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    I bought the same early in lockdown. Had to pay...

    I bought the same early in lockdown. Had to pay about 40% over the going rate at the time as there was such a shortage of webcams then.

    Pretty decent bit of kit though.
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    £200k salary is certainly not insane in the...

    £200k salary is certainly not insane in the corporate world especially outside IT.

    As a rule of thumb, the higher the basic salary, the higher the proportion of your overall package will be...
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    Unless you're in pure software development, I...

    Unless you're in pure software development, I agree that's what most clients I've worked at have wanted (I'm not a PM BTW.)
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    Putting aside the endless argument above about...

    Putting aside the endless argument above about tax... are you talking about £200k package or £200k salary plus package? The latter would probably have at least half again in package.

    A £200k...
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    I travelled a lot in the USA up until about 2003...

    I travelled a lot in the USA up until about 2003 but refuse to go there any more for the same reasons. Australia wasn't that much different either from my experience (minus the snow.)
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    Yes, it does carry risk but it's self...

    Yes, it does carry risk but it's self perpetuating to some extent. It's common for hiring managers in financial services and retail to only consider people with sector expertise. Public sector can...
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    Great that you managed to wangle that but it says...

    Great that you managed to wangle that but it says it all when the agent doesn't understand any of the keywords. Not even one, FFS?!?
  8. Meh, it was good but not great. Alain Ducasse...

    Meh, it was good but not great.

    Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester I mean, no idea about LadyMuck's posterior...
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    People not being able to find a contract for 18...

    People not being able to find a contract for 18 months? Surely you would pack it in and go do something else well before then? For the vast majority of contractors, the warchest will have been used...
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    I've studied Law for a year, it's more...

    I've studied Law for a year, it's more interesting than Computer Science! :tongue
  11. The likes of Ceefax and Apricot were years before...

    The likes of Ceefax and Apricot were years before the web came along, that era is irrelevant now. If you can come up with a list of successful UK tech startups that grew into companies with sizeable...
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    I once worked with a firm which used super...

    I once worked with a firm which used super expensive Magic Circle type law firms. Some of the US based lawyers used to fly first class from New York to London and as well as expensing that, half the...
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    If you're comparing like for like roles, there's...

    If you're comparing like for like roles, there's no way that a £120k salary job plus benefits equated to £650 day rate. Yes, you might have had a more beneficial tax outcome but you worked with...
  14. Totally agree. The UK's record for financially...

    Totally agree. The UK's record for financially successful tech innovation in the internet era is really quite lame when you think back to our past academic, science and engineering history.

    A big...
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    It's very difficult at the moment to successfully...

    It's very difficult at the moment to successfully apply for anything online due to the vast numbers of people applying.

    However, £100k salary is a bit on the low end for true headhunter firms....
  16. What's happened???

    What's happened???
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    Not sure your maths sounds quite right if you...

    Not sure your maths sounds quite right if you thought £650 day rate was 'heaps better' than £120k salary plus bonus and pension (and other benefits)?

    I do IT management roles around the £120-130k...
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    Over the last couple of years, I've been...

    Over the last couple of years, I've been informally coaching and mentoring people seeking help with IT career development. Data science/analytics is one of the areas I suggest some of them look at...
  19. Thread: CV19 Testing

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    I had a drive in test about 8 weeks ago. IIRC, on...

    I had a drive in test about 8 weeks ago. IIRC, on the website it stated you should not turn up unless you have a confirmed booked appointment and are able to show the code/email at the test centre....
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    Yes, that is generally true and with such low...

    Yes, that is generally true and with such low barriers to entry (think how many new-ish agents used to work in retail, a pub, estate agent, gym etc) you can see why so many fail to make a career out...
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    I was working at Santander a couple of years ago...

    I was working at Santander a couple of years ago when some colleagues were working on a big Cater Allen 'upgrade'. Hopefully this weekend's one won't be quite so underwhelming.

    Their phone support...
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    There's no age limit to apprenticeships AFAIK,...

    There's no age limit to apprenticeships AFAIK, although the government funding is skewed to under 25s. Apprenticeships can go up to Masters degree level and even beyond.

    For a limited time you...
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    I've amazed at how many people have done or are...

    I've amazed at how many people have done or are doing diplomas, first degrees and even masters in subjects like Project Management. A terrible waste of time and money in my opinion.
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    There are very good recruiters and very bad ones....

    There are very good recruiters and very bad ones.

    I know some recruitment firms that are currently making 30-40% of their staff redundant so you can be sure plenty of agents, especially the...
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    Seems expensive? When TAG last serviced my watch...

    Seems expensive? When TAG last serviced my watch about 7-8 years ago I think it was around £200-220.

    You could try an independent company? That might affect it's resale value I guess.
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    Here are some links to more positive sounding...

    Here are some links to more positive sounding news specifically on the tech job market based on a survey by Tech Nation. Advertised tech vacancies up 36% since June although that is still well down...
  27. Thread: Free T Shirt!

