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    Yep, this. PWC are possibly not the worst...

    Yep, this.

    PWC are possibly not the worst offender, but the Big 4 have a string of scandals with their audit operations advising end clients. I'm not sure they really have any competence to be...
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    This is still quite common for interim roles.

    This is still quite common for interim roles.
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    Same for me. They have been terrible over the...

    Same for me. They have been terrible over the last year and made a couple of ridiculously stupid mistakes. To be fair, they can be good - I once had a complicated dispute with HMRC and ended up with...
  4. Absolutely this. Most...

    Absolutely this.

    Most techies/consultants/start up entrepreneurs have little idea of selling and marketing. If you don't know what a B2B sales funnel is, understand what yours looks like in your...
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    An upmarket hotel converted from a prison in...

    An upmarket hotel converted from a prison in Basel, Switzerland. A lot of it still looked quite like a prison and there were a few jokey signs making reference to it's original past.

    A Levi's...
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    So true. I've had some pretty useless recent...

    So true.

    I've had some pretty useless recent experiences with three well known big recruiting firms when I asked for a bit of help with some introductions to suitable people to discuss potential...
  7. As others have said, breaking into contracting...

    As others have said, breaking into contracting will be very challenging in the current market. However, even getting back into a perm role will be difficult.

    As someone who has done a lot of...
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    I'm similar, 80% of my contracts have been found...

    I'm similar, 80% of my contracts have been found in July or December.
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    Hmm, not sure I agree, I think it's long been...

    Hmm, not sure I agree, I think it's long been like this. Back around the early to mid-90s, over half of jobs open to graduates didn't specify a particular degree subject. 18 is still too young IMHO...
  10. Why did you assume you would be getting any hours...

    Why did you assume you would be getting any hours 'back'? What was written in your contract in terms of working hours? Did it say that weekends would also be billable? It's usually a bland statement...
  11. It would be interesting if any analysis has ever...

    It would be interesting if any analysis has ever been done on what the effects would be on contractor incomes and tax raised if the standard model was for contractors to engage directly with the end...
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    Got in contact with an agency today that has got...

    Got in contact with an agency today that has got me three previous well paid gigs and spoke to one of their agents that placed me in my last role. He was quite candid, saying that there is nothing in...
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    If I was a dump truck driver I would feel quite...

    If I was a dump truck driver I would feel quite insulted that I'm only being offered similar money to an Access/Excel developer :tongue
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    The problem is if you get one person in at say,...

    The problem is if you get one person in at say, £3.5m, the rest of the exec board would be on say 150-250k e.g. the FD. I can't think of many organisations where the CEO is earning 10-15 times the...
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    Go to QDOS and they will review the whole...

    Go to QDOS and they will review the whole contract and even negotiate any clauses that they deem might put you inside IR35.

    I've had some annoying admin mixups with SJD recently, I wouldn't...
  16. I'd disagree as it's at least indicative. ...

    I'd disagree as it's at least indicative.

    There is an approximate relationship between contract rate and permanent salary equivalent. Of course, it also depends on several market factors but it is...
  17. I think so - as per my previous reply. You could...

    I think so - as per my previous reply. You could get a bit more but I don't think that much more.
  18. If you've got a part time role you like and more...

    If you've got a part time role you like and more importantly, fits in with your life, think carefully about leaving.

    An old friend of mine had contracted from the mid 90s for about 15 years in...
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    Some fairly significant changes were made in this...

    Some fairly significant changes were made in this case by myself after consulting with the CIO. This coincided with a review/restructuring of the IT function and some perm staff were given a pretty...
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    That is very true. Had some good and then...

    That is very true.

    Had some good and then mixed experiences with some of the 'provincial' offices. One of the London staff was absolutely shocking though. He literally had no clue about how...
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    I asked whether having worked as a...

    I asked whether having worked as a contractor/interim for over 6 years would be an impediment to becoming a perm CIO and the speaker said not necessarily. Admittedly perm recruitment at that level is...
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    I went to a Future CIO networking event yesterday...

    I went to a Future CIO networking event yesterday with a guest speaker from one of the big exec search firms who specialises in CIO recruitment. They said they have never been busier handling perm...
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    It's fair to say there was a lot more friendly...

    It's fair to say there was a lot more friendly 'mingling' amongst the younger staff in those 'hip sectors' :hug::wink

    However, they were much faster paced sectors than banking or life sciences...
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    I'm still seeing lots of recruiter led IR35...

    I'm still seeing lots of recruiter led IR35 briefing/seminar event invites in my LinkedIn feed. We're surely getting to the point where if companies haven't started preparing by now, it's too late to...
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    I don't think you can go wrong the next coupe of...

    I don't think you can go wrong the next coupe of years if you're in security and to a lesser extent DevOps. I might be being dumb but what's ED transformation?

    There is definitely some movement at...
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    Good tactic! :grin I expect most of the time...

    Good tactic! :grin I expect most of the time they'll reply they've just moved from working in an estate agent or a bar or they're a new grad.

