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  1. Well the last two roles I've had I've managed to...

    Well the last two roles I've had I've managed to negotiate a higher rate than was agreed before the interview so you can always talk it up later. Unless you're terrible at the interview of course
  2. Not quite true, al kids are eligible for the...

    Not quite true, al kids are eligible for the 15/30 hours of free childcare. Its child benefit you are not eligible for if either you or your partner earn over £50k
  3. I think its safe to say you didnt get the first...

    I think its safe to say you didnt get the first role. An agent would not use up their valuable "CV-SLots" with you for the second role if the first one was a goer
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    Ive been lending using Ratesetter for about 5...

    Ive been lending using Ratesetter for about 5 years, never lost any money on it, averaging about 5% return per year. Im sure the other platforms do this also but they have a fund which covers any bad...
  5. Always stick with AgentX, or risk not getting...

    Always stick with AgentX, or risk not getting considered at all as said above.

    If you get offered the job, negotiate the rate from there. You could always say you have another offer at £33 an hour...
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    I once witnessed an insurance client force every...

    I once witnessed an insurance client force every technical person from one of the Indian outsourcers before they go ttheir admin credentials so dont think its an IR35 indicator
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    Yes that is true, you need to have been in the UK...

    Yes that is true, you need to have been in the UK for the last 5 years. I had SC clearance denied a few years ago when I had been out of the country for 2 out of the previous 5 years. Some of that...
  8. So, what are you going to do come April 2020

    So what are people's thoughts about what to do when the proposed IR35 changes come into play in April 2020? What do you think will happen?

    my currnet thought is contractors will need to expect to...
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    April 2019 IR35 and backdating of tax

    This article just popped up in my feed which has alarmed me slightly....

    http://www.itcontractor.com/contractors-ir35-hmrc-worst-nightmare-becomes-reality-armageddon/

    If HMRC do decide to...
  10. Maybe HMRC have bought them for access to all our...

    Maybe HMRC have bought them for access to all our accounts. Hahaha. Hang on. They could have done
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    I wouldn't worry, its usually a sign of them...

    I wouldn't worry, its usually a sign of them being good and moving on to other roles. What you really don't want is to get stuck with the same one for years because they are struggling with the...
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    Well if you have a MOO clause in your contract,...

    Well if you have a MOO clause in your contract, contractually you are not obliged to accept any work. Whether you have outstanding deliverables is another matter or whether that can be argued.

    I...
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    Yes, absolutely they are terrible now. I have...

    Yes, absolutely they are terrible now. I have been trying to lodge a complaint with them for weeks now. I spoke to somebody yesterday who was going to investigate but not called me back. Service is...
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    Yeah its not hard to fend off that question...

    Yeah its not hard to fend off that question though is it. I just laugh and say "pull the other one mate, I'm not giving you references" then we move on and I get a gig through them. I'm working my...
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    Keeping Track of it all

    I've got so many types of investments and pockets of money here there and everywhere, including bank accounts, pensions, shares, life insurance schemes, non listed shares, bitcoins. In conscious if I...
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    But that's my vision too. I don't seem to have...

    But that's my vision too. I don't seem to have got any closer though after 13 years.

    Anyway anyone who is anyone has a beard nowdays. I think that's why my career is limited, I can't grow one
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    Challenger business Bank

    Has anyone heard of this business challenger bank https://getcoconut.com. seems to be a hybrid of a business bank account with an accountancy service built in. They are looking for investment, wonder...
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    I think the client will expect you to have a...

    I think the client will expect you to have a limited company or to go through an Umbrella. No reason to have you as an employee?

    Id be nervous why the agent is dropping out? Are the client credit...
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    Oh please stop with the holier than thou...

    Oh please stop with the holier than thou attitude. Would you speak to someone like that face-to face? I highly doubt it so please be polite on the forums.
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    Cornerstone Instance Access ISAs

    Anyone used this outfit, promising 5.25% return in an ISA with instant access? http://isa.cornerstone-cp.com/
    Sounds too good to be true
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    Leave rate negotiations till after the interview,...

    Leave rate negotiations till after the interview, then you will understand how much of a ball ache the contract will be and the client will understand how much they want you, agent loses some of...
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    We just decided to move on. We then went to NZ...

    We just decided to move on. We then went to NZ and did a snowboard season over there, travelled India for a couple of months then another snowboard season in Austria. I'm glad we came back, it makes...
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    Why not just apply personally and claim the...

    Why not just apply personally and claim the expense back from your ltd?
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    I contracted over there for 12 months in...

    I contracted over there for 12 months in 2006/2007, so this info may be a bit old now, but I loved it. Easy to find work, if you've got good skills. I found certifications help. Back then rates were...
  25. Thread: DevOps

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    Read "The Phoenix Project" - its a novel based...

