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    Just stay a PM - it's what I do and I've not...

    Just stay a PM - it's what I do and I've not struggled for work in the Midlands.

    More about pimping your network for roles these days via things like LinkedIn I've found ......
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    Same here and I’ve successfully had it renewed....

    Same here and I’ve successfully had it renewed. Just say you’re estranged and don’t know dates.

    My dad got remarried for example - I don’t know when and nor was I interested but the MoD were....
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    I wonder how many of those 7.5M are jobless as...

    I wonder how many of those 7.5M are jobless as soon as any company contribution to furlough is needed or furlough ends.

    Friends of mine seem blissfully naive to this reality.
  4. Plenty notice on this job (I asked for a later...

    Plenty notice on this job (I asked for a later start) but normally I’d go for the next day turnaround and have never had a client with a issue with that
  5. If anyone’s interested the review turnaround is...

    If anyone’s interested the review turnaround is now 3-5 business days and you can’t pay more to expedite to next business day etc.
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    Start a new role on Wednesday after expecting to...

    Start a new role on Wednesday after expecting to be benched a while after projects I was leading at the last place were canned along with me a month ago to focus on BAU (understandably). 6 months...
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    That’s balls fella - 100K PMs have gone from...

    That’s balls fella - 100K PMs have gone from being extended to benched in a week?

    Thankfully got some interest already from some pimps.

    Forum is becoming a joke, this isn’t General.
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    Succinct as ever :D

    Succinct as ever :D
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    From extended to Benched

    All was going well with extension in the bag then IT Projects canned in preference of supporting customers BAU work as volumes increase due to Coronavirus (I work in Logistics).

    Current gig...
  10. Thread: Javid resigns

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    Time to get the tinfoil hats out …..

    Time to get the tinfoil hats out …..
  11. I didn't - hence my comments about being outside...

    I didn't - hence my comments about being outside from the start even when HR were nervous

    Others did to put them outside i.e. customer made working practices outside friendly.
  12. Business as usual for me - extension supported...

    Business as usual for me - extension supported with outside determination.

    Seemingly HR were initially very risk averse after engaging with a consultancy for advice, business then got involved as...
  13. Thread: Warchests

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    Rule of thumb I live to is that I only take up to...

    Rule of thumb I live to is that I only take up to the high rate tax threshold plus any expenses I have in the month. From that I then live on what I was taking home after tax as a permie which saw me...
  14. I've used a company called Xilo for years - think...

    I've used a company called Xilo for years - think I pay £35 a year and it hosts company website and a few other bits and bobs, decent CPanel access, good support and lots of easy to deploy apps....
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    Just be honest about it - I got a £40 fine when I...

    Just be honest about it - I got a £40 fine when I was 17 for punching a 16 year old lad (he deserved it by the way).

    In my late 30s when applying for SC I still mentioned it. Better safe than...
  16. Thread: Sadiq Khan

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    Just shows the tulip state of affairs that this...

    Just shows the tulip state of affairs that this country is at the moment. Knife crime could be addressed very quickly if there was the legal and political will:

    - massive fines for retailers...
  17. Thread: Hello!

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    Hmmm don't want to piss on your bonfire but what...

    Hmmm don't want to piss on your bonfire but what NLUK says is true, whilst a generalist has lots of use in an IT department it's not really what businesses are looking for when looking to bring in...
  18. Thread: The end

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    Fully agree .... far too much speculation on what...

    Fully agree .... far too much speculation on what will be etc. IR35 was meant to be the death knell for contacting all those years ago.

    I'm surprised it was extended to 2020 to be fair so if...
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    File it away ....one more thing to show Hector if...

    File it away ....one more thing to show Hector if he comes hunting. Bet they don’t make perms pay for their own.
  20. I use KashFlow for all my own invoicing, expenses...

    I use KashFlow for all my own invoicing, expenses and VAT returns so am fairly self sufficient. Accountant has accountant access and is there offering advice, YE accounts, SATR and payroll.

    The...
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    If you’re not up to anything wrong then nowt to...

    If you’re not up to anything wrong then nowt to worry about.

    Having seen usual Police CCTV stills that look more pixelated than an 80s 8-bit platformer then anything that helps identify thieving...
  22. Thread: Company Car Q

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    Suggest if you’re hell bent on it to ignore the...

    Suggest if you’re hell bent on it to ignore the advice of others or DYOR then just do what you want.

    There are scenarios where via the company might be a good idea but for the majority it’s...
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    Building a new reactor at Hinkley Point and...

    Building a new reactor at Hinkley Point and another one potentially in the mix at Sizewell. I’m working for a firm on the supply chain perimeter of Hinkley Point C.
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    Haha brilliant AtW 😆

    Haha brilliant AtW 😆
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    I see others have chipped in with some of the...

