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hobnob
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  • hobnob
    replied to Brexit rivers of tulip
    I'm no expert on this (happy to be corrected!) but as I understand it there are 2 separate issues.

    1. Some people claimed that the UK would be able to set higher standards than the EU, once we had our own separate legislation. However, when an amendment to the new bill said "How about...
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  • Did they also tell you what margin they were on, or were they effectively asking you to sign a blank cheque?...
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  • hobnob
    replied to Time to get angry
    In fairness, John Lewis (sort of) addressed this:
    https://twitter.com/JohnLewisRetail/...740138502?s=20
    (This tweet was included in the Independent article that SueEllen linked to in the original post.)

    "He is not wilfully damaging his home and is unaware...
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  • hobnob
    replied to Employers NIC Calc for 2022
    I also use Excel to verify the calculations on each payslip. The formula I use for Employer's NI is:
    =ROUND(_AboveST2021*MAX(Q5-_ST2021,0),2)

    In this case, Q5 is the cell with the "Earnings for NICs" on the payslip; it will change for each payslip, so adjust the row/column...
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  • hobnob
    replied to Foot In Mouth Disease
    I think that you and Philip Allott are talking about different things. Quoting from the Guardian article (linked in SueEllen's post):
    “So women, first of all, need to be streetwise about when they can be arrested and when they can’t be arrested. She should never have been arrested and submitted...
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  • hobnob
    replied to Is my recruiter negligent?
    If the recruiter told you upfront that the contract was inside IR35 then I don't think they were being negligent. Your accountant was probably thinking of "deemed payments" through your limited company, but it works out much the same as using an umbrella, i.e. you still have to take the money...
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  • hobnob
    replied to Returning to contracting IR35
    Short answer: you won't use a limited company or be a sole trader. You'll go via an umbrella and pay them to act as your employer. They will then sort out tax/NI and pay the net salary into your personal bank account, just like any other permanent role. You don't need to do a self-assessment tax return,...
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  • hobnob
    replied to Umbrella offering expenses?!
    As an example, I had an inside contract (via an umbrella) with an MSP. I.e. various other organisations had outsourced the IT to them. If I drove out to a client site to replace their router, I could claim the travelling expenses between the MSP's office and the client site (45p/mile). However, I couldn't...
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  • hobnob
    replied to How many smoke alarms do you have?
    I think that would just be CO (carbon monoxide) rather than CO2 (carbon dioxide). You only need a CO2 detector if you're keeping track of ventilation (e.g. in a classroom).

    Nitpicks aside, I agree that it's a good idea for a gas boiler. You should also have one in each room with a non-electric...
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  • hobnob
    replied to How many smoke alarms do you have?
    I had my house rewired when I moved in, so all the smoke alarms are interlinked and powered from the mains (with a battery backup). I'm using Kidde Fyrnetics:
    • Ionisation alarms (1SFWR) in each of the downstairs rooms
    • Optical alarms (2SFWR) in each of the upstairs rooms, plus the hallway and landing
    ...
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  • hobnob
    replied to Inside IR35 tax Liability
    Just to clarify something, did they actually send you a copy of the SDS, or did they just send you an email saying "Yes, you're definitely outside"?...
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  • Regarding uniform, I've worked in a couple of places (as a permie) where people were issued with branded clothing, e.g. a polo shirt with the company name on it. I don't think that would work for a suit, but a contractor might be able to claim something similar for "smart casual" clothing...
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  • hobnob
    replied to Mutiny in Swindon
    The train company's logic seems pretty odd there: they didn't want to stop at Swindon because the train was full. I've seen buses do something similar, i.e. if nobody presses the bell to get off then the driver won't stop to pick anyone up. However, if people do want to get off then the driver will...
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  • hobnob
    replied to CV length nowadays
    I did the same thing recently: I graduated in 1995, but I've removed the dates from my university degrees, and the first job listed on my CV started in 2005. So, it would be plausible for me to be 10 years younger than I actually am (47).

    As for length, mine is currently 2½ pages. That...
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