* Posts by neilfs

5 posts • joined 19 Apr 2018

UK taxman updates its employment-checking calculator for IR35: Still crap, say contractors


Being a self employed person, I find this entire practice has had an impact on people running real companies with more than one client.

If you are going to work for a single client on any length of contract, get employed by them, enjoy the perks of employment, holiday, sick pay and so on. If you're going to be self employed enjoy the perks, ie a very slight tax advantage but also enjoy the negatives, no holiday, no sick pay and if you don't find yourself work, no money at all.

Worse still running a company, taking the risk of not finding enough work to pay the bills used to have a small advantage that dividends were slightly more tax efficient, now even that has been eroded because of this modern practice. Equally someone running a real company goes on to employ people as they expand.

These sole director, single client companies just take and give very little and now they're all crying over IR35 tests as well as employers looking for a no strings attached skilled person.

When the IT department speaks, users listen. Or face the consequences


Re: Beautiful

Sh1trix also translates to me that it was installed by and managed by someone who did their one day training course and has little skill beyond that. When installed correctly by someone experienced it is faster at login, cleaner, fewer issues and far cheaper. But sadly I see too many poor examples of it in the wild and those who installed it appear to have charged a lot for their incomplete install.

OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users


Until your power supply pops, then you can buy a complete new box. Great product but hardware support in my experience hasn't kept pace with the software side.

UK gov grilled over massive exposure to struggling outsourcer Capita


Re: Core competence: getting contracts

Whilst said specialist companies make a choice:

1) make do with small scraps of work, unable to compete for complete contracts.

2) become subcontractors for the likes of Crapita, told what to do, how to do it and for almost below cost. Specialism is completely thrown out of the window.

Tendering was great, it served a purpose to ensure best value was gained in a transparent and corrupt free way until frameworks and unrealistic financial requirements put many and then almost all contracts outside of their reach. Frameworks have made the system corrupt by design, only a select few ever win the contracts, like actually having a real money tree.

What amazes me is how can they be struggling financially?

Elon Musk's latest Tesla Model 3 delivery promise: 6,000... a week


The shape of the car won't be the latest fashion, the seats will be flat and lost their padding and the paint will look dull. This is why I and most other people replace cars long before the vehicle is unusable.

All cars are scrapped long before their usable value has been completely spent because their market value has depleted to less than the desired value. If we removed the desired value, replacing worn and failed components would allow cars including battery-powered cars to realise the full life potential of the batteries and the bulk of the components, vehicle refurbishing would take place.

I suspect very few cars make it beyond 100k miles in the UK.


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