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    I bet I could take a stab at who this guy is!...

    I bet I could take a stab at who this guy is! Although I bet anybody who has ever contracted at RBS will say the same - it won't be the same guy, but we all know someone like that....
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    No, I don't get anything from the agency,...

    No, I don't get anything from the agency, everything comes from Paystream.
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    Lorien have now confirmed this apparently (to the...

    Lorien have now confirmed this apparently (to the disappointment of more than a few mates), so well done @WavyDavy, can we change your status to be officially "In The Know"?
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    Surely its no surprise? Why would they look to...

    Surely its no surprise? Why would they look to roll anything back given its just a delay?

    And at the moment, they won't have the staff to do anything about this even if they wanted to due to their...
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    Yeah, apparently they get a spreadsheet from the...

    Yeah, apparently they get a spreadsheet from the agency to show who's timesheets have been authorised....
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    First week of Pay Stream, all good, timesheet...

    First week of Pay Stream, all good, timesheet approved on the Monday, I got notification on the Wednesday, was paid on Thursday.

    Week two of Pay Stream, timesheet was approved on the Friday night...
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    Penalties? My issue is that I could have...

    Penalties?

    My issue is that I could have continued to run my contracting business as I have done for the last 20 years or so. But due to these changes I've been forced to wind things up and take...
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    But that has changed with some clients because...

    But that has changed with some clients because they've made blanket determinations to cover their own ar$es.

    I've done work for this client before when I was on an outside contract. The work I'm...
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    I really feel for those who’ve walked out on...

    I really feel for those who’ve walked out on principle
    Or been forced out... Those roles which have been outsourced and the like.

    Oh, and the impending economic apocalypse obviously.

    Well done...
  10. Curiosity got the better of me so I checked the...

    Curiosity got the better of me so I checked the LinkedIn feed.... Someone might literally explode tonight in an orgy of self congratulation while followers line up to anoint their new king.
  11. My outside gig finished, so I picked up an inside...

    My outside gig finished, so I picked up an inside role, started to wind my company up and am three weeks in to life with a brolly company.

    WTAF.

    I am now waiting for the ghost of Jeremy Beadle...
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    Wait what? It’s being delayed by a year after...

    Wait what?

    It’s being delayed by a year after the majority of large clients have already changed the rules and forced contractors out the door or to accept new terms via brollies.

    They’re not...
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    My current client is looking to see what projects...

    My current client is looking to see what projects can be stopped, so you know what the next step will be...
  14. Poll: Saw something earlier that coronavirus is much...

    Saw something earlier that coronavirus is much worse than flu as it leaves people "incapable of working". I think us contractors will be the judge of that.
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    The Bank I'm at just now are looking at what work...

    The Bank I'm at just now are looking at what work can progress, what can continue and which contractors can be let go as a result.
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    I'm still not sure I get the interest/risk in...

    I'm still not sure I get the interest/risk in activity data to be garnered from an outward-facing security camera of any sort to be honest.

    Nobody trusts Google or Amazon right, but what's really...
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    Damn how our brains work,,,. I remember something...

    Damn how our brains work,,,. I remember something similar back in the good days of IT support where one of the guys in the team had done similar but to one of the resourcing directors. Cue him...
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    I've got one and its brilliant, especially for...

    I've got one and its brilliant, especially for dealing with deliveries (lost or otherwise).

    I couldn't really give a monkeys about them looking at footage on it as its pointing outwards. But I...
  19. Thread: DOOM 101

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    It used to be that with each passing year I'd...

    It used to be that with each passing year I'd realise I can't stand people just a little bit more than last year.

    This contempt/realisation now seems to be growing daily.
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    I've started this week with a large Bank who are...

    I've started this week with a large Bank who are looking at their business continuity plans just now in terms of which people can work from home in which country - their remote access system seems to...
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    That section is taken from the HMRC site (as...

    That section is taken from the HMRC site (as below), but they're hardly going to go back and ask all these companies if they're definitely sure they've made the right decision....

    And remember how...
  22. You don't have to sign up to salary sacrifice for...

    You don't have to sign up to salary sacrifice for things like sick pay and holiday - umbrellas can just pay you what they would otherwise be setting-aside for you.

    The brolly representative should...
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    Smear some dog $hit on their door handles. That...

    Smear some dog $hit on their door handles. That should shut 'em up.
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    There was a phantom pooper in a Bank I used to...

    There was a phantom pooper in a Bank I used to work for - his place of choice was the lift. They weren't even glass ones, so it wasn't a fetish thing like those Hollywood producers and glass-topped...
  25. Even if the government announced there was to be...

    Even if the government announced there was to be a 12 month review, during which time the new rules were put on hold, why would the majority of companies change anything? The damage has been and its...
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    This thread feels like a trap! I'm out.

