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  1. Around October when Nixon Williams ask for them ...

    Around October when Nixon Williams ask for them

    as for CT liability - surely you should know what that is all along, more or less...
  2. Friday to Monday, employer... hmm

    Friday to Monday, employer... hmm
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    Doing an entirely different Google search, I'd...

    Doing an entirely different Google search, I'd imagine
  4. So why do we have notice periods at all then?

    So why do we have notice periods at all then?
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    After putting my CV online getting calls from...

    After putting my CV online getting calls from agents saying things like "have you had any experience with integrations?"

    "Well yeah.. kinda... between what and what?"
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    Current contract finishes in a month, client...

    Current contract finishes in a month, client "says" they're going to extend.

    PerfectStorm knows better than to take client at their word and is looking now so at least they have a plan B.
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    I got my moneys worth out of the IPSE this year -...

    I got my moneys worth out of the IPSE this year - defended against a tax investigation (I won) and shopping vouchers (though my gas company sells these now too)

    It's just gone up to £319 a year...
  8. Although we like to think we're free of office...

    Although we like to think we're free of office politics, there's not a lot to stop people dragging us into it.

    I don't start fights or send snotty emails, but I can't hold either of these things...
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    An opportunity came in this morning! Business...

    An opportunity came in this morning!

    Business Analyst - ERP Upgrade
    Location - Lewes
    Duration - 3 Months
    Rate - £200 (inside of IR35)

    The agency? Spring :(

    Where do I sign up?
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    Have you set your objectives for the year and had...

    Have you set your objectives for the year and had your mandatory training from Karen in HR?
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    Been turning stuff down? :glasses

    Been turning stuff down? :glasses
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    Poll: Forthwith declinings to do the needful. Please...

    Forthwith declinings to do the needful. Please revert.
  13. Make sure when you get your contract reviewed...

    Make sure when you get your contract reviewed (you do do that don't you?) that when you package up their list of recommendations, add an extra section (in the schedule notes, expenses section or...
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    Poll: No event in London? :(

    No event in London? :(
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    Has happened every contract I've ever had. In...

    Has happened every contract I've ever had. In fact, this'll be my first one where it's one week and not two.

    Very good for your IR35 status, if not your bank account. You don't have mutual...
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    Boris Booming here too - just been extended right...

    Boris Booming here too - just been extended right up to the eve of the IR35 changeover.
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    How are you lot coming up with a running total of...

    How are you lot coming up with a running total of days? Other than going through a years worth of invoices or keeping a spreadsheet I can't think how...
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    I voluntarily left two horrible gigs in a row,...

    I voluntarily left two horrible gigs in a row, spent 2 months on the contractor scrapyard then came back to score the best rate of my career.

    It's been mixed, but on the whole, worth doing. And at...
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    To be fair I've worked with dozens of contractors...

    To be fair I've worked with dozens of contractors for years and if you were to ask them, a few would say "it's something to do with not working somewhere for more than 2 years". My client told me...
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    This is a good thing, from a legal point of view...

    This is a good thing, from a legal point of view if not a monetary one. Absolutely part of the job, and not even an unusual part.

    There are as I see it several levels of consideration you can...
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    Having spent august and September depleting 2...

    Having spent august and September depleting 2 months worth of war chest this year, I'm not going to disagree!

    That was voluntary, too - I must've really hated that contract.
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    An old comment I've thought of around this time...

    An old comment I've thought of around this time of year (or a few other, times of year)
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    All part of the deal. Which feeds into the...

    All part of the deal. Which feeds into the general advise here to "not let up on applying, keep applying at the same rate and even going to interviews until you're sat down at the client's desk on...
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    I have, and twice got a contract in the first...

    I have, and twice got a contract in the first week of January. Enjoy your holiday :)
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    Sound like some of the outfits offering 'free...

    Sound like some of the outfits offering 'free webinars' that IPSE seem so fond of
  26. Just the Christmas week itself. I think the first...

    Just the Christmas week itself. I think the first time for me it hasn't been 2 weeks.

