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I got called into the managers office at the start of night shift, shook my hand and said well done, if you want it you will now be a full time employee at Rio Tinto starting 1/3/20.     said I

Just heard from a company I had a 2nd interview with last week.  They are progressing to offer stage. 😃

First time she's had her uniform on since March.  First day of Yr2 today and she's very excited. 😁  

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3 hours ago, pieman said:

Hope it goes as 'badly' as the other one... 🤞

Cheers mate. Bit of  tricky situation as this one is closer to home, similar pay but no bonus like the other one and has parking..  I'm likely to receive my written offer on the same day a the interview for this one.  Of course, I might not get offered it but if I did, some decisions to be made!

What a turn around from a few weeks ago though!

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I'm not a fan of bonuses - too many stories of them finding some way to not pay them! 😂

Yeah, I'm starting to get a few more unsolicited bites (where I have not sent a CV through) ads are starting to increase as well. I'm working at the moment, but I'm a contractor until the end of September so I am starting to get myself out there just in case they decide the permanent employee wins, which is likely, as they are rolling off all the contractors as per their current end dates.

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2 hours ago, MissJess said:

I'm not a fan of bonuses - too many stories of them finding some way to not pay them! 😂

Yeah, I'm starting to get a few more unsolicited bites (where I have not sent a CV through) ads are starting to increase as well. I'm working at the moment, but I'm a contractor until the end of September so I am starting to get myself out there just in case they decide the permanent employee wins, which is likely, as they are rolling off all the contractors as per their current end dates.

A lot of contractors were handed a lifeline here earlier in the year.  The UK has a law called IR35 (which used to just affect Gov contractors but then applied to all) which was going to put a stop to contractors using an intermediary to supply their services and avoid paying as much tax.  Basically individuals setting up LLCs and then contracting long term with a company.

That's meant to be scrapped from April 1 this year, so 1,000s of contractors would have had to stop their LLC and go perm (if the company was offering) or be out of work.  Due to COVID, the Gov delayed this by a year.  What happens next year is anyone's guess.

I'm a fan of bonus, as they make a significant difference to my year but I'm not a fan of the team bonus.  I like the 'company performance x individual multiplier' that way you rewarded for you efforts and not subsidising the lead swingers in a team.

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Yeah, I'm not that kind of contractor, I am mostly (it seems) in specialist roles that are only for set timeframes, this one is to just past the end of the "scale build" so my work here is almost done. Usually anywhere from 6 to 24 months.

Yeah, a lot of companies are trying to stamp out the "long term" contractor here, it's common now to have maximum terms for us daily raters, usually up to about 2 years, takes a lot of wrangling to stay on, there are a lot of rules about how far a project is in and how long to go and if the role itself is at risk of losing IP if that person goes, especially for government, telcos and banks.

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It's not so much about the length/type of the contract (although anything over a year gets looked at pretty hard), it's how the contractor invoices the company.  Setting up an LLC and paying yourself from that company, used to be the way to go for anything over 6mths, as it avoided a whole load of tax, particularly around National Ins payments.

Basically, if you, as a contractor are receiving your work from a single source, you can't run a company to bill that.  What this means is that that day raters, hourly, even some milestone consultancy work. (there are now strict definitions on what is a 'contractor') all must be paid via an umbrella company or taken on as an FTC.

Sole trader LLCs for company contracting will be a thing of the past.  When I've contracted as a day rater before, I've always gone through an umbrella company, as it all seemed so complicated to dipole an LLC without incurring the wrath of HMRC, however 1,000s of contractors did exactly that and the door is being slammed hard it seems.

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OK, weird day yesterday Came back from my run, got a call from the Director of the place that I didn’t get a role with from the interview last week.

They have a different role that he really wants to offer me, he said he was very impressed with my interview and I would be a great asset.

I told him I was under offer, awaiting contract ( not had yet).  He will offer more money, it’s closer to home and they have parking.