    Read "The Phoenix Project" - its a novel based about IT and Devops. its actually quite a good read and less than a fiver on Kindle
  26. Are you referring to Brexit allowing us to close...

    Are you referring to Brexit allowing us to close the borders? Unfortunately I suspect that leaving the EU will only increase this problem of non-EU migration. You notice how the trade-deal talks with...
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    PS forget negotiating with agency. They no longer...

    PS forget negotiating with agency. They no longer exist, they have no money and no legal obligation to pay you
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    Why are you still working for a company that no...

    Why are you still working for a company that no longer exists and will not be paying you (agency)? You need to stop working immediately as you will not get paid either the 2 months they owe you or...
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    Natwest Mortgages

    I am currently locked into a 5 year fixed mortgage deal with Natwest. I want to move to a bigger place, but the way Natwest assess contractor income is limiting the amount they will loan me. Other...
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    When I interview people, I always always always...

    When I interview people, I always always always ask a few pointed technical questions based on a project on their CV or what they've told me to ensure they have actually done the project. Its amazing...
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    I worked at a client site where there were a lot...

    I worked at a client site where there were a lot of tech mahibdra contractors. They all had major issues getting paid on time and that was without the complication of another agency
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    Wow - somehow I stumbled on this - I haven't read...

    Wow - somehow I stumbled on this - I haven't read every message in this thread I didn't expect it to go on so long.

    So back in May I went back to an old client, which was as sh!t as ever but paid...
  33. They don't go back more than 5 years so stop...

    They don't go back more than 5 years so stop stressing.
  34. Ah sounds like the KDCOM naval project. I trained...

    Ah sounds like the KDCOM naval project. I trained the Korean lot on how to integrate and build the system back in 1999. Cant remember much about it though
  35. Personally I'd go a), I like money for no work....

    Personally I'd go a), I like money for no work. Can you talk to them though and explain you are still owed money? Maybe increase your monthly fee and explain you are willing to let go the outstanding...
  36. I didn't say to apply it across the board, but...

    I didn't say to apply it across the board, but pick the right person. I've done contracts at 500/day where I've come in, learning a new technology and still delivered more than the so-called experts...
  37. Thread: MoO example?

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    I don't interpret it as just being after the...

    I don't interpret it as just being after the contract. If I was contracted to build WebsiteA, but mid contract they asked me to look at TradingSystemA or even do some Business Analysis on iOSAppA, I...
  38. If I was hiring I would much rather hire a...

    If I was hiring I would much rather hire a youngster with a good attitude and ability to learn than many so called professionals with years of experience. Looking back on my career, I was probably at...
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    Yes both current client and the one I start next...

    Yes both current client and the one I start next week are enforcing it. I can't wait. Nearly 3 weeks off. When I started contracting I told myself I'd take off 3 months every year to enjoy life. That...
  40. Depends ont he contract. I've done it a couple of...

    Depends ont he contract. I've done it a couple of times. First was when the work was nothing like the project described at interview.

    The second was just recently. Ive been there ages, the work...
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    Its petty arguments like this that make me give...

    Its petty arguments like this that make me give up on this forum for long periods of time. Why don't some of you chill out, its so boring
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    Excellent news. I'm about to start a new contract...

    Excellent news. I'm about to start a new contract with KPMG and was going to miss my nearly 3 weeks off at Christmas with my current client.
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    Alwas Opt-IN here too. Just went through this...

    Alwas Opt-IN here too. Just went through this with an agency this week. They tried to get me to sign, I calmly explained I understood the regulations but firmly want to remain opten in. They sent me...
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    based on the information above, I would guess 80%...

    based on the information above, I would guess 80% of contractors are actually caught by IR35, with job roles rather than deliverables, but how many are actually worried about it?

    I would guess out...
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    Angel investment clubs are not people looking to...

    Angel investment clubs are not people looking to do a good deed. These are very wealthy people looking to invest in somebody else's company and make lots of money.
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    Unless you get on with them very very well, I...

    Unless you get on with them very very well, I think the concensus has been to avoid this. How would you split the shares? What happens if one of you cant find work for 6 months, how do you split the...
  47. But you're not technical right? Management is...

    But you're not technical right? Management is easy, you just need a big mouth
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    Do you want to fund it yourself? If the idea is...

    Do you want to fund it yourself? If the idea is good enough go to a local Angel Investment club. I'm a member of a local group and we see some brilliant (and some terrible) ideas come through looking...
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    Take one but you wont be able to connect it to...

    Take one but you wont be able to connect it to the network, you'll need your own 4G dongle to get access to the internet probably as well.
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    I see you've had the usual suspects answering...

    I see you've had the usual suspects answering another question to the one you asked.

    Anyway, I googled the definition of Commercial Waste and is says

    Commercial waste consists of waste from...
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