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    Bored!

    Bored!
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    Critical Illness Cover

    Please can anyone recommend critical illness cover providers for contractors.

    I've recently had need to review my lack of cover in this area after a health scare.
  3. Read this and ponder ...

    Read this and ponder

    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/day-rate-hand-worth-more-bush-mark-pratt/
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    Yes - please RTFP before you respond with a smart...

    Yes - please RTFP before you respond with a smart arse reply!!
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    Clearly outline the services you provide (they...

    Clearly outline the services you provide (they will probably have forgotten)

    Focus on the key value that you add and how you help their business and have had a partnership with them

    Sometimes...
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    You should certainly look at getting other...

    You should certainly look at getting other contractors together and exert some pressure.

    There might also be some opportunities in this situation.

    I had a similar situation once and we talked...
  7. Power over Ethernet (POE) CCTV Recommendations

    Can anyone recommend a home CCTV system that uses Power over Ethernet (I have CAT6a cables all plumbed in for this).

    Was thinking of HIkvision for this

    Most of the "home" CCTV systems...
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    Don't rely on advice from an Internet forum. ...

    Don't rely on advice from an Internet forum.

    You should talk to a legal adviser - this is where IPSE come in useful with their legal helpline
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    I started contracting 15 years ago with £20k in...

    I started contracting 15 years ago with £20k in the bank and I joined IPSE and started looking at forums like this one.

    It made me realise that I needed to act like a true business and look at...
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    Personal Legal Expenses Cover

    I'm starting a large, complex building project on my home and want to ensure that i am fully covered in the hopefully remote scenario that I need legal cover for any disputes with the builders /...
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    If you want to get a hike in your rate then you...

    If you want to get a hike in your rate then you should consider how best to market yourself with you current skillset.

    Good Test Managers are hard to come by IMO

    Move up the chain to more of a...
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    Do you own the Intellectual Property to the...

    Do you own the Intellectual Property to the software?

    A mate of mine once did a small bit of software for London Underground - 15 years later they were still using it and he's charged them...
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    The higher your rate the more likely you are to...

    The higher your rate the more likely you are to face the chop when the someone realises what you are being paid...it's human nature.

    If the agency is taking a 50% cut then your rate is inflated...
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    If it's public sector tender don't waste your...

    If it's public sector tender don't waste your time on tenders.

    They are so slow and inefficient in the public sector that I wouldn't be surprised to hear that Carillion have "won" more government...
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    Your children are only young for a small part of...

    Your children are only young for a small part of your life.

    If I had a choice I would adjust my lifestyle accordingly and spend all the time I could with them rather than sit in an office.

    Is...
  16. A mate of mine with top notch IT skills set up an...

    A mate of mine with top notch IT skills set up an IT Support company - even now 10 years later he struggles to run a viable business.

    1. Although he's great at IT he's crap at sales and lacks...
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    Ca you demonstrate that what you have delivered...

    Ca you demonstrate that what you have delivered so far meets 60% of the "requirements".

    If so I'd document this in writing to them.
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    The bottom line is don't ask for advice on this...

    The bottom line is don't ask for advice on this forum :-)

    Everyone has had different experiences as a contractor - I started contracting over 12 years ago and it's never been a decision I've...
  19. IMO the CRSE survey is tulip. It states that...

    IMO the CRSE survey is tulip.

    It states that the hourly earnings of "IT and Related Professions" is the same as "Cleaners" and that builders earn more than IT professionals!

    If that was truly...
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    If their travel people book the flights / hotels...

    If their travel people book the flights / hotels make sure you get your frequent flyer / hotel number on the booking.

    Mrs Silverlight and I have had a number of weekends away in exotic locations...
  21. Completely agree - Business Analyst and Project...

    Completely agree - Business Analyst and Project Management skills are two very different profiles and I throw any BA CV in the bin if they mention they are a Project Manager as well.

    Great BA's...
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    I suggest you pull out your contract and...

    I suggest you pull out your contract and carefully draft an email:

    my contract said I do x,y and z

    The work now requires I do x,y,x + a, b and c

    In addition I contributed towards the project...
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    Training people is a skill in its own right. ...

    Training people is a skill in its own right.

    Handover is different.

    I've seen people take this tongue in cheek and design "tests" for the offshore teams to pass (which is course they fail).
    ...
  24. Meet them face to face as soon as you can. ...

    Meet them face to face as soon as you can.

    I've been in a similar situation and took my "business partner" along - a large and burly Rugby player mate - it was all very pleasant and I just wanted...
  25. I can remember the old time contractors I worked...

    I can remember the old time contractors I worked with back in the 90's all used to go off to the Bahamas / Caribbean for Xmas.

    Take a leaf out of their book...

    I mean 3 weeks is long enough for...
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    There's no reason why anyone would employ you as...

    There's no reason why anyone would employ you as a contractor after 15 years out if the market.

