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Previously on "State of the Market"

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  • dx4100
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    After paying around during the pandemic with a couple of start ups which did nothing more than pay bills (not a bad thing) I am back on the bench today and looking for a contract. Still got a plan B going but its run out of money so back to contracting we go.

    Excited to be back lol

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  • PerfectStorm
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    "There's a role with a really great client at the moment with a great agency, are you interested?"

    "I don't know, who's it with?"

    "I can't tell you until you sign the forms, I can usually tell if people are interested a not and with you... well, are you interested?"

    "Still can't tell you, sorry"

    Why do people act so secretively about contract roles that even I don't give a tulip about when applying for them? Who do they think I'm going to tell?

    Agents: there's no point asking me about the minutiae of my experience and what I was being paid if we can't have a grown up conversation about what you've got on offer. I'm not interested in what's inside the mystery box - just tell me.

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  • northernladuk
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    Originally posted by edison View Post
    Mini Boom - finally started on site yesterday with a new client on a six month strategy gig after protracted contract negotiations. First time ever going direct rather than via an agency as I was approached directly by the CIO who I knew from elsewhere years ago. Managed to get my highest ever day rate too, so fingers crossed!
    "It's all going to go wrong, it always goes wrong" - [Marvin the Paranoid Android - 1980]

    Grats though

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  • ladymuck
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    Originally posted by edison View Post
    Mini Boom - finally started on site yesterday with a new client on a six month strategy gig after protracted contract negotiations. First time ever going direct rather than via an agency as I was approached directly by the CIO who I knew from elsewhere years ago. Managed to get my highest ever day rate too, so fingers crossed!
    BOOM indeed!

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  • edison
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    Mini Boom - finally started on site yesterday with a new client on a six month strategy gig after protracted contract negotiations. First time ever going direct rather than via an agency as I was approached directly by the CIO who I knew from elsewhere years ago. Managed to get my highest ever day rate too, so fingers crossed!
    Last edited by edison; Yesterday, 10:00.

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  • edison
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    Originally posted by ladymuck View Post

    I think you need to be aiming to ride out the next year, IMO

    I've managed to dodge downturns and recessions in the past. I'm less confident this time around.

    I said ride things out for six months only because my contract is that long. With continuing threats of a long recession, ongoing fallout from Brexit, Covid and global supply chain disruption, not to mention Ukraine, I might need to rephrase that to 2-3 years!

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  • ladymuck
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    Originally posted by edison View Post
    With the current financial market turmoil and now widely expected rise in base rates to 6% next year, now seems a good time to make hay when the sun shines, relatively speaking.

    An interesting analysis on Sky suggested a 6% interest rate would equate to 14% back in the late 80s, taking into account how households are much more indebted today with lower salaries relative to mortgages.

    It seems that any sector which is heavily exposed to discretionary consumer spending and the housing market is going to take a significant hit. I've recently finished a gig in the hospitality industry and I fear for my client who has been planning a largescale expansion. Just about to start with a new client in the insurance sector so fingers crossed I can ride things out the next six months.
    I think you need to be aiming to ride out the next year, IMO

    I've managed to dodge downturns and recessions in the past. I'm less confident this time around.

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  • edison
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    With the current financial market turmoil and now widely expected rise in base rates to 6% next year, now seems a good time to make hay when the sun shines, relatively speaking.

    An interesting analysis on Sky suggested a 6% interest rate would equate to 14% back in the late 80s, taking into account how households are much more indebted today with lower salaries relative to mortgages.

    It seems that any sector which is heavily exposed to discretionary consumer spending and the housing market is going to take a significant hit. I've recently finished a gig in the hospitality industry and I fear for my client who has been planning a largescale expansion. Just about to start with a new client in the insurance sector so fingers crossed I can ride things out the next six months.

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  • SueEllen
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    Originally posted by eek View Post

    Lots of agents asking about availability or do I know anyone available...
    Been happening to me since beginning of year. Still with same client. Other contractors have gone back to old clients if there is a gap in projects.
    Last edited by SueEllen; 22 September 2022, 14:43.

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  • eek
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    Originally posted by KentDogWalker View Post
    state of the market must be bad when people give states of the market and senior users tell people to piss off

    Number of Jobserve jobs seems to be high.

    Lots of agents asking about availability or do I know anyone available...

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  • ladymuck
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    Originally posted by KentDogWalker View Post
    state of the market must be bad when people give states of the market and senior users tell people to piss off

    Is that senior as in ?

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  • KentDogWalker
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    state of the market must be bad when people give states of the market and senior users tell people to piss off


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  • KentDogWalker
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    i guess no one cares anymore about standards here

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  • SueEllen
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    Originally posted by northernladuk View Post

    Yes, piss off.
    No no!

    Apologise to KentDogWalker
    And stop pretending to be thick before you get banned

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  • northernladuk
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    Originally posted by KentDogWalker View Post
    I guess another mod butt hurt with the deserved inactivity here, do you normally tell your fellow contractors to piss off?

    laughable
    Yes, piss off.

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