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    They shouldn't be confident about that given...

    They shouldn't be confident about that given there's a waiting list for countries to join the EU!
  2. Thread: Aviva

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    They’re cheap.

    They’re cheap.
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    JP Morgan show their hand

    and it's a similar one to those seen before:

    new contracts/engagements from 1st Jan, inside PAYE

    existing contracts to 1st March then PAYE
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    hey I've got TWO mortgages so there's a lot at...

    hey I've got TWO mortgages so there's a lot at stake. But I've been in this game long enough to know two things. 1) it always turns around again and I believe this (IR35/Brexit) will be no...
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    Lifting the higher rate tax threshold to £ 80k as...

    Lifting the higher rate tax threshold to £ 80k as Boris intended would even more attractive!
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    True but it should get the Tories showing their...

    True but it should get the Tories showing their hand.
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    Labour pledge to halt IR35

    Labour pledges to halt IR35 in private sector at IPSE event | PoliticsHome.com

    Sadly they also plan on taxing us all to death by other means, including raising the rate of dividend tax. :-(
    ...
  8. This ^^^^^ My short-term contract with...

    This ^^^^^

    My short-term contract with previous client came to an end and at 16:30 on the final Friday, 225 miles away from home, this big guy and his second, came marching down the corridor and...
  9. Thread: New CEST

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    ha ha ha. Funny scenario. Cheers.

    ha ha ha. Funny scenario. Cheers.
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    You conveniently ended the comparison. Sally...

    You conveniently ended the comparison.

    Sally can't be bothered getting out of bed this morning so the throws a sicky but still gets paid for it. When she returns, Sally books 2 weeks off paid...
  11. WTF?!?!

    WTF?!?!
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    it's not the rate, it's the principle. you'd...

    it's not the rate, it's the principle.

    you'd also have time off
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    meaning that instead of people aspiring to...

    meaning that instead of people aspiring to achieve things and raising their game accordingly, they'd rather drag successful go getters down to their level and pick their pockets.
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    It's expectations like this that make me consider...

    It's expectations like this that make me consider topping myself. Aside from permie roles, who can survive on that kind of income? Am I just living in a different world?
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    I'm not buying that one. Using Brexit as an...

    I'm not buying that one. Using Brexit as an excuse when the reality is the industry is moving away from combustion engines to electric and they've not kept up with the pace (pun intended).
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    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...
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    Most of my contractor pals will be doing the...

    Most of my contractor pals will be doing the same. Multiply that £ 60k by a few thousand and it starts to make a difference.

    I know of no proper established contractor that would be forced into a...
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    Very wrong. I for one won't put up with it. If...

    Very wrong. I for one won't put up with it. If the clients and agents think they can squeeze me from a consultant to doing a permie job earning a fraction of the income then it is they who are not...
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    F**k the banks. They are the 5hittiest places on...

    F**k the banks. They are the 5hittiest places on earth to work. I should know I've contracted at a fair few of them, though none since mid-2014. Can't say I miss them or their multiple rate cuts...
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    That's one hell of a 'merge request' :-D Good...

    That's one hell of a 'merge request' :-D

    Good luck either way.
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    slightly off topic but after 11 years of scrum I...

    slightly off topic but after 11 years of scrum I can only conclude that it is the biggest pile of tulip going. Something that started out lightweight has become a monstrous process far more...
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    Do they pay the same for the other three quarters...

    Do they pay the same for the other three quarters of the year?
  23. More likely firms like Resource Solutions who...

    More likely firms like Resource Solutions who have internal units in these places. Most of my London contracts have been through Resource Solutions, indeed two of them at Barclays. They'll be...
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    Any new contract or extension of 6 months...

    Any new contract or extension of 6 months duration starting round about now will fall under the new rules. I've been ignoring approaches from agents as my contract isn't up until the end of February...
  25. I don't see why. They've had success against tv...

    I don't see why. They've had success against tv presenters not IT contractors. Surely they'd go after more of the same?
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    Any idea what the winning numbers are for the...

    Any idea what the winning numbers are for the Euro Millions next week? :-D
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    Until winter comes around!

    Until winter comes around!
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    Exactly the above. Been there before as well, in...

    Exactly the above. Been there before as well, in fact over a couple of years on and off in the financial crisis. It literally can be mind-bending. Only escape for me was getting on the golf course...
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    I watched a 2 min video on LinkedIn yesterday...