    I sell myself at a premium to my clients based on my 14 years experience as a professional...
  27. The MD of the consultancy I work for said they...

    The MD of the consultancy I work for said they need 50% minimum on top of the rate they pay to cover their costs and make a small margin.

    He wasn't giving me tuplip since we were talking about...
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    If you're posting this on a forum I really feel...

    If you're posting this on a forum I really feel you've probably blagged into way into a role you're not capable of delivering.

    This sort of thing happens all the time - you need to man up and...
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    There are difficult people everywhere and I'm one...

    There are difficult people everywhere and I'm one of them sometimes but you just have to calibrate your approach for different people.

    Take the moral high ground - organise a coffee or even a beer...
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    Working in a startup can be a hugely invigorating...

    Working in a startup can be a hugely invigorating and rewarding experience and one that will provide a lot of satisfaction if you don't measure the success or failure of it in pound notes.
  31. and don't drive the Porsche / Ferrari / Lambo to...

    and don't drive the Porsche / Ferrari / Lambo to the office car park
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    I reckon the best way to reduce your car...

    I reckon the best way to reduce your car insurance is to keep the car in a garage overnight.

    The insurance on my 911 (kept in the garage) is £100 cheaper than the Mrs 2008 Toyota Lancruiser kept...
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    Not all doom and gloom "Barclays also said it...

    Not all doom and gloom

    "Barclays also said it would be creating 2,000 technology jobs to “draw upon the talent pool” in the UK. Half of those have already been filled, with the rest being hired in...
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    IMO it's not the sector it's the skills. ...

    IMO it's not the sector it's the skills.

    Testing is a commodity skill and hence loads of Bob's for it to be outsourced too

    Development again is a commodity unless you move into a niche

    You...
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    More crap roles like this - rate 50% what it...

    More crap roles like this - rate 50% what it should be and inside IR35!

    Apologies in advance if you are not looking for a new position, if this is the case - can you please kindly advise me and I...
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    Worked with them a lot but not for them. If...

    Worked with them a lot but not for them.

    If you enjoy managing a gang of under-performing Bobs that deliver sh*t systems and enjoy spending your time explaining to the client why the system they...
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    Boy do I know that feeling. I'm in charge of...

    Boy do I know that feeling.

    I'm in charge of revenue and she's in charge of expenditure
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    Contractor Insurances

    I'm an IPSE plus member but my last few contracts have not stipulated any other insurances so IPSE + has covered my company needs.

    However for a new contract starting January the agency is...
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    Personally finding PM / Programme Mgr market...

    Personally finding PM / Programme Mgr market quite good.

    Just been put forward for Snr Project Manager role at £750pd in Insurance even though I have another offer on the table
  40. Host the site in Japan :)

    Host the site in Japan :)
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    Yes agree re: chasing money - there is always a...

    Yes agree re: chasing money - there is always a bigger house and faster car, further holiday

    contracting has given me financial security and like many others have had to work had to achieve it but...
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    Daft Job Titles

    I'm sure there is a thread somewhere on CUK about this but I had a meeting last week with someone in a large global insurance company who had the job title:

    Head of Run-Off

    There is a genuine...
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    I agree to some extent - I've decided to do a big...

    I agree to some extent - I've decided to do a big extension on my current residential and this will provide some significant return. Some will go into pension to top what I might need

    The rest I...
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    I'm selling my BTL portfolio - one each year to...

    I'm selling my BTL portfolio - one each year to max the Cap Gains - last one going shortly once i have negotiated a lease extension with the rip-off freeholder.

    I've done well out of BTL but I...
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    You need to put a justification together if you...

    You need to put a justification together if you intend to do this IMO.

    I recently got a substantial rise for a contract extension and this rise was based on the agency cutting it's fee plus the...
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    I'm a PM and my experience wouldn't indicate that...

    I'm a PM and my experience wouldn't indicate that the London market is getting smaller for contractors.

    Quite a few big corps IMO seem to be back-peddaling the frantic offshoring they did a few...
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    I worked at Sainsburys in Holborn. In ten years...

    I worked at Sainsburys in Holborn. In ten years it was the contract I enjoyed the least.

    Viscous internal politics, cumbersome bureaucracy and so difficult to get things done with all offshore...
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    Market Prospects Good?

    There was a long running post about a summer lull and there did seem to be a late summer / slow Autumn in IMO

    Had a few weeks on the bench and then found a contract for 6 months in City which has...
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    hmm. yes I had a conversation with an agent...

    hmm. yes

    I had a conversation with an agent about a "Data Scientist" "roll" he had

    Pimp: so what exactly does a data scientist do - sort of experiments like.

    and it went on along the lines...
  50. For £50 a day extra I wouldn't really make a fuss...

    For £50 a day extra I wouldn't really make a fuss but if you do want to then I suggest you develop a business case:

    - My expertise in project x saved y days and ensured it was delivered early / on...
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