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Indian recruitment consultancies operating in the UK

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  • CoolCat
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    Originally posted by uk contractor View Post
    I think its high time these agencies are either punted out of operating in the UK or highly regulated as the level of extreme abuse is getting to be a joke now. HMRC get way more tax from UK born IT contractors than indian workers being exploited by these agencies no wonder HMRC tax take is dropping rapidly!!
    yea well Cognizant, Tata, Infosys, HCL are all regularly bringing plane loads of Indian nationals in to work, they get taxed less than locals, get subcontracted into other organisations for less than it costs to hire a local, and come in despite there being an oversupply of Brits with the relevant skills (when they bother to be honest about their skills). its big business and the leaders of these organisations were in Davos chatting to our supposed leaders and getting commitments to ongoing open doors.

    The political class *think* they have done a deal with India where we can sell them financial services, and they can import lots of cheap workers, ie IT workers being sacrificed in the name of selling pensions and insurance in India. Problem being of course that India is very patriotic and nobody there is prepared to buy financial products from a UK firm.

    And so much more. Yes it needs stopping. But no I have given up hope of our political class doing anything.

    The other thing that really upsets me is the bullying, caste on caste racism, and so much more than the Indian workers brought in for these companies have to suffer.

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  • uk contractor
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    I think its high time these agencies are either punted out of operating in the UK or highly regulated as the level of extreme abuse is getting to be a joke now. HMRC get way more tax from UK born IT contractors than indian workers being exploited by these agencies no wonder HMRC tax take is dropping rapidly!!

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  • CoolCat
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    Half the time they only want your CV so that they can copy it, put one of their intra company transfer workers name at the top instead of yours, and punt it into a few companies

    Then if they get found out they ring and try and hire you, when the plan will be you not only do the day job but train up your Indian replacement at the same time

    Their basic business model is the same as the people who owned slave transport ships, so be careful

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  • stek
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    Just got on from iXceed Solutions, apparently if im not interested in the totally unsuitable role they are ‘offering’ i have to reply with ‘Consent Denied’

    Its the standard Indian Agency ‘job offer’ template email..

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  • Eirikur
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    A few more added to the bottom of the list

    First Tek Inc. (US company)
    Test Yantra Software solutions
    Infoplus Technologies UK Ltd
    Staffing Prime
    Smartedge Solutions Ltd
    TESTQ Technologies Ltd
    Dabster Systems UK Limited
    TGC World (claims to have at least 60 multinational clients!)
    Square One Resources (not sure about)
    NP Tech Solutions Limited
    Data Inc UK
    Aguilaconsulting
    avance services
    DNS recruitment
    LG recruit
    m-power plus
    damcosoft
    black apple solutions

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  • Manic
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    Originally posted by Petruh View Post

    <snip>

    Someone on this stream was building a list of Indian agencies (all have British addresses, but most of the calls come from India), so this is my own contribution to this list

    First Tek Inc. (US company)
    Test Yantra Software solutions
    Infoplus Technologies UK Ltd
    Staffing Prime
    Smartedge Solutions Ltd
    TESTQ Technologies Ltd
    Dabster Systems UK Limited
    TGC World (claims to have at least 60 multinational clients!)
    Square One Resources (not sure about)
    NP Tech Solutions Limited
    Data Inc UK

    I think that is enough for now.....
    Aguilaconsulting.co.uk

    Add this one too.

    There was a role released in Slough last week and must have had 5 calls within 15 minutes, along with an email from each at the same time with the usual "how many years experience...."

    By the 3rd I was plain rude, by the 5th I just hung up.

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  • Petruh
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    Indian consultancies to add to the list

    Originally posted by stek View Post
    If you read the right fora and are itk you’d understand UKVI are on to this and spot them pretty quickly.

    Plus the costs of becoming a licenced sponsor nowadays aren’t trivial
    I seem to unfortunately become the focus of several Indian agencies. I do not have anything against India or Indians, indeed I have a few as FB friends and I have worked closely with quite a few and these have been good experiences.

    However I do get quite frustrated with the emails I seem to get a never ending stream of, all claiming to offer this or that amazing role, offered by an Agency with a really flash website (whoever they get to produce the websites, they are quite slick, I have to give them this) but universally they all look rather too good.

    What gives it away is a quick Google check on Companies House and they are revealed to be 2 or 3 person companies, who definitely do not have the client list they claim and it's basically fraud. I do not know the numbers of honest contractors that get sucked in by these guys, but I feel sorry for those that do. I know that these agencies operate a common scam (I know it exists, I have been a victim of it myself) is where they offer your CV to a prospective client, the client is really interested and then the agency pulls your CV at the last minute saying that you have dropped out and then they offer 2 cheaper alternatives.

    Someone on this stream was building a list of Indian agencies (all have British addresses, but most of the calls come from India), so this is my own contribution to this list

    First Tek Inc. (US company)
    Test Yantra Software solutions
    Infoplus Technologies UK Ltd
    Staffing Prime
    Smartedge Solutions Ltd
    TESTQ Technologies Ltd
    Dabster Systems UK Limited
    TGC World (claims to have at least 60 multinational clients!)
    Square One Resources (not sure about)
    NP Tech Solutions Limited
    Data Inc UK

    I think that is enough for now.....

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  • stek
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    Originally posted by Ebenezer View Post
    Ah, but there's a "workaround". What happens is that a UK permanent resident incorporates a "micro-umbrella" that pays the minimum salary required to sponsor a Tier-whatever applicant. The "employee" is then required to seek contract work through the usual channels on behalf of the "micro-umbrella" in order to repay the salary and other costs.

    Whatever is left over is divided between the "employee" and the "umbrella". The UK permanent resident typically keeps about 30% of the day rate, and it is not atypical for such "umbrellas" to have half a dozen "employees" on the books.
    If you read the right fora and are itk you’d understand UKVI are on to this and spot them pretty quickly.

    Plus the costs of becoming a licenced sponsor nowadays aren’t trivial

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  • garethevans1986
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    testqtech.com is another one....8 emails from them for the same poorly paid role in 2-3 days.

    Adding to blacklist now.

    GE

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  • Ebenezer
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    Originally posted by stek View Post
    There is no UK work visa currently that allows a non-EU national to contract either via Ltd or brolly, has to be PAYE only. That can be obvs. via a large consultancy under full control of them but I somehow doubt the cost of work permit processing, RMLT, COS admin, SMS admin etc is worth it for a 3/6 months gig. If it happened the consultancy would have to bench the guy at their own cost for the rest of the term of the WP.

    Nice conspiracy theory but a non-starter.
    Ah, but there's a "workaround". What happens is that a UK permanent resident incorporates a "micro-umbrella" that pays the minimum salary required to sponsor a Tier-whatever applicant. The "employee" is then required to seek contract work through the usual channels on behalf of the "micro-umbrella" in order to repay the salary and other costs.

    Whatever is left over is divided between the "employee" and the "umbrella". The UK permanent resident typically keeps about 30% of the day rate, and it is not atypical for such "umbrellas" to have half a dozen "employees" on the books.

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