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  1. Thread: The end

    by MojoDog
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    Maybe, maybe not. There are still contract roles...

    Maybe, maybe not. There are still contract roles in the public sector that are designated as outside IR35 - at HMRC would you believe?

    Not much point speculating, save your energy to deal with...
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    Oh dear, sounds like someone's tired. This is...

    Oh dear, sounds like someone's tired.

    This is exactly what I'm talking about!

    I don't need to be taught how to fish, and i never said I wanted someone to lay it all out nicely. Not everything...
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    Thank you :)

    Thank you :)
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    Thanks for that. No plans to shut down the...

    Thanks for that.

    No plans to shut down the limited :)

    Just looking for the wisdom of real-world experiences, things to consider etc.
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    Yeah... I did consider that, but this forum has a...

    Yeah... I did consider that, but this forum has a reputation for snarky replies of the 'let me google that for you' variety. This way I've made contact with a kind soul who genuinely wants to help,...
  6. This. That's if you can get an interview. HR...

    This.

    That's if you can get an interview. HR can have a tendency to view applications from erstwhile contractors with suspicion.
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    Ltd to Umbrella

    Hi,
    I've been contracting through my Ltd Co since 2005. I've been approached for a long term role that looks very interesting, is paying good money, but is inside IR35.

    I'd be interested to talk...
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    Closing old company / starting a new one

    The nature and scope of consultation / services that I will be offering is about to widen significantly beyond the scope of those offered by the original company that I set up.
    Assuming that the...
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    Just for clarity: The 24 month rule is not the...

    Just for clarity: The 24 month rule is not the reason why I'm thinking of changing. :)
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    Thanks for all the replies :-)

    Thanks for all the replies :-)
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    Closing old company / starting a new one

    Hi,

    I'm thinking of closing down my Ltd company and starting a new one - long story short my business scope is expanding I want to encompass this in a new company.

    My current freelance...
  12. Thread: HMRC Letter

    by MojoDog
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    HMRC Letter

    Morning,

    Received a letter last week from HMRC saying they were questioning my self assessment for 2014 and that I hadn't declared that I'd received interest amounting to a 5-figure sum...!

    I...
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    Current contract, previous contract and a...

    Current contract, previous contract and a freelance job 'on the side' (that has got me repeat work) all originated from people contacting me on Linkedin.

    Prior to that pimps contacted me after...
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    I have to admit, the novelty of a different...

    I have to admit, the novelty of a different approach attracted me to this. Also, ClientCo carries a lot of prestige and will be a major scalp on my CV. Add to this the fact that their main site is in...
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    Probably a dyslexic on his way to a toga party...

    Probably a dyslexic on his way to a toga party...
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    Contracting Arrangement

    So,

    Been offered a 2-year role in the automotive industry. At the interview, the head honcho suggested 2 options under which I could go and work there:

    1. The usual agency route by means of...
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    Mopping up sprayed tea as we speak...:smile

    Mopping up sprayed tea as we speak...:smile
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    or this...? Top FAQs - How do I change my...

    or this...?

    Top FAQs - How do I change my company's registered office address?

    :smile
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    You're absolutely right. About everything. ...

    You're absolutely right. About everything.

    Now run along and go and annoy somebody else.
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    True enough, and that's exactly what I'm doing,...

    True enough, and that's exactly what I'm doing, spanking the hours and soaking up the experience. It's not the client's fault and so I'm giving it 100%.

    What rankles is that the agent pulled a...
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    I don't have a chip on my shoulder, just a low...

    I don't have a chip on my shoulder, just a low tolerance for arrogant kn0bheads.

    I have no idea why you're so fixated on this being a FTC - it isn't. And I have never mentioned rates (low or...
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    Does that make you feel better about yourself?...

    Does that make you feel better about yourself? I've had a few 12 month contracts, none of which have been FTC or remotely like an FTC. The wording of my present contract looks nothing like an FTC.
    ...
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    Well, he's gonna get a shock when I make it the...

    Well, he's gonna get a shock when I make it the shortest contract ever... :laugh
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    Er.. what rate? I never mentioned a rate. And how...

    Er.. what rate? I never mentioned a rate. And how can it be a FTC when the F*ing terms aren't fixed...?
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    Thanks for all the replies. I'm not whinging and...

    Thanks for all the replies. I'm not whinging and I'm getting the rate that I negotiated, which has no bearing on the contract length.

    In my experience, every contract I've signed has been for a...
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    Notice period is 1 week either way. Working...

    Notice period is 1 week either way. Working practices appear to be as a contractor and not an employee and odnt give me any cause for concern..
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    Agent sold me a pup...

