised that they won't.

    But HMRC have pinky-promised that they won't.
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    Finally had an email today... Ban on PSCs as...

    Finally had an email today... Ban on PSCs as expected...

    Choices:
    -Brolly (strict list of 4 so no using Lucy/Clarity which is a bit tulip)
    -PAYE
    -Bench (see thread: State of the Market)...
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    Indeed! Resisted all of them and did volunteer...

    Indeed!

    Resisted all of them and did volunteer work locally instead whilst waiting it out. Does wonders for the mental health :freaky:
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    I'm happy with PAYE.... just wish that someone...

    I'm happy with PAYE.... just wish that someone would tell us... :tumble:
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    :laugh I'm at Db (though via NTT/DD) and have...

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    I'm at Db (though via NTT/DD) and have heard 'nafink' as they say down here. Yet I am seeing a raft of people on that offpayroll website stating Db have banned PSCs and all must go PAYE...
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    :laugh :facepalm:

    :laugh :facepalm:
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    Shirley they were never contractors to begin with...

    Shirley they were never contractors to begin with :freaky:
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    One client had some rough ground attached to a...

    One client had some rough ground attached to a working men's club for contractor parking. We weren't allowed to use the tarmac on clientco property.

    Bit of a walk but suppose it was nice of them...
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    :hug: No news?

    :hug:

    No news?
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    Unboomed due to 'budget rethink' :frown I asked...

    Unboomed due to 'budget rethink' :frown I asked if it was Brexit related and response was 'unofficially and indirectly... yes...' :facepalm: Somewhat of an irony given my apathy around it all (and...
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    :laugh uncomfortably familiar last few posts.

    :laugh uncomfortably familiar last few posts.
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    Unreal. Phone call this am about a role I had a...

    Unreal. Phone call this am about a role I had a vague chat with ClientCo about (no way was it an interview) a couple of weeks ago. Had completely forgot about it tbh.

    Lo and behold BOOMED I...
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    Been a dire summer :ohwell serves me right for...

    Been a dire summer :ohwell serves me right for being surplus to requirements mid July.

    On the plus side I have spend a productive summer with my son who has been off school.

    Doing activities...
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    Yip agree with that. Slight aside but I've...

    Yip agree with that.

    Slight aside but I've even had one ClientCo where the 'Line Manager' said ''I can't be arsed with doing that. Here...'' and gave me her login details to approve my own...
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    Started a gig once with a few other guys. Myself...

    Started a gig once with a few other guys. Myself and one other were through Agency A and the other 7 were through Agency B.

    Agency A were fine, had contracts ready before start date (just!) and...
  32. Eh what's all this previous rate carp :confused:...

    Eh what's all this previous rate carp :confused: Don't we just say my 'daily rate is...' and we give a predetermined figure based on the role/location/client/etc. as kevpuk alluded to earlier?
    ...
  33. Sounds a fair compromise. Means I don't have to...

    Sounds a fair compromise. Means I don't have to talk to them and can get the work done :ohwell
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    Took over a month for a basic to arrive recently....

    Took over a month for a basic to arrive recently. Applied end of March arrived early May. Ridiclous but I guess it is down to the new financial year and flurry of applicants.

    Their SLA was just...
  35. Thread: Africa

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    :laugh Oh go on and troll them pleeeaaassssee.

    :laugh Oh go on and troll them pleeeaaassssee.
  36. When I was there in 2011 the message was...

    When I was there in 2011 the message was immediate termination if you didn't comply with the rate cut. Then the bounders finished us all by Christmas (instead of March) anyway :frown
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    Did a stint last year in Wythenshawe. Struck me...

    Did a stint last year in Wythenshawe. Struck me as quite a disconnected company especially following the C&W acquisition.

    I suppose just about any scenario is possible with any company though. I...
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    You'll notice more of weird things like this the...

    You'll notice more of weird things like this the more out of luck/work you seem to be.

    Most of the multi-millionaire contractors on here are fending off multiple clients who want them to go direct...
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    For some the opportunity to acquire one of these...

    For some the opportunity to acquire one of these never arises thus they end up going round in circles :(
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    :eek: I'd have put my house on you telling him to...

    :eek: I'd have put my house on you telling him to do a search instead of starting a new topic :tongue
  41. Are you still at Radbroke? I nearly returned...

    Are you still at Radbroke? I nearly returned twice last year but was scuppered due to two separate idiotic reasons. On this year's rounds I've not even had an interview!

    Don't remember p*****g...
  42. Seems to have been pleasantly paced for the time...

    Seems to have been pleasantly paced for the time of year though stiff competition and rates are both against the lowly PMO lacky.

    Oh yeah I'll say it quietly though - BOOMED! :music:
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    Always reminds me the story of a guy I knew...

    Always reminds me the story of a guy I knew started with a bank and all his equipment and logins were waiting for him on gig day 1. The worrying false sense of efficiency soon abated when he tried...
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    Good idea. Where do they sell these if you're...

    Good idea. Where do they sell these if you're currently short of one...?
  45. *Snigger* Sorry I have nothing constructive to...

    *Snigger*

    Sorry I have nothing constructive to add...
  46. I have an awful suspicion that there are a lot A...

    I have an awful suspicion that there are a lot A LOT of good contractors taking these roles to 'ride the storm' waiting for the next big ticket to come along. They'll put on their CV that they were...
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    Yep seeing this a lot recently :mad: Have...

    Yep seeing this a lot recently :mad:

    Have started to google the agent and find their direct email address then follow up with a phone call
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    People make phone calls with these contraptions...

    People make phone calls with these contraptions :confused:
  49. Thread: Tippy tappy

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    Apparently it's easier to confront someone from...

    Apparently it's easier to confront someone from behind a few lines of text finished with a 'lol' :confused:
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    :laugh They'd call bulltulipe on me straight away!

    :laugh They'd call bulltulipe on me straight away!
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