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by kenfrapin
Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:46 am
Forum: Newly Arrived in UK - General How To queries (NO immigration/visa/ILR queries)
Topic: Opening bank account without address proof
Replies: 20
Views: 19971

Another work around I found out when trying to get an address proof for my wife Your friend who is renting the appartment will hopefully still be paying utility bills like electricity, gas and even Council tax. He can call any of these companies and just add your name onto the bill as they dont ask ...
by kenfrapin
Sun Oct 04, 2009 6:19 pm
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: IT Jobs in Finance Domain
Replies: 3
Views: 1306

One correction to the initial post so that potential skilled workers planning to move to the UK are not disheartened. 90 to 95% of the IT jobs are NOT only in the Banking/Finance World. This is a completely incorrect perception and there are a lot of roles in Software Services, Healthcare and who ca...
by kenfrapin
Thu Oct 01, 2009 10:47 am
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: Current IT job market in UK
Replies: 119
Views: 45815

Hi Vanadil, The confusion on who and what 'Consultants' are is what causes a lot of confusion between Asian countries and the UK. What you mentioned about a Consultant is what I had written where you join a company that sends their employees onsite for short or long term assignments. However, these ...
by kenfrapin
Mon Sep 28, 2009 4:27 pm
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: Current IT job market in UK
Replies: 119
Views: 45815

Thanks Vanadil for correcting me there, totally forgot the Tier 2 Visa route option. Finding trustworthy consultancies is another matter as I am pretty sure neither these Consultants nor the UKBA want to misuse this wonderful option for talented people :-) So lets hope for the best for Thamayanthi !...
by kenfrapin
Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:19 pm
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: Current IT job market in UK
Replies: 119
Views: 45815

Mr Thamayanthi, Please dont waste your hard earned money by failling into these consultant traps. When UK experienced top notch people out here are finding it difficult, just chalk out the probability of you being successful here. Consultants are there only to make a quick buck and trap gullible peo...
by kenfrapin
Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:17 pm
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: Can I come to UK now ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1781

Hi All, Nice replies to the query and hope I can add to them as well 1) What are the chances of me getting a job in UK ? KP : Many earlier posts on this in general. Specifically, 6 years or so is good but not great and domain experience counts a lot here. This, mixed with your persuasion skills and ...
by kenfrapin
Fri Aug 21, 2009 7:18 am
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: How is the current IT job market in UK?
Replies: 4
Views: 1914

Suggest you go through the past few threads to get a clear understanding. Replying here is only duplicating threads and wastign effort. Market can be good or bad depending on your skills, risk appetite and time on your hands. In general and on an average it is bad and noone can predict when it will ...
by kenfrapin
Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:44 pm
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: Tier 1 General vs Tier 1 Dependant
Replies: 2
Views: 1113

There is no favourable visa type that any agent or company looks for. If you have the right to legally work for the potential employer in the UK for the duration of your employment then they do not care. It could be Tier 1 general or dependant, a residual Work Permit that you transfer across, depend...
by kenfrapin
Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:54 pm
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: Using recruitment agents for contract work.
Replies: 4
Views: 1426

Not quite sure really.
Since she was literally a temp, she received NO pay for any days she missed out :-(
And hence the reason she left and joined as a perm

Cheers
KP
by kenfrapin
Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:53 pm
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: Need help regarding Contract Jobs..
Replies: 25
Views: 6028

I second that as well. Earlier if your skills were a close match it would suffice to get through the door but now they look for people with exactly the skills advertised and so the window of opportunity has reduced drastically. There are quite a few adverts out these days but then the question of th...
by kenfrapin
Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:25 pm
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: Interesting article by the ITJob Board UK
Replies: 0
Views: 870

Interesting article by the ITJob Board UK

Found an article in my spam/junk folder but seems a nice read for everyone. Supply vs demand for IT professionals Research published this week by e-skills stated that the demand for permanent IT and telecoms staff fell by 27 per cent, while contract worker demand slid 32 per cent over the first quar...
by kenfrapin
Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:22 pm
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: an interview scheduled
Replies: 10
Views: 2228

Congrats Bruceb, Senior level role interviews will always be around what you have done in your previous employment. You can be assured most questions will revolve around your experience and mixed with this will be some scenarios that the company normally faces as part of their project life cycles. Y...
by kenfrapin
Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:06 am
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: Using recruitment agents for contract work.
Replies: 4
Views: 1426