    So, I landed a role that was advertised as a 12 month contract.

    The contract that I signed stated that it was a 12 month contract. When I rocked up to the client last week, the team leader showed...
  28. Just sprayed coffee all over my desk....

    Just sprayed coffee all over my desk....
  29. Thread: References

    by MojoDog
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    FTFY

    FTFY
  30. Thread: References

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    I've had this tried on me. I usually say...

    I've had this tried on me. I usually say something like 'my last few roles have required a high level of security clearance which means I'm not at liberty to divulge the names of possible...
  31. Thread: Dress code

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    +1 Professional courtesy should be #1 on any...

    +1

    Professional courtesy should be #1 on any contractor's priority.
    Whining about whatever dress-code is in place just petty (IMHO). You're there to do a job, not strut about with a sense of...
  32. Thread: Commute ?

    by MojoDog
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    200 miles Sunday evening 5 mile round trip...

    200 miles Sunday evening

    5 mile round trip Mon-Thu

    200 miles Thursday evening
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    Good point. My reference was a throwaway...

    Good point. My reference was a throwaway statement - good job I don't write for a living... :laugh

    Thanks for the link, too.
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    Moving away from agencies

    So, I'm a technical author with over 20 years in the trade and 10 years as a contractor. I have a master plan to build up a portfolio of clients and provide fixed-price work on a proper freelance...
  35. You can set up a LtdCo now, similarly get a...

    You can set up a LtdCo now, similarly get a business bank account and accountant sorted so that when the time comes you are ready to roll (and invoice!). Consider also IR35 insurance with Qdos or PCG...
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    +1 Also (based on 22 years in the navy): If...

    +1

    Also (based on 22 years in the navy):

    If you're going to start an argument in a messdeck, you'd better be sure you can win it.
    So you might want to think about growing up a bit, because no...
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    This is the approach I'm going for, tomorrow... ...

    This is the approach I'm going for, tomorrow...

    Feeling a bit guilty because the PM is top bloke who is having a pretty tulipy week, think this might put the tin hat on things.

    In a rare burst...
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    I believe your first sentence answers most of...

    I believe your first sentence answers most of your questions...

    Getting anything done in a Govt department is akin to an underwater knife fight (IME).
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    Can't seem to find the emoticon for 'hollow...

    Can't seem to find the emoticon for 'hollow laugh' ...
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    I dread to think how much they bill the client...

    I dread to think how much they bill the client for this 'service' - it's a complete nonsense that provides no value that I can see whatsoever.

    Crapita - you bring the smoke, we'll bring the...
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    Well, Hopefully I'm almost at the end of a...

    Well,

    Hopefully I'm almost at the end of a Kafka-esque nightmare of pointless bureaucracy and box-ticking.

    The 'Security Screening' is not, as I first thought, an in-depth screening of your...
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    But in your question you said: "Quick start...

    But in your question you said:

    "Quick start times for contracts seem to be the norm so I was wondering if anyone has not worked their notice period in a situation like this? To be honest I have...
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    If you need encouragement from an internet forum...

    If you need encouragement from an internet forum are you sure it's the right time for you to move?
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    Yeah, I have. I had a 3-month notice period...

    Yeah, I have.

    I had a 3-month notice period that I negotiated down to 4 weeks.

    I had a decent-ish working relationship with my permie boss at the time and explained that I had been offered...
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    +1 Having had experience of them in an HMG...

    +1

    Having had experience of them in an HMG environment it's my considered opinion that they are royally taking the p*$$. Bunch of inept clowns who won the right to come and take over because they...
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    Not pointless to Crapita...they've somehow sold...

    Not pointless to Crapita...they've somehow sold it as a 'Must Have' feature, and got away with it.

    Shrouded within the cloak of ineptitude there lies a grain of intelligence, or at the very...
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    :yay: +1 I think the Luftwaffe should have...

    :yay:

    +1 I think the Luftwaffe should have another go...
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    Erm... For one thing, having been security...

    Erm... For one thing, having been security cleared for over 10 years, I'm well aware of the usual protocol.
    As my original question suggests, this is the first time I have encountered The Security...
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    I'm just looking to transfer my SC. I've even...

    I'm just looking to transfer my SC. I've even uploaded the actual certificate. If it's gonna take 2-3 weeks they can whistle and I'll stay where I am.

    Maybe I'm being pessimistic but I called the...
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    Security Watchdog - Online Screening

    Hi all,

    I've been offered a gig but am required to go through an online security screening process.

    Logged on this morning and my heart sank when I saw that it was run by Crapita...

    Has...
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