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  1. First Metro, then Atom, and now... :86 400

    Hi fellow contractors,

    I haven't been here for a good long while because I've been busy doing banking in Sydney. I'm now coming up to my first year as a perm in a fintech startup called 86 400...
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    51 here. Been a while since I posted on here....

    51 here. Been a while since I posted on here. Started contracting at age 31 in London in '95 (yes, the good old days LOL), still contracting 20 years later in Sydney, Australia. No problem getting...
  3. It's sods law that you work your arse off for 8...

    It's sods law that you work your arse off for 8 hours unnoticed and the second you open the internet your manager pops over to see you. Every time.

    Also this is the new me - I learnt the hard way...
  4. I see what you did there. Nice.

    I see what you did there. Nice.
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    After being a bit of a bear on agile I recently...

    After being a bit of a bear on agile I recently joined a bank where they have 'gone agile' and (so far) it seems to work very well. Mind you I am on a UAT/Analytics team so most of our work is small...
  6. unless we are talking about IR35 considerations...

    unless we are talking about IR35 considerations I'm not sure I understand what the problem is. Here in Oz if you are getting a considerable daily rate the typical mandated hours of work are 8 per...
  7. Ducking autocorrect!

    Ducking autocorrect!
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    I went down the middle road - was contracting and...

    I went down the middle road - was contracting and getting pissed of with the clientco and had figured I'd learnt all I could, and then a role came up with the Reserve Bank (here in Oz) that was fixed...
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    Well that's a shame. Agree RE service vs cost...

    Well that's a shame. Agree RE service vs cost ratio, and that's on a good day for IBM!
  10. *grabs popcorn*

    *grabs popcorn*
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    Rough chance of someone (doing pretty well in the...

    Rough chance of someone (doing pretty well in the remaining two months) getting extended???
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    LOL. Been a couple of times I wish that had been...

    LOL. Been a couple of times I wish that had been my CV!
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    One of my favorite David Brentisms! Have to...

    One of my favorite David Brentisms!

    Have to say upwards of 400 quid a day for Access/Excel seems quite a bit. Tempted to send you my details (Excel/Access/SQL Server/Banking/City etc since Excel...
  14. Hahaha Most Patronizing Comment Of 2012....

    Hahaha Most Patronizing Comment Of 2012. Brilliant.
  15. I get contacted a couple of times a month by...

    I get contacted a couple of times a month by agents who found me on LinkedIn and have a suitable role for me. I actually had to put my contract completion date on my profile to minimise the offers. I...
  16. I was just singing to myself... But given that...

    I was just singing to myself...

    But given that COBOL and GUPTA contractors can still (occasionally) earn top $, you are not wrong.
  17. Well that timeframe estimate was bang on the...

    Well that timeframe estimate was bang on the money:rollin:
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    You're welcome. I'm friends with all the girls at...

    You're welcome. I'm friends with all the girls at Talent in Sydney through my bestie Shazza who I met when she got me a job in Wellington (they are ALL hot!). Kat got me a role here before she left...
  19. hahaha. Man VBA is so 1997! I switched to VSTO...

    hahaha.

    Man VBA is so 1997! I switched to VSTO a while back. It's like Excel programming for Real Men.

    I never thought you'd be a flunkie, because VBA is so passe'
  20. Oh that made me LOL

    Oh that made me LOL
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    I used them

    Hey KiwiContractor, nice to see a fellow NZer in the UK IT contracting scene. I'm currently in Sydney but watching the UK market with interest for a possible return to London next year but it looks...
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    Everyone else here has pretty well summed up what...

    Everyone else here has pretty well summed up what I would have said, but I'd like to emphasize the value of extensions on your CV. All my contracts have been extended not only because I am totally...
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    So the good old days where the client just gave a...

    So the good old days where the client just gave a 5-10 quid/hour raise across the board to every contractor usually about every 6 months is over then?

    :tantrum:
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    +1 Until you have sent your CV to the agent...

    +1

    Until you have sent your CV to the agent and the agent has put your CV in front of the client then it's all fair game (although I think it is even after that as well).

    All power to the...
  25. Thanks Platypus. Just to clarify - the first week...

    Thanks Platypus. Just to clarify - the first week or two I was there I was given some Excel workbooks to fix and did it at my customary speed. Eventually after a few times of nagging my rather...
  26. Excellent! :yay: Great to see people busting a...

    Excellent! :yay: Great to see people busting a move to somewhere different - variety is the spice of life and all that and things in the UK seem pretty grim oop north and even down south, plus you...
  27. 10 years ago I was doing Excel VBA in a fundy and...

