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    why should anyone go ballistic? They are paid...

    why should anyone go ballistic? They are paid what they agreed for? I have done this succesfully in the past. You will need to consider intermediary reporting implications. Your accountant should be...
  2. Isnt it good you are getting more responsibility?...

    Isnt it good you are getting more responsibility? What do you need to moan about? Just make sure some of your mundane tasks are agreed to be delegated to your team members now that you are the lead....
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    Well. Wouldnt we all?

    Well. Wouldnt we all?
  4. How is it that some agencies are established...

    How is it that some agencies are established outside UK yet placing resource within?

    It's a global connected world. In case you hadnt noticed? Many companies outsource their business processes to...
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    Hunker down and keep invoicing

    There's one thing you should always be keen on doing. Your business needs that you keep invoicing. What your client's projects and priorities are should always come second to your Co.
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    You will not have to pay costs. Disregard his...

    You will not have to pay costs. Disregard his letters and don't take his calls. He will go away after a while. You can see the fun from outside. Absolute worst case you will be able to experience a...
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    Legal Question

    Just wondering if any of you experienced folk have had any situations like this. I am a contractor turned permie. Recently hired a contractor direct who was earlier through an agency. We just had a...
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    La Fosse

    I was placed by them last year
  9. That is not true. You simply have to file an...

    That is not true. You simply have to file an intermediary report. You are paying a company's invoice. How can you be liable if that company doesnt pay its tax?
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    This... Anyone who wants overtime for every...

    This... Anyone who wants overtime for every second of travel wont be in business for very long. A fine balance has to be struck. I charge when I need to travel before noon on a Sunday in order to be...
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    No it wont. Often Delloite and Accenture...

    No it wont. Often Delloite and Accenture consultants get their travel booked through the client if they insist. It doesn't make you their employee.
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    550-650 normally translates to 80K in the perm...

    550-650 normally translates to 80K in the perm world. This is a no brainer for u.
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    Agent asking to know rate

    Had an interesting conversation with a pimp today. He asked me for my rate and I said, 'what does the role pay, ie whats the budget'? He said, he would s imply take my rate, add a markup % and offer...
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    Agency involvement has reduced by 28% last year

    If figures are to be believed, 28% of contractor recruitment has moved from agencies to inhouse. In the retail industry, I know many companies who are building their inhouse capability. In fact there...
  15. Forget what you had verbally agreed. Pretend it...

    Forget what you had verbally agreed. Pretend it never happened. :laugh:yay:

    Dont even pick up the phone from the agency. Let them fix it how they can.
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    Really?? What kind of a businessman are you? Is...

    Really?? What kind of a businessman are you? Is this a battle worth fighting? Get a life. Watch telly on the WFH day and keep invoicing.
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    Thank you all

    A very productive thread with lots of great advice. I have got the gig after 5 months on the bench. Kept mum about the flexibility requirement. Pimp feedback is that I just pipped someone else to the...
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    Flexible Working Negotiations

    I am hoping to negotiate some flexible working into my next contract. Like at least a day, preferably two days working from home a week. Does anyone have a view regarding raising this at the...
  19. I have been on the bench for 4 months new because...

    I have been on the bench for 4 months new because of my pig headed refusal to take a 15% rate cut. Now I will have to cut even more.

    Remember, the ultimate aim of a contractor it to, for as long...
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    Good to know. Keeps the spirits up at least.

    Good to know. Keeps the spirits up at least.
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    Really Dead Market

    In 12 years of contracting, never been out of work for a month. Always had agents chasing me. Now been out of work since November. And calling agents not yielding anything.
  22. What 'BENEFIT in kind' is it if you chose not to...

    What 'BENEFIT in kind' is it if you chose not to go back home for one weekend if you lived far away? I have stayed over in hotels while travelling rather than come all the way back for the weekend....
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    Giving Notice

    After 11 years of being a contractor, I have never given notice to any client midway. I feel I need to do it this time. I am extremely stressed out, not just from work and need to leave to maintain...
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    Yes they are. You also 'employ' your suppliers.

