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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: I just need to get two references ...

    Been out now for 3 months - 1 month was moving house and sat on my hole for the last 2. Usual story, Jobserved to death, and now dealing with the cretins. Over the last month, nearly every agency has asked for two references before they will "put me forward". Now I didn't come down in the last...

    Started by fitzy73, 5th August 2008 15:30
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    agency, references
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Public sector contracting

    Just received this from an agency that some regard as being a bit Crap.

    Started by DaveB, 6th August 2012 12:49
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Security Clearance (SC) Q&A Read first before asking questions

    Please find below an accumulation of questions that have featured on some of the many reptitive questions about SC. Maybe by putting them in a stickie and adding when we get new ones we can bat some of the drudgery off. I have given canned answers from what I read on the forum but you know how...

    Started by northernladuk, 23rd March 2010 22:38
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    security clearance, security cleared
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  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: Moving to Germany. Who to inform, P85?, NHS?

    Hello IT Contractors, I shall be moving to Germany next month and spending 14 months on a contract. I was reading up and apparently I need to fill out a P85 form and let the NHS know that I shall be moving etc? Even though I shall still be maintaining a home here in the UK is there any...

    Started by themeditator, 7th April 2010 10:13
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    contracting overseas, germany
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  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Opt out of Conduct of employment agencies 2003 act?

    Having read the leaflet I'm assuming this is a good idea because it seems not to do would harm you;re case with regards to IR35?

    Started by psychocandy, 22nd May 2011 12:56
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  6. Sticky Thread Sticky: Behaviour in the Professional Forums

    I have noticed an increase in squabbling and bickering in the Professional forums of late. I am not amused. I do not care who starts the squabbling. I will finish it by banning all participants. The more persistant the squabbling the longer the ban. Feel free to disagree and correct but...

    Started by cojak, 10th June 2011 08:29
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  1. State of the Market

    Anyone else finding it very quiet out there? This is the quietest I remember it for the last 6 years. I finished my last contract at the end of April and now going back to an old client, but if that work wasn't there I'd be struggling to get a sniff of anything. Feels like some lean times are on...

    Started by JoJoGabor, 20th May 2016 10:29
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  2. How to Respond when asked for Current / Previous Rate

    I've generally read that it's best to avoid giving prior or current rate to an agency when they ask about it, especially when aiming to get an increase, as it will simply increase their leverage. However, I'm quite new to contracting and would be interested in how people actually deal with the...

    Started by Zylon, 20th April 2017 12:24
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  3. Change of Discipline

    I was an analyst developer for around 10 years, 3 of those years as a contractor. All my roles had a large element of analysis and I decided to take the plunge and take a BA contract. I've been contracting as a BA for 18 months now but I've realised that development is what I really enjoy so I'm...

    Started by TomK, 21st April 2017 12:18
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  4. Moving projects within same consultancy

    Hi, Looking for advice on a potentially tricky situation. I'm working in a bank with a consultancy with a month left on my contract but I'm not enjoying it and I'm unsure I'll be extended. My old work colleague who is a contractor with the same consultancy said there is a role for me with...

    Started by siouxchief, 21st April 2017 18:46
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  5. Refused DV - can I apply for a SC later?

    Hi, I was refused DV in July of last year for a job, which I then was obviously not able to take. I then found another job which now needs a SC - I didn't actually know this would be required until the second day I started. Does anyone know if this will cause issues? I phoned the enquiry...

    Started by 34jk, 19th April 2017 18:34
    security clearance, security clearance help
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  6. NDA questions

    Hi, I'm a freelance animator, and I've been asked to sign a NDA and was wondering if anyone had any advice. I've been asked to sign these a few times, and have always worried about this kind of thing: The Recipient shall not communicate or have dealings with (or attempt to communicate or have...

    Started by MartinUK, 20th April 2017 17:32
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  7. Freelance work whilst contracting

    Do any of you do any small freelance gigs while in a full time contract ? I have a couple of offers and as I work away from home through the week and don't really do to much in the evening I am considering them. Keen to see if anyone else does this and find out if it becomes to much a burden on...

