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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: 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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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Contractor UK - Advanced CV & LinkedIn Writing Workshop

    Join The CV & Interview Advisors; international speakers (recently on BBC radio) and thought-leaders on all things related to personal branding, self-marketing and finding a new contract, for an exclusive webinar on: How to write a high impact, contract-winning CV and how to make your LinkedIn...

    Started by administrator, 8th August 2017 15:16
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  4. 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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    eek
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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    10th January 2016 20:25 Go to last post
  1. IR35 Forum Administration Review now out

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/391494/IR35_Forum_Admin_Review.pdf 32 recommendations for HMRC to consider on how to make IR35 work better. Enjoy!

    Started by TheFaQQer, 7th January 2015 09:47
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  2. Remaining dividend

    Do any of you know how to get a running total of the current tax year's remaining tax-free dividend from SJD Accountancy's spreadsheet? Is there a cell?

    Started by heyya99, 6th January 2015 10:35
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  3. Married couples pension arrangements

    I have a reasonable pension, for various reasons my wife has none (other than state). We're looking into setting up a pension for her. Out of curiosity, has anyone looked into the pros and cons of just one spouse having a pension as opposed to both? I'm thinking about things like transfer...

    Started by Lewis, 6th January 2015 08:22
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    7th January 2015 14:53 Go to last post
  4. new daily rates

    Whats with sql DBA/BI rates being advertised at 325 daily. Agencies trying to increase margins or clients trying it on ? I'm in midlands where rates are lower but ...

    Started by colinrobinson, 16th December 2014 16:02
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  5. Billing for Demos/Proof of Concepts

    Just wondering what the consensus is regarding billing potential customers for demos and proof of concepts? Is it the done thing to bill a potential customer for either? I'm happy to cover expenses and time for a demo of a couple of hours but what would you do for a week or 2-week long PoC/PoT?...

    Started by BillHicksRIP, 6th January 2015 09:12
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    6th January 2015 10:35 Go to last post
  6. ACS Skills Assessment for Oz Migration Visa?

    As per title, anyone done one of these? Fancying the move to Oz as got family out there and visiting then has given me the itch to live in the sun. Reading up on all the visa process at the moment and have spoken to various migration agencies. Ruddy hell, it isn't easy, have got 12 years+...

    Started by Durbs, 28th December 2014 16:23
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    5th January 2015 20:01 Go to last post
  7. How to get access to better roles/rates? (BA)

    Hi all, I am a IT BA contractor with over 10yrs of experience. Though I have programming background, my skills are fairly generic . I worked in areas like cards, retail banking, private banking and investment banking. My daily rate has become stagnant at 500. I'd like to improve my...

    Started by bluedrop, 4th January 2015 19:49
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    5th January 2015 11:39 Go to last post
  8. Reactivating SC Clearance?

    Hope someone can answer with some experience/knowledge... I left an MOD-based contract on 18 Jan 2014, had an SC clearance there via a 3rd party supplier. I moved to a different central gov contract with another 3rd party supplier and provided the new client with the contact details (as I...

    Started by jjdarg, 31st December 2014 13:09
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    5th January 2015 09:31 Go to last post
  9. Buying a flat

    I am living in London for 5 years now and would like to buy a flat. In the last 2 years, I have had unbroken contract stints (the previous 2 years I had 2 breaks, one 3 month and one 4 month). Can anyone tell me the pro's and con's of buying a flat in London? I am likely to get into...

    Started by heyya99, 30th December 2014 19:34
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  10. Benefiting from Client purchasing power

    Could do with shiny new laptop. ClientB have some sort of partnership deal with Dell which means they get a good discount, and have offered to procure a laptop for me. Is there anything dodgy about Client purchasing a laptop for myCo, then myCo knocking the value off the next invoice? In...

    Started by mudskipper, 2nd January 2015 07:18
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    2nd January 2015 21:48 Go to last post
  11. Date of birth showing on LTD company director search sites

    Hi everyone, I'm contracting with a LTD company and I'm the director of my LTD company. Recently I did company director search on my name on companycheck and Duedil etc and I was shocked seeing how much of my personal information are publicly available on this director search websites. I'm...

    Started by webanalyst, 1st January 2015 10:51
    company, date of birth, director search, directory listing
    • Replies: 4
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  12. You're only as good as your last contract?

    Just wondering about your respective opinions re the impact that the names of previous clients have when applying for contracts. Ive tended to work for the big banks on large programme's, Lloyds, RBS, Santander etc. My last contract was with a small building society, ive got a contract offer...

    Started by Barley, 31st December 2014 09:29
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    1st January 2015 12:54 Go to last post
  13. Direct v Agency

    So I may be in a position to go direct with a client in the new year. Just wondering what others experience in this was like. Is direct "better" than agencies? What should I be looking out for etc etc Many thanks all.

    Started by anthony, 23rd December 2014 09:03
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    31st December 2014 18:52 Go to last post
  14. "Your Previous Employment " section in the SC clearance form

    Hi All I have been working for the private sector organisations in the 5 last years. 1-With reference to "Your Previous Employment " section in the SC clearance form . Are my previous supervisors were bound to give a reference to the vetting agent? 2-In the form can I give other team...

    Started by ensaeed, 24th December 2014 21:50
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    sc clearence
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    30th December 2014 22:45 Go to last post
  15. From Contracting to Beyond!

    I'm really interested to hear any success stories from anybody who has successfully moved from contracting to being some kind of fixed price solutions provider. How did you get your first client and how did it progress from there? I'm bored of this contracting scene now and need to do something...

    Started by oliverson, 16th December 2014 13:48
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  16. Steria Contractors

    Anyone who is with Steria get their remittance advices today? Anyone get notified of their timesheet submission deadlines for this week?

    Started by Boney M, 24th December 2014 16:19
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    30th December 2014 00:19 Go to last post
  17. Agency Fraud Blacklist?

    This idea has been done on here a few times. Came across this from an agency called ECS. Question is : what defines 'fraud'? Anything these people say it is? Are they breaking the data protection act? Have you used these people before? Technical Design Lead/Solutions Architect - North...

    Started by zemoxyl, 28th December 2014 09:34
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    29th December 2014 12:10 Go to last post
  18. Phoenix Company - Serious thread

    All, Right then, bit a of a long story. Ill try and keep it short. Was subcontract some development work 14 months ago, no contracts but verbal agreements and confirmed via email, did the work, delivered on time, website went live.....client then said "not got the money to pay you", loads of...

    Started by garethevans1986, 19th December 2014 20:51
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    29th December 2014 11:59 Go to last post
  19. Consultancy Work

    I've been asked to provide a technical design document but unsure if I should hand it over to my client once complete before receiving payment What's normal practice ? Handover documents before or after payment ?

    Started by steve80, 19th December 2014 09:42
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    29th December 2014 11:26 Go to last post
  20. Notice period Vs Timesheet

    Hi, I am a newbie.Thanks for reading this. I was issued a contract for 6 months by an agency with a 28 days mutual notice written by either way.. Now i received an email from the agency with just 13 days notice...I spoke to them to pay the notice but they refused.. The reason given by...

    Started by ashokcontractor, 21st December 2014 19:10
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    29th December 2014 08:21 Go to last post

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