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  1. The thing is, I don't think the ability to opt...

    The thing is, I don't think the ability to opt out even is a grey area. Nor is it any kind of protection against falling inside IR35, as PCG undoubtedly intended it to be.

    Even if you were...
  2. Yes, I saw that thread before creating this one....

    Yes, I saw that thread before creating this one. I don't think the advice given in it is right (though I'm quite sure it accurately reflects the advice that EAS gave cojak). I therefore contacted the...
  3. Not that it makes it any better, but isn't £163k...

    Not that it makes it any better, but isn't £163k tax paid on £65m profits 0.25% rather than 0.01%?

    It doesn't matter what your turnover is. It does matter what your profit on that turnover is.
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    That's a fair correction. :)

    FTFY[/QUOTE]

    That's a fair correction. :)
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    Yup, DNA on its own is a very dodgy piece of...

    Yup, DNA on its own is a very dodgy piece of evidence to rely upon. There was a guy recently that spent months on remand for murdering a woman, despite no evidence other than out-of-context DNA...
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    Welcome to the forum. :wave:

    Welcome to the forum. :wave:
  7. Yup. I think some of them hold onto the faint...

    Yup. I think some of them hold onto the faint hope that the word "or" in the phrase "provided that such notice is given before the introduction or supply of the work-seeker or the person who would be...
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    No, it was Devil Worshipper I heard. Must be...

    No, it was Devil Worshipper I heard. Must be true, I heard it down the pub.
  9. Thread: I'm back

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    That's whose bollocks. ...

    That's whose bollocks.


    http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t435/Gentile_CUK/ConfusedDuckling.jpg
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    And I apologise for my slightly sarcky response....

    And I apologise for my slightly sarcky response. I do sympathise with the guy. Self-appointed experts are the pits. I'm just adding that sometimes Court-appointed experts are worse and do even more...
  11. Thread: I'm back

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    No, I think I managed to hit you OK. :tongue

    No, I think I managed to hit you OK. :tongue
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    There is only one true measure of who is top dog....

    There is only one true measure of who is top dog. Their daily rate. Just ask The Other Contractor.
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    Yes, that's exactly what I said. Word for word....

    Yes, that's exactly what I said. Word for word. You didn't miss anything out at all.
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    He should count himself lucky. All he had to put...

    He should count himself lucky. All he had to put up with was some self-appointed internet "experts" casting aspersions on his name. Sally Clark had to spend three years in prison and ended up dead...
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    I'm surprised your system is that complicated. I...

    I'm surprised your system is that complicated. I keep a note of the good ones on this handy list:

    " "
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    That depends. Are you a member of the Spanish...

    That depends. Are you a member of the Spanish Olympic Team and has your outfit been supplied for free by some kind commercial sponsorship as a result of your country's fiscal crisis? If the answer is...
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    Agreed. Although you do need to be cruel to be...

    Agreed. Although you do need to be cruel to be kind sometimes. Most of us have experienced needing to have frank discussions with agents. Usually it's the newest ones that you need to be most frank...
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    Agents like this make me laugh. It's bad enough...

    Agents like this make me laugh. It's bad enough when HR departments demonstrate such cluelessness, but agents' ability to make a living depends on not being this stupid. They might as well be...
  19. No problem, you're welcome.

    No problem, you're welcome.
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    +1 for this approach.

    +1 for this approach.
  21. What the highlighted sentence means is that...

    What the highlighted sentence means is that provided you don't opt out, the Regulations will apply to you whether you operate through a Ltd company or not. Clause 32 goes on to clarify that you may...
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    There's no shortage of agents with...

    There's no shortage of agents with misconceptions. Look them up on LinkedIn, and I'll bet you a pound to a penny your agent is less than a year out of University and pretty green around the gills...
  23. Thread: XPS v PDF

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    When I started out years ago I had the bright...

    When I started out years ago I had the bright idea of laminating all the fiddly little receipts I used to collect into A4 sheets. Never do this. You just end up with a load of black laminated...
  24. Using this free app...

    Using this free app on my Android phone. There are tons of others for Android, as well as for iPhone too.
  25. I think Cojak has some experience of reporting...

    I think Cojak has some experience of reporting the matter to the appropriate regulatory authorities and being stonewalled with the usual, lazy, "we don't want to do the job we get paid for" public...
  26. I've no advice or experience to offer, but I'm...

    I've no advice or experience to offer, but I'm sorry for your troubles. :hug:

    I've only known one person with epilepsy, and that was a teenager whilst I was one too. They got on and lived their...
  27. I don't think you quite understand. These were...