Hey Pyke, Maybe my wife's experience may shed some light. Late 2007 she got a job through Reed for a few months. Though the employer wanted a contractor, Reed acted as the employment agent and recruited the missus as a PAYE employee. She was in admin and later found out that the actual company was p...
by kenfrapin
Sat Aug 08, 2009 3:50 pm
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: Need help regarding Contract Jobs..
Replies: 25
Views: 6028

Hi Pyke, Yes I was referring to Umbrella Companies but No, I have no experience of using one. That said, if you join an umbrella company Pros 1. If you chose the right one, then you have no worries of filing tax returns. 2. The money you get into your account will be taxed accordingly without the ne...
by kenfrapin
Wed Aug 05, 2009 2:38 pm
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: an interview scheduled
Replies: 10
Views: 2228

Edit

That's a bird's eye view of the next few months

:-)
by kenfrapin
Wed Aug 05, 2009 2:27 pm
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: an interview scheduled
Replies: 10
Views: 2228

Hopefully this may help get an idea August is the last official month of summer in the UK and quite a few people go on 2 or 3 week breaks. It's sort of a tradition now and you can see many people taking a good break in August. Schools are also closed until 1st week of September so extended family ge...
by kenfrapin
Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:30 pm
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: Need help regarding Contract Jobs..
Replies: 25
Views: 6028

Hi Adit, I have been here for quite a few years now and hence know a little about the market, thanks mostly to my friends. Earlier, there is used to be quite a few contracting jobs and one had some choice. But now, they are rare and competition is tough. If your experience is only in Java/JEE then a...
by kenfrapin
Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:26 pm
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: Software Tester, QA, QTP-Loadrunner Exp-non Exp Required
Replies: 5
Views: 1804

Hey rising2success, Some food for thought - there are plenty of roles for Business Analysts in the UK especially in the Finance Domain. You should check out various types of roles and openings on the net and if it's on demand, then you surely have a good chance. BAs in general, are still in demand, ...
by kenfrapin
Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:41 am
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: PLANNING TO MOVE UK IN SEP FIRST WEEK, PLZ SUGGEST
Replies: 9
Views: 2561

Best of luck to you guys but a serious note of caution as well Scenario before recession: Hiring for permanent roles grinds down to almost ZERO from November onwards. Some companies take on temporary staff or contractors just to cover the XMas time which is Dec to mid Jan. Since most offices wind do...
by kenfrapin
Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:34 am
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: What's Job Scene for LoadRunner Performance Testing in UK??
Replies: 4
Views: 1778

Hi Himanshu, Not sure how much this helps but a lot of testing in IT Telecoms are outsourced. Quality Analysts etc, as you know, for projects are decided for and normally outsourced to Indian IT vendors. This is purely from what I have seen in the Telecom space, so not sure of other areas like Produ...
by kenfrapin
Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:03 am
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: Market recovery.
Replies: 4
Views: 1606

Gujalls, You make it sound like we are fighting for our lives in the UK! Please remember that such statistics are meant for the entire population and not for highly skilled workers, so dont read too much into those figures. Even during the normal economic times, people used to have only temporary wo...
by kenfrapin
Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:52 am
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: IT Skills shortage in UK
Replies: 20
Views: 7092

Vanadil, You are bang on and I can back what you have stated. I have stated similar things in so many posts. The market is definitely more competitive but not dead. And if one is a highly skilled person, 1 or 2 years experience will not help at all in this market. I can re-iterate that I know highly...
by kenfrapin
Fri Jun 26, 2009 6:52 am
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: The UK Job Market - some facts to help you
Replies: 14
Views: 4304

One thing to note on point 3, You can enter the UK anytime as long as your visa is valid BUT in order to extend it, you must have worked for the previous 12 months preceding your application. So if your visa was issued on Feb 2009 until Feb 2012, you need to be back in the UK and on a full time job ...
by kenfrapin
Fri Jun 26, 2009 6:46 am
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: Salary of Test Consultant
Replies: 12
Views: 2749

Testing!!! The tag Consultant is used a lot in Europe - Software Consultant, Management Consultant and so on.....I guess it's because many people are contractor and so the term Consultant seems apt. Due to outsourcing, there are also roles where subject matter experts oversee the work done by 3rd pa...
by kenfrapin
Fri Jun 26, 2009 6:41 am
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: Salary Survey
Replies: 9
Views: 2699

I think you boys need to read very carefully before commenting :-) The overall range is what was presented, and such a wide range is because of the different factors a major one being the city you are working in. Also, there are many who get 28k for a job in London and that includes the locals too! ...
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