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    IMHO no, but maybe it could be interpreted as...

    IMHO no, but maybe it could be interpreted as being part and parcel?? OP is talking about a gift from his agency though.
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    That's very low these days. Most of the jobs I...

    That's very low these days. Most of the jobs I see on LI have 200-500 applications, sometimes 1000 plus.
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    Amazon really went downhill IMHO when the...

    Amazon really went downhill IMHO when the Marketplace became so big. Apparently 3rd party sales via Marketplace are about 60% plus of Amazon's retail turnover. Just searching for something basic like...
  30. Thread: Free T Shirt!

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    How is it different to receiving a small nominal...

    How is it different to receiving a small nominal value gift like a calendar or mug?
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    That's the same problem I had with my TAG. A...

    That's the same problem I had with my TAG. A friend of mine who is so into his watches that he started up his own luxury watch company, suggested I try a watch winder that rotates the watch when...
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    ATS systems can struggle with tables, boxes, too...

    ATS systems can struggle with tables, boxes, too many fonts etc that then screw up your CV when it gets imported. If uploading your CV online, best keep it fairly plain and in a simple format.
  33. MS Access is still a thing?!? 😲 So, the...

    MS Access is still a thing?!? 😲

    So, the successful candidate might have to work for free for 3-4 weeks and then they may get converted to a contract. No self respecting contractor would do that...
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    I've been at a public sector client since early...

    I've been at a public sector client since early this year. I recently got extended another three months. They've hired a lot of permies since Spring and taken on a fair amount of contractors too, ...
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    I've pointed out before, there's really no such...

    I've pointed out before, there's really no such thing as a single market when it comes to IT skills.

    Sure, in broad terms, there is the balance of supply vs demand and at the moment, supply...
  36. Thread: LinkedIn

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    Over 11,000 now... Let's see if he accepts my...

    Over 11,000 now...

    Let's see if he accepts my connection request LOL...
  37. I think that's true for a lot of sectors,...

    I think that's true for a lot of sectors, particular retail and financial services. As well as working for several FTSE100 companies, I've worked in the public and not for profit sectors and both had...
  38. I don't know about always crap but I was offered...

    I don't know about always crap but I was offered a contract with a large London NHS trust in 2014 at £550/day outside IR35, when my day rate range was around 550-650. I declined it as it seemed...
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    Pre-lockdown we averaged about 600-800GB download...

    Pre-lockdown we averaged about 600-800GB download a month but I imagine it's a lot higher now. We're with Virgin. I don't rate them but have been too lazy to switch.
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    Is the Hub 4 as crap as the Hub 3?

    Is the Hub 4 as crap as the Hub 3?
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    I think a lot of the momentum to either return to...

    I think a lot of the momentum to either return to office or remain WFH will be sector dependent. There was a survey quoted on the BBC this week saying the sectors with highest WFH rates were...
  42. You just have to get on with it. It's the...

    You just have to get on with it. It's the opposite of the years when hiring managers complained at how expensive contractors were. Many contractors were on to a very good thing for a long time but...
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    You can sit much closer to a large 4K TV than you...

    You can sit much closer to a large 4K TV than you used to be able to with an HDTV. Now, it's something like 1.5 times the screen diagonal distance, so for a 55 incher, that's less than 8 feet.
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    That is a fair point. I debated getting an Apple...

    That is a fair point. I debated getting an Apple TV or Fire TV device for that reason. It's easier to update the TV box but went for the smart TV in the end as neither device had exactly what I...
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    Yep, I had a similar situation where a revised...

    Yep, I had a similar situation where a revised monthly standing order for my salary got cocked up by my bank and three months later I realised it had not been paid. Accountant said it was not a...
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    I did the same. Went for an LG and have been...

    I did the same. Went for an LG and have been impressed with it. Also went to 55 inch and despite thinking it was enormous at first, now I've had it for 9 months, I would try to go even bigger next...
  47. Thread: Swiss dilemma

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    850CHF is about £700 - hardly a life changing day...

    850CHF is about £700 - hardly a life changing day rate but usually would be considered good nonetheless.

    However, I don't know about Zurich but when I used to visit Basel for short business trips,...
  48. Thread: Back to school

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    Given the concerns about the long term impact to...

    Given the concerns about the long term impact to children's mental health during lockdown, locking them away for months at a time in makeshift boarding schools doesn't sound the best option...
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    Possibly, but the one I bought was more subtle...

    Possibly, but the one I bought was more subtle looking with a blue face. I did look at Omegas etc but just preferred the look of the TAG. I didn't really do enough detailed research before buying and...
  50. After 7 years contracting, I'm aiming to go back...

    After 7 years contracting, I'm aiming to go back to perm by early next year and then work for about 6-7 years till I start to wind down from full time work as my kids reach 18.

    I'm then planning...
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