    This thread feels like a trap!

    I'm out.
  27. Agile is clearly the buzzword of the moment, but...

    Agile is clearly the buzzword of the moment, but I've found that while lots of companies are trying to adopt it in one way or another, they're struggling to make it fit for certain types of projects....
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    This thread has made me smile while I've been on...

    This thread has made me smile while I've been on a particularly rambling standup call, so I just wanted to say well done everyone.
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    Its a moot point though - my next gig has made a...

    Its a moot point though - my next gig has made a blanket determination about the use of PSCs, so by association (wrong word) the "role" is Inside IR35. That's why I think some of my initial...
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    I've signed up with Paystream, my first umbrella...

    I've signed up with Paystream, my first umbrella experience in 20 years or so. I chose Paystream because they at least returned my initial call without having to chase them - obviously the figures...
  31. That's nuts, but nobody contracting today will...

    That's nuts, but nobody contracting today will just take what they read online as verbatim without checking with their accountant right?
  32. Its a bit late in the day surely? Everyone I know...

    Its a bit late in the day surely? Everyone I know has basically had contracts terminated at the end of February and has had to either sign up for brolly/paye or find something else from 2nd of March....
  33. It was a brilliant idea, especially for the...

    It was a brilliant idea, especially for the finance market in Edinburgh where contractors tend to go round the different Banks ad infinitum...
  34. The other part of this is that if you do find...

    The other part of this is that if you do find yourself without a contract, along with many others going for the same role, its only going to drive rates down further (for some skills, not for all)....
  35. At my current gig there's half a dozen working...

    At my current gig there's half a dozen working for a consultancy, all on outside IR35 contracts at the moment. They're all either going inside or getting a new inside contract at a different client....
  36. So why with the recent change in legislation and...

    So why with the recent change in legislation and the risk averse nature of pretty much the whole industry, are brolly companies asking me about my working hours?

    They all want me to agree and say...
  37. Sticky: Presumably, going by some of the recent (and...

    Presumably, going by some of the recent (and not-so recent) threads on here about incorrect tax handling by brollies, one of the important things people should be doing when they get their first...
  38. Sticky: I've mentioned this on another thread, but for...

    I've mentioned this on another thread, but for those going outside to inside at the same client, the sheer number of contractors who will be doing this will mean there's no way HMRC could afford to...
  39. Comms which went out to contractors at one of the...

    Comms which went out to contractors at one of the big banks stated that they had been reassured by HMRC they wouldn't actively be looking to pursue this sort of scenario. Which as we all know with...
  40. Unsurprisingly, RBS have taken a similar stance...

    Unsurprisingly, RBS have taken a similar stance with their technology suppliers too.
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    They've really not thought any of this through...

    They've really not thought any of this through have they? Talking to a manager form a previous client, they're now being hit from all sides and while the "job swap" idea is a great one in theory, it...
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    I'm starting a new gig in March via Umbrella...

    I'm starting a new gig in March via Umbrella because circumstances dictate I need to keep the money coming in for a bit yet, but I'm now actively planning my escape route.

    As much as the brolly...
  43. I've been selecting a brolly today and of the...

    I've been selecting a brolly today and of the four I spoke to, two of them seemed unsure on what expenses, if any, could be claimed. I am obviously assuming 0, but two also said £25 a week expenses...
  44. I'm doing a role for a consulting firm who is...

    I'm doing a role for a consulting firm who is delivering some work for a Bank. I've had an outside IR35 contract for the duration of this assignment, but the Bank have now instructed them that they...
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    Thanks for clarifying. Rumour was my first...

    Thanks for clarifying. Rumour was my first reaction as when I've been there in the past its been rife for the silliest little thing getting spread around amongst contractors as it it was the gospel...
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    Talking to a couple of friends who are with RBS...

    Talking to a couple of friends who are with RBS and they've been told no contracts will be extended past the end of February at the time being (which has been the case for some time). Obviously the...
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    Unlike some of the other Banks, it doesn't look...

    Unlike some of the other Banks, it doesn't look like RBS are going to have some sort of initiative to offer contractors the opportunity to go permanent. Permie roles can still be offered, but subject...
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    Having not so long been in the Bank, I've lost...

    Having not so long been in the Bank, I've lost track of how many messages have been going around the groups about this news story - the hunt is still on to find a single contractor who's seen the...
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    Lorien are driving things because they've got...

    Lorien are driving things because they've got thousands of contractors there. I think a couple of people have recently left RBS to take up jobs with Lorien to specifically look at how they're going...
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    That's how it should be today though isn't it? ...

    That's how it should be today though isn't it?

    I'm at a Bank and at the moment the vast majority of contractors are brought in to do a specific role for x amount of time. They'll all be inside...
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