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    I love my colour lasers. I had a B Grade Samsung...

    I love my colour lasers. I had a B Grade Samsung dirty cheap which lasted me about 5 years until it died. I then had a Xerox which lasted me until it was just out of warranty which was incredibly...
  2. I assume this is the new payment protection thing...

    I assume this is the new payment protection thing that banks have introduced? If so, whatever they're putting in needs to match exactly to the letter.

    So if you signed up with MyCo Consulting...
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    No idea, you'd have to ask them. I'm assuming...

    No idea, you'd have to ask them. I'm assuming they're working on the basis of a standard tax code (I.e. 1250L). It specifically says "take home pay after all deductions"
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    Noticed an Inside IR35 role that at first made me...

    Noticed an Inside IR35 role that at first made me laugh, due to the rate, but it stated inside the advert "Rate stated is what you will receive after deductions".

    Firstly, I appreciated the...
  5. To add to NLUK's answer - the other bit people...

    To add to NLUK's answer - the other bit people miss is that clients aren't stupid. They pay an agency margin because the agency provides a service - just because you can go direct doesn't mean you...
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    Bit sad to see nobody helping, let me try: ...

    Bit sad to see nobody helping, let me try:



    Yes, of course.



    Yes.
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    Said this for years now - and without wishing to...

    Said this for years now - and without wishing to make it some kind of schadenfreude (because it's not) it is somewhat reassuring to see other people struggling too. My first, proper, full time time...
  8. Cheers guys - think we're all on the same page....

    Cheers guys - think we're all on the same page. It's a potentially really interesting role, and the IR35 side is gonna be the same with any outside role right now so "Keep invoicing" I think!
  9. Outside contract (With CEST), to Umbrella - how exposed?

    I've got a potential client with an outside role. It's both outside in real terms, and on the basis of CEST - organisationally, they have concluded it's outside and I'm quite happy that its the...
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    He was also self-employed so that's worth noting...

    He was also self-employed so that's worth noting too
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    Agencies say a lot of things. I wouldn't believe...

    Agencies say a lot of things. I wouldn't believe most of them if they told me the sky was blue, and I sincerely fail to see how it's material. If they're referring to us as employees then they are...
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    Client, customer etc Speak for yourself,...

    Client, customer etc



    Speak for yourself, eek. None of my clients have ever confused me with an employee. In the context of IR35 it's clearly an important distinction given, y'know, the phrase...
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    Haha, got it too and had exactly the same thought.

    Haha, got it too and had exactly the same thought.
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    Some reading for your time on the bench: How to...

    Some reading for your time on the bench: How to Win Friends and Influence People: Amazon.co.uk: Dale Carnegie: 9780091906818: Books
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    I'm being sincere in my question. Which was "Why...

    I'm being sincere in my question. Which was "Why would you not be completely amenable?"

    It's not good business to be difficult, it's not good for inter personal relationships to be difficult, so...
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    Why would you not be completely amenable? You're...

    Why would you not be completely amenable? You're a temporary worker - if you want to be a permanent one, then take a permie job.

    You haven't been made redundant, you haven't been screwed over and...
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    Same, though it might be the nature of my work...

    Same, though it might be the nature of my work being somewhat agnostic. People like to know you can handle the environment, but beyond that I managed a pretty seamless move from very public sector...
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    Have to admit, I came in via the consultancy...

    Have to admit, I came in via the consultancy track and most of my contracting has also been via consultancies and I *really* don't want to go back the permie consultancy route. I will if I have to,...
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    On that basis I've spent half my contract career...

    On that basis I've spent half my contract career without a boom :D
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    Who said it was early? *runs*

    Who said it was early?

    *runs*
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    For a moment it actually sounded like it might...

    For a moment it actually sounded like it might come off, too but they've gone quiet recently so I suspect they've found somebody a bit closer than 4000 miles away
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    How did you do this year? Can't even come...

    How did you do this year?

    Can't even come close to trying to count days but in terms of basic invoicing last year I made 2.5x what I've made this year. Which is about right - I've been "lucky" in...
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    I had a similar convo except it was £850 a day

    I had a similar convo except it was £850 a day
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    "No" :D

    "No" :D
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    I'd read the state of the market thread and...

    I'd read the state of the market thread and seriously consider if, right now, this is the hill you want to die on.

