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  1. What does your contract state? If it's outside...

    What does your contract state?

    If it's outside IR35, then it's typically a case of no work, no pay per the majority of contracts.
  2. Fair comment and in that case I misunderstood.

    Fair comment and in that case I misunderstood.
  3. Nope. It's been done ad infinitum about...

    Nope. It's been done ad infinitum about employment rights if forced inside so will avoid that topic for now.

    I believe it won't improve equality - it will just hand advantages to certain vested...
  4. Agree with most of what you say. Per this from...

    Agree with most of what you say.

    Per this from the IFS, invoicing from the last few years would put my company around the top 1% mark but only just. I would imagine most contractors on here are...
  5. :facepalm: It shows how well valued IT skills...

    :facepalm:

    It shows how well valued IT skills are in the UK.
  6. This in itself is a travesty. When I started my...

    This in itself is a travesty. When I started my software development career, training/courses were still reasonably prevalent, or at least training courses from the likes of Learning Tree or looking...
  7. Are you sure about that? See New immigration...

    Are you sure about that? See New immigration system: what you need to know - GOV.UK

    Or, do you have any knowledge to the contrary?

    What I find astounding is the sheer number of items on the...
  8. Hard to argue with any of those. By inference I...

    Hard to argue with any of those. By inference I obviously mean the latter. Given that over 65% of GDP in the UK is reliant on consumer spending, if workers don't have money, it also doesn't help...
  9. Jealousy of success? I don't see it that way, I...

    Jealousy of success? I don't see it that way, I see it as the ability for small contractor companies to be able to compete on a level playing. For many, I suspect especially those living in the...
  10. You cannot seriously be defending Rishi Sunak? ...

    You cannot seriously be defending Rishi Sunak?

    While he wasn't necessarily responsible for the current trajectory since the implementation of the public sector off-payroll rules but by Christ he...
  11. Perhaps controversial but there is nothing so...

    Perhaps controversial but there is nothing so snake oil in the modern development landscape as agile, scrum and the absolute BS that goes with it.

    From experience, those that have moved over to...
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    Completely agree. It is perhaps one of the...

    Completely agree.

    It is perhaps one of the worst downgrades I've seen in a long time. It looks awful and the functionality appears to be worse than the old site. The only slight silver lining I...
  13. Completely agree. Sadly it's very much the...

    Completely agree. Sadly it's very much the British way these days - insert numerous layers of bs artists between the end user and the developer and make the lives of developers generally miserable....
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    Plenty of calculators out there on t'interweb. ...

    Plenty of calculators out there on t'interweb.

    If you go down the umbrella route, you'd currently need nearer £550 per day.

    However, there seems to be a hell of a lot of confusion out there as...
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    I would be surprised if we see outside IR35...

    I would be surprised if we see outside IR35 contracts, particular for larger corporates. Anyone in a contract may get an extension through to next March but only time will tell.

    Longer term I...
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    Unless you really don't need the money or you've...

    Unless you really don't need the money or you've got something else lined up I'd recommend keeping in a contract if you can. We're going to see the same carnage yet again in the run up to April 2021...
  17. Hard to disagree. As I have been told more...

    Hard to disagree.

    As I have been told more than once by a local MP:


    On one side there are people like me saying that IR35 and the off-payroll rules alone are devastating the contract sector,...
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    Oh you cynic! Blazor was stated somewhat...

    Oh you cynic!

    Blazor was stated somewhat tongue in cheek. As gnarledcontractor said, just look at Silverlight. Hell, you only have to look at WPF and the will they/won't they drop it in favour...
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    Blazor FTW. Don't bother keeping up with the...

    Blazor FTW.

    Don't bother keeping up with the script kiddies with the latest and greatest javascipt framework as you know there'll be a new latest and greatest javascript framework out in 6 months.
  20. Although a late reply to this thread I've had a...

    Although a late reply to this thread I've had a similar situation in the past (early in my contracting career), not by comparing rates of other contractors, but by having a frank discussion with the...
  21. While I partly agree with the sentiment, I think...

    While I partly agree with the sentiment, I think it is naive to think that no rights employment wouldn't be going ahead. Just remember which party brought in IR35 in the first place. Corbyn would...
  22. You just can't win. If you have no savings...

    You just can't win. If you have no savings you're accused of not having discipline and then when you build up savings or have a pension, you're the target for a tax raid.
  23. Credit should go to Dave Chaplin for being one of...

    Credit should go to Dave Chaplin for being one of the few to be vocally championing the contracting sector. The IPSE approach over recent years of going from the more shouty PCG to the schmoozing...
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    Joking aside... it does feel that way. The...

    Joking aside... it does feel that way.

    The Tories have now become the pied piper who are now trouncing the moderately well off working and middle classes. You can guarantee though that those with...
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    Kate Bingham appointed chair of UK Vaccine...