    Started by JohnM, 21st April 2017 13:13
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  8. invoicing client direct

    I've been offered a contract which was advertised by an agent. Usually I would work via an umbrella company (I don't have a ltd co) and would complete the agents timesheets etc. Now the agent says he wants to drop out (mmm) and I'll be invoicing the client directly. I am guessing there probably...

    Started by bikeman, 12th April 2017 10:00
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  9. Doing non IT work inbetween IT contracts

    Has anyone ever maybe due to a long period between contracts taken a non IT job. I don't mean helping a mate for 20 type work but though an agent calling or seeing a temporary role advertised? I'm on the bench currently no major panic with that but I got a call out the blue from an agent asking...

    Started by curtis, 20th April 2017 11:45
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  10. torn between two agents

    I have been submitted to the same role by two agents at different rates and have been selected for interview according to second agent its no problem, "we have been authorised by client to offer up to first agents rate plus 30%, leave it, don't speak to other agency again" first agent...

    Started by kingmob, 19th April 2017 11:58
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  11. Azdio - Anyone heard of them?

    Hi I would like to ask for a bit of opinion, I have a bit of an odd feeling about a firm who has approached me and wanted to see if I am just being paranoid or am right to be sceptical. Im a contract PM, based in London and looking for work. I have been approached by a firm called Azdio who...

    Started by thecleverbit, 10th May 2016 09:09
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    21st April 2017 11:48 Go to last post
  12. Leaving a Contract Early, Anything I need to be Aware Of?

    My current contract is a bit tulip, anything I need to be aware of before I get another and leave? I was encouraged to opt out so I did, this is my first contract. Basically, there is not enough work for myself and another contractor so we're both scratching around for stuff to do. Also, no...

    Started by MikhailCompo, 21st April 2017 05:56
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  13. Trump H-1B visa changes- will they now flood the UK contract market?

    I was wondering what would be the impact of the proposed Trump changes on the UK contract market. Will Infosys, Tata and the likes flood the UK market with Bobs? To say the least, we have more than enough of them already in the UK...:frown:eyes:eek

    Started by skysies, 19th April 2017 10:09
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  14. How to decide whether to switch to permie?

    I have a possible job offer in Barcelona & after 7 years of contracting, I'm considering it. I know the city quite well (I spent 6 months there as an Erasmus student). In the UK, contracting has been my preferred way of working. If I had to sum up my reasons: better rates, more interesting...

    Started by ginjar, 19th April 2017 16:41
    decision, employment, permanent, spain
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  15. Agency in administration - Coal IT

    Original link taken from here UK recruitment biz Coal Intelligent Technology ceases trading € The Register I wondered why I hadnt seen many gigs advertised for them recently. I believe a large part if not whole majority of their business came from HP / HPES. Definitely recall gigs...

    Started by monkfish, 18th February 2017 19:36
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  16. I resigned, but been given an offer (IR35)

    Hi guys, Been trawling this forum for many months but now finally have an excuse to post! :D So I have decided to convert to contracting and have been planning it for a while. I am all setup! I recently resigned from my perm position in the hope it would make me more attractive to potential...

    Started by j66, 19th April 2017 09:51
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  17. Contract Advice

    Hi, I'm an animator and I've been given a new contract, and wondered if anyone who's more legally minded would mind checking it out for me. There are a couple of points I'm unsure about. First, I have done 5 jobs for this company without a contract. Does this contract apply to those jobs, or...

    Started by MartinUK, 19th April 2017 15:09
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  18. Contracting straight out of uni. Is it doable? v2

    Hi guys, Following the advice from the previous thread I decided to stick to perm for a year, which I have done. I'm a pretty bright .NET software developer with a very good CV. I have some pretty niche skills which could land me 400-500/d contract up north. But the idea of going contracting...

    Started by cannon999, 1st April 2017 17:39
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    19th April 2017 12:34 Go to last post
  19. registering a ltd company in isle of man

    I was just curious to what the pro's & cons are of registering a ltd company in iom. Or if its possible at all. just thinking of possible tax benefits etc as tesco say "every little helps"

    Started by DaveP, 8th December 2007 22:59
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