    Having once worked as a young-ish graduate for a...
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    I'd say there's more correlation between age and...

    I'd say there's more correlation between age and cultural fit compared to age and ability though it might be sector specific.

    I've worked in the holiday, retail fashion and health and beauty...
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    Yep, that sounds about right. A recruiter I know...

    Yep, that sounds about right. A recruiter I know actually posted an article on LinkedIn yesterday about why people don't get contacted after they send in a CV and he quoted a figure of 3-4%.

    It's...
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    Not in this case. One works for a big recruitment...

    Not in this case. One works for a big recruitment firm that I've known for years. The other works for a boutique firm who are one of the top players in executive search. Between them they know about...
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    You'd think that would be the case but not always...

    You'd think that would be the case but not always perhaps. I recently had two Partner level recruiters approach me on LinkedIn and once connected they refused to answer any of my messages even after...
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    I'd say level of the role's seniority has an...

    I'd say level of the role's seniority has an impact too. For IT leadership roles, senior programme managers etc then aged 50-60 isn't necessarily a barrier. I think organisation culture is more of a...
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    Not had any experience of the EY tool but...

    Not had any experience of the EY tool but apparently Grant Thornton (5th biggest UK accountancy firm) also has an IR35 tool. They don't have a consulting arm AFAIK so less likely to be a potential...
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    Yes, Hays seemed to be one of the first of the...

    Yes, Hays seemed to be one of the first of the big agencies to start addressing IR35 challenges for 2020.

    At my last client, I used Hays quite a bit as they were one of the preferred suppliers. I...
  34. That's a good suggestion, I might look into that...

    That's a good suggestion, I might look into that as I currently have my company listed as one 'role' on my profile with a one line summary for each client.
  35. Totally agree. I've met/worked with many people...

    Totally agree. I've met/worked with many people from those countries who do pay more in tax but get better public services and crucially, on many indices, have a better quality of life than people in...
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    Something doesn't seem quite right. According to...

    Something doesn't seem quite right. According to LinkedIn they are an Executive Search firm but unlike other exec search firms, their website doesn't seem to mention executive search... they look...
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    Hays are on a lot of company PSLs (Preferred...

    Hays are on a lot of company PSLs (Preferred Supplier Lists.)

    For senior roles (more than £100k salary or equivalent contract rate) they are definitely one of the best of the big agencies in terms...
  38. You automatically become a follower of anyone...

    You automatically become a follower of anyone that becomes a connection of yours AFAIK.

    You don't have to be a connection to follow someone. Just go to their profile page and to the right of their...
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    That isn't the case in my experience. For...

    That isn't the case in my experience. For example, I lost a really good member of my team this year who suddenly resigned not long after I had agreed for him to be promoted. I bent over backwards to...
  40. I think you're far off the mark, it's definitely...

    I think you're far off the mark, it's definitely not just a version of Facebook.

    It's becoming more useful for jobs being advertised and more companies are using it for direct recruitment. I'm...
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    Yep - I've even had agents be quite candid to say...

    Yep - I've even had agents be quite candid to say that's what the client is doing. For perm roles, this isn't uncommon as what the company thinks it wants/needs at the start of the process can be...
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    I think it is good practice to feed back to the...

    I think it is good practice to feed back to the agency so long as it's a debrief and not a formal exit interview which is usually an HR process with a standard checklist of questions. You might work...
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    That's a good point. About 60% of my contracts...

    That's a good point. About 60% of my contracts over the last 6-7 years have come from one agency. Interestingly, the contract I had with them during 2018/19 had some significant material differences...
  44. Thread: Is it me?

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    I've seen it used many times, sometimes in...

    I've seen it used many times, sometimes in conjunction with something like JIRA.

    It never ceases to amaze me how organisations can skimp on investing in proper tools for such an important part of...
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    Maybe, but in the current climate, it seems that...

    Maybe, but in the current climate, it seems that there are lots of potential substitutes on the bench. I know at least five people I 've worked with closely who would be a suitable substitute for...
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    Possibly one of the worst retailers in the UK...

    Possibly one of the worst retailers in the UK over the last 15-20 years. It's had so many mishaps and unsuccessful turnarounds. If it was a dog it would have been put down years ago to save it from...
  47. I was going to mention Jim Davidson. And Phil...

    I was going to mention Jim Davidson.

    And Phil Collins (who did move), Frank Bruno and various other C list celebs...

    No doubt this will get trotted out again during the election campaign.
  48. Maybe the super wealthy are right to be worried...

    Maybe the super wealthy are right to be worried but I sincerely doubt many of them will leave on day 1. The UK is much too good a tax haven for them and is likely to be for a while yet.
    ...
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    I think football tickets are much cheaper in...

    I think football tickets are much cheaper in Germany than England too?
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    You're way off the mark. Paid cinema admissions...

    You're way off the mark. Paid cinema admissions have been on a broadly upward trend since the early 80s and were the highest last year since 1970. UK cinema admissions and box office | Annual...
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