    Kate Bingham appointed chair of UK Vaccine Taskforce - GOV.UK
  26. Shipman may (or may not) have been a good doctor,...

    Shipman may (or may not) have been a good doctor, according to some of his colleagues. He just happened to like killing people too!
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    I don't necessarily agree with this. Life...

    I don't necessarily agree with this. Life expectancy was reported to be falling in 2019. You have to wonder if the retirement age will then be reduced? Not a chance of course. We're heading for...
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    Precisely this. Every time I've felt weak and...

    Precisely this. Every time I've felt weak and considered permie roles I am always shocked that salaries haven't moved on in 12 years since I started contracting, also in 2008. If anything, I...
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    Sadly both responses to this thread have been...

    Sadly both responses to this thread have been spot on.



    Sadly the above is so true.
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    Sadly you're completely right. I think...

    Sadly you're completely right.



    I think you are being far too generous. The majority of contractors I've encountered in the last 12+ years have no clue about IR35 and are happy to bury their...
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    Given the amount of breaking precedents we've had...

    Given the amount of breaking precedents we've had over the last few years, I think to break this one would... set a new and worthwhile precedent. Not that it's going to happen mind you.
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    I can understand that. It's a dog eat dog world...

    I can understand that. It's a dog eat dog world in claiming who is most effective in opposing IR35.

    It's quite sad though nothing has been posted on the IPSE forums so far.
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    Good news if it turns out to be true. Given...

    Good news if it turns out to be true.

    Given HMRC/HMT you can guarantee there'll be a sting in the tail somewhere down the line.
  34. I'm sure all of the GSK contractors who received...

    I'm sure all of the GSK contractors who received letters from HMRC thought the same.

    While HMRC staff may currently be otherwise engaged with the various Covid-19 schemes, they'll be desperately...
  35. It depends on your risk appetite.

    It depends on your risk appetite.
  36. Yeah, I'd have thought a similar thing too. ...

    Yeah, I'd have thought a similar thing too. Given the current state of the market, I can't imagine they're being inundated with contract reviews. However, how many are off due to Covid-19?

    The...
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    I think they'll dream of GDP going down by that...

    I think they'll dream of GDP going down by that little. I'm guessing GDP down in excess of 10%. When JP Morgan are forecasting up to 40%...
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    ^^ This. The amount of ex PMs, Developers or...

    ^^ This.

    The amount of ex PMs, Developers or BAs I've seen jumping on the Agile bandwagon over the last 5 years is amazing. The majority of organisations pursue fake agile.
  39. I'm surprised more people haven't picked up on...

    I'm surprised more people haven't picked up on the very point the OP made when starting this thread.

    To infer from SA returns that 90% of contractors are paying incorrect tax is plain wrong, in...
  40. Smile and wave boys... smile and wave. :wave:

    Smile and wave boys... smile and wave. :wave:
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    I think you are dreaming. The reality is that...

    I think you are dreaming.

    The reality is that no-one gives a toss about a few hundred thousand contractors. They know it and contractors know it hence why they're pressing ahead with it.

    What...
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    How refreshing, particularly on the control part...

    How refreshing, particularly on the control part - how many other companies could do this? The no RoS is not great though.
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    One thing that may be having an impact is low...

    One thing that may be having an impact is low power mode, whereby (certainly on Android phones), it typically has an impact on the functioning of GPS.

    Ensure that no low power mode options are...
  44. I do agree with you about the additional...

    I do agree with you about the additional responsibilities but don't about them being disorganised. Ever since I've worked in software development (20+ years), whether permanent employee or...
  45. Sadly it is very much this. Contractors need...

    Sadly it is very much this.

    Contractors need to think about this long and hard, myself included.

    Of course we all want SOW style contracts and to ensure we maintain an outside IR35 status but...
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    Shocked... Shocked I tell you! Seriously...

    Shocked... Shocked I tell you!

    Seriously though I'm hardly surprised. Yes, taking back control is working out well.
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    Doesn't this get to the nub of the problem for...

    Doesn't this get to the nub of the problem for end clients over the years. While contractors have had an option to contract, why would you even consider going permanent? Remove contracting as a...
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    Likewise. They've most certainly lost our vote....

    Likewise. They've most certainly lost our vote.

    No party will change what's happening with IR35.
  49. My interpretation of Old Greg's comment (I'm sure...

    My interpretation of Old Greg's comment (I'm sure I'll be corrected if wrong) is to do whatever you need to do to earn a living. If there are no contracts, go perm. If contracting is still an...
  50. Hard to disagree with the above. From everything...

    Hard to disagree with the above. From everything I've read they are making it so convoluted to continue using the ltd that brolly will be the only way to go.

    Good FAQ from The FaQQer.
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