    I'm not saying don't stand up for yourself, but just strongly consider how far...
  26. Thread: CUK Sockie Watch

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    Stead - he's a massive double 'ard bastard and...

    Stead - he's a massive double 'ard bastard and he's gonna come to a meet and kick all our arses. Or was it cry into his pillow after yet another lonely round of Pornhub? I forget.
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    Tentative boom.....I'll believe it when I'm sat...

    Tentative boom.....I'll believe it when I'm sat there invoicing though.

    Very odd market still - my only saving grace is I seem to have limited competition. I know an advert for this job went out...
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    He's a telephone.

    He's a telephone.
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    Yeah, if you skip half the words in a sentence...

    Yeah, if you skip half the words in a sentence you probably won't be able to understand it properly. Combined with a suboptimal ability to read and absorb information I imagine you're going to have...
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    I love it when you realise you've lost and get...

    I love it when you realise you've lost and get all stroppy. Calm down, dear!
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    You've just agreed with the point he made....

    You've just agreed with the point he made. You're.......you're just not a clever person are you, Scooter?
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    I suspect https://forums.contractoruk.com is the...

    I suspect https://forums.contractoruk.com is the issue. It seems to be configured differently, and while I don't any errors SSL Labs claims it doesn't support anything about TLS1.0:

    SSL Server...
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    If you press F12 (Dev Tools) and go to the...

    If you press F12 (Dev Tools) and go to the Security Tab what does the middle bullet point say?

    Here, on Chrome and Edge (Which is basically Chrome now) it says:

    "The connection to this site is...
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    It always does - congrats! Was it the full PPL in...

    It always does - congrats! Was it the full PPL in the end?
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    Ah a man of taste! I think you were learning...

    Ah a man of taste! I think you were learning fairly recently - how're you getting on? Passed I presume?
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    Yeah.....please don't. Picked mine up as a minter...

    Yeah.....please don't. Picked mine up as a minter for £4500....
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    One of my biggest regrets is selling my '68 VW...

    One of my biggest regrets is selling my '68 VW Campervan - had so so much fun in that thing
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    Uhhhm....a 2005 Vauxhall Astra. I had a nice...

    Uhhhm....a 2005 Vauxhall Astra.

    I had a nice Jag S Type then a few years ago I used it for all of about 2000 miles in 10 months so let it go, got a new car for the Mrs and had her old one (The...
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    Likewise, haven't seen that one at all on any...

    Likewise, haven't seen that one at all on any browser!
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    Except that's not "the rules" - there are...

    Except that's not "the rules" - there are currently at least 4 or 5 variations of "lockdown" in various parts of the country.

    I can go to the pub, but I can't go to somebody elses house.
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    Eh? Not sure what issues you're having but the...

    Eh? Not sure what issues you're having but the cert expired at about 1525 today
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    Who forgot to update the SSL cert?

    Tut tut!
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    Not just the City, but one of the most...

    Not just the City, but one of the most frustrating things about CUK is people not being able to see beyond their own bubble. And some of those bubbles are very small indeed - I suspect I've done more...
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    Very odd discussion today. Foreign recruiter, for...

    Very odd discussion today. Foreign recruiter, for a foreign firm (big names, big stuff) struggling to find the right combination of skills, experience, availability etc and is apparently looking...
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    Thought I'd continue the blog. Went to a Village...

    Thought I'd continue the blog. Went to a Village Hotel VWorks today - their new co working thing.

    Ehhhh - it was okay, but I won't go back. For a start it was insanely quiet, there was only one...
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    Some close friends of ours have adopted a child -...

    Some close friends of ours have adopted a child - preschool age, but not a baby. It's been a several-year long process for them and I have no idea how they've stuck with it. And then the emotional...
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    Poll: Gladly mate, any time. I'll be at any Christmas...

    Gladly mate, any time. I'll be at any Christmas Meet, and any other forum meets I can get to. See you there, I gather.
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    Poll: Oh, I'd always wondered who had Thursdays

    Oh, I'd always wondered who had Thursdays
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    Poll: I dunno if we're arguing across each other here,...

    I dunno if we're arguing across each other here, or what. I'm not saying the gulf is huge as it is, I'm just stating part of why we get so much heat is that plus lack of NI etc.

    The realistic...
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    Poll: Moron.

    Moron.
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