    10 years ago I was doing Excel VBA in a fundy and when I got asked to automate something I'd say 'two weeks'. It would take about 2-3 days (the rest of the time I was at the pub or doing stuff online...
  28. Thanks for the info. I gather it's a serious...

    Thanks for the info. I gather it's a serious workplace, but that's OK I'm pretty focused on my career and travel at the moment, so I think it would suit.
  29. Singapore - anyone ever done a stint there?

    I was in Singapore over Easter (the infinity pool on the skypark at the Marina Bay Sands is worth a visit alone) and quite liked it. Actually more the location - halfway between London and my home...
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    Oh, and for the first time in my life the useless...

    Oh, and for the first time in my life the useless twats at Goa airport managed to rip the handle clean off my bag - there was no note or anything, it just came along the luggage conveyor as per...
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    Carrying on with my Nothing Ever Gets Done...

    Carrying on with my Nothing Ever Gets Done Properly In India anecdotes - the partner last was reading a book she got in India and when it got to page 191 it jumped back to page 176 again and then...
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    Well when you consider that the trains and tracks...

    Well when you consider that the trains and tracks haven't been maintained at all since the British left, and neither have the roads as far as I can tell, I think it's just a statement of fact. There...
  33. Have you considered upskilling your spelling and...

    Have you considered upskilling your spelling and grammar at the same time? :laugh
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    As only a visitor to India I can't comment on...

    As only a visitor to India I can't comment on working conditions, although from what I've seen/heard you just need to pay the right people enough and anything can happen. I just don't think I could...
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    OK back from Singapore and India holiday. Before...

    OK back from Singapore and India holiday. Before I post anything else can I just clarify - I have no problem with Indian people, I have worked with some great Indians and the people of Goa were...
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    OK admittedly I'm out in the Antipodes where...

    OK admittedly I'm out in the Antipodes where things are still buzzing along, but it seems the IT contracting market still has life left in it. Yeah it is more difficult today than it was in say, the...
  37. Yup in my 15 years experience I'd be picking the...

    Yup in my 15 years experience I'd be picking the agent is charging the client about 600 - 700 depending on their relationship with the client, the state of the market, and how gullible they thought...
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    LOL. Did the sun come out oop north for a bit? ...

    LOL. Did the sun come out oop north for a bit?

    It's true every time I go to a contract I'm thinking "OMG what if I can't do what they want me to do" but then when I get there I usually kick *rse....
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    Dude, why don't you just start a sticky thread...

    Dude, why don't you just start a sticky thread called 'NorthernLadUKs Standard Reply' and put the above quote in it, or one of the only slightly differerent variations on the above which are pretty...
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    Don't get kaiser78 to review it for you.......

    Don't get kaiser78 to review it for you.... :spank:
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    ...and just found out that there is a bank...

    ...and just found out that there is a bank holiday (a real one, just for banks) on August 1, so thats *another* paid day off. :music:
  42. Sometimes even having the paperwork doesn't help....

    Sometimes even having the paperwork doesn't help. I was over in Sydney for a long weekend last year (working in NZ at the time) and went to an interview with Westpac Bank out in West Sydney. Got...
  43. I go for the first impression counts approach -...

    I go for the first impression counts approach - put a load of hours in first month or so, stay off the web, look keen. Once everyone thinks your amazing then you can really slack off and that great...
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    My first ever contract was with Glaxo back in the...

    My first ever contract was with Glaxo back in the 90s. I had an evil manager who made my life hell. Everything I did was wrong and never seemed to be good enough. I used to be off crying in the...
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    hahahaha well spotted. Monzamike I recently...

    hahahaha well spotted.

    Monzamike I recently started a fixed term permy role after being a contractor since '95. I almost hung up on the agent when he said fixed term perm but I'm glad I didn't....
  46. Could be time to get right into a good Peter F...

    Could be time to get right into a good Peter F Hamilton trilogy. The Nights Dawn one is pretty good and comes in at over 2000 pages....

    Or with windows 2000 it could be time to brush up on your...
  47. 1974

    1974
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    :spel Never!

    :spel Never!
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    Cunning plan! As cunning as a fox that used to...

    Cunning plan! As cunning as a fox that used to be Professor of Cunning at Oxford University but has moved on and is now working for the U.N. at the High Commission of International Cunning...
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    Now now, banking is incredibly difficult and you...

    Now now, banking is incredibly difficult and you have to be so clever to do it, that's why they get paid so much. And when they make a teensy weensy mistake (because it's so difficult) then it's...
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