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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: CUK Netiquette: A guide for newbies

    Welcome to CUK! :wave: If you have been lurking around CUK (and if you haven't I would recommend a glance in the professional forums AND General) you might have noticed one or two of the regular become a tad tetchy (or from your point of view, rude) over some of the threads that newbies have...

    Started by cojak, 3rd March 2010 09:22
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Searching CUK Forums

    You can give it a go using the Search in the website, but don't expect much. Google is your friend for this. Just add "site:forums.contractoruk.com" at the end of your search terms, and it will only look on here. To specify a particular forum add...

    Started by cojak, 6th August 2010 07:36
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  1. Finally made the jump from permie to contract

    Hi to all on this excellent site, one I've been reading thoroughly over the last year or so. I have finally made the leap from BT into (for me) the unknown, having secured an initial contract to start in January and just have to work thorough my notice period. It was a wrench giving up a...

    Started by AndyC, 30th November 2014 17:20
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  2. The financial benefits on contracting don't seem worth it

    Let's say you are a jack of all trades .NET developer with nothing special about your skillset. Five years experiences and you are earning 35,000 with a take home pay of about 27,000. That is the average developer salary in the UK. Now consider that in your area the market rate for such a...

    Started by denBen, 30th October 2014 20:09
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  3. Nuclear contracts north west - Inventor

    Hi there, I'm a time served machinist with 2:1 degree in Mechanical Engineering and 9 years exp as design engineer working in the coal mining industry (heavy engineering) using Inventor and AutoCad. I want to get into contracting, especially Nuclear as this seems to be a pretty secure option...

    Started by PaulB, 24th November 2014 13:00
    design, inventor, nuclear
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  4. "Overseas" contracting - Resident in Northern Ireland, contracting in Rep Of Ireland

    Hi. Lots of posts up here regarding contracting in the Rep of Ireland and where the tax liability lies. The general rule seems to be that if you are more than 183 days in Southern Ireland, you gotta pay tax there. Most of the posters on this forum on this topic at best travel back to the UK each...

    Started by Orleans, 7th November 2014 11:45
    northern ireland, republic of ireland, tax, tax resident
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  5. Smile Hi, and great to meet you all!

    Hi, and great to meet you all! I am new to this site and just wanted to say hello. I am an IT Infrastructure Project Manager based in Berkshire and will soon enter your world :) Best regards, George

    Started by ProjectManager, 10th November 2014 10:59
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  6. Hello and first question

    Hi all Just started my first contract job last week. It's on the IT service desk for a public sector organisation, arranged thru an agency and (hopefully) paid thru an umbrella. My first wages are due tomorrow :rolleyes: I was wondering if there's a good or even definitive book on setting up...

    Started by moyabrit, 23rd October 2014 09:39
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  7. Hello, and here is my newbie question...

    Hi there, A bit of background; I'm currently a permie working for a consultancy on a client site ('embedded' in one of their teams), perform a support role on my own. Proposal is to expand the team, and a vacancy has been published via an agency - for a contract position. I'm thinking of...

    Started by Percy, 15th October 2014 17:37
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  8. Hi everyone

    Hi guys, I've always worked in permanent roles until recently. However I have interviewed for and been offered a new job with a nice increase in salary but it is done on a contracting basis so I have been advised to register with an umbrella company and asked to provide ID and proof of...

    Started by joe2014, 16th October 2014 12:06
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  9. Post Hello from me

    Hi all, First post! of many hopefully. Been in permanent roles since graduating from uni in 06, and currently a senior C#.net dev, only ever worked in web agencies but really thinking of taking the plunge into contracting? Anyone know if the contract job market drys up around Christmas?...

    Started by Frames, 30th September 2014 20:42
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  10. Hello

    Hi Everyone :smile

    Started by Louisa@InTouch, 29th September 2014 09:51
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  11. Smile Newbie saying Hello!

    Hello, and great to meet you all! I am new to this site and soon to be a new IT Contractor... After 17 years in permanent positions, I am about to embark on my lifelong ambition to become a specialist IT Infrastructure Contractor, bringing my VMWare, Microsoft, Cisco and NetApp support skills...

    Started by VirtualWorldIT, 7th October 2014 16:38
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  12. Hi there! My first question: is working remotely common enough, or even practical?

    Hi there! This is my first post here. I'm a, experienced software engineer, and up until now I never did any contracting in UK. At the moment I do have a permanent job that I'm quite happy with, but I was thinking about looking for an opportunity for extra work. I have some time in the evenings...

    Started by BasiliosZ, 5th October 2014 19:05
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  13. Advice for permie considering contracting

    Hi all, I'm an Irish resident considering a move to the UK and I was wondering if contracting might be an option. Experience: 1 year - Java developer (junior) 6 years - VB6, Sql, Oracle, BI reporting (mid level) 3.5 years - .Net (C#), WCF, ASP.Net, MVC, jQuery, HTML5, CSS, Angualar.js...

    Started by pobber1, 6th October 2014 08:30
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  14. First contract, should I leave full time employment?

    Hi all, I am currently in full time employment, last July I asked for a pay rise and was informated that I was being paid market rate and therefore there was nothing that they could do. I therefore said that if they couldn't increase it I would be looking for another job. I have been...

    Started by Becksy, 2nd October 2014 14:33
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  15. Questions Questions Questions - first contract

    Hello all. I'm currently a PAYE employee in London, but I've been offered a 12-month contract for around 90K with a public sector organisation in Cambridge, which is closer to where I live. I've never been a contractor before and have a load of questions after reading around the CUK forums: 1. ...

    Started by Jimbo516, 2nd October 2014 22:15
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  16. how to get a Junior role in SAP Security?

    Hi All I Have been trying hard to get a job in SAP Security and Basis role in UK. But everywhere i apply for they have been asking for 3 to 4 years of experience even when i applying for a junior role. I had joined as fresher in IBM India Pvt Ltd and worked for Ericsson client for around 1.5...

    Started by Kavita, 28th September 2014 17:31
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  17. Frustrated with IT jobs market

    I am now starting to think about the long term prospects of the IT industry. The (non-London/SE) market rate for a 'permie' with 2+ years in what I'm doing appears to be maybe 35k. To have a higher earning potential, I need to specialise, right? So I look at the jobs market and I see...

    Started by leeLeague, 5th June 2014 20:40
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  18. ayup

    New to the forum. Been contracting circa 10 years. I am enjoying some welcome bench warming so thought I would explore the dedicated contracting fora. Only got as far as this forum though and seems like a good place to stay.

    Started by Midland White, 23rd September 2014 20:47
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  19. First time + Expenses

    Hi there, I live in Manchester and I may get my first gig in Canary Wharf. I have been reading this forum and the webpage for a while, but there is still something I am not clear about: Expenses. I know that I can claim them from my LTD to get some relief, but do you also normally charge them...

    Started by Spacer, 20th September 2014 10:51
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  20. Hello all. Newbie here

    Hi all, I have been lurking around for a couple of weeks and have found the posts here are incredibly valuable. I am looking to turn from permie to contracting and am currently in two minds whether to go with an umbrella or Ltd. When the first contract arrives. I will be looking for around...

    Started by mokster, 14th September 2014 18:05
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