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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: 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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  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 23:38
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    security clearance, security cleared
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  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. Value Added By Agencies

    Hello, In my current gig everyone has been hired through referrals but everyone is going via the same agency, which in turn links to a large IT services provider which then links to the final client. This is extremely silly due to the fact that no (recruitment) value has been added by either of...

    Started by MaltSokol, 26th September 2016 20:50
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  2. Different locations, different rates

    Wondering if this is a bit of a no no... Contract for a client is going to involve some days working locally and some days working in a different city. Client has suggested two different rates for days at home and days away. I'm wondering if anyone can see any issues with this... As far as...

    Started by marius123, 26th September 2016 20:14
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  3. Start up agency

    All I've been offered an interview for what on the face of it would appear to be a nice challenging role in the smoke. Day rate is decent but not huge. The agent appears knowledgeable and is personable. Looking at the agency itself, it would appear to be a 1 man band plus employee located in...

    Started by Manic, 24th September 2016 10:10
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  4. Letting Agents v Recruitment Agents

    I was watching some Watchdog type programme a while back and a letting agent had been taken to court because he was charging his tenants 1000s for repairs that he was only being invoiced 50-100 quid for. He'd been doing it for years and amassed over a quarter of a million in this type of...

    Started by JRCT, 22nd September 2016 09:53
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  5. Contracting at Barclays- what checks do they carry out before you start work?

    I'm curious to know what checks are carried out before a contract is started at Barclays? Is there a standard check that they do? If you have worked there before what was the process?

    Started by simplicity, 13th July 2016 17:07
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  6. New client wants a trade reference...

    Quick question. I've been asked for a trade reference by a potential new client (there's no agent). After asking for clarification, I was told that this is something they ask of all new vendors and goes in hand with them performing a credit check. I'm still waiting for their reply to my "Huh,...

    Started by Adlopa, 15th September 2016 12:13
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  7. New to contracting - notice question

    Hi everyone, I started contracting about a year and a half ago, so I'm still a newbie so go easy on me! A contract earlier this year went as follows. Got a 12 month gig, turned up, had a good 2 weeks then the client decided to restructure the project and get more internal people moved in....

    Started by Alex B, 12th September 2016 11:54
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  8. Fixed-terms contract and a specialist employee for a project

    1. I found in the government website the following concerning fixed-term contracts “What counts as a fixed-term contract Employees are on a fixed-term contract if both of the following apply:

    Started by window, 24th September 2016 13:58
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  9. Length of Commute

    I'm considering the possibility of a role approximately 100 miles from my home and have been looking into commuting options. It would be 2 hours each way - 35 minutes to railway estation, 1 hr 10 mins on train and 15 minutes of walking the other end. I think I could do this but I do not know...

    Started by Big Blue Plymouth, 19th September 2016 14:22
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  10. Moved: Carnegie Knox Any reviews?

    Started by cnu, 22nd September 2016 19:11
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  11. Would you give up 10% for two days WFH?

    My contract is due for renewal this month. I commute from BHX to Canary Wharf 3 days and WFH (Work from Home) 2 days a week. Great team, no annoying micro management stuff etc but will have to have mandatory absence of 15 working days + possibility of rate cuts (min 5%) during the course of...

    Started by itjobs, 22nd September 2016 09:50
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  12. Competition

    I'm seeing this a lot now in correspondence from agents and in job adverts "clients will not be able to provide sponsorship so candidate who already has right to work in the UK needs to apply" To me this indicates a lot of non-eu competition for the roles out there. Could this be the...

    Started by Big Blue Plymouth, 21st September 2016 12:20
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  13. Should/ can I change agency?

    I was contacted by an agent regarding a role just over a month ago. I liked the sound of it and agreed to him putting me forward and sent him the usual email stating "I agree for you to solely represent me for this role etc..." Since then I have been contacted by another 8 agents about the same...

    Started by JRCT, 21st September 2016 10:35
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  14. Agent/Agency getting their come-uppance - a tale of greed?

    So, in early December, heard about a gig which sounded appealing. Spoke with Agent, put forward at agreed rate......then nothing. I chased after a week, but with Christmas coming was not surprised to hear 'no news'. In the meantime, extension with current client confirmed, albeit not for long. ...

    Started by kevpuk, 16th January 2014 15:45
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  15. Retainer?

    My contract is up and after a couple of weeks with the family I'm looking around for something new. There isn't a huge amount around where I live (North East) at the moment so I'm debating heading down south for a little while. There is however an interesting possible opportunity here that might...

    Started by marius123, 18th September 2016 11:24
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  16. Startup Checklist

    My sister is looking to startup a new business, so I'm trying to put together a list of things that she needs to get sorted as a starter. So far, I've got: Find a good accountant that you like and trust Pick the company name and register it Sort out a company domain and hosting Business...

    Started by missinggreenfields, 16th September 2016 13:47
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  17. Working Interview

    Good afternoon. I am a contractor in the web development field and I have been out of contract for less than a week during this time I have had a number of agency approaches to me regarding some possible roles for me to do. I am not particularly desperate at this stage as I have many other...

    Started by Big Blue Plymouth, 19th September 2016 11:33
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  18. Any advice for government contracting?

    Hello All - I'm a complete newbie to the world of contracting, but have recently landed my first contract to work as a project engineer via an agency and with the UK government as my client. I shall be based near Bristol. Does anyone have any experience of running projects on behalf of...

    Started by Mercutio, 14th September 2016 19:21
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  19. Contracting at high rate for charity

    Got this opportunity, 6 months initially, they are paying an above private sector average rate for my area of expertise, because it's urgent. How long until they ditch me or start begging me to accept a lower rate, it because it's too expensive for them? I'm close to declining the offer, but...

    Started by Eirikur, 15th September 2016 12:23
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  20. National Insurance Number

    Hi All, I have just received an email from an agent, with a possible contract offer, and he asked me for the National Insurance number. I thought that when I will set up the company, the accountancy will handle all that for me. Am I wrong in thinking this? Should I apply for 1 directly...

    Started by farout117, 14th February 2013 15:28
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