Bloody hell, what turn up!

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23 hours ago, FatPom said:

OK, weird day yesterday Came back from my run, got a call from the Director of the place that I didn’t get a role with from the interview last week.

They have a different role that he really wants to offer me, he said he was very impressed with my interview and I would be a great asset.

I told him I was under offer, awaiting contract ( not had yet).  He will offer more money, it’s closer to home and they have parking.

Bloody hell, what turn up!

So you'll take it?  More money, closer to home  & parking = trifecter!  Happy Days FP 👏

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5 hours ago, Surfer said:

So you'll take it?  More money, closer to home  & parking = trifecter!  Happy Days FP 👏

Just got home from Mum's and need to have a discussion with Mrs FP but I thinks, yes.  Main thing for me is that I get a written contract with no caveat in a couple of days time.  He's saying he can absolutely do that but I need to see it before I burn any bridges with the other offer.

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12 years sponsoring.....her secondary education is completed. Now onto her Community Service year (teaching in a Gov school with 90 students per class, with only a one week crash course), then onto university. I was meant to travel to Tanzania to meet her and her family and attend graduation....then COVID hit.

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1 hour ago, FatPom said:

Update on my employment situation. I went with the new offer, the opportunity is a great, it's a senior role and the offer (and pension) is good.

I feel bad for the other company. I've put in calls to v/mail and sent them emails but no response, probably be tomorrow. Won't be a pleasant convo but I only need to have it once.

To anyone looking for work in these crazy times. Believe in yourself, back your experience and don't sell yourself short. 👍

Wonderful news. Congratulations!

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13 hours ago, Katz said:

Wonderful news. Congratulations!

Thanks Katz,  I'm pretty excited, plus it loos like there may be a few weeks delay for the start date, due to my holiday and my Mgr's holiday.  So some stress free time without working and not looking for work would be welcome.

 

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16 hours ago, FatPom said:

The surf is very small today but there are worse places to wake up to. Trail walk to Croyde later then a vert session.

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Looks awesome FP.

Seems like a popular spot for the vans and campers. I'd imagine it would be windy as buggery though??

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18 hours ago, FatPom said:

The surf is very small today but there are worse places to wake up to. Trail walk to Croyde later then a vert session.

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Geez, how time flies. You now have two ladies under your roof. She is getting so big now. 

FM

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6 hours ago, Ayto said:

Looks awesome FP.

Seems like a popular spot for the vans and campers. I'd imagine it would be windy as buggery though??

Yeah it’s a great spot. It’s at Putsbrough in Devon,  nestled between between two much more popular hell holes called Woolacombe and Croyde but you’d think you’re miles from anywhere here.

Thats as many campervans as they allow here and those caravans, as far as I can tell are permanently stored just up the hill on a farm in winter.  Reason being, there is an extremely narrow lane ( even by Pommie stds) and a crazy steep hill to negotiate to get here. 

So most don’t bother at all, which makes it quieter than the surrounding places. We’ve been here before and are renting the same place. It’s the only building here and used to be one of those grand large hotels but was converted into holiday apartments a few years ago. There are only 20, so it’s very quiet. No shops, just a really small cafe on the beach.

The trails for walking and running are great and it’s part of the South West Coastal Path which is over 630 miles long. Spectacular!

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4 hours ago, Flanman said:

Geez, how time flies. You now have two ladies under your roof. She is getting so big now. 

FM

Yeah I know mate. When I’m sorting the washing these days, I genuinely get her socks and Mrs FPs socks mixed up!  It’s great now that she’s older, we can go properly running and riding together. 

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On 05/07/2020 at 9:40 PM, FatPom said:

Just got home from Mum's and need to have a discussion with Mrs FP but I thinks, yes.  Main thing for me is that I get a written contract with no caveat in a couple of days time.  He's saying he can absolutely do that but I need to see it before I burn any bridges with the other offer.

