Re: @ 2nd AC
If you are so jealous - why don't you try your hand at being a contractor?
Now the water is getting warmer ... near boling temperature.
See how 'easy' it is?.
It isn't a rocket science to be a contractor, but requires certain degree of ability to tolerate risk, understanding that there might not be tomorrow, etc.
I used to be a permie, never looked with envy to the contractors.
Left a long term permanent gig and started a 'real' IT company.
Although the IR35 is irrelevant to me I still can't help but feel the government wants to big up Crapita and co at the expense of the small guy.