    Gig is WFH so any surrounding days shouldn't be too much trouble!
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    They've said a few things in recent years ;)

    They've said a few things in recent years ;)
  28. Made a right impression by my last hiring manager...

    Made a right impression by my last hiring manager - in an office full of presentees, I'd leave at 4:40PM every day to get the 5PM train.

    I was coming in at 8:30 so I said I wasn't leaving early,...
  29. Remember that words, of clients and agents mean...

    Remember that words, of clients and agents mean nothing. I don't count a renewal as 'in the bag' until I'm sat there on day one.

    No matter how much of a cert it is, start looking a month before,...
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    I made them all agency references as opposed to...

    I made them all agency references as opposed to client. So even if I hadn't been great for them, they wouldn't burn any bridges.

    Some former clients I wouldn't trust to wee on me if I was on fire.
  31. Gotta say I think the Lib Dems have the edge on...

    Gotta say I think the Lib Dems have the edge on the big 2 here
  32. Much like being asked to meet an agent in person,...

    Much like being asked to meet an agent in person, nothing ever seems to come of these interactions. You start to filter them out after having given the benefit of the doubt too many times.
  33. No. I find refusing to do this from the off, and...

    No. I find refusing to do this from the off, and cheerily explaining why, nips it in the bud (all the way up to renewal, or not!)

    Lives are made miserable by over-dedication to work. We do have...
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    There is a massive pay disparity in this country....

    There is a massive pay disparity in this country.

    Some of the people on this site could certainly pay a bit more back in.
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    And a cancellation of the loan charge, for those...

    And a cancellation of the loan charge, for those involved
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    No issues if it's on billable time or a quick...

    No issues if it's on billable time or a quick phone thing

    Rigidly finding reasons to whinge about IR35 isn't real world.
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    Those ones are alright - set some time to talk...

    Those ones are alright - set some time to talk about what you're up for, where you've been, they get a feel for your personality etc.

    Don't take up the offer to meet recruiters in person unless...
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    Got asked for my last 4 years worth at my current...

    Got asked for my last 4 years worth at my current gig - this was well after contract arrived, mind.

    Meant asking for a favour from some individuals I hadn't given my best work to!
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    Plenty greetings - now make sure you're good and...

    Plenty greetings - now make sure you're good and do the needful.
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    I've had a few of these interviews over the last...

    I've had a few of these interviews over the last few years. What it normally consists of is a PM who to all intents and purposes is the hiring manager, who then brings in a robot BA/robot developer...
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    Was the Blackpool role being offered by an Indian...

    Was the Blackpool role being offered by an Indian chap? :glasses
  42. Always take the contract option

    Always take the contract option
  43. Thread: Warchests

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    Aldermore is 1% with payments taking 2 hours on...

    Aldermore is 1% with payments taking 2 hours on weekdays.
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    Thats the first I've heard that. I'd imagine...

    Thats the first I've heard that.

    I'd imagine it'll stay as presumably it's a revenue earner (of sorts), and they already have the process in place for public sector stuff.
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    Wouldn't be a bad idea. Or a search for '£x in,...

    Wouldn't be a bad idea. Or a search for '£x in, £x out' . You could specify that on your profile as well.
  46. Thread: Warchests

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    Not as much as savings accounts do, you're better...

    Not as much as savings accounts do, you're better banking all your company money (minus a grand or so) in one of those.

    Taxes will all need paying so makes sense to never draw down on the amounts...
  47. Was there a crackly phone line, a bit of...

    Was there a crackly phone line, a bit of satellite delay in the call perhaps...
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    This sounds more anger inducing than not doing it...

    This sounds more anger inducing than not doing it at all

    Compromise and give them a stool sample. It's one of those annoying things really that you may just have to take on the chin for a quiet...
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    Long-time gighunters from the summer lull -...

    Long-time gighunters from the summer lull - anyone still looking? What's your running total of months out now?
  50. YANCOTBAC :D Common practise in my...

    YANCOTBAC :D


    Common practise in my experience.
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