Did you get that contract FP?

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33 minutes ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

Did you get that contract FP?

Yes mate, in the end but it wasn’t as quick as the guy said ( it’s a massive org and he didn’t have much of a clue about the HR process, or thought he could short circuit it). I did have to decline the other role but only when I got a LoO, which wasn’t the contract. A bit of a leap of faith!

I had to have a DBS check, then get a priority rush on a full UKSV security clearance ( took me 5hrs just to make the forms out). Then I had to negotiate up because I’m managing a team of 12.

But we got there in the end and the role is really exciting. I can’t say too much but the gov .org I’m joining, has a crazy high profile right now.

i start remotely next Monday ( 17th). 

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No politics intended.

Melbourne numbers are low.  We are allowed out to 25k radius with no time limits. There are some opportunities to catch up more readily with family and friends.

I really feel for those not just inconvenienced, but seriously affected by the circumstances here.

Atleast this is (for now) heading in the right direction. And that seems like good news to me.

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On 18/10/2020 at 1:36 PM, CharlieB said:

No politics intended.

Melbourne numbers are low.  We are allowed out to 25k radius with no time limits. There are some opportunities to catch up more readily with family and friends.

I really feel for those not just inconvenienced, but seriously affected by the circumstances here.

Atleast this is (for now) heading in the right direction. And that seems like good news to me.

Agreed. Second day in a row of double donuts (no new cases and no deaths) in Vic!

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1 hour ago, Flanman said:

On this day a year ago my son (little Flanman) tagged along with his best mate who was trying to better himself health and fitness wise. His mate was going to run 4km every day no matter what - rain, hail, sun, wind, run, walk or crawl. It didn’t matter how it was done, as long as it was done.

My son has never liked running, and would avoid it at all costs, unless it was a part of team sport (Oz Tag or Soccer). He hadn't done much of anything over the past 12 months (new dad, busy job). He didn't realise how unfit he was until he tagged onto someone else’s journey. He used to get short of breath walking up stairs. He then realised he needed to do more than just tagging along - he needed this for his own and his family's health and wellbeing. So, he started a personal journey of exercise, better eating and mental health focus.

Fast forward 12 months to the day. He started slow for 2 moths in 2019 so to avoid injury then cranked it up. So far in 2020 these are his stats:

* Swimming - 33kms; Cycling - 587 kms; Running - 1,138 kms (including 2 friend marathons)

* Starting weight (1 Nov 19) - 119.4 kgs

* Current weigh (1 Nov 20) - 83.8 kgs !!!

I am so proud of him. He puts me to shame.

They say we can all learn from our children - no matter what age.

FM

 

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Good work.

Was it all exercise, or did he make diet changes too?

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59 minutes ago, ComfortablyNumb said:

Good work.

Was it all exercise, or did he make diet changes too?

A lot on diet plus no soft drink - even diet drinks. A few beers occasionally plus eat anything for dinner on Thursday nights. I think just consistency of meat and salad for lunch and quality steak n veggies for dinner. He did eat a fair bit of B and E for breakfast. He did however exercise 6 out of 7 days each week. 

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Good news!! 

 

My Maggies have returned. I had a family of about 6 that I have been feeding for a couple of years now on my mail round. 😁😁😁😁

 

They disappeared earlier in the year and I thought that the crows had got them😕. Occasionally I see some serious air 2 air combat between the species. 

 

But I was cruising along this morning and BOOM they landed beside me like they used to. One of them took a beak full of cashews off to the bushland across the road and then returned for more. The bigger one just kept pigging out. 

 

Good times 😎👌

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Nice Jim! My maggies have 2 offspring this year, so are often dropping in to see if I will give them something. I have dried dog food soaking in water which gets a quick microwave before bringing out for them.

 I always need to remember to close the door, as they have followed me into the house on a number of occasions!