    Yes they are. You also 'employ' your suppliers.
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    spot on.

    spot on.
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    Substituting myself

    Dear All
    Been a contractor over 11 years and have often heard about substitution clauses and many people on this forum have mentioned it in various contexts? But has anyone actually substituted...
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    My answer

    No
  28. hang in there and keep billing. this is the best...

    hang in there and keep billing. this is the best time of your career. You abandoned all pretense to honour when you went contracting :-)
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    are you paid for your time? Yes - Stop whingeing...

    are you paid for your time?
    Yes - Stop whingeing
    No - Ask to be paid
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    Thanks a lot mate. Thats very helpful

    Thanks a lot mate. Thats very helpful
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    Contract Location changed to Germany

    I apologies if this has already been covered. At the last moment before starting my contract, my client has asked me if I could base myself in Germany for 6 months. I am happy with that as they are...
  32. 1 week?? really? are you a serious professional??...

    1 week?? really? are you a serious professional?? If I was the hiring manager I would terminate your contract straightaway if asked. A contract is generally meant to be seen through to the end date....
  33. worked for me till i became a contractor myself....

    worked for me till i became a contractor myself. Yes if someone is in high enough demand, he / she should just find another gig. Why whinge about the hardass manager??
  34. who ESLE other than the customer can judge your...

    who ESLE other than the customer can judge your effort's worth??
  35. they wont sue you. they will sue your company...

    they wont sue you. they will sue your company which didnt fall ill.
  36. If I were the client, I would not pay. I would...

    If I were the client, I would not pay. I would get no value from a contractor who joined for just a week. In fact the hassle of setting up accounts / emails/ badges / interviews etc would be more. If...
  37. you wouldnt pay the original plumber.

    you wouldnt pay the original plumber.
  38. whats wrong with you. When i was hiring manager I...

    whats wrong with you. When i was hiring manager I wouldnt let the contractor WFH either. I dont think WFH is 'work' and when I am the client you effing do as I say or find another client. And why on...
  39. I have come across this. Cant imagine why this is...

    I have come across this. Cant imagine why this is required. Maybe they want to ensure that everyone working on site has a big stake to make sure that things go smoothly.

    Be that may, this is a...
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    have moved client every 2 years. Been a retail...

    have moved client every 2 years. Been a retail business analyst.

    I think some of the previous posts about there being a glut of contractors seem to be valid
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    Contract Market Melting Down

    I am not sure if I am the only screwed up bloke here. My rate hasnt increased in the last 7-8 years. Have generally been well appreciated at work. and yet contracts have become more difficult to land...
  42. you are a business. deal with it in a business...

    you are a business. deal with it in a business like manner.
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    hoe much SHOULD the rate be?? the current rate is...

    hoe much SHOULD the rate be?? the current rate is the current rate init??
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    You are in a business. your client does not pay...

    You are in a business. your client does not pay what you think your services are worth. if the said services can be sold to another client then walk. Else suck it up and your principle with it. YOU...
  45. Notice is one way. The party who has been served...

    Notice is one way. The party who has been served the notice may accept or reject it. They can easily tell you to leave the next day as they dont want your notice. Similarly if they gave you notice...
  46. Yes you ARE missing something. Once your bluff is...

    Yes you ARE missing something. Once your bluff is called you lose the biggest asset of a contractor. CREDIBILITY
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    are you serious? why does someone who is looking...

    are you serious? why does someone who is looking to do business with you, want to know your price?????
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    do you get to keep the permie 100k package after...

    do you get to keep the permie 100k package after that (post transition) and while away your time?
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    would you be tax resident there?? probably not.

    would you be tax resident there?? probably not.
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    Tried but Failed

    so I went through with my idea and proposed a substitute to the client. Backfired spectacularly. When i said I will transition and mentor the substitiute at my cost the client said
    1. They have a...
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