Re: The real story - No Rights Employees ("employed for tax purposes")
I don't think that has been true for quite a while.
I contracted for over 20 years and went back to permie when the rates just didn't stack up against permie salaries (after figuring in the benefits of course). I then dipped back into it between permie jobs to pay the bills.
Contractor rates took a big dip in the early 2000's (down from £55/hr to £40/hr) and I haven't heard of them fully recovering in real terms, but as I haven't contracted in over 10 years maybe some current contractors can update us?
Like I keep saying, if the contractor sitting next to you doing the same job is being paid massively more, then YOU are in the wrong job, look for one with a better salary.