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3 hours ago, iFoz said:

Nevermind the T shirt... when are we going to see Project Binky finished? 

The suspension is unbearable... ironic, that's true for an original mini 🤣

I think Ep 32 was the last one.  I've enjoying their 'Bargain Racement' series though.

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40 is a good innings mate, congrats to you and Mrs Flannie

My daughter made it through HSC, which was looking very shaky for a while there. In the end she got about 4 uni early offers which took the pressure off greatly and she almost enjoyed the last few exams. 

He school held off on graduation which is normally in late Sept, so we could actually have a live one instead of zoom last week, and she actually got to have a formal as well. 

Didn't thin it would affect me so much but its pretty emotional seeing your kids grow up and pass these major milestones. 

And before anyone comments: yes I know she gets her looks from her mother :lol: 

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GOOD NEWS! For once, the BBC have got something right. They should definitely remove this word and all the words before and after it.

Anything that makes this POS shorter is a good decision, take out the music whilst your there. I’d rather listen to Celine Dion covering Paranoid Android than this piece of overplayed garbage.

Did I mention I hate this song, 'cos I do, hate it that is, this song, hate it, the song...😉

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So, some here will know we've had a lot of struggles with our son, with regards to his mental health and his schooling.  This year has been pretty rough.  His attendance is at about 80%, he's not doing work and assignments, he's regularly picked on for various reasons (none of them good).  Most days he's emails me or messages me that he hates school and doesn't understand what he's doing, and he feels stick and wants to go home.  About a month ago he set a record for messages, emailing me 22 times while at school!  We'd had a meeting at the school where next year was discussed, and we were asked if we were interested in putting in an expression of interest for him to attend their Flexi School, which is another school under his state schools Annex.  It's not something we'd thought of, but as I looked into it I felt it might be the only way he'd get to the end of 12.

We had an interview regarding Flexi yesterday and he was offered a spot.  Kyan was on the fence with the idea of it, but the flexischool head said "give me a chance to show you what we do and turn that fence sitting into a yes!"  While it's part of his current school, they get expressions of interest from all over town, and they only take 55 total kids combined across yrs 10, 11 and 12.  So placements are sought after, and she didn't have to try to convince him; she could give his spot to someone else.  But she really seemed like she wanted Kyan to go there.  And she got him by the end, and the place seems fantastic.

He is a little worried about missing his friends, but he admitted that he spends his lunch breaks alone as his friends hang out with kids he doesn't like.  The only downside is Rob and I will have to drop him too and from school, but we're having to do that most days anyway!  He also didn't like the idea of the smaller available curriculum, but they're going to try to get him into a Tafe At School computer course that will mean apart from English and math, he only has to do a few other subjects, and only 1 or 2 semesters of each.  They have weekly visits from the school counselor and pastor, plus a mentoring program utilising retired local Business people.  And he only has to be at school when he has a subject on!  Luckily we're freer to handle varied drop off and pickup times.  He'll still get his qce, and while he won't get an atar (we weren't going to let him do atar subjects anyway), there are still pathways to uni and they have a partnership with our local uni and kids can start some uni work in their second semester of year 12.  Which is handy because our uni is starting a new arts degree next year based around graphic design, and 2d and 3d design and animation, which he sounds really interested in.

The basic premise of the school is to help kids who don't fit the normal school model get their qce.  It's not a special school as such, but their students are made up of kids with mental health struggles, school refusal issues, and home life struggles.  The supply lunch and arvo tea, and if early enough also breakfast.  The even have an espresso machine the kids can be taught to use, which Kyan found pretty cool.

He doesn't quite realise it yet, but I think this might be one of the most significant things that will happen for him in his life, and I think he's gonna find he's smarter than he gives himself credit for, but just haven't found any avenue that works for him.

Yesterday arvo was one of the biggest breaths of fresh air Rob and I have had.  His last 3 years at school have been borderline nightmare time.