    I watched a 2 min video on LinkedIn yesterday where one of their directors was talking about the 6 options for IR35. Can't find it now but it's pretty much as per this link Resource Solutions - What...
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    Ha ha ha ha ha.

    Ha ha ha ha ha.
  31. Thread: Lump sum

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    Thanks for the link. Quite an old article but...

    Thanks for the link. Quite an old article but assume it's still valid.

    So, if it is treat as a BIK but there is 0% BIK on electric cars for 2020-21 then it's two Teslas isn't it? Either that or...
  32. Thread: Lump sum

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    I've never heard this word before but it's gotten...

    I've never heard this word before but it's gotten my interest. My wife is company secretary and pretty much does nothing in the business, aside from offer occasional legal advice, for which she is...
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    I make it clear from the outset that I'm not...

    I make it clear from the outset that I'm not interested in contracts that require me to be on site 5 days a week. Over the years WFH has become more accepted. Currently gig is 1-2 days from home,...
  34. Thread: Social Media

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    I'm starting to think it might happen, at least...

    I'm starting to think it might happen, at least deferring it another year if not kicking it out altogether. I found myself in a position until recently where there was literally no party I felt I...
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    Guess I got ultra lucky on this extension I just...

    Guess I got ultra lucky on this extension I just signed, up to 23rd February 2020, monthly payment terms. Allows me to sit back and watch this all unfold. Probably take a month off and then start...
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    Exhibit A - liberal use of the phrase 'Isle 35'...

    Exhibit A - liberal use of the phrase 'Isle 35'
    All our contracts are Isle 35 friendly, The clauses are written in a way that falls outside of Isle 35.

    Exhibit B.1 - incorrect statement 'the end...
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    Guide to Private Sector IR35 Reform for...

    Guide to Private Sector IR35 Reform for Recruitment Agencies
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    If you can't be arsed reading it properly, what's...

    If you can't be arsed reading it properly, what's the point? Seems like you're that way out today. Forget it, I've other more worthwhile things to do.
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    if you can't infer it from reading that brief...

    if you can't infer it from reading that brief email then I suggest they may have a job for you!
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    Man I did think you'd actually read it, you...

    Man I did think you'd actually read it, you usually do!

    We're going to see a lot more of this I feel as new contracts (yes there still are some) and extensions bring April 2020 into range. I'm...
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    so, you're satisfied there is no risk to your...

    so, you're satisfied there is no risk to your business trusting it to an agency with no clue? You're happy to be hoodwinked into an 'outside IR35' contract only to be stuck on the payroll in April...
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    Our businesses in their hands!!! You don't find...

    Our businesses in their hands!!! You don't find the content of that email disturbing? a) It's IR35 friendly but you go on the payroll in April 2020, b) it's down to the bank to determine IR35, when...
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    *** beware - isle 35 ***

    So, a friend of mine has been looking into a 12 month contract for an Investment Bank in London, via a well-known London agency. I just can't believe the follow up email in the agents attempts to...
  44. so, in circumstances, say, your contract ends in...

    so, in circumstances, say, your contract ends in February and you're fully paid up in March, your client offers you an extension but says its inside IR35 (presumably because they are risk-averse) so...
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    Cheers. I just received a 6 month extension to...

    Cheers.

    I just received a 6 month extension to go with the 2 months I have left on my direct contract. Takes me up to end February so I'm very thankful I may have the luxury of sitting back and...
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    constantly refers to 'medium' and 'large'...

    constantly refers to 'medium' and 'large' organisations. I'm not seeing any definitions of these or 'small', unless I'm missing them?
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    Finance Bill 2019-20: Draft legislation and...

    Finance Bill 2019-20: Draft legislation and measures with immediate effect:Written statement - HCWS1713 - UK Parliament
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    I've been looking at moving my operations to...

    I've been looking at moving my operations to Spain and it seems most contractors set up as 'autonomos' in which they pay a certain amount per month and are entitled to healthcare, etc, and payment is...
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    ha ha ha ha.

    ha ha ha ha.
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    Spoke to an agent recently who represents one of...

    Spoke to an agent recently who represents one of the major agencies who said this really is existential for them. Said they were having their contracts rewritten to favour a 'supplier/customer'...
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