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    Oh FFS, sorry to read that. And the fact that...

    Oh FFS, sorry to read that. And the fact that all that time could have been saved by stating the no-contractor request at the beginning of the search.

    A similar story but, by way of comparison,...
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    Hmm. Ref Jobserve, apparently the OTC stuff is...

    Hmm.

    Ref Jobserve, apparently the OTC stuff is something you can switch off if you feel it is too laboursome.

    And so off it went...
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    Having spoken to them today for other reasons, am...

    Having spoken to them today for other reasons, am told that all the OTC nonsense is indeed being streamlined following many people's similar feedback.

    While no timeline was offered or available,...
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    Seems the world's going OTC nuts right now. Is...

    Seems the world's going OTC nuts right now. Is it a bloody fashion?

    Even Jobserve now requires you to juggle laptop and phone to input an OTC, every - time - you - logon! Just for a %$!£-ing job...
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    Rest assured I have it on good authority that...

    Rest assured I have it on good authority that they were.

    But to allow you to go on with the rest of your day, I will concede the sarcasm honours to you sir.
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    You're on fire at the moment. 'founder' is still...

    You're on fire at the moment. 'founder' is still licking his wounds elsewhere.

    Less 'moan', more 'constructive feedback'.

    Anyway, I type with more than two fingers and all the bullets were...
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    It is unbelievably clunky. In this day and...

    It is unbelievably clunky.

    In this day and age whereby it is so easy to stand on the shoulders of giants which, in this case, would be a perfectly working and streamlined site, why on earth they...
  8. Good luck with that. Fair play to 'them'...

    Good luck with that.

    Fair play to 'them' (who's Them?) for looking to cough up.
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    Is there a thought to accepting the low rate for...

    Is there a thought to accepting the low rate for three months and, once in and indispensable, negotiate up?

    I have said yes to £350 rates and even then nothing happens, so it's not just your...
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    Well, it's Friday, one week into the new job and...

    Well, it's Friday, one week into the new job and frankly, it has not been worth the trouble.

    Job 1: Before starting on the 1st, had murmurings about the signed Outside contract being magically...
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    Last time I wore a suit to an interview was...

    Last time I wore a suit to an interview was around 10 years ago. Smart casual has been the default of late.

    As for video interviews where the interviewers are themselves at home, a polo shirt. I...
  12. Thankfully, the VSO, and the countless other...

    Thankfully, the VSO, and the countless other organisations who organise such, seem to have enough people who think otherwise for them to remain in operation.

    To each their own. But for my own, if...
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    Is there a type of sector client who does these?

    Is there a type of sector client who does these?
  14. Well, they used the word Volunteer, not Trial. ...

    Well, they used the word Volunteer, not Trial. So until they, the agency, say otherwise, it's Volunteer.

    For my part, when I was talking to the agency about such a gig, my 'pay-off', if you like,...
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    Of course it's expensable. If the LtdCo is...

    Of course it's expensable.

    If the LtdCo is still open for business, and marketing, and looking for business, one can off set. One is not dictated by the one sole contract, or lack thereof.
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    Never heard of this before... Are these common?

    Never heard of this before... Are these common?
  17. Definition of volunteer 1: a person who...

    Definition of volunteer
    1: a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service: such as
    a: one who enters into military service voluntarily
    b(1): one who renders...
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    Worry not. On the Business / Contracts forum,...

    Worry not.

    On the Business / Contracts forum, his standard response there is to say, Why not speak to your Agent.
  19. What do trials have to do with volunteer work? ...

    What do trials have to do with volunteer work?

    Trials are the same as internships, to get experience as see if you're up to snuff. Volunteer work suggests you're already there and are willing to...
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    Indeed. The only issue I think I will need to...

    Indeed.

    The only issue I think I will need to get my head around is juggling two disconnected calendars. And not giving cause for concern when it comes to blocked time which does not appear to...
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    It has been a ride, to be sure. But, the...

    It has been a ride, to be sure.

    But, the contract for the first role is now signed for a contract to start 1st October. And, the second role is also progressing. This last probably to start mid...
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    Grief, I've only been on the boards for three...

    Grief, I've only been on the boards for three minutes this morning and already I'm feeling sorry for myself!

    Good morning fellas.
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    Not wishing to pour cold water on any enthusiasm...

    Not wishing to pour cold water on any enthusiasm but, isn't it fair to say that current market conditions will make it hard to get anything? And no matter the training, experience always counts...
  24. Must admit, I failed to understand any of this. ...

    Must admit, I failed to understand any of this.

    Is it;

    I HAD a contract until the end of the year but, DUE to imminently enforced rate reductions, I HAVE handed my notice in this week.

    Since...
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    While not concrete, as in No contract and Not...

    While not concrete, as in No contract and Not started, I am due to start on Monday on one role.

    And another looks as though it is also coming through.

    Of the first, I will start even if without...
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    Presumably, you Have taken both roles. And you...

    Presumably, you Have taken both roles. And you Will make them just work?

    If so, congrats x 2.
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    Why not all over, at least, Europe? One or two...

    Why not all over, at least, Europe?

    One or two hours time zone difference isn't going to make any difference. Expand the borders.
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    Don't bother giving anyone a reason not to call...

    Don't bother giving anyone a reason not to call you? No point in second guessing the unguessable.

    'No, I have no interviews lined up. I've only just started looking.' And from that, they can't...
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    It is a shame, and it is bloody frustrating. And...

    It is a shame, and it is bloody frustrating. And not only 'showing a desire', but if the contract duration is over six months, 'having successfully done.'

    Irrespective of the above conversation...
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    I would not open another LtdCo; as someone else...

    I would not open another LtdCo; as someone else has said I'd just reclass the existing LtdCo from the IT Consultant SIC to one of Property Rental.

    As for transferring the two existing rentals into...
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    In this, more than Any market, if anyone is...

    In this, more than Any market, if anyone is having trouble getting a job in their own field, then shifting into sales with absolutely no prior experience I cannot really see as being in any way...
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    Jane, I am sure you are not reading what I said...

    Jane, I am sure you are not reading what I said and are just following your own agenda.

    I am sure there are needs for both types of PM, but in my world this has quite explicitly not been the case....
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    Perhaps because the above description, if not the...

    Perhaps because the above description, if not the bit about being universally complained about, is essentially me, I would have to disagree.

    While not knowing the sector you work in, mine is telco...
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    Actually, in their adverts they are specifically...

    Actually, in their adverts they are specifically telling people Not to call.

    It has been a practice in times past to fire off a CV, and immediately follow up with a call. And now, I click, send,...
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    Correct. However, other advantages may come...

    Correct.

    However, other advantages may come through dependent on specific location within; cheaper living, better living, etc.
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    Bearing in mind one was only supposed to have a...

    Bearing in mind one was only supposed to have a need to keep seven years of company records, or at least, HMRC can legitimately and legally only go back seven years, the fact that for Loan Charges...
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    Oh grief, is it green? Am a bit colour blind and...

    Oh grief, is it green? Am a bit colour blind and stuffs pops out in all sorts of shades.

    Am afraid the DON'T was a red rag (or as above, a rag of any colour) and I looked. Yeah, there's one or...
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    It is a rather sad looking little thing isn't it....

    It is a rather sad looking little thing isn't it. All those people enveloped in their little orange circle of forlorn shame. Peering through from within.

    I am guessing recruiters can just look...
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    That is just annoying. But it's prevalent. ...

    That is just annoying.

    But it's prevalent.

    In the last contract, we had to bring on board a consultancy to supply bodies. I found five consultancies, and we had them on a couple of calls each....
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    Nope, the ownership of the bouncing is Yours. So...

    Nope, the ownership of the bouncing is Yours. So 'your'.

    We might be done here.
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    To be sure, you're a 'glass half full' guy!

    To be sure, you're a 'glass half full' guy!
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    Deary me. Did I even say that? Anywhere? ...

    Deary me.

    Did I even say that? Anywhere?

    Mine was a hypothetical comment on the scenario. A comment on the irony, if you will.

    Your bouncing up and down assuming from this that, I wish to...
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    This was only supposed to have been a casual...

    This was only supposed to have been a casual remark.

    But if we can pretend you understand me, and maybe the nationwide situation for contractors, 'Getting an Outside IR35 contract' is no longer as...
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    And, how's that? If one is prevented from...

    And, how's that?

    If one is prevented from using one's LtdCo due to blanket direction for contractors to use Umbrella companies, then IR35 reform, and its (mis)use thereof, kinda does.
    ...
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    A sort of half-interesting thought popped into my...

    A sort of half-interesting thought popped into my head.

    All the contractors who have taken on this BBL, what happens when by mid next year, IR35 Reform makes it impossible for them to pay it back?...
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    If Phone Banking is your requirement, Cater Allen...

    If Phone Banking is your requirement, Cater Allen have never had any wait time.

    That said, of course they are online too...?
  47. Poll: Must admit when you said, 'Long Payment Terms' in...

    Must admit when you said, 'Long Payment Terms' in the title, I was expecting 60 days.

    30 is fine.
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    No problem fella, was only muckin' abaht. It's...

    No problem fella, was only muckin' abaht.

    It's been a slow five months and now, on top of everything else, I have to accept I'm Done, and understand the only thing left for me is to stand outside...
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    Some cheery words indeed. Many thanks.

    Some cheery words indeed.

    Many thanks.
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    :laugh

    :laugh
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