Edit to add:  one of his big problems was with the formal uniform, which they only wore a few times a term, but he hated having things covering his legs (he own nothing but shorts).  Well, this place, no school uniforms!  Only a polo shirt if they are going on an excursion.  #winning

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2 hours ago, goughy said:

So, some here will know we've had a lot of struggles with our son, with regards to his mental health and his schooling.  This year has been pretty rough.  His attendance is at about 80%, he's not doing work and assignments, he's regularly picked on for various reasons (none of them good).  Most days he's emails me or messages me that he hates school and doesn't understand what he's doing, and he feels stick and wants to go home.  About a month ago he set a record for messages, emailing me 22 times while at school!  We'd had a meeting at the school where next year was discussed, and we were asked if we were interested in putting in an expression of interest for him to attend their Flexi School, which is another school under his state schools Annex.  It's not something we'd thought of, but as I looked into it I felt it might be the only way he'd get to the end of 12.

We had an interview regarding Flexi yesterday and he was offered a spot.  Kyan was on the fence with the idea of it, but the flexischool head said "give me a chance to show you what we do and turn that fence sitting into a yes!"  While it's part of his current school, they get expressions of interest from all over town, and they only take 55 total kids combined across yrs 10, 11 and 12.  So placements are sought after, and she didn't have to try to convince him; she could give his spot to someone else.  But she really seemed like she wanted Kyan to go there.  And she got him by the end, and the place seems fantastic.

He is a little worried about missing his friends, but he admitted that he spends his lunch breaks alone as his friends hang out with kids he doesn't like.  The only downside is Rob and I will have to drop him too and from school, but we're having to do that most days anyway!  He also didn't like the idea of the smaller available curriculum, but they're going to try to get him into a Tafe At School computer course that will mean apart from English and math, he only has to do a few other subjects, and only 1 or 2 semesters of each.  They have weekly visits from the school counselor and pastor, plus a mentoring program utilising retired local Business people.  And he only has to be at school when he has a subject on!  Luckily we're freer to handle varied drop off and pickup times.  He'll still get his qce, and while he won't get an atar (we weren't going to let him do atar subjects anyway), there are still pathways to uni and they have a partnership with our local uni and kids can start some uni work in their second semester of year 12.  Which is handy because our uni is starting a new arts degree next year based around graphic design, and 2d and 3d design and animation, which he sounds really interested in.

The basic premise of the school is to help kids who don't fit the normal school model get their qce.  It's not a special school as such, but their students are made up of kids with mental health struggles, school refusal issues, and home life struggles.  The supply lunch and arvo tea, and if early enough also breakfast.  The even have an espresso machine the kids can be taught to use, which Kyan found pretty cool.

He doesn't quite realise it yet, but I think this might be one of the most significant things that will happen for him in his life, and I think he's gonna find he's smarter than he gives himself credit for, but just haven't found any avenue that works for him.

Yesterday arvo was one of the biggest breaths of fresh air Rob and I have had.  His last 3 years at school have been borderline nightmare time.

Edit to add:  one of his big problems was with the formal uniform, which they only wore a few times a term, but he hated having things covering his legs (he own nothing but shorts).  Well, this place, no school uniforms!  Only a polo shirt if they are going on an excursion.  #winning

so pleased for you!

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Great news Goughy. Glad to see a little ray of sunshine poking through the clouds up your way.

I got a half decent tax return this year and decided I was finally going to book in and get my truck licence.  Have driven all kinds of vehicles growing up on the farm but never bothered to actually get my ticket. It's been a very long time since I'd driven a non-synchro box, so took a bit to get back into the swing of it.  Long story short, achieved my HR licence yesterday and now need to hold that for 12 months before I can go back and get my MC licence to enable me to drive b-doubles and the like.

Have no intention of making a career out of it but between this and a fork lift licence I reckon i should be able to pick up plenty of work when I need to when we are travelling full time.

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