    I don't think you quite understand. These were jam-filled doughnuts we are talking about. They were full of jam. Who would kid around about something like that?
  28. Yup, that pretty much covers it. I'm quite sure...

    Yup, that pretty much covers it. I'm quite sure that if I'd turned up looking like a tramp they'd have concluded I wasn't taking things seriously. If I'd then handed them a pencil and paper, asked...
  29. I doubt that any decent developer would consider...

    I doubt that any decent developer would consider debugging a ten page printout to be a legitimate way to determine skill at software development, let alone leading a team. That alone would be enough...
  30. Did I mention they were jam doughnuts? :ind

    Did I mention they were jam doughnuts? :ind
  31. No, don't be silly, doomage. It was just that,...

    No, don't be silly, doomage. It was just that, despite my having provided plenty of code samples online (including on YouTube where they can actually hear me talk and see me type as I build a...
  32. No, NAT, what I'm saying is what I said. How...

    No, NAT, what I'm saying is what I said. How you're treated during the recruitment process is a pretty clear indicator of how you'll be treated on the job. I didn't apply for a role debugging print...
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    That's what he gets for flying the bloody Union...

    That's what he gets for flying the bloody Union Flag upside down!


    http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/64001000/jpg/_64001657_63993936.jpg
  34. Thread: I'm pished

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    Well done that man. Sounds like a good day. :)

    Well done that man. Sounds like a good day. :)
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    http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t435/Gentile_C...

    http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t435/Gentile_CUK/EODaMan.jpg



    Right, leaving aside the fact that you can't set up a VPN on your own (really? - never mind...), this guy is spending his time...
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    Do you want an honest answer, or just one that...

    Do you want an honest answer, or just one that makes you feel good?
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    You're right to be cautious. As you correctly...

    You're right to be cautious. As you correctly picked up on, it's not in any way normal to be asked to take personal responsibility for your Ltd's legal undertakings. I'm sure your contract review...
  38. Yes, we had that tennis match today too. The...

    Yes, we had that tennis match today too. The contract originally asked for 30 days, I said 7, we agreed on 14.
  39. Unfortunately, I've found a rule of thumb to be...

    Unfortunately, I've found a rule of thumb to be that the pickier a recruitment process is, and the more hoops you're asked to jump through, the less desirable the role on offer will be when the dust...
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    I'm not sure where they get their figures from,...

    I'm not sure where they get their figures from, but anecdotally I always found January to be about the best month to pick up a contract in. People are just coming back from their two-week Christmas...
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    Thanks, NLUK. Those would have been just the...

    Thanks, NLUK. Those would have been just the ticket, and would have matched my Android Tablet cover beautifully:


    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61ikLxqxr0L._AA1500_.jpg

    In the end,...
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    I too have found a bug in Google. A few months...

    I too have found a bug in Google. A few months back I was searching for useful information about contracting in the UK, and instead of what I had been expecting Google took me to a forum full of...
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    Happy Birthday both. :)

    Happy Birthday both. :)
  44. You're welcome. I hope the move into the...

    You're welcome. I hope the move into the contracting world is successful for you. :)
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    Not that I know of, though you may be right....

    Not that I know of, though you may be right. Nowadays, as xog said, it's of course a release of the Android OS.
  46. Thread: Fax? WTF??!?

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    I certainly think it's becoming the norm to...

    I certainly think it's becoming the norm to approve any documentation electronically. E.g., even though there's been a physical space to sign a paper copy on all of the contracts I've been party to...
  47. Thread: Fax? WTF??!?

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    Possibly something like this?...

    Possibly something like this? (or an equivalent app for your mobile phone type). Although I think Bunk has the right idea - they'll probably be amenable to an e-mailed scan/photograph of the thing.
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    It's just a personal thing. It doesn't matter...

    It's just a personal thing. It doesn't matter what you agree as long as all parties are happy with it. It only matters that you get it in writing and all parties stick to what they've agreed to do. I...
  49. Thread: He's Dunn

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    He's Dunn

    Actor Clive Dunn, best known for his role as Lance Corporal Jack Jones in Dad's Army, has died aged 92.

    I must confess, I thought he'd died years ago. :ohwell
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    A bit of an aside, but when I used have to...

    A bit of an aside, but when I used have to recruit developers for gigs I was technical lead on I used to have the standard list of technical skills that I'd include in the job spec. E.g., "Ice Cream...
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