    I see others have chipped in with some of the flaws on your comments but I hope it works out for you 🙂

    Let us know how you get on driving that car off the forecourt and losing cash straight off...
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    This ^^^ I looked at various options and...

    This ^^^

    I looked at various options and personal lease it the least aggro - keeps things simple.
  27. So ....about this rash I've found ......:D

    So ....about this rash I've found ......:D
  28. Fair play NLUK. I hadn’t read much into it to be...

    Fair play NLUK. I hadn’t read much into it to be fair and assumed it’s just another catch up with the customer with s more valid agenda/discussion topic.

    Suspect it’s little more than discussing...
  29. I think some posters have made a massive leap...

    I think some posters have made a massive leap assuming my meeting will affect S3s approach to private sector IR35 determination. One disposable contractor won’t set customer policy either. For all I...
  30. Guys thanks for the responses - yes, pretty up to...

    Guys thanks for the responses - yes, pretty up to date with IR35. First time contractor but have recruited many over the years. I have my contracts and working practices reviewed by QDos and also...
  31. No....happy to attend and be forearmed, was just...

    No....happy to attend and be forearmed, was just wondering if anyone else has had anything similar.
  32. Cojak, it’s about general expected impact of IR35...

    Cojak, it’s about general expected impact of IR35 not about my specific contract. That’s all the info I have so far.

    Before signing initial and extensions I have had contract and working practice...
  33. Cheers NLUK I’m based at home most of the time...

    Cheers NLUK

    I’m based at home most of the time with 1 day a fortnight at main client site, 2-3 days a fortnight max total at mixed client customer sites. Not too concerned about 24 month rule.
  34. Agency pre-empting private sector IR35 changes in April?

    15 months into current contract, agent wants to meet with the customer and I in a couple of weeks to discuss IR35 potential impact in April 2019. Seemed fairly insistent.

    Agency is part of SThree...
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    I’ll cross my fingers that you last the two years...

    I’ll cross my fingers that you last the two years to need to worry about it ;)

    Argue? Meh. Sensitive lad you are it seems.
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    Go ask the client and let us know how you get on....

    Go ask the client and let us know how you get on.

    It’s basic maths to model....you don’t want to be out of pocket but can no longer claim expenses if and when you get to 24 months and fall within...
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    Encountered the same in civil service...

    Encountered the same in civil service ....external accounts needed KeyPass - internal accounts only needed basic guesswork.

    One supplier I dealt with used the same admin username and password...
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    Surely the answers are: 1. Suck it up. 2....

    Surely the answers are:

    1. Suck it up.
    2. Try and get a rate increase to offset the impact.
    3. Move on to something else.

    You’ve suckled on the expenses teat for 24 months and surely...
  39. As someone who’s been through this, looking after...

    As someone who’s been through this, looking after you kid(s) aside which should be a given, try to negotiate a clean break if you possibly can even if it means you leave with little.

    No future...
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    We’ve exhausted the discussion. You think it’s...

    We’ve exhausted the discussion. You think it’s worth it for the buttons you save ....I don’t. Each to their own :)
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    Your accountant is wrong - you can claim these...

    Your accountant is wrong - you can claim these expenses from your company. You’d be impacted by the 24 month rule however if t came to that given you’re there five days a week.
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    Other than ....... Your choice fella....

    Other than .......



    Your choice fella. Personally don’t think it’s worth it to save less than I’d likely find rooting around down behind my sofa ....
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    More trouble than it’s worth and they gain...

    More trouble than it’s worth and they gain nothing. They’ve messed you around and are now trying to bully you in order to keep their commission and/or customer sweet.

    Brush yourself off and move...
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    Not quite so bad but I remember when first...

    Not quite so bad but I remember when first passing my test buying cheap cars with all sorts of problems and clearly fake MOT certs back in the non IT system days.

    Roll back the driver rubber mats...
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    Putting through your books to save corporation...

    Putting through your books to save corporation tax and vat on the arse end of nothing?

    It’s hardly worth making tax efficient for the pennies saved.
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    I used it years ago - one way sat (download) with...

    I used it years ago - one way sat (download) with ISDN2 uploads. Ran it through my sky dish on one of the spare LNB ports.

    Was blinding for downloads but heavily quotad as in you could use your...
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    Is it really worth the extra admin for the...

    Is it really worth the extra admin for the marginal saving?
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    Same advice - apply and be honest. It’s about...

    Same advice - apply and be honest. It’s about honesty and anything that could be used by others as leverage. I’ve seen some with convictions for GBH get clearance and others squeaky clean but with...
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    They won’t sue you. Take the one that has...

    They won’t sue you. Take the one that has responded without all of the drama and chalk it up to experience i.e. don’t stop looking until your bum is in the seat!
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    Erm ....the Jock in my moniker has clearly been...

    Erm ....the Jock in my moniker has clearly been lost on a couple. I wouldn’t be seen dead in and England top :)
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