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    It's the nightmare combination - working with one...

    It's the nightmare combination - working with one of the dreaded giant Indian IT services companies and the wallet busting expense of staying in Switzerland.
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    Yes I would like to echo this. I’m interested...

    Yes I would like to echo this. I’m interested too.

    Could you enlarge on the above please?[/QUOTE]

    I'll answer in the context of what I'm looking for but try to give you a more general view.
    ...
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    Not sure why you find it annoying? I find a...

    Not sure why you find it annoying?

    I find a lot of the content useful. I'm studying for an AWS certification at the moment but I've still done quite a few LinkedIn courses to gain some knowledge...
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    Mini-boom

    Got a very short extension of 6 weeks rather than 3 months as expected. Better than a kick in the teeth I guess and I''ll have managed to eke out over 7 months in this gig instead of 3 as originally...
  5. £800 a day is either for very in demand technical...

    £800 a day is either for very in demand technical skills or senior roles like Head of IT or other team heads. It would usually take you quite a lot of years to get to that sort of day rate.

    Once...
  6. My current client has been doing the same for...

    My current client has been doing the same for perm hires made in April, some aren't starting till June/July. It's as much to do with the capacity/ability to do remote onboarding and inductions as...
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    In my experience, few people receive any kind of...

    In my experience, few people receive any kind of training in interviewing. Unstructured interviews are a worse than average predictor of employee success.

    The best predictor seems to be a mix of...
  8. I don't see what the problem is, especially in...

    I don't see what the problem is, especially in current times when who knows when/how things will start to pick up again.

    My brother has got about 4 clients on the go at once. He's working very...
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    I got extended to end June in early April and...

    I got extended to end June in early April and client already wants to talk to me about another extension for a new project this coming week. I'm not sure it will be the most interesting work and the...
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    It's debatable whether this will be a longer term...

    It's debatable whether this will be a longer term trend, at least in and around large cities which have high numbers of public transport commuters. It wouldn't take much of an increase in car...
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    Staff where I work were told via conference call...

    Staff where I work were told via conference call today that if they need to visit the office in London for any urgent reason, they will need a special permit in advance from next week.

    Not sure...
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    Public sector organisation I'm contracting at is...

    Public sector organisation I'm contracting at is extending all IT contractors due for renewal shortly. Things are changing so rapidly that I'll wait till I see the paperwork before getting too...
  13. Thread: Echo Show etc

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    I did think about an Echo Show but I only had a...

    I did think about an Echo Show but I only had a very narrow window to visit the 70 year old mother in law one evening last week before the potential self-isolation for the over 70s so didn't have...
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    Don't have a clue about what? I'm not a technical...

    Don't have a clue about what? I'm not a technical expert but I was aware of the company and its product and I've worked on data warehousing /data lake related projects. I was commenting on the irony...
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    A few weeks ago I had a sponsored ad for...

    A few weeks ago I had a sponsored ad for Snowflake Inc. appear on my LinkedIn feed just under a story from the Irish Times with the headline 'Generation panic: why is there so much anxiety among...
  16. I had a new team of young BAs working for me a...

    I had a new team of young BAs working for me a few years ago. All relatively new graduates with less than a year's work experience. They were on a two year scheme with a big IT Services supplier to...
  17. Good idea. I was trying to do this over xmas but...

    Good idea. I was trying to do this over xmas but couldn't get hold of QDOS so I just completed the questionnaire. This allowed me to start on the planned date in early Jan but I haven't got round to...
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    That's interesting to know. Maybe it's indicative...

    That's interesting to know. Maybe it's indicative of a big push in hiring across senior management/technical roles, which would be encouraging in a broader market sense.
  19. I had to pay, it was £75 IIRC. It looked a...

    I had to pay, it was £75 IIRC. It looked a different product from QDOS standard contract IR35 review.

    I didn’t have the time to faff around with QDOS and for the sake of £75 I was able to start...
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    Longest I came across was during my perm days and...

    Longest I came across was during my perm days and a guy had been there 13 years; by the time he left it must have been 15 odd years. It was rumoured this guy was a multi-millionaire, his day rate was...
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    I assume you're being tongue in cheek but believe...

    I assume you're being tongue in cheek but believe me, it's not a piece of cake finding an interim role on £1,000-1,500/day.

    I can't comment on startups but for the interim IT Director/CIO market...
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    How the interim market works

    That isn't strictly true NLUK. Companies definitely don't go directly looking for interims, they approach agencies just like other for contract staff.

    Interim providers develop their own network...
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    I volunteer as a mentor for an organisation...

    I volunteer as a mentor for an organisation called Meet a Mentor which is primarily a developer and other techies community. One suggestion I always give to people who are considering how to develop...
  24. I had to complete this same assessment with QDOS...

    I had to complete this same assessment with QDOS over xmas for my new public sector client for an early Jan gig start.

    I was in a similar situation in that I had arranged the assignment direct...
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    Market has been ballistic for me since just...

    Market has been ballistic for me since just before xmas after an exceedingly quiet Oct/Nov. I started a new consulting gig at beginning of Jan and had calls for five interim IT director roles since I...
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    In my experience, this is fairly common. I’ve...

    In my experience, this is fairly common. I’ve noticed it’s more onerous now compared to when I first started contracting six years ago.

    I think by law, your identity has to be verified along with...
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    It's not financial services and it's somewhere...

    It's not financial services and it's somewhere I've worked before as a permie many years ago.

    I've actually been dealing directly with the end client (they originally approached me to work for...
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    Hays onboarding timescale

    I'm waiting for a contract to come through for a new client via Hays. It's been a week since I received the verbal offer from the client but I haven't even heard from Hays yet never mind received any...
  29. Thread: Sainsbury's

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    It would be interesting to see what proportion of...

    It would be interesting to see what proportion of people are deemed outside using the revised CEST.

    It's use in 2017 and 2018 seemed like it was assessing 85-90% plus of people to be inside IR35.
  30. Thread: Sainsbury's

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    I think it's more a case that a large proportion...

    I think it's more a case that a large proportion of existing contractors will long term find it hard to get outside IR35 gigs.

    I don't know the proportion of public sector gigs that are outside...
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    It might be years before the full picture emerges...

    It might be years before the full picture emerges as there are still investigations in progress and more courts cases to come.

    What does appear to be becoming clearer is that Asian gangs...
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    This is a really good point. I've lost count...

    This is a really good point.

    I've lost count of the number of recruiters who've been publishing articles and guidance about IR35, claiming that you can increase your rates by X% to offset any...
  33. Thread: Sainsbury's

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    Right idea in principle but doesn't really help...

    Right idea in principle but doesn't really help given the many well documented flaws in CEST. One of the main ones being that HMRC won't even accept the results of their own tool at a tax tribunal...
  34. As some have already replied, you need to have a...

    As some have already replied, you need to have a very clear business proposition. I think you are conflating several different types of work or proposition under the catch all of 'contract' and each...
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    Unfortunately gigs getting canned due to budget...

    Unfortunately gigs getting canned due to budget pressure is an occupational hazard, particularly at certain times in the typical annual budget cycle where business functions, including IT, are...
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    Yes, Jobserve is probably one of the better ones...

    Yes, Jobserve is probably one of the better ones but there are lots that are really poor.
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    Well I’ve been a contractor for almost seven...

    Well I’ve been a contractor for almost seven years...

    I think reference to what’s happening in e.g. permanent recruitment is relevant given the wider context of recent events like Brexit and the...
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    Contracting in the financial services sector is...

    Contracting in the financial services sector is currently in turmoil due to the impending changes in IR35 rules being rolled out to the private sector from April 2020. There are many threads on this...
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    Had an interview with them many years ago for a...

    Had an interview with them many years ago for a perm role. Interview process dragged on for almost 3 months and four rounds of interviews. Just before the final interview their HR bod told me that...
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    It's a fact of life that most recruiters and job...

    It's a fact of life that most recruiters and job board websites are rubbish.

    It never ceases to amaze me how many sites don't have even a half complete set of filters like by rate, date posted, or...
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    Persistence pays off - new contract

    Two weeks ago I started to individually contact 200 connections via LinkedIn about a bit of research I've been doing. About 30 of those were recruiters who I casually mentioned to that it would be...
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    133. Was working full time Jan to May then...

    133.

    Was working full time Jan to May then extended with the client on a part time basis over the summer which suited me fine. Unfortunately I had to take a couple of months off in the autumn for...
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    It will be interesting to see if this takes off....

    It will be interesting to see if this takes off. I've got clients to sign these types of letters a few years ago but when I worked at a bank in 2017, the agency specifically told the client not to...
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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...
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    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...
  50. 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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