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    Possibly for the best!

    Possibly for the best!
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    Exactly. You can tell the treasury is based in...

    Exactly. You can tell the treasury is based in London where an Oyster Card takes you everywhere.
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    I worked 150 miles from home and had to stay up...

    I worked 150 miles from home and had to stay up in the week. Cost me about £1,000 in expenses. The other contractor I started with lived 150 miles away in the opposite direction, suggesting they...
  4. Not sure this is anything new as a lot of...

    Not sure this is anything new as a lot of companies don't like taking on contractors. Then they go and do it anyway.
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    The 24 month rule for expenses should be extended...

    The 24 month rule for expenses should be extended to being able to stay outside IR35. I know projects can be multi year and with good working practices you can not behave like an employee but you...
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    If I am paying the same tax as the person next to...

    If I am paying the same tax as the person next to me as from March next year I think it is time to start pushing for the same protections.
  7. It changed in about May this year overnight. I...

    It changed in about May this year overnight. I was looking for a new contract then and the first couple of weeks suggested no problems but then everything seemed to go into slow motion or stop.
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    I think the Banks are doing the thing they do on...

    I think the Banks are doing the thing they do on the back of every setback they encounter and they bring in a knee jerk reaction to reduce costs and as soon as one of them do it the rest will follow....
  9. Presumably wouldn't have got renewed.

    Presumably wouldn't have got renewed.
  10. I would have a party with such things. In my...

    I would have a party with such things. In my current contract I got offered a month extension on the proviso I didn't have any time off. As it happened I didn't have anything planned so not a...
  11. I am led to believe the bigger red flag is having...

    I am led to believe the bigger red flag is having too much money, not too many loans.
  12. Not that I am planning to but if I did go from...

    Not that I am planning to but if I did go from Contractor to Permanent I am sure my working practices would change because they would have to. It is perfectly possible to be a contractor on Friday...
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    Another contractor and I got extended until just...

    Another contractor and I got extended until just before Christmas this week (each by about a month) to keep all contractors in sync. Depending on what sector you are in they might not be thinking...
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    Offshore consultancies are great up to the point...

    Offshore consultancies are great up to the point your Business Expert changes their mind half way through the project and they quote how much more they will charge to change the system.

    The banks...
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    When it becomes a buyer’s market I think clients...

    When it becomes a buyer’s market I think clients feel they should do increasingly more outlandish things during the recruitment process because they can and it means they will find some sort of...
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    If they are insisting that contractors have the...

    If they are insisting that contractors have the same - or indeed worse - tax arrangements than salaried employees I am struggling to think what more they could do!
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    The IT industry is going through one of it's...

    The IT industry is going through one of it's occasional periods of thinking testing isn't a specialist discipline. It will eventually pass.
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    Thanks. I can commute into London although it...

    Thanks. I can commute into London although it does make for an early start.

    Wish I could offer some pearl of wisdom but someone I used to work with noticed I was still looking on LinkedIn and...
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    After a whirlwind couple of days I start a new...

    After a whirlwind couple of days I start a new contract tomorrow. Rate a bit down on what I am used to and have to go to London but needs must.
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    I mean the existing consultancies.

    I mean the existing consultancies.
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    I think there will be a period - of several years...

    I think there will be a period - of several years - before things become clearer and the new normal emerges. Problem is people have mortgages to pay and have to eat so I am not sure there will be...
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    This is all good advice. Obviously bear in mind...

    This is all good advice. Obviously bear in mind you can stand looking at your phone for 5 hours and an agent will ring you the minute you go into the kitchen to get a drink!
  23. I am! Community are moving into self employed...

    I am! Community are moving into self employed people.

    Anyone forced to go through an Umbrella would be covered by them.
  24. Not that I think it will do them any good but I...

    Not that I think it will do them any good but I imagine someone will.
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    You kind of expect that though. There was a bit...

    You kind of expect that though. There was a bit of a bounce first week in September but other than that absolutely terrible.
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    Speaking as someone who has been out of contract...

    Speaking as someone who has been out of contract since May, I would be tempted to grin and bear it at least to the point you would be hit by the IR35 changes.
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    QA/Test in SE England. Problem is that when...

    QA/Test in SE England. Problem is that when applications get into the hundreds it becomes a lottery and agents are only going to put people forward who match 100% of the requirements.
  28. I expect it to go through but the way Westminster...

    I expect it to go through but the way Westminster is at the moment it wouldn't surprise me if it got delayed.
  29. At least HR system providers might make a few...

    At least HR system providers might make a few quid on the back of the IR35 changes doing updates!

    Every cloud, etc.
  30. Take the 5 days and see if your old contract will...

    Take the 5 days and see if your old contract will take you back for any of the notice period.
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    Probably as bad as I have seen it. Reaching...

    Probably as bad as I have seen it. Reaching 08-09 levels.
  32. I have never worked in Banking but from what I...

    I have never worked in Banking but from what I read in here it does seem a lot of contractors there probably should be in IR35. More broadly I think it will vary and a lot of companies still haven't...
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    All the leads from last week seem to be...

    All the leads from last week seem to be evaporating away but I did get a phone call from a former client that there might be some work coming up for me.
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    I agree the default position from both sides...

    I agree the default position from both sides should be see a contract out but ultimately they signed up to have a notice period and they wouldn't think twice about invoking it the other way. ...
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    I know. More an attempt to give myself something...

    I know. More an attempt to give myself something to do!
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    Into another week of chasing agents to see if...

    Into another week of chasing agents to see if they have heard anything from clients.
  37. Unless it is being billed as a specific short...

    Unless it is being billed as a specific short term contract (shortest I have had is 3 weeks) I must confess to not taking too much notice of contract lengths anymore. I have had too many where you...
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    Finding it like before the holidays where...

    Finding it like before the holidays where contracts are around but proceed at a glacial speed with more if a tendency to disappear off the radar than normal.

    Still. have a few things on the go.
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    It is beginning to look like we are in recession...

    It is beginning to look like we are in recession caused by the uncertainty round Brexit so that is the main problem IMHO. As for IR35 I think it varies from sector to sector. It sounds like it is a...
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    Was out for a year in 16-17. 4 months at the...

    Was out for a year in 16-17.

    4 months at the moment although that did include August. Had little trouble finding something in March this year and when then got cut short actually got through a...
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    Any port in a storm.

    Any port in a storm.
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    Had a couple of tickles today. September...

    Had a couple of tickles today. September starting well.
  43. I think something has to be done to give normal...

    I think something has to be done to give normal working people a stake in society as the downward pressure on living standards was largely the reason for Brexit.
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    This combined with the uncertainty over Brexit is...

    This combined with the uncertainty over Brexit is making for extremely worrying times.

    As has been said above not being able to claim expenses is going to kill working away from home for most as...
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    Hopefully things will start picking up with the...

    Hopefully things will start picking up with the kids going back to school. Note I began that sentence with 'hopefully'.
  46. Your logic sounds impeccable to me. Sounds like...

    Your logic sounds impeccable to me. Sounds like a new strategy of leaving before they decide if you are on our out might have to come into play.
  47. I have worked with contractors who on paper were...

    I have worked with contractors who on paper were doing the same role as me but I took steps to keep myself out of IR35 through working practices and they went native. What WOULD be unfair is people...
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    Had a couple of tickles this week that may or may...

    Had a couple of tickles this week that may or may not come to something.
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    Legitimate enough half hour chat but bit vague...

    Legitimate enough half hour chat but bit vague what I am being considered for.
  50. I imagine every contractor has had a similar...

    I imagine every contractor has had a similar idea, even if just in passing, and I can see it working in some industries where you almost get a circuit